Casino stars share their Jersey Shore memories
The summer's nearly gone, but the memories live on. Not only for the Shoobies and Shore dwellers, but also for many of the casino acts who have passed through Atlantic City this year. With such a rich and colorful history, Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore have not only provided perfect Boardwalk nights for decades of vacationers, but they've also given some of the country's biggest entertainment stars something to remember -- whether they were performing on stage or here as a child.
The following excerpts are from interviews conducted by AC Weekly in recent years.
Don Rickles (8/9/07 issue): "So what's new in Atlantic City? Like I don't know ... If I work one more hotel in Atlantic City, I'm going to work the airport."
Justin Hayward, Moody Blues (6/17/04): "That Boardwalk, that's a magical thing."
Adam Durtiz, Counting Crows (9/6/07): "It is a popular perception that I'm wasted on stage. It's mostly not the case. And for this past tour, it was never the case ...I'm not promising anything for Atlantic City [though] ... that's a fun town."
David Hinds, Steel Pulse (3/8/07): "My mother and father lived in Atlantic City for the good part of 10 years. They lived there until 1994. To this day my mom calls now and again and says 'I understand you're playing Atlantic City. Could you call so-and-so, who's an old friend of mine, and make sure her daughter gets into the show?'"
Bill Cosby (1/1/06): "The most fun I ever had was when I'd get up [on stage] with the Treniers [at the old Rendezvous Lounge at Resorts]. I loved it, and so did [the audience]."
Dion (8/2/07): "Even though it's changed, there's still a nostalgia walking the Boardwalk. It connects me to the past, present and future. You feel good going there."
Dan Aykroyd (1/20/05): "I love coming down here. I love the topography, the nature, the wetlands. I first came down to Atlantic City in the '70s when I moved to New York to do SNL. We'd come down after the show."
Carly Simon (11/24/05): "Have you ever heard of a movie called The King of Marvin Gardens?" [The A.C.-based movie was penned by Simon's friend Jacob Brackman.]
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