So it’s understandable that Atlanta Bruce Springsteen fan Tyler Edgarton had some trepidation about meeting The Boss backstage at Philips Arena Sunday night.
Especially since Edgarton donated $15,500 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank to make the meeting happen.
“He couldn’t have been nicer!” Edgarton told Buzz in between e-mailing his video clips of the rocker to friends this week. “He was just hanging out in a room and was like, ‘Hey man, come on in. Nice to meet you!’ We just hung out and talked about [E Street Band drummer] Max Weinberg’s son [Jay] filling in on some of the European concert dates [due to his dad's new role as band director on the 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien' currently in rehearsals]. He was just very genuine.”
The private meeting came at the request of Springsteen who is challenging fans on each of his tour stops to donate to their local food banks in exchange for the backstage visit. Oh, and Springsteen is matching each donation. Edgarton read about the challenge in Buzz and decided to bid on the opportunity.
Edgarton remained a little shell-shocked this week.
“When Bruce asked, ‘Would you like me to sign anything?’ I had my Sharpie out and ready to go. He even let us take pictures and shoot video on my flip phone. He’s just somebody you could have a beer with.”
The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Angie Clawson was also in high spirits when she rang Buzz Central Wednesday with the final tallies from the concert. Thanks to generous concert-goers who stuffed a contribution box on the way into the show, along with Springsteen and Edgarton’s generosity, the ACFB scored $33,400 from the show.
“It’s very much needed right now,” Clawson said. “We saw a 26-percent [client] increase in March alone. People are struggling right now and we need to keep that good mix of nutrition coming in. This helps a lot.”
For info: www.acfb.org
Roker to ‘Wake Up’ The Weather Channel
Al Roker, the “Today” show meteorologist, really likes to work. So he’s going to get up even earlier and co-host a show with Stephanie Abrams for The Weather Channel from 6 to 7 a.m. The show title: “Wake Up With Al.”
Abrams will host from Atlanta while Roker, of course, will remain in New York.
In an e-mail release to Buzz, Lisa Gersh, interim CEO for the Atlanta-based channel explains: “Simply put – Al Roker is synonymous with weather. He has an energy and a style that jumps off the screen, and we already know that people want to wake up with him in the morning.” Added Gersh, “we have spent months coming up with the right way to integrate Al into The Weather Channel programming, and I think, alongside Stephanie, we’ve come up with the perfect formula.”
“Wake Up With Al” will dole out doses of the day’s weather with Roker appearing both in the studio, interacting with guests and viewers, and in the field. Viewers can anticipate a debut this summer.
Cooking With Blais
Do you want a cooking demonstration from “Top Chef” runner-up Richard Blais? The brain behind Atanta’s Flip burger boutique will be doing one free on Monday May 4 in a customized traveling 18-wheeler semi-truck with fellow season-four “Chef” frenzied foodie Nikki Cascone.
They will be at Perimeter Mall in the valet parking area and main street restaurant entrance. There are three show times: 11 a.m. to noon.; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; and 2 to 3 p.m. Last year, they did a similar demonstration at Piedmont Park. It was cozy and plenty of fun. There will be 60 seats under a special canopy and more space to watch from the outside. More details at www.bravotv.com/thetour.
Country singer and actor Tim McGraw dining at Pricci in Buckhead. We hear McGraw is in town shooting “The Blind Side” with actress Sandra Bullock. For his Atlanta outing, McGraw’s signature black cowboy hat was replaced with a black beret for his early-bird dinner with two friends. Pricci’s staffers dutifully reported that McGraw ordered the valdostana, a veal scaloppini with prosciutto and melted fontina cheese and was happy with the large portions that enabled him to try forkfuls of risotto with mushrooms, fresh orecchiette pasta with homemade Italian sausage, rapini, and fresh calabrese chile from his guests’ plates.
Actress Cloris Leachman is 83. Singer Willie Nelson is 76. Talk show host Gary Collins is 71. Actor Burt Young is 69. Actress Jill Clayburgh is 65. Guitarist Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down is 38. Singer Akon is 36. Actor Johnny Galecki (”The Big Bang Theory”) is 34. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 27. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 27. Country singer Tyler Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 25.
Contributing: Rodney Ho and news services.
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