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Last update Mar 2,  2014.  New s tuff is at the top.

This page is for all of Papa Doo Run Run's friends and fans who want the latest cool happenings with the band.  We'll update it from time to time with pictures and info about what's been going on.  Bookmark this page (CNTL-D) and come back here often for new pics and info.


(MAR 2, 2014)

NEW NEWS ABOUT BOBBY G.

Bob is doing as well as can be expected.  His first operation went well.  There will undoubtedly be more.  He still has difficulty breathing from the trauma to his lungs, and they are keeping an eye on his lacerated liver.  Sam (Bob's girlfriend) is keeping us posted as to what's going on with him, and we will post updates here and also on our FB page. 

Here's her latest installment...

The nurses emphasized he really hasn't been getting enough rest and MUST rest more. As one nurse put it, "He's received tremendous trauma to his body." No more calls and visits until he's out of ICU. No calls to the nurses' station right now to find out his condition. I will post updates, and they're not allowed to give out any information anyway. We don't yet know how long that will take.

CLICK HERE for our "Get Well Soon - Bobby G" guest book.


(FEB 28 2014)

BOBBY G UPDATE
Courtesy of Samantha Elin (Bob's girlfriend)

Hi all. Bob had surgery yesterday afternoon on his broken femur and knee cap. The surgery went very well. They expected it to take five to eight hours and they were done in four. They placed a rod in his femur and removed all the fragments from his shattered knee cap. His ankle is still too swollen to be operated on and the surgeon feels it will take probably a week to two weeks until the swelling goes down enough to operate.

He's looking at three months of not being able to walk on the left leg. He also has fractures in his toes, but those will heal on their own. He's still in ICU as they need to continue to monitor his liver, which sustained bleeding and a very large gash, and his lungs. It may sound overwhelming, but he is doing better. It's just going to be a long process.

He's in good spirits and really appreciates the calls and visits. HOWEVER, AS HE'S FEELING WEAK AND NEEDS TO REST POST-SURGERY, THE NURSE RECOMMENDS NO VISITS AND CALLS TODAY (FRIDAY), AND SAYS THE WEEKEND WOULD BE BETTER. Again, the outpouring of love from all of his friends in the music and non-music community is incredible. THANK YOU!

CLICK HERE for our "Get Well Soon - Bobby G" guest book.
 


(FEB 25, 2014)

BOBBY G SUFFERS HORRENDOUS CAR ACCIDENT

On the way to the airport today, to catch an early morning flight for our afternoon gig in Sacramento, Bobby G, in his little green VW was hit head-on.  His car was totaled.  It took the jaws-of-life to pry him out of his car.  He was then airlifted to County USC Med Center, where he was treated for internal injuries, and will undergo surgery in the next day or so to fix his numerous broken bones. We're all thankful that his injuries are no longer life threatening, and he didn't sustain any head injury, nor any injury to his magic guitar playing fingers.

Needless to say, Bobby missed our gig in Sacramento, but thankfully it was a very short 3-song gig, so we were able to juggle things around and pull it off.  He'll probably be out of commission for a while, but we're all praying for his speedy recovery, and hope to hear his genius guitar playing on our stage again real soon.

If you would like to send your well-wishes to Bob, CLICK HERE for our "Get Well Soon - Bobby G" guest book.  We'll see to it that he gets your messages.

We love you Bob.  Heal quickly!



(DEC 22, 2013)


PAPA CELEBRATES OUR 48 ANNIVERSARY!

It was 48 years ago today that Stevie Surf Dromensk, Jimi-Jo Rush, Krazy Jim Shippey, and Donnie Z, got together to form a little garage band.  Who knew it would still be going strong 48 years later?  Jimi & Donnie are still at the helm.  We've had a few guys change over the years, but the average tenure in PDRR is something like 18.5 years.  Even in our current lineup, Adrian is the rookie at 9 years.

Here's a collage of our band promo photos throughout the years...


(Aug 15, 2013)

JIMI IS ON THE MEND...

