How NJ celebs are surviving the lockdown

We mere mortals row carefully, day by day, through the uncharted waters of life during a pandemic. Turns out one adage is true. Stars: They’re just like us, hanging in there under lockdown.

Southside Johnny Lyon, leader of New Jersey’s legendary Asbury Jukes, eased his fans’ worries with a reassuring Facebook post.

If you can’t find bathroom tissue, now you know that a caring Southside Johnny fan may be the reason why.

Meanwhile, a relieved New Jersey father has good news and a plea for assistance. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi appeared on March 30 on the ABC television network’s “Good Morning America” to report that his teen son Jake Bongiovi had a coronavirus close call, but was much improved.

From the Asbury Park Press:

Jake was not tested for the coronavirus but did visit a doctor. A coronavirus test is “pretty difficult to get,” Bon Jovi told “Entertainment Tonight.” … Jake was quarantined off from the rest of the family, which includes wife Dorothea Bongiovi, 26-year-old daughter Stephanie, 25-year-old son Jesse, and 15-year-old son Romeo.

Bon Jovi bandmate David Bryan is also on the mend, Bon Jovi said. The keyboardist and Broadway composer, and wife Lexi Quaas, tested positive for COVID-19.

The  Sayreville, N.J. native says he wants to show his gratitude to all the helpers throughout the pandemic and needs your help.

And in case you didn’t know, Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” apparently has become the anthem of coronavirus shut-ins near and far — all while he does what he can from home.

Speaking of anthems, disco icon and Grammy-winning gospel singer Gloria Gaynor, best known for the 1979 empowerment classic “I Will Survive,” made good use of her time early on in the crisis. The Newark native, 70,  posted an inspirational 20-second video on Tik Tok to get people into the hand-washing groove, and then shared the clip with her Instagram followers.




















And just as many of us mourn loved ones who succumb to this virus, so do the family and fans of Adam Schlesinger. The 52-year-old co-founder of the New Jersey pop-rock band Fountains of Wayne, died April 1, after battling COVID-19.

From AP:

Fountains of Wayne co-founder and songwriter Adam Schlesinger died from COVID-19 on April 1, 2020.

Schlesinger died at a hospital in upstate New York, his longtime lawyer Josh Grier told The Associated Press. It is not clear where or how Schlesinger, a 52-year-old father of two daughters, contracted the virus. He had been sedated and on a ventilator for several days.

Schlesinger was nominated for 10 Emmys for writing comical songs across several television shows, winning three.

He was also nominated for an Academy Award for writing the title song for the 1997 movie “That Thing You Do,” written and directed by Tom Hanks. The snappy pop ditty was the fictional one hit for a Beatles-esque band called the One-ders, later changed to the Wonders, on a label called Playtone, a name Hanks adopted for his production company.

“There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his ‘That Thing You Do!’” Hanks, who is himself recovering from the coronavirus, said on Twitter. “He was a One-der. Lost him to COVID-19. Terribly sad today.”

He certainly did New Jersey proud.

Coronavirus does not discriminate. Stay home and stop the spread.

Read more about Adam Schlesinger’s story.

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Schlesinger’s 15 best Fountains of Wayne songs.


Stay safe, Jon.