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My favorite Italian-Australian twins are back with their first single in a couple years!


97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009 – Saturday June 6, 2009 – F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre – Starring The Veronicas – Check out Photos and Video!

Photos Courtesy of John at KDP Studio!


Actress-turned-singer? Not exactly, says Taylor Momsen.

“I’ve been singing longer than I’ve been acting,” Momsen reveals. The Gossip Girl star performed on Saturday with her band, The Pretty Reckless, at 97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009. “I’ve been writing music my entire life. I know people aren’t going to know that instantly, but yunno, it all takes time.”

And time is on the side of the 15 year-old. Season 3 of Gossip Girl enters production in July. So for the next month, she’ll tour, opening up for The Veronicas. When Momsen returns to New York City and the set, she’ll also return to the studio, to finish production on The Pretty Reckless’ first LP. No timeline or dates are set, but Momsen already wrote the entire record.

Now she’s cutting her chops live, on stage. And it’s a learning process. 97 BHT’s event brought forth yet another lesson.

“Never again with no soundcheck!” said Momsen. “The entire first song, you couldn’t hear vocal at all.” The lead singer didn’t throw a fit nor storm off stage, instead rolling with the punches as sound techs worked out the issues.

The theater tour circuit certainly differs from the network sitcom set. It also seems that the average fan of The Pretty Reckless’ songs could differ from the average Gossip Girl enthusiast. So will fans of Jenny Humphrey buy in to Taylor’s music?

“I think it’s gonna take some getting used to,” she admits. “It might be a little bit of shell shock ‘cause, it’s rock man. It’s not lite, and it’s really real.”

But Gossip Girl viewers will probably see season 3 before they hear any studio material from Momsen. Now that “Little J” is the queen, the actress wouldn’t mind Humphrey become more active.

”It’s gonna be interesting to see what they do with her character as queen with all this power,” said Momsen. “I’d like to see her shake it up a little bit.”

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MTV’s Bam Margera invited himself to 97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009. But we didn’t mind. I stopped him backstage to catch up and ask him about his new MTV reality show, Don Vito’s legal issues, and more.


Bam Margera showed up to 97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009 on Saturday. The MTV star dished about his next TV project and Don Vito’s legal issues before hanging out with The Veronicas and the guys of Carney.

Margera drove from his home in Westchester, PA to the F.M. Kirby Center for the event.

“I heard The Veronicas were playing in Wilkes-Barre (he was intrigued by both the “barry” and “bear” pronunciations),” said Margera – who’s birth name is Brandon. After calling up a few people he knew in the concert business, Bam scored six tickets for his wife and entourage.

The Jackass-alum recently wrapped up a music video shoot with his brother’s band, CKY. Another video is on the docket within a few days – and then Margera returns to the network that made his antics famous; or infamous.

“I’m doing an MTV show where I go back to high school, because I quit in the first day of tenth grade,” Bam revealed. “I bet Raab Himself to s*** on a locker and he did, and then he got caught. I felt really bad so I quit.”

The series will be filmed at East High School in West Chester. Margera funds a $5,000 scholarship at the school, awarded to a student who makes the best short film. The former dropout thinks we could see the first episode as early as this fall.

Will Don Vito be involved? As of now, no – but that doesn’t mean Bam isn’t hopeful. Authorities convicted Vito, real name Vincent Margera, in December 2007 on two counts of sexual assault on a child. The incident occurred at a mall appearance in Lakewood, Colorado. Vito received a sentence of 10 years probation – to be served in Pennsylvania. The judge also ordered Bam’s uncle to register as a sex offender and relinquish the “Don Vito” character throughout the duration of the probation.

“He has to go back to Colorado for his appeal, and it’s been long enough so I’m sure it’s gonna be fine,” said Margera. “It’d be fabulous if he could be on (the show).”

Meanwhile, Vito and the rest of Bam’s crew will live through MTV re-runs, none of which Margera watches.

“It actually came on last night, and I turned the channel,” confessed Bam. “Lil Wayne was on the next channel, so…”

Margera doesn’t take himself too seriously – evident by his antics on camera and his laid-back personality off. At 97 BHT’s Summer Jam, Bam held interviews, took photos with fans, and even appeared on-stage – little coaxing involved.

Bam and crew didn’t cause a single raucous, backstage or otherwise at Summer Jam – which may seem as out of the ordinary as him showing up in the first place.

This will be quick. I’ll be inundating you with posts soon… “The Ting Tings live”, “Bam Margera shows up to 97 BHT Summer Jam”, “I ignore The Veronicas”, “Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen talks new album”, “Jada Serenades Me for my Birthday” – and many more stories.

But first, thank you. 24 isn’t usually a birthday heavily celebrated, but because of you, and a few national recording acts, this by far has been one of the, if not, the best birthday.

I’m headed to cap off the weekend, Yankees game followed by a meet and greet with Mariano Rivera. Enjoy your Sunday, talk soon.

Ralphie

It’s been quite the 2009 for The Veronicas, and the year is only half complete.

The first six months have catapulted Jess and Lisa Origliasso, twin sisters from Australia, in to the American public eye. Surely no one in the mainstream media noticed the duo this much since Lisa dated Ryan Cabrera back in 2006. But now, The Veronicas are gaining attention in the States for all the right reasons – a hit single in “Untouched” – a cameo and performance in 90210 – and now a cross-country tour with opening acts Carney and The Pretty Reckless. Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen fronts the latter band.

