This week, I’m looking back at Fourths of July gone by. In 2007 and 2008, I was working at Star 102.1’s StarJam concerts in Pigeon Forge. The events were popular but in subsequent years, the City of Pigeon Forge chose to switch to country music acts that would not attract as big a crowd. The 2008 event brings back some great memories of the late Terry Morrow.
I interviewed Jaret Reddick and Chris Burney of Bowling For Soup in their tour bus after StarJam 2007. All the BFS guys participated in a meet and greet before the show. I took a few pictures of things backstage that interested me, including some guy riding around on a Cooler Scooter.
My Bowling For Soup interview was edited down to about five minutes. In one story that didn’t make the final cut, Jaret told me about the time that Jimmy Kimmel made fun of their appearance at the 2003 Grammy Awards. Jimmy didn’t realize at the time that the band was already booked to perform on his show the following week.
Some guy at Good Charlotte’s record label assured Terry Morrow that Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie would not be accompanying their boyfriends to StarJam 2008 at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. And we all know what happens when you assure, you make an ass out of you and re.
One of my co-workers picked up the band at McGhee Tyson Airport on Friday afternoon and was surprised to see that Paris was traveling with Benji Madden. His brother Joel was without Nicole. On the way to Pigeon Forge, they all got out of the van and bought a bunch of fireworks at a stand on Wears Valley Road.
When I had a little bit of a break later, it occurred to me to call Terry Morrow and to tell him that I had met Paris. He loves to tell people about the party he attended at her house. Naturally, Terry was surprised to hear that she was in Tennessee. He couldn’t get off the phone fast enough so he could start driving to Pigeon Forge. As a result of his efforts, he was able to phone in a story for the paper and post a few more details on his blog.
Here are the photos I took from my vantage point backstage. You may not use any of these photos on your own site without my permission, but you may go ahead and link back to this blog entry.