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Concert Review: “Just Another Day in Paradise” with Phil Vassar and Jaron and the Long Road to Love in San Jose, California

April 18, 2010

When you go into a show with the highest expectations, you typically end up with an enormous letdown. With Phil Vassar, though, this is never the case. Once again, here in San Jose, Vassar lived up to all expectations with 90 minutes of great music and great fun!

The night began with Jaron and the Long Road to Love and don’t let the name fool you, this is a band consisting of just one: Jaron. Although he only played five song, it was a very enjoyable opening act. The song that you’ll probably know him from is a country radio staple these days: “I Pray For You”.

He may not be well known now, but what I loved about his stage presence is that he played with the crowd and had a great time throughout his set. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of him in the days/weeks/months to come.  I can tell he is a future star rising. Next time, hopefully, we’ll get a little longer set.

Following his set, it was finally time for the moment we had all been waiting for: Phil Vassar’s return to San Jose! The crowd was electric as KRTY DJ Randy Jones took the stage and got everyone on their feet, screaming at the top of their lungs. A moment later, Vassar took the stage.

If you haven’t seen a Phil Vassar show, you are missing out on one of country musics best. I’ve seen the best of the best: George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks and more. But, while Vassar isn’t seen in the upper echelon of country music performers, and on an international stage such as these performers, he really should be!

Vassar is well known in the industry as a great songwriter and over the past 8-10 years, has been very well received playing his own music. Songs such as “Carlene”, “Bye Bye”, “I’m Alright”, “In a Real Love”, “Last Day of My Life”, “Six Pack Summer”, “Little Red Rodeo”, “Love is a Beautiful Thing”, “Just Another Day in Paradise”, “American Child” and “My Next Thirty Years” filled the setlist. Vassar didn’t miss a beat as he had the audience in his hand, singing along to every word.

Another great aspect of a Vassar stage show is how he brings in other songs that are not his own that continue to keep the crowd asking for more. One of these would have to be “Summer Nights” from the Grease soundtrack:

But what I have always enjoyed most of the Phil Vassar shows I’ve been to (6 in total), is how he incorporates a Billy Joel staple, “Piano Man”, into his encore to conclude the show. What else would you expect from a great piano player such as Vassar:

As always, the show exceeded my expectations and I can safely say that everyone who was in attendance left feeling satisfied. My wife got to meet Vassar and got the autograph that she wanted 🙂 A great evening all around!

Whether you’re a fan of country music or not, I highly recommend that you check out a performance by Phil Vassar. You won’t be disappointed.

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Tom Cruise Very Emotional Over Death of Jett Travolta

January 9, 2009

“Horrific” is how Tom Cruise described the sudden death of Jett Travolta, the son of his good friend and fellow Scientologist, John Travolta while taping a segment of “The View” this week.

From MSNBC:

Tom Cruise’s Jan. 8 appearance on “The View” won’t air until Jan. 9, so the prescient nature of Cruise’s remarks about the death of Jett Travolta could be lost somewhat. A visibly shaken Cruise said, “It’s horrific. Here you have a man, both of them doting parents, they’re wonderful people, and….”

Cruise also reiterated the Church of Scientology’s stance on seeking medical attention, one pointed out in this column by Tommy Davis earlier this week. Rumors that the church discourages followers from seeking medical care are false, the actor and longtime Scientologist said.

Cruise’s appearance was pegged to the release of his film “Valkyrie,” which opened Dec. 25. While most press doesn’t go on this long, his visit to the show afforded him the opportunity to do what Cruise does best, interact with fans.

According to one person who attended the show, “he was so nice, so gracious. He stayed for a long time after the show to take pictures and sign autographs with the entire studio audience.”

From the Associated Press:

Cruise struggled to maintain his composure as he spoke on “The View” about last week’s death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta.

“John just adored him, both of his children,” Cruise said haltingly. “… It’s something that I don’t have the words for.”

The 46-year-old actor called Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, “doting parents, just wonderful people.” The couple have an 8-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu.

Jett died at the family vacation home in Grand Bahama. He had a history of seizures and was found unconscious in a bathroom. Results of an autopsy performed Monday were not released, but a Bahamas undertaker said the teen’s death certificate listed “seizure” as the cause of death.

In response to a question from “The View” host Barbara Walters, Cruise defended Scientology, which he and the Travoltas follow, against rumors that have swirled since Jett Travolta died.