We're very pleased to let you know that a couple weeks ago, Jimi got the "all clear" from his doctors.  His battle with throat cancer is over - now comes the healing and never ending follow-ups, but we're sure he'll be back to 100% in no time.  He's been doing our gigs in California and the Midwest for the past couple months, and even though is voice is still a little fragile, he's performed flawlessly.  He's looking forward to seeing everyone at our gigs in  Lincoln, (Aug 23), and Santa Cruz (Aug 30)..  Thanks so much for all of your prayers and words of encouragement on his Guest Book page.   WRITE IN JIMI’S GUEST BOOK


(APR 2, 2013)

 

JIMI's FINAL WEEK OF TREATMENT...

 

This week, is Jimi's final week of radiation treatments, and he'll cap it off with one more dose of chemo.  He's doing amazingly well.  He said he's "chokin' up cancer chunks".  A rather descriptive way of saying that his tumor is disintegrating.  His Dr expects it to be pretty much gone by the end of the week.

 

Jimi's feeling so good that he had a BBQ last week.,  His brother, Charlie, (Papa's drummer in the late 60's while Shippey did a few years in the Navy), was there too.  As some of you may know, Charlie is currently undergoing treatment for lung cancer, so spread those prayers around.

 

     
                         Debbie                    Jimi                                      Deb         Jimi       (Daughter) Kathryn Grace & (Bro) Charlie

 

During Jimi's treatment, his throat got pretty sore so he had a feeding tube inserted so he could inject a "baby food like" potion directly into his stomach.  At his BBQ he was back on solid food.  It was predicted that he would lose about 50 lbs during his treatment , but he didn't quite make it there.  He DID lose 22 lbs.  He said "I found my Adams Apple, and some other body parts that have been missing for years!" 

 

Jimi's got weeks of follow-ups ahead of him, and hopefully his cancer is gone forever.  He got the "A-OK" from his doctor, to get back on stage, so he'll hit the road with the rest of us later this month for our gig at the Hardrock in Hollywood, FL.  (Sorry, it's a private party event).

 

Start making your plans now to see Jimi and the band at this year's Santa Cruz Beach Boardwak performance - Friday, Aug 30 - 6PM & 8 PM (That's the Friday of Labor Day weekend)

 

WRITE IN JIMI’S GUEST BOOK.


 

(MAR 24, 2013)

 

Jimi’s Doing OK

 

Jimi continues his radiation therapy.  He says he feels pretty good, except his throat is pretty sore.  When I asked him “how sore is it?, he replied in pure JJ fashion, “It feels like there’s a ping pong ball in my throat that has spikes sticking out of it and it’s been dunked in acid.”  Yeah I guess that’s pretty painful.  Consequently, he’s eating pretty much exclusively through his feeding tube.   His diet consists of about 2 L of formula (like baby food) a day, and about 1.5 L of water.  Tasty!  His Dr told him before it all started that he would lose about 40-50 lbs (which Jimi admits that he needed to do anyway).  Well, he’s only got about 2 weeks of treatments left, and he GAINED 15 lbs, and lost 16, so he has a net loss of 1 lb.  So he’s still a bit “fluffy” as he calls it.  More next week.

 

Send Jimi your well-wishes.  WRITE IN JIMI’S GUEST BOOK.

 


 

(MAR 16 2013)

 

Another JJ Update

 

Jimi is doing better today.  He had his 2nd round of chemo last week (one more to go on Apr 2), and continues to get radiation every weekday.  He should be done with everything on Apr 4, and ready to rock at our Ft Lauderdale gig Hard Rock gig on the 20th.  (Sorry, it’s a private event). 

 

To quote Jimi-Jo, “Chemo is tough.  For a few days it gives me ‘DA-STOOPIDS!’  Can’t pronounce words, fuzzy brain, and the shakes.  Could be worse, still got my hairs!”  His throat is pretty sore, as expected, and his tumor is shrinking.  YAY!  Jimi’s wife Debbie-Jo, and our friend Dorothy-Jo, are taking good care of him. 

 

Send Jimi your well-wishes.  WRITE IN JIMI’S GUEST BOOK.

