The man who keeps BeatleCuse going is making sure Syracuse has something cool going on to mark the day that John Lennon would have turned 75.
Yes, the first Beatle to leave us was born on Oct. 9, 1940. My how time does pass us by.
“There will be some national attention given to this ‘round numbered’ diamond anniversary,” reports musician, fan and promoter Paul Davie. “Or should I say, Lucy In The Sky With Diamondanniversary. I know. … I’m hopeless.”
“Aside from Jamie Notarthomas, Mark was truly the star at BeatleCuse back in February,” Davie says. “Demand was so high for his return, I knew he would be the right choice to celebrate Lennon’s birthday. After all, he was personal friends with John in the mid 70’s. And he has a lot more stories to tell.”
The show is 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Mohegan Manor Ballroom in Baldwinsville, some 20 miles northwest of Syracuse. Tickets for the show only are $20. Tickets for a buffet dinner that starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show are $40. They can be bought online at this link.
Portions of the proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Hudson suffers from Type II diabetes, and is an advocate of control through healthy life choices.
The one-man show is titled Livin’ on the Edge. Here’s the bio, courtesy of Davie.
Mark Hudson is the Forrest Gump of Rock & Roll. He was with John Lennon during his famous lost weekend. He was with Led Zeppelin when they tried to light Elton John on fire at a party. He was asked by Cher to do something very private that had always eluded her. This is just the beginning. Mark always seemed to be in the room when something historic, funny or just plain unbelievable was occurring.
In “Livin’ on the Edge” Mark talks about his experiences with rocks’ elite through monologues, funny anecdotes, impersonations and lots of music. The stories will leave you in stitches and the songs will keep playing in your head. His colorful outfits, colorful facial hair and colorful wit will hook you right from the start.
Mark wrote the Grammy-winning song “Livin’ on the Edge” for Aerosmith plus went on to write a dozen other Aerosmith songs as well as producing several of their albums. He wrote “The Reason” with Carole King, which became a huge smash for Celine Dion. He produced Ozzy Osbourne, Hanson, Elmopalooza, Ringo Starr, Baha Men and many more.
Mark was the vocal director and backup vocalist for artists such as David Cassidy, Wayne Newton, Cher, Alice Cooper, Jon Bon Jovi, Aaron Neville, Harry Nilsson, Hanson, Leif Garrett, Night Ranger and more.
In addition, Mark starred in a Prime Time music/comedy series with his brothers in 1974 entitled “The Hudson Brothers Show.” This led to a Saturday morning show entitled, “The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show.” Mark’s TV career landed him a spot as the band leader on the “Late Show with Joan Rivers” on Fox and in 2008, on the X Factor in England, a Simon Cowell show which also stars Sharon Osbourne. (Mark is known in England as “Weird Beard” for his brightly colored beard.)
Here’s a YouTube clip of a video I shot at last winter’s BeatleCuse show.
What’s your favorite group among those with which Mark Hudson worked, and why? Do you remember any of Mark Hudson’s TV work, and if so, what struck you the most? What would be your biggest claim to the ‘Livin’ on the Edge’