The church doesn’t discourage conventional medical care, Cruise declared — “actually, the exact opposite.”

“They say, ‘Get your physical, get your medication, get your physical illnesses handled.'”

Autopsy Planned for Jett Travolta

January 3, 2009

An autopsy is planned for this Monday morning for John Travolta’s son, Jett, who died apparently after hitting his head on a bathtub after a seizure on Friday.

From ABC News:

Jett Travolta, 16, died on Friday morning at the family’s vacation home in the Bahamas.

A house caretaker found the teenager unconscious in the bathroom on Friday morning.

“A nanny attempted to revive him, all attempts were made, but he couldn’t be revived,” Travolta’s attorney, Michael Ossi, who is also in the Bahamas, told ABCNews.com Friday. “They tried as hard as they could to revive Jett.”

A police officer who declined to be named told the Associated Press the boy apparently hit his head on the bathtub.

An ambulance took him to a Freeport hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

John Travolta’s Son Dies

January 2, 2009

Police in the Bahamas have stated that John Travolta’s teenage son Jett has died this morning after suffering an apparent seizure at the actor’s vacation home.

From CNN:

The 16-year-old son of actor John Travolta died Friday morning after suffering a seizure while vacationing with his family in the Bahamas, Travolta’s attorney told CNN.

“At this point, we know that John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s only son, Jett, had a seizure at around 10 a.m. this morning,” attorney Michael Ossi said. “All attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.”

The cause of death is not known, Ossi said. An autopsy will be conducted Monday. His body will be transferred to Ocala, Florida, for burial, he said.

Jett’s death “was completely out of the blue,” he said. “John and Kelly are happy when their children are happy. This is the worst day of John’s life.”

The Travoltas also have a daughter, Ella, 8.

Bahamian police said a caretaker at the West End resort where the Travoltas were vacationing found the teenager unconcious in the bathroom. Jett Travolta was taken by ambulance to Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport and was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

Jett Travolta had a developmental disability that his parents, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, have linked to Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory disorder of the artery walls that most commonly occurs in young children and can lead to heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, “About 80 percent of the people with Kawasaki disease are under age 5. Children over age 8 are rarely affected.”

The causes of Kawasaki disease are unknown. Some scientists think it’s caused by an infectious agent, such as a virus. Some studies have noted a link between the disease and carpet cleaning chemicals.

“With my son … I was obsessive about cleaning — his space being clean, so we constantly had the carpets cleaned,” John Travolta told CNN’s Larry King in 2001. “And I think, between him, the fumes and walking around, maybe picking up pieces or something, he got what is rarely a thing to deal with, but it’s Kawasaki Syndrome.”

From the Associated Press:

Police spokeswoman Loretta Mackey says 16-year-old Jett Travolta hit his head in a bathtub Friday morning. She said he was declared dead at Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island.

Jett was the oldest child of Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, who also have an 8-year-old daughter.

A spokeswoman for the hospital in Freeport said she could not release any information because of privacy concerns.

From Reuters:

The teenage son of actor John Travolta died suddenly on Friday during a family vacation in the Bahamas, according to the family’s lawyer.

Jett Travolta, 16, suffered a seizure at his family’s vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island, attorney Michael Ossi said.

Attempts were made to revive him, but he died at the scene, Ossi said.

Jett, who had a history of seizures, was the eldest child of Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston. They also have a daughter, Ella Blue, who was born in 2000.

Sword-Wielding Man Killed at Scientology Building

November 24, 2008

According to local authorities, a security guard shot and killed Mario Majorski, a man who was wielding two Samurai swords Sunday on the grounds of a Scientology building in Hollywood.

From the Associated Press:

The unidentified man approached three guards around noon in the parking lot of the Scientology Celebrity Centre, Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Terry S. Hara said.

The man was “close enough to hurt them” when one of the guards shot him, Hara said. Detectives were questioning the guard to figure out the swordsman’s motive and determine whether the shooting was justified.

Surveillance tape showed the man arriving at the center’s parking lot in a red convertible, then approaching the guards with a sword in each hand, Hara said.

“The evidence itself, it’s very, very clear,” Hara said. “The security officers were defending their safety.”

The Church of Scientology was established in 1945 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. It teaches that technology can expand the mind and help solve problems and claims 10 million members around the world, including celebrity devotees Tom Cruise and John Travolta.