 


(Feb 22, 2013)

Jimi Jo Update

Jimi Jo started his radiation and chemo this week at Kaiser Hospital in Ontario.  In preparation for his treatments, he got a HAIRCUT!!!  Here's a photo of John Stamos giving Jimi a quick hair style makeover.  Nice job, Johnny!!

        

He'll be doing radiation just about every day for a couple months, and chemo only a couple more times.  The procedure only takes a few minutes, so he'll be in and out of the hospital quickly. 

Jimi's feeling pretty good.  The chemo had no effect, nausea or otherwise, and the radiation left him with a slight sore throat, which he expected.  His spirits are up and sense of humor... well, you be the judge.  His comment on his 2 bag drip was that one was vodka, the other vermouth.  I think he was asking the nurse for an olive.

Be sure to WRITE IN JIMI’S GUEST BOOK.

 

(Feb 15, 2013)

Jimi Jo Health News

There's no easy way to say this, so here it is...  Jimi Jo, our illustrious bass player, was diagnosed last month with throat cancer.  He wants everyone to know that he's going to be fine.  His doctors say it's quite treatable, so he will begin radiation treatments this month.  That means, he'll miss a few gigs, but not to worry - in his absence, Jeffrey Foskett, our guitar player who also shares his talents with Brian Wilson when Brian is performing, will take over the bass playing duties. 

If you would like to contact Jimi to wish him well, he asks that you not call him, because his throat is a bit sore, but you may TXT him if you have his cell number, or write to him at papadoo@aol.com, or send a get well card to him at:  PAPA DOO, PO Box 255, Cupertino, CA 95015-0255. 

We'll keep you updated on his recovery here, so check back occasionally. There will also be some info on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/don.zirilli.  In the mean time, keep Jimi in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

WRITE IN JIMI’S GUEST BOOK


(Jan 2013)

DINNER AT MARKIE'S

Remember Markie Star, our heartthrob guitar player from the 1970's?  Well he celebrated a birthday recently,  and all of the guys + their wives, and some friends, showed up at the party at his lakeside So Cal home.  Donnie showed off his culinary skills, (learned from his restaurateur dad), in the kitchen, whipping up some turkey sausage lasagna, chicken picatta, roasted potatoes, and Caesar salad.  Here's a link to a YouTube video of the festivities (WARNING - ADULTS ONLY)  http://youtu.be/jXI63jCEc-g  Don't be shocked by the amt of butter (and alcohol) consumed - there were 15 people there.


L-R:  Donnie, Jimi Jo, Krazy Jim, Markie Star, Jimmy D.
The 1970's version of PDRR, with 1970's drumhead!

A good time was had by all!


(May 2012)

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

The Beach Boys are reuniting to celebrate their 50th anniversary, with a tour and new album.  Joining the surviving members (Mike, Bruce, Al, Brian, and David) will be Brian's band which includes Papa member, Jeffrey Foskett.  During Jeff's absence from PDRR, we are VERY pleased to welcome back our former bandmate, Randell Kirsch, who for the past 8 years or so has been the bass player in the Beach Boys band.  Catch Papa Doo and Randell at one of our shows this summer.  Jeffrey will be back with us after the BB's tour this fall.


(AUG 25, 2011)

Funny how time flies when you're having fun.  And for the guys in Papa Doo Run Run, time is moving at light speed.  This year the fun came roaring in with gigs from Honolulu to Hartford.  Bouncing back-and-forth across the good old U S of A, we did lots of performing arts center concerts, symphony dates, and some wild "Dancin' in the Street" parties.   Among our highlights of the summer were the dates we did in Michigan with the Grand Rapids Symphony...scorching 100 degree weather, a little rain to cool things down and 3000+ very enthusiastic, Aloha shirt clad party-goers, having the best non-beach beach party they ever had - right there in the middle of Michigan.  Who knew?  Read the review HERE.

