I'm loving the songs on
Shark Frenzy Vol.1, incredible songs by a talent laden
band who's release is long overdue. Now I can't wait
to hear what they've unearthed for Volume 2!
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Six degrees of
Asbury Park Press 5/14/04 - www.app.com
By KATHY DZIELAK - Entertainment Editor
When it comes to six
degrees of separation, Kevin Bacon has nothing on Bon
Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.
Never was that more
apparent than last Thursday, when the Central
Jersey-raised Sambora returned to the area to accept
an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Kean
University, presented during commencement ceremonies
at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
Later that night at
the Holiday Inn Select in Clinton, Sambora reunited
with old friends, fans and familiar faces from
Charley's Uncle in East Brunswick, where the guitarist
performed regularly in the late '70s/early '80s before
hooking up with what would become the mega-group Bon
invitation-only show served as a CD-release party for
"Shark Frenzy," featuring early work performed by
Sambora and former bandmates Bruce Foster, Jody
Giambellucca, Steve Mosely and Tim Rudolph. The event
was coordinated by former Charley's Uncle manager
Kevin Maxfield, now food and beverage director for the
Holiday Inn Select.
Back in the day, it
was Maxfield who had booked a young Sambora at the
East Brunswick restaurant for as many as three or four
nights a week. "I booked him as a single, a duo and a
band," recalled Maxfield. "And he still thanks me to
demonstrated his gratitude to longtime supporters
Thursday with a life-affirming set that included
Beatles tunes and a couple of Bon Jovi songs. He
good-naturedly signed autographs and posed for
photographs before heading back to the West Coast and
his wife, actress Heather Locklear.
"I have to go home,"
said a smiling, sweat-drenched Sambora after the show.
"My little daughter's in a play tomorrow. She's the
star of 'Peter Rabbit.' "
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Swimming (and playing) with the sharks
Early band exposure served
future Bon Jovi guitarist well
Asbury Park Press 5/14/04 -
By KELLY-JANE COTTER - Music Writer
A labor of love for
Oceanport songwriter Bruce Foster, "Shark Frenzy"
captures the lively days of an unlikely scene.
In the late 1970s,
Foster and other local musicians held court several
nights a week at Charley's Uncle, a steakhouse in a
strip mall off Route 18 in East Brunswick. The shows
developed a loyal following, especially once a teenage
guitarist named Richie Sambora entered the fray.
As Foster recalls in
the liner notes to "Shark Frenzy:"
likeable 18-year-old named Richie Sambora asked if he
could jam with us. To my band's amazement, I agreed.
We started playing 'Kansas City,' a song everybody
knows. Richie's rhythm playing was OK, so I said, 'Richie,
take a solo.' He flipped the toggle switch on his Les
Paul custom and played one beautiful, sustained note
that sounded like a violin. Before he played the next
note, I turned to him and said, 'You're in the band.'
This was, of course,
years before Sambora would walk up to Jon Bon Jovi and
ask to join his band.
So the little music
scene in East Brunswick got a sneak peek at someone
who would soon become an internationally loved guitar
His work with
Foster's band Shark Frenzy marked Sambora's
introduction to the recording studio. More than 20
years later, Foster went through demo tapes, live cuts
and mixes, some of which had been damaged by a flood,
and restored them to radio-ready perfection.
The result is a
re-release of Shark Frenzy's most frenzied hits.
The album cover
shows Sambora and Foster in the early days, both
looking pretty much the same as they do today, long-ish
hair and all.
The music is very
much of its time -- there are elements of new wave,
there are tracks influenced by The Beatles and the
Rolling Stones, and there is Sambora's youthful,
driving guitar throughout it all.
Night" owes a big debt to the Bay City Rollers, but is
just as fun -- a simple, teen anthem to the weekend.
If The Ramones had
decided to go the arena-rock route, rather than
cultivate a punk scene in the Bowery, they might've
played something like Foster's "Live Fast, Love Hard,
"Law of the Jungle" makes room for plenty of sinewy
guitar, while "The One With Angel Eyes" is pure Jersey
Cutest of all is
"Laura's Birthday," a live cover of the Beatles'
classic birthday song, which is preceded by a plea to
the band by Laura's friend. Laura, it seems, is not
having a happy birthday, and needs to be cheered up.
Shark Frenzy is only
too happy to oblige, and it's impressive how quickly
the band launches into the song.
This CD is a great
artifact of New Jersey rock 'n' roll, well suited for
anyone curious to the roots of all that big-haired
power rock of the '80s.