MSG Honcho Jim Dolan And Friends Blow The Kazoo For ALS
September 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM (PT)
Never mind the Ice Bucket Challenge, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN boss JIM DOLAN issued fans at last night's EAGLES concert their own dare, and it resulted in thesound of 7,422 kazoos played simultaneously. That not only broke a world record but -- as pledged -- resulted in a $100,000 donation by DOLAN to the ALS ASSOCIATION.
DOLAN, owner of the KNICKS, RANGERS and a partner in the newly renovated L.A. FORUM with music mogul IRVING AZOFF, was performing as front man for his band, JD & THE STRAIGHT SHOT, as opening act for THE EAGLES at the GARDEN last night. He was joined on stage by KNICKS stars CARMELO ANTHONY and AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE, RANGERS goaltender HENRIK LUNDQUIST and tennis legend JOHN McENROE to make kazoo history.
Kazoos were distributed to ticket-holders as they entered THE GARDEN. When DOLAN and the band launched into “Governor’s Song,” a song from its new album, "Where I’ve Been," the fans joined in for the kazoo solo. The mission accomplished,DOLAN announced his $100,000 donation to ALS. The kazoo challenge started last Friday on "The Today Show" when DOLAN participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and then challenged fans to join him in breaking the kazoo record.
“I’m honored to make this donation to ALS, and very proud that EAGLES fans came together to make this moment happen,” said DOLAN. “I want to thank CARMELO, AMAR'E, HENRIK and JOHN for taking the time and having so much fun with us on stage, and to the fans at THE GARDEN on THURSDAY for making this such a memorable event for an important cause.”
“We are grateful to JAMES DOLAN and his band JD & THE STRAIGHT SHOT for this very generous donation and the awareness he has helped raise for this important cause,” said ALS ASSOCIATION GREATER NEW YORK CHAPTER President/CEO DORINE GORDON. “The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a true phenomenon and we are grateful for the outpouring of support that our organization has received. We have a long way to go to reach our goal of finding a cure for this devastating disease. We continue to not only push for research, but also to make treatments and care accessible and affordable for all ALS patients as well as the families of those living with ALS right here in the NY/NJ area.”