 

Next week, over Labor Day weekend, Papa Doo will cap off the summer with 2 perfect "end of summer" concerts.  On Friday, Sep 2 we do our 22nd annual Santa Cruz Beach Party bash - right on the beach with 8 or 9000 of our closest friends - always a gas. Then on Sunday, Sep 4 we will re-live a concert we did on the exact same day 35 years ago at the China Peak Resort (east of Fresno) with '70's icons, Pablo Cruise.  

 

So, if you're looking for some excitement this Labor Day weekend, and you're anywhere near central California, grab your sun screen, a Hawaiian shirt, and a beach chair, and join us at one (or both) of our shows.  We guarantee you'll be singing every song with us, having the time of your life.


(MAY 22, 2011)


PAPA & STAMOS ON TMZ

Remember 5 months ago when Papa performed at Disneyland that week between Christmas and New Years?  Well, It's come to our attention that TMZ was there to catch the action the night our buddy, John Stamos, came out to jam with the band.

Check it out..


(FEBRUARY 4, 2010)

DON & MARGIE ZIRILLI BECOME GRANDPARENTS!

Yes, it's hard to believe, especially since Don thinks he's still 29 years old.  Be that as it may, their daughter Melissa, and her boyfriend, Keny, are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Dylan.  He was born on Friday, Feb 4, and weighed in at 8 lbs, 14 ozs.  Mother, son and grandparents, are all doing fine.

See more photos on Don's FaceBook page
www.facebook.com/don.zirilli


(DEC 10, 2010)

PAPA DOO TO MAKE A RARE
SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT...

This Christmas season, Papa will be back at their old stomping ground, Disneyland, for 4 very special nights.  December 27-28-29 & 30.  With the exception of a performance at D-Land's 50 birthday celebration in '05, Papa hasn't appeared in The Park in over 20 years!  

It will be 4 very special nights on the Plaza Gardens (Carnation) stage, especially for so many of our "old" fans who faithfully came to see us night after night during our 15 year engagement at Disneyland from 1975-90.  We are really looking forward to seeing you (and your kids and grand-kids) again.

The band will be performing a lot of your old favorites, as well as some "new oldies".  We'll expect a packed dance floor, so bring your dancin' shoes.  Showtimes: 7 PM / 8 PM / 9 PM / 10:15 PM,  but get there early so we can socialize.

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.

HERE ARE SOME OLD PHOTOS OF PAPA ON THE PLAZA GARDENS STAGE IN 1975.
SENT IN BY JULIE FIEDORA.
  
 

 


(SEP 10, 2010)

STEVIE "SURF" DROMENSK
MAY 1, 1946 - SEP 10, 2010
REST IN PEACE.


 

 


YouTube live video of Stevie Surf in action at EXPO '88, Brisbane Australia.
Papa Doo in 1988: Zirilli (keys), Rush (bass), Parker (drums), Surf (guitar), Barone (guitar).


Our sincere condolences to Steve's family and close friends.
- PAPA DOO RUN RUN 

MORE ON STEVE'S PASSING CLICK HERE


 


July 18, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS
JIMI-JO AND DEBBIE-JO RUSH



The wedding party.

Papa's Jimi-Jo Rush tied the knot today with his girlfriend of the past 5 years, Debbie Ricks.  More pics and details here soon.  OVER 500 PHOTOS - CLICK HERE.

 


July 1, 2010

This weekend is the 4th of July - Independence Day.  I can't think of a single July 4th when Papa Doo Run Run wasn't working someplace.  From Washington DC , with 80,000 + people and a spectacular fireworks show, to a little city park in the heartland, where the entire population of 900 people came out to listen to the band and see the firework (singular), the audience is always full of enthusiastic, flag waving patriotic Americans, digging our music, and thankful for living in the greatest country on Earth.  This year will be no different as we crank out our all-American tunes, celebrating our freedom on stages in both Northern and Southern California, and counting our blessings for having a gig (or 2) !

 

Have a happy, patriotic 4th of July.  God Bless America.  Let's Rock!

 


Feb 10, 2010

Donnie's brother-in-law (the other one, not Jeffrey) has a new CD out under the name
Tunesmith's Apprentice.  The CD, "Anonymity", is a collection of original tunes - sort of Jimmy Page meets Mozart with a little jazz thrown in for good measure.