This Saturday, that tour detours to the F.M. Kirby Center for 97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009. Joining the three aforementioned acts will be Lesley Roy (“I’m Gone I’m Going”, “Unbeautiful”), Safetysuit (“Stay”), Jada, and Lovesick Radio, with Scranton’s own DJ Woogie in the mix all night long.

Jess Origliasso proved she could readily multi-task a few weeks ago, calling up “The Ralphie Radio Show” while shopping at a small boutique in Ohio.

“The audience is always very in to it, like everyone’s dancing along and sings along,” Jess explained of the live set – which will also include The Veronicas’ latest single, “Take Me On The Floor.” “It’s just a really, really good time.”

More than music is working in favor of the Origliasso twins. FHM recently placed the sisters at number two on their “Sexiest Women in the World” list, bested only by actress Megan Fox.

“We were six and seven last year, and we’re number two this year, so maybe we can kick Megan Fox off next year,” Jess hoped. “Although, (Fox is) pretty sexy, so it might be hard.”

Safetysuit missed out on any “sexiest lists”, but the band has cultivated diverse following through music that appeals to multiple radio formats. “Stay” is the break out mainstream song for the Oklahoma-based quartet.

”Nobody can figure it all out, but we can atleast try,” lead singer Doug Brown said of the song’s theme. “’Stay’ was an awesome song to write… it’s an emotion that everyone gets to go through.”

Brown also spoke on the band’s name, which started as, “The Crew.”

”Supposedly there’s some band called Motley Crew out there,” Brown joked, before explaining that Tommy Lee’s band successfully executed a cease and desist on “The Crew.” Another name, “The Safety”, also brought forth copyright issues, so finally the guys used a song called “Precious Suit” by Aqualung to finish out the new, legal name.

Tickets are still on sale for 97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009, with ticket prices as low as $9.71 – yes, clever we are.

Listen to The Ralphie Radio Show weekdays from 5-10 pm on 97 BHT.


97 BHT & SLP Concerts Present Summer Jam 2009 – Saturday June 6, 2009 – F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre – Starring The Veronicas – With Ticket Prices As Low As $9.71!

Also featuring: Lesley Roy, Safetysuit, Jada, Lovesick Radio, Carney, and The Pretty Reckless (featuring Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen) – with DJ Woogie in the mix all night long!

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Jess of The Veronicas calls up The Ralphie Radio Show to chat about 90210, the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in The World list, “Take Me On The Floor”, and headlining 97 BHT’s “Summer Jam 2009”.

Part 1: “90210”, Summer Jam, Drunk Dialing/Texting

Part 2: “Take Me On The Floor”, FHM 100 Sexiest Women

More about Summer Jam here.

FHM calls her one of the most sexiest women in the world. In her home country of Australia, the singer’s personal life creates as many headlines as the music she makes with her twin sister, Lisa. And you don’t have to travel any further than the duo’s latest single to pick up on the bisexual tendacies. 

Jess Origliasso comprises one half of the power-pop group The Veronicas. The Australian-imports will headline 97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009 on June 6 – coincidentally enough, my 24th birthday.

“You’re a younger man than me!” Jess exclaimed after I informed her how old I’d be turning. Of course, Origliasso isn’t that much my elder – her birthday is on December 25, 1984. I immediately rebuffed that our age difference is not notable.

“You can prove me wrong when we see you babe,” the singer responded – as I immediately began to wonder if Jess flirted with all radio DJs like this.
Anyways, what is notable is The Veronicas current run in America – they haven’t gained this much attention in the states since Lisa dated Ryan Cabrera. “Untouched”, the first single from Hook Me Up, gained a solid amount of radio airplay across the nation, and suddenly the group became relevant again, sans the rumored relationships.
Now the sisters are touring the country and popping up on television, with a recent cameo on The CW’s 90210.

“We were doing a show in Ohio, and they had the TV’s on while we were on stage,” Jess said. “(The cameo) came on as we were on stage.” 

Speaking of female-friendly TV shows, The Veronicas currently have The Pretty Reckless opening up for them. TPR, also on the Summer Jam bill, is fronted by Gossip Girl‘s Taylor Momsen.

“She’s a really cool chick,” Jess commented on Momsen. “We’re always giving support and power to women in music.”

But the ladies tour and support the fellas too – most recently The White Tie Affair. When I spoke with lead singer Chris Wallace a few weeks ago, the Chicago-native insisted I bring up his name during the interview.

“We drunk text each other all the time,” revealed Origliasso. “We have lovely drunk text conversations.”

Jess didn’t elaborate, although if you listened or read about my interview with TWTA, I could only imagine what those messages entailed. 

I suppose all of the aforementioned comes with the territory when you and your sister are named the second most beautiful women in the world by FHM. If you’re wondering, the ladies lost out on the top spot to actress Megan Fox.

“She’s pretty sexy,” said Origliasso of The Transformers star. I immediately responded that it sounded as if she had a crush on Fox. “She’s gorgeous, who wouldn’t?”

Yup, let the rumors begin.

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After missing her call, Ralphie phones back Jess Origliasso to chat about The Veronicas LP and the hit song, “Untouched.” BTW – is there good Italian food in Australia?



The Veronicas CD, Hook Me Up, is in stores now.