Shark Frenzy and Sambora


Before he was well fed, getting a street named after him, and sitting on mountains of moolah, Richie Sambora was as hungry for rock stardom as Jaws was for some silly human flesh. You read it right, Woodbridge, New Jersey’s Richie Sambora or “Sambo” wasn’t always the superstar guitarist of Bon Jovi. Like most rockers destined for greatness, when Richie was through with local sports, he paid his dues playing in several bands. In addition to auditioning for KISS and Poison (who, at the time, was known as Paris), and playing guitar for Joe Cocker, Sambora was part of a band of Jersey guys called Shark Frenzy.

Shark Frenzy’s classic rock sound has been compared to ’70s rock bands like Aerosmith and Meatloaf, but I also hear similarities to several other bands such as Free, and Boston. Their music wasn’t officially released until over 20 years later, when founder of the band and grammy nominee, Bruce Foster, had the previously damaged tapes remastered and put out by Sanctuary Records. There was enough Shark Frenzy material for 2 full albums and the CD’s are available at many online shops (even Walmart!) and possibly the few record stores left. Both volumes are available on iTunes for $9.99 each.

On his official website, Bruce Foster reveals more about how he salvaged the music to finally get it released: “This album features Richie’s first time playing and singing in a recording studio. The master tapes of these priceless recordings were erased by the recording studio. I had the mixes on tape which went under 2 feet of salt water and river silt in the flood. Now, over 20 years later, through months of careful restoration, these recordings equal and in some cases exceed their original sonic spectrum.”

NJ T-Shirt Tuesday 29: Richie Sambora – You Can Go Home

Jon Bon Jovi is a philanthropy snob. Obviously, there are worse things one can be, like perhaps the lead singer of a New Jersey rock band who now sounds like he’s a cowboy from Tennessee. How do you think the laid back, good time guitarist Richie Sambora feels every time Jon Bon Jovi donates $385 bazillion dollars to charity? It seems insurmountable to live up to that lofty standard, but Richie’s latest endeavor is quite praiseworthy.
Recently, Richie Sambora created You Can Go Home, a fundraising campaign for Kelly Mahon, a Woodbridge High School student in New Jersey who is afflicted with a brain tumor. Richie is one of the only celebrities ever to graduate from Woodbridge High School (besides me of course) and he felt compelled to give back to his hometown. According to the official You Can Go Home website, the original campaign raised over $75,000 for Kelly’s family which helped offset the tremendous medical bills.
For nearly two years, Kelly has been confined to the hospital for the majority of the time, but is now cleared to go home for overnight visits. In preparation for Kelly’s visits back home, The Mahon Family needed to renovate their entire house for wheelchair accessibility. Sambora personally financed all the renovations so Kelly could be reunited with her family in their home for the first time since she was admitted to the hospital in 2007.
Richie Sambora is offering a line of merch and the profits from which will provide further funding to aid Kelly in her recovery. Even if you’re not a Bon Jovi fan, this is for a good cause so head over to the website and make a purchase!

A dumptruck driving through a Nitroglycerine Plant

a few things…

School is over. F-school, F-all my classes

BON JOVI at CAA – amazing. As good as the Garden in November. They threw in some awesome songs that were unexpected. And how ’bout the shout out to WOODBRIDGE!! yeah baby.

A guy with a dumb mustache. At work the other day I literally couldn’t believe my eyes. This guy’s mustache was normal above his lip, but then on each side of his mouth it was made to look as thin as a string and it protruded out on each side of his face about 6 inches. I am not kidding! This might get lost in translation but you should have seen this douchbag. I wanted to punch him. I’m not even a violent person! What possesses people to grow dumb mustaches? I really want a reason. Especially from that ASS.

A gripe. Ever download illegally from Kazaa or Limewire? Of course you have. Here’s a funny one. How many times does a track spark your interest on there because it seems like an artist and song that you didn’t even know existed? Like Elton John singing “In Da Club” or some crap like that. I once saw C&C Music Factory doing “Rock and Roll All Night” No joke! Regardless, there are so many morons who mislabel tracks on there. Sometimes it’s awful because it will get you excited thinking it’s a rare track or something. It never is. I always see SAVE FERRIS as the artist when it’s usually another female fronted band like No Doubt. Are people living in the past? Save Ferris had ONE hit, and a minor one at that! A remake of “Come on Eileen!” Now apparently they are engraved in people’s memories. Do people think they are the only band with a female lead singer? What brings me to mentioning this is that I was listening to The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping.” I was thinking of how their singer past away and how the surviving members could get the Save Ferris singer Monique Powell to be the new singer. Then it would prove all the little limewire fucks right. Or even better, Save Ferris could get back together and make a fucking CD of all the songs that the limewire fucks mistake for being them. SAVE FERRIS’ GREATEST HITS THAT AREN’T EVEN THEIRS BUT ARE NOW !!! Maybe even some Joan Jett, who knows?

And contrary to popular belief, Gwen Stefani is not pregnant with MY child…it is Gavin Rossdale’s – that bloke from BUSH…just to debunk the rumors…

Also, a few people have been asking me what “JAM” is…well that is all up to your wild sick perverted imaginations. And with Christmas cumming, you shouldn’t be thinking naughty thoughts because Santa won’t bring you anything!!!