Check it out and buy a copy
HERE.


Oct 31, 2009

WE'RE CLASSING UP OUR ACT!



That's right!  Surf's Up with the Symphony.  If you've seen us on the beach at our annual Beach Boardwalk concerts, you won't want to miss this very special benefit concert at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. PAPA DOO backed up by the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra for one very special show CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TICKETS.

DONT MISS IT! 


CLICK POSTER FOR FULL SIZE
 


August 13, 2010

SOME SAD NEWS...

The world got a little darker last week - our dear friend, Sonny Anderson passed away.  Sonny was, for a couple of decades, the Director of Entertainment at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  He was responsible for hiring every entertainer that was fortunate enough to perform in the "Happiest Places on Earth" 

It was Sonny who first hired Papa Doo Run Run back in 1975 to open the show for Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods on the old Tomorrowland stage.  We continued playing at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Epcot, every summer, holiday, and special event for the next 15 years.  In 1985, when our "California Project" CD went gold, Sonny dubbed us "Disneyland's Celebrity House Band".  Of the 45 years Papa Doo has been performing, those 15 years were the absolute best. 

Sonny started his Disney career back when Disneyland was first born, playing drums and vibes in various Disney bands, then arranging, writing, and producing, and finally booking all the entertainment.  It's been said that Sonny Anderson was the biggest single buyer of entertainment in the world.  He has single-handedly made the careers of countless entertainers who got their start at Disneyland and went on to fame and fortune.  We all owe Sonny - bigtime!

Sonny's keen sense of what makes entertainment work was second to none. He was a true gentleman, kind to the core, and will not be soon forgotten.


July 11, 2009

PAPA DOO DOES FORTH OF JULY WEEKEND IN AZ & NY

This past July 4th weekend we got to perform for 2 nights at Harrah's just outside of Phoenix, followed by a quick flight to JFK for a concert in Great Neck Long Island.  Harrah's was great because its a smaller venue where we get to interact up close and personal with our audience and fans, plus the crew there makes us look and sound great. 

Getting up at 3 AM to catch a 6 AM flight to New York wasn't easy (that's the time we usually go to bed), but we made our flight and got to the gig in Great Neck on time.  We performed at the famed Waterside Park (which used to be part of the Chrysler estate), right on the banks of Long Island Sound, with New York City across the water as our backdrop.  It was quite a spectacular location.  The local crowd of about 2000 people were enthusiastic and soaked up every note of our California music.  Many thanks to the Great Neck Parks Dept for inviting us to their holiday weekend event.  (Check out the photos below).

Capping off our week in NYC, and definitely a highlight of our trip,  Donnie and Margie had dinner with the legendary Lou Christie and friends Linda Bann and Kathy Morris. We got to share some road stories, wine, and a great meal at one of Lou's favorite restaurants, Orso.  (The clams & linguini was molto buono).

Lou's hits "Lightning Strikes", "The Gypsy Cried", Two Faces Have I", "Rhapsody in the Rain" - the list goes on - defined the early 60's.  Catch up with Lou at www.lou-christie.com.


  Kathy                   Lou               Donnie                 Linda                       Margie

 


Hangin' in Times Square.


On stage at Waterside.                 Photo: Jan Altes
FOR A PHOTO SAMPLE OF OUR GREAT NECK CONCERT, CLICK HERE.


Dec 22, 2008


 

PDRR CELEBRATES 43rd ANNIVERSARY!

It was 43 years ago today that PAPA DOO RUN RUN was born. December 22, 1965.  It all started with a rehearsal in Jimi Rush's (then 16 years old) garage in Santa Clara, CA.  The fun hasn't stopped since!   Even though band members have come and gone over the decades, Jim Rush, Don Zirilli, Steve Dromensk, and Jim Shippey still remain buddies.   Rush and Zirilli, of course are STILL in the band, Dromensk is a contractor in the Sacramento area, and also has a duo (the Soundbytes), into which he funnels his creative talents, and Shippey is a big real estate mogul now living near San Diego. 

