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Saturday, March 30, 2013

AT FENWAY - Brian Evans

Whoever is responsible for this video should not only be fired but should be made to watch this on loop for 24 hours straight!

My skin is still crawling.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dale Sams Posted: March 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM (#4399581)

I haven't seen Shatner that restrained since Judgment at Nuremberg.

My skin is still crawling.

Oh hush.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM (#4399582)
It's a catchy, fun little tune but sweet holy moses that video is terrible.
   3. Dale Sams Posted: March 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM (#4399585)
Seems like something you'd find as an easter egg on Ben Affleck's Baby Red Sox dvd.
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: March 30, 2013 at 08:10 AM (#4399622)
They really should have gotten John Pizzarelli to sing. Pizzarelli sang this song that for years was played approximately 1 billion times during each Sox radio broadcast.
   5. AndrewJ Posted: March 30, 2013 at 08:27 AM (#4399625)
I haven't seen Shatner that restrained since Judgment at Nuremberg.

Forget YouTube thumbs up and thumbs down -- they'll have to reconvene the Nuremberg jury to render the proper verdict on this video.
   6. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: March 30, 2013 at 09:14 AM (#4399632)
I had no idea Liev Schreiber was such a talented singer.
   7. bobm Posted: March 30, 2013 at 09:39 AM (#4399637)
Shatner looks so pale and sweaty I was afraid he would have a heart attack before the video ends.
   8. Drexl Spivey Posted: March 30, 2013 at 09:53 AM (#4399640)
I really did not need another reason to hate the Red Sox.
   9. GGC Posted: March 30, 2013 at 09:54 AM (#4399641)
It's a catchy, fun little tune

I heard it on WEEI yesterday. I'm not really into crooners, the whole bel canto thing is lost on me, so I'm probably not the best person to critique the tune. But he sounds like he's trying to imitate Sinatra and falling short.
   10. Repoz Posted: March 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM (#4399642)
Never knew Rowan Atkinson was a lefty.
   11. bobm Posted: March 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4399643)
This guy is a nut, short version:

From Wikipedia:

In June 1991, he was convicted of felony theft and sentenced to six months probation after he called a Los Angeles travel agency impersonating Casey Kasem and charged $2,900 in expenses that the agency attempted to collect from the radio host.[4] 

While on probation, Evans was invited to sing the national anthem at a Baltimore Orioles game. His probation officer told him he could not leave California, but Evans went to the game and was sentenced to a year in prison for violating the terms of his probation.[4]

This guy is a nut, long version:

In 1991, Evans, then 21, went to prison after impersonating, and charging plane tickets to, Casey Kasem, the veteran deejay who each week does the Top 40 countdown on his syndicated radio show. After his 10-month stretch, Evans returned to work and, earlier this year, landed a role as Keanu, Kimmy's boyfriend, on ABC's Full House. The job ended, he says, after he talked about the Kasem caper with Howard Stern. But producer Don Van Atta says, "His was not the kind of character you make permanent. Brian Evans got that impression, but when we heard it we just shook our heads."

Not content to let it rest, he's now rehashed the whole mess—Kasem, Stern, Full House—in Dreamer, an autobiography of sorts due next month from S.P.I. Books. Evans, 24, calls his book a showbiz primer "to tell kids that you don't make it" straight off in Hollywood. More likely it will tell them all about the very strange brain of Brian Evans. "He's manipulative," says Dreamer publisher Ian Shapolsky, "charming, relentlessly persuasive." He is also a talented mimic. 

His faux Kasem days began while doing stand-up comedy in his hometown of Haverhill, Mass. "It always got the crowd," he says. "If I bombed for 10 minutes, I could do Casey at the 11th, and everyone would think I was great." In 1989, after he moved to Los Angeles and started getting minor acting jobs, Evans met Kasem at a charity fundraiser. He did his impersonation; Kasem was impressed, and the two, Evans claims, became friendly. (Kasem refused to discuss Evans for this story.) When Kasem held a circus-themed fund-raiser at his home, he asked Evans to serve as ringmaster. He even loaned Evans one of his sweaters, so that he could be the deejay on Halloween. 

But one afternoon, Evans took the impersonation too far: he called an L.A. travel agency and, as Kasem, purchased three plane tickets to Boston for himself and two friends, charging the expense to "Dreamer," which he implied was a Kasem company. Then they drove from Boston to Maine, he says, "because it would be cool to have Maine lobster in Maine." Maine was so cool, in fact, that the group repeated their trip a week later, again charging the tickets to Dreamer. The travel agency, concerned about the unpaid $2,900 bill, contacted Kasem. The deejay remembered the imitator and, in June 1991, Evans was convicted on a felony theft charge and sentenced to six months' probation. 

The story might have ended there, if it weren't for the Baltimore Orioles game. Evans had been invited to sing the national anthem. Though his parole officer warned him not to leave California, he went anyway. Three days later he was sentenced to a year in state prison. 

Depending on your perspective, Evans had ended up in jail either despite, or because of, an almost monomaniacal focus on his career—virtually from birth. At age 2, says his mother, Helen Evans, a registered nurse, her only son would turn her hairbrush into a microphone. At 8, he joined the band onstage at a local benefit. "When he sang," says Helen, whose marriage to William Evans, a union president, had ended two years earlier, "I realized he was good!" At 11, he snuck onto a plane bound for L.A.; the police escorted him home. After he tried the same thing a year later, Helen decided to leave Haverhill and moved to Hollywood. "I never had the opportunity to make my dreams come true," she says. "I wanted him to feel like he got the chance." 

Young Brian quickly landed a part in a McDonald's commercial and made friends with a few in the up-and-coming set, including Jeremy Miller from Growing Pains and Peter Billingsley, who had starred in A Christmas Story. He used them to meet others in the business, compiling a mailing list and sending out updates on his career. 

Even in jail, Evans kept up the correspondence. "I was the only inmate getting Variety and The Hollywood Reporter," he says. But prison gave him time to think—and about more than his brilliant career. "I think I had narcissistic personality disorder," he says now. "I never listened. I talked." He even wrote several letters of apology to Kasem. (His alter ego did not write back.) 

Released in July 1992, Evans apparently became an ideal ex-con. "He never had any violations," says Lance Curtis, his probation officer. Friends spoke then of a changed Evans. "He's doing all he can to rectify the past," said Billingsley. "He's getting by on substance now, not on conversation and perception.",,20104658,00.html
   12. Lassus Posted: March 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM (#4399646)
The worldwide bee plague is because this guy has to continually suck their life essence to in order to maintain that horrendous overwhelming buzz in his voice.
   13. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: March 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM (#4399657)
I liked it. Always good to see Shatner. (A better singer would've been nice, tho.)
   14. Jay Seaver Posted: March 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM (#4399698)
Ah, it's out. Good. The Boston multiplexes have been showing a teaser for this music video for three or four months in front of every single movie, which is pretty insane by any standard, so at least that should be over.
   15. BritishColumbiaKing Posted: March 30, 2013 at 02:49 PM (#4399754)
This is a message by Brian Evans, posted on March 30th, 2013. You should all check it out.
   16. Rough Carrigan Posted: March 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM (#4400006)
Slightly creepy.
Why do they keep trying to force feed crap like this on the fans?
   17. bostonfan4life Posted: May 22, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4449916)
Brian Evans is a fraud and always will be a fraud. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie and he continues to screw people over. He blames Boston for hating his song. He blames Boston for killing his mother. This guy is always looking for a handout and never has a buck to his name. I heard he's going out to Hawaii probably to screw more people over. I'm not surprised that he spent time in jail.

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