Thanks to all our fans who have been loyal for DECADES!

Take a look back at some historical photos of the band on our MySpace page (www.myspace.com/papadoorunrun).  Click on photos.


1965.         SHIPPEY                        RUSH                       DROMENSK                       ZIRILLI


Aug 26, 2008

Hernando!

This old photo of Donnie holding Hernando Chicken (in a non-politically correct fashion) was sent to us by Jeannie McLoed.  She took the pic back in 1979, at a show in San Francisco.   (Thanks, Jeannie).

Hernando used to help us sing our long lost original tune "Play Another Song on the Radio" (complete with rebel yell contest), and sometimes also "Surfer Joe".  Got some old photos of Papa Doo?  SEND 'EM IN!  We'll put them up right here for the world to enjoy.


July 25 2008
IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!
PAPA DOO'S BRAND NEW
TOTALLY ACOUSTIC CD...


We're doing our part to save the planet
one song at a time!

SAMPLE IT HERE.

OWN IT HERE.



GET YOURS TODAY.


Jun 10, 2008

IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY!

This picture was sent to us by our friend and old high school mentor, Bill Boggie.  The occasion is Papa Doo's inauguration into The Cupertino High School Hall of Fame, back in 1980!  From left to right are the late Gary Bianchini (Gary graduated with Don in 1964, and was the big man on campus - class president, student body president, star jock - you name it.  He was the guy we all looked up to), Don (sporting his fro and very hip green satin Papa jacket), Bill Boggie (our teacher, member of the Toads band, and the man who single-handedly has kept the CHS spirit so high for over 4 decades), and Jimi-Jo (amazingly still fitting in his CHS letter sweater 13 years after graduating)!  Hail to Cupertino!


"Be True To Your School, now..."


Jun 15 2008

PAPA DOO ON TV!

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is kicking off their 2008 summer season with a 30 minute TV special called "BACK TO THE BEACH", and Papa Doo Run Run's music is featured on the show.  There is a clip of the band playing "Santa Cruz", the title song from our album of the same name, and another, "The Giant Dipper",  our instrumental from that same CD . 

Show times are:
KTVU (channel 2)
Sunday, 6/22 @ 6:30 PM
Sunday, 7/20 @ 6:30 PM

KICU (channel 36, cable 6)
Sunday, 6/29 @ 6:30 PM
Saturday, 7/17 @ 6:30 PM

If you live or are visiting anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, you should be able to see the show.

Our annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk concert is Friday, August 15.  See you there!


May 15 2008

COMING SOON!  PAPA DOO's NEW ALL ACOUSTIC "GREENifornia" CD.

We've been in the studio over the past few months, working on an all acoustic album (a very ambitious project for sure) to be released this summer.  It's our own little way of greening up the Earth and curbing global warming (if you buy into that sort of thing).

Preview Papa Doo Run Run's brand new eco-friendly, EPA approved, totally acoustic "GREEN ALBUM" (CD) below.  It's made entirely from bio-degradable recycled Beach and Classic Rock tunes, using all acoustic instruments, that won't leave a carbon footprint, add to our greenhouse gasses, nor deplete our limited fossil fuel energy resources.  

We used only pure organic, non-polluting, emission lowering, ocean-friendly, non-nuclear, environmentally safe 12 and 6 string acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, bass, ukulele, and percussion instruments, to accompany our award winning harmony, but not a single watt of electricity - AC, DC, or otherwise.  And as far as we know, these songs have never been recorded this way before.  You might call it Papa Doo Lite.  And the best part is that no animals, rain forests, or glaciers were harmed in any way while making this album. 

We're doing our part to clean the air and save the planet, one song at a time.  These songs are so cool they'll probably lower the Earth's core temperature  a couple of degrees.  Check out the sample link below and watch for our big announcement when the album is released.

Buy wait!  HERE'S A BONUS --- Playing our new GREEN ALBUM CD in your car may increase your car's mileage by up to 68%, lower CO2 emissions by 50%, and if everyone in the U.S. just played it one time, it would be like taking 87,512 cars off the road!

Here are some pics...

Jeffrey and Bobby G.                                 Bo                                          Adrian


Margie                                                                  Jeffrey

Songs include: In My Room, Wouldn't It Be Nice, California Girls, Sloop John B, If I Fell, Brown eyed Girl, Feel A Whole Lot Better, Walk Like A Man, Eight Days A Week, Surfer Girl, Sleep Walk, I'll Be Back, and Do It Again, plus a couple of little 1 minute instrumental ditties just for fun.

Check it out here: www.papadoo.com/acousticdemo-L.mp3

MORE INFO TO COME.


Jan 16 2008

PAPA DOO HONORED IN HOMETOWN SILICON VALLEY PAPERS
BO FOX ON THE FRONT PAGE!

For the second time in the past decade, Papa Doo Run Run showed up on the front page of their hometown newspaper - The Cupertino Courier / Sunnyvale Sun.  The band's induction into the San Jose Rocks - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame caught the attention of the local press.  You can check it out on-line and download the whole newspaper at :

http://www.community-newspapers.com/cupertino_courier/cupertino.pdf (18.5Mb)

OR - Click the thumbnails below to view each page...

         
Page 1                                                     Page 2                                                    Page 3

OR - If you prefer to downlaod a a PDF...

http://www.papadoo.com/cupertino-courier-1-16-08.pdf


Oct 19, 2007

PAPA DOO RUN RUN IS INDUCTED INTO THE
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, SILICON VALLEY ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME

The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall was transformed into a dinner / concert venue for nearly 1000 attendees for the 2nd Annual San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame Awards. 

Current and former members of PDRR honored at  the event were: Don Zirilli, Jimi Rush, Jeffrey Foskett, Bo Fox, Bobby "G" Gothar, Adrian Baker, Stevie "Surf" Dromensk, Krazy Jim Shippey, Markie "Star" Ward, Jimmy D. Armstrong, and the Papa Doo crew - Rocky Romero, and Nick Cruz.


Band pictured L to R: Jimi,  Stevie Surf,  Krazy Jim,  Jeffrey,  Adrian,  Bobby G,  Jimmy D.,  Bo,  and Donnie.

In addition to Papa Doo (recognized for our 4 decades of performing, our 2 gold records, our Grammy nomination, and our collaboration with Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys), other inductees included Greg Kihn, a hot Bay Area DJ on K-FOX FM, whose hits "Jeopardy" and "The Breakup Song" were full rotation staples on MTV in the early 80's; a band called People! whose remake of the Zombies tune "I Love You" landed then on Billboards Top 20 in 1968; Dean Markley (Dean Markley Strings / Guitars); Larry Norman, with over 50 award winning gospel albums; legendary DJ and record producer, Mikel Hunter Herrington (Captain Mikey); and Paul Catalanta, concert promoter who brought the Beatles to the Bay Area in 1964 and 65.

The 4 hour event included dinner, award presentations, a live auction which included a guitar signed by the legendary Sammy Hagar, and 15 minute performances by each of the inductee entertainers.  PDRR's set list included California Girls, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Wipe Out / The End, Sherry, and  a rousing version of Be True To your School, with all 10 current and former band members jamming it out on stage.  For a video clip of the event go to SanJoseRocks.org (sorry - the mix is a little under, and pardon the feedback squeal,  so if you want to wash that video down with the same song recorded at our Santa Cruz show - click here - Wouldn't It Be Nice - Live.

CLICK HERE FOR PAPA'S PERSONAL PICTURES FROM THE EVENT.


CHECK OUT PAPA DOO & THE BEACH BOYS AT JOHN STAMOS' ER PARTY.

Sep 30. Beverly Hills.  Our buddy, John Stamos, had an end of summer backyard beach bash to kick off the new season of his TV show, ER.  All of the cast and crew from the show were there, plus some of J's close friends, The Beach Boys, Jerry Beckley (America), Doug Fieger (The Knack), and of course the guys in Papa Doo Run Run, who backed up the aforementioned pop stars.  Click here for a YouTube video clip (courtesy of Extra).

   
     Jeffrey                 Mike Love    John             Bo                  Jeffrey      Mike                   John     Bruce     Bo

THIS JUST IN...  MORE STAMOS PARTY CLIPS OF PDRR with GERRY BECKLEY (AMERICA), and DOUG FIEGER (the KNACK). 


Click here for a YouTube video of PAPA & Gerry.



Click here for a YouTube video of PAPA & Doug.

FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE PARTY CLICK HERE.
 


SOME PAPA FUN ON  ...

We recently came across some old (1979) LIVE CONCERT FOOTAGE of PDRR performing with Jan & Dean, and thought you would get a kick out of it.  So check out "Fun Fun Fun" and "I Get Around"  at http://youtube.com/papadoorunrun.   We also put up the same songs from our 2005 Santa Cruz concert for comparison.   Leave a comment there for us.  Let us know what you think.

                  
                            1979                                                                            2005



THIS JUST IN - PHOTOS FROM PAPA'S 4th OF JULY SYMPHONY GIG. - CLICK HERE!
 


PAPA ON TV

WHEN?  Saturday, July 14, 2:30 PM.  KICU CH 36 (San Jose) / Cable CH 6 (SF Bay Area).

On May 19, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk celebrated their 100th Anniversary.  Papa Doo was the featured band at the event, and the whole shebang was filmed for TV.  There is one clip of the band, but our music is used throughout the half hour show.  The program will be shown throughout the summer on various cable channels including the History and Travel Channels.  Check your local listings.


PAPA PERFORMS WITH THE PACIFIC SYMPHONY

Jul 4.  It was one of the top 5 gigs we've done in the last 4 decades!  Fourth of July  - Papa Doo backed by the 87 piece Pacific Symphony Orchestra, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, in Irvine, Calif. 

Over 14,000 of our closest friends and fans showed up for this momentous occasion.  Grammy award winner, Maestro Richard Kaufman, directed the huge symphony as PAPA banged out our usual faire of 60's All-American Rock & Roll.  The set list included:  California Girls, Don't Worry Baby, I Get Around,  Sloop John B, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Wipe Out, The End, Sherry, Surfin USA, Good Vibrations, and Fun Fun Fun

After receiving not one, but 2 standing ovations (one for our Wipe Out / The End medley, and one after Fun Fun Fun), the enthusiastic crowd sang along with PAPA as the symphony played one of Maestro Kaufman's signature renditions of America the Beautiful. 

The whole night was capped off with a gigantic fireworks display, and a VIP reception back stage.  Below is a cell phone video clip (no cameras allowed - yeah right!) and some photos of the event.  Check back again for more photos.

CLICK HERE FOR 50 SEC VIDEO CLIP

(CLICK FOR LARGER VERSION OF PIC)
    


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dec 31.  Papa kicked off the new year right, with a fantastic NEW YEAR'S EVE party at the Win-River Casino in scenic Redding, CA.  It was their first time at the Indian casino, and hopefully will not be their last.  The event was sold out weeks in advance, and judging by the packed dance floor, and the clinking Champagne glasses,  a good time was had by all.  Special thanks to Allan Folino, Win-River's Entertainment Director for all his fine hospitality.

 
                                    Bo & Jeffrey                                                            Jimi - Jeffrey - Bobby G.

 
                 
Diana - Steve - Stacee                                                       Martha & Adrian

 
   
                      Margie & Donnie                                                              Jen - Nick - Rocky


PAPA appears at Marist College "Parents Weekend" concert.

Papa Doo made a recent concert appearance at Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY,  for about 1000 students and parents, at their Parents Weekend event.  What was surprising, was that the students were having as much fun as the parents.  Several parents came up to us afterwards and said they couldn't believe that their kids were so IN to THEIR (the parents) music!  There's hope for a new generation of rock & rollers.  Here are some photos of the band taken by our friends Linda Bann and Kathy Morris that night (they run the Lou "Lightning Strikes" Christie fan club).


                     
Bo and Jeffrey                                                 Adrian & Bobby G


                                  Bo                                                                   Donnie & Jimi-Jo