by Whitney Ullman
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Not even a knee injury could keep Brody Jenner away from spinning tunes in Atlantic City.
Just before putting on a guest DJ hat at Harrah's The Pool After Dark, Brody Jenner chatted with NJ.com and dispelled the rumors of him not returning to Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
NJ.COM: Welcome back to the Pool After Dark how excited are you to be here?
JENNER: Well I’m back so obviously I am excited [smiles].
What happened to your knee are you healing ok?
JENNER: Yes I am healing ok, It’s been three weeks but it's feeling a little better. I broke it snowboarding. Whatever, it’s bound to happen. I’ve grown up snowboarding my whole life and never had an injury like this. Let’s just say I haven’t been able to do the things I want to do daily, but besides that, it will heal. It could've been worse actually. I thought I tore my MCL and ACL and all that, but I didn’t. I didn’t know that getting the news of fracturing your knee was actually good news.
You always look at the positive in things, and are so down to earth, how do you stay so positive?
JENNER: Oh man, because life is beautiful. I mean every day that you are here and alive, like look at what just happened with this Malaysian airlines, it’s like you never know. You could get on a plane coming to Atlantic City and it could all be over on that plane ride. At the end of the day, I look at every day I am alive is a good day. And I always think of it like regardless of what is happening in my life, whether it be good or bad, I try to look at what else is going on in other people’s lives. If I think I’m having a really bad day, I think about someone else who is having a much worse day and it makes me feel better, so I stay positive and I continue to live my life like that, and it works out...You gotta stay positive always.
And you have two new dogs now, how are they?
JENNER: Oh they are the loves of my life. They are very special. I’ve been waiting to have two dogs of my own, or just one I was going to get, but I couldn’t resist it, I saw his brother and I was like, ah. The most ironic thing is that their dad is named Brody, and I didn’t even know until I picked them up. They were like, oh this is their dad, his name is Brody, do you think that’s weird? I just went wow, it was meant to be.
You have a lot going on in your life going on right now, and it is said that you are not going to be on the next season of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Do you have anything in the works, like a reality show?
JENNER: Well...whatever information you got is false...I actually did read that and it said that Brody and his brother don’t want to come back. I read that all and it’s not true. I mean we’re already [pause] I’m going to Thailand [oops maybe I shouldn’t say that out loud], but we’ve already shot a little bit and I’ve already been on one. There’s just been some times where I’m super busy and...that’s the Kardashian show. You know, that’s their show and I respect that, and I love them and I know that that’s theirs, so I am doing my own things... I’ve got other projects. I’m doing a podcast coming up soon that you have to look out for with Dr. Mike Dow.
What’s it called?
JENNER: We haven’t really come up with it, right now we are working on the titles. But we’re working with Podcast1 and Mike Dow. Do you know who he is? He does a lot of stuff with The View and is like a younger Dr. Drew basically...It’s him and I talking about relationship issues and girl stuff, it’s a podcast, and that’s what I’m really excited about. So I’ll be focusing a lot of my time on that. And then with the Kardashians I will be on season 9B. You know they do all these things now, it’s 9A, 9B, I wish it was just 9...but it’s to the networks benefit obviously.
What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about you?
JENNER: Umm, spoiled without appreciation. I think it’s ok in life to be spoiled, but the most important thing about being spoiled, everyone will say you’ve been raised your whole life with a family who has money. Yes that is true, but I made my own money as well. I think the most important thing, being from a fortunate family where you are able to have those benefits of traveling and doing the things you do and having money, is being taught the responsibility that comes along with that and giving back. I’m a big believer of charity and giving back, and I’m a big part of St.Judes hospital. I give back as much as I possibly can. I was taught to know that the world that I live in is not the real world. It’s so small in relation to what else is going on in the world. So I would say spoiled without appreciation, because people will say that, but they don’t know that I really do appreciate it. I try to show it as much as possible.
Last question that your fans want to know, how do you feel about Jersey girls?
JENNER:...Jersey girls are the best. I mean they are fun, they are cool, I don’t really know how to elaborate on it more than that but Jersey girls are amazing.
Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder chatted with GoToWhitney about her first time in Atlantic City and moving to the East Coast
by Whitney Ullman
Hair: Kristen Donnelly of Art Is Salon...
Shirt: Cache of Atlantic City
Photo: Photographics Photography
For over 25 years, Queensryche performed for fans around the world. Lead singer Geoff Tate brought his new band made of rock legends from other popular groups such as AC/DC, Quiet Riot and more, to the stage at Revel's The Social.
He sat down with NJ.com and discussed everything from his relationship with the old band members to his favorite past time.
NJ.COM: Welcome to Atlantic City, how has your experience been so far?
TATE: It’s been great, I had a shower and a wonderful lunch, sound check and now I’m going to go gamble a little bit before the show.
Cool, are you going for table games or slots?
TATE: I like the slot machines, I feel comfortable like I’m in control.
What can fans expect with your concert here inside The Social at Revel?
TATE: They can expect nothing but stellar, it’s going to be a fun show. It’s the first time we performed at this venue, so I’m looking forward to it...Some rooms that you go to, are really magic. In fact, there was a stage here in Atlantic City that I played several years ago at the House of Blues at Showboat, that stage there is something special, I’ve had so many great shows at that venue. Something about that stage, it’s like an old building that they redid and man it’s magic. So I’m hoping tonight has that kind of magic too.
Acoustics is everything and many performers say the same thing, what do you look for when you book a venue?
TATE: I like one with ghosts. Really! Like an old building, because it's the ghost of performances past. You can kind of feel the magic or presence or something. It’s like the music is still in the walls and kind of seeps out and comes into your music..but I mean really, every night is different, you perform in a different place, a different building, a different stage, and always a different audience. There’s something about live music that is special, it’s ancient, it goes back to our roots as human beings.
People love live music, it does touch your soul when you hear it in person. So are you going to be performing any new songs or the original Queensryche tunes?
TATE: We have new music we are coming out with next year. This years album is called 'Frequency Unknown', but we are not playing any of that tonight. We are focusing on a past album that is 25 years old. It’s the 25th anniversary of our 'Operation: Mindcrime' album so we are performing the whole album in it’s entirety. It’s a concept record, a story album, so it’s a real treat for us to perform it, and for our fans to hear it.
You’re the main writer, where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
TATE: Well I’m having inspiration right now. This will probably end up in a song somewhere.
Speaking of your old tunes, there is a lot going on right now with the Queensryche name between the old band and the new band. Is there anything you want to tell fans about the current situation?
TATE: Umm, let’s see what can I say legally without getting in trouble. I can’t really talk about it too much actually. I can say that we are very close to being in a settlement over the whole debacle, and shortly moving on to brighter days and greener pastures, so they say.
Is there a big difference working with the new group?
TATE: Yes completely different. Well this group of people are kind of a mixture of, how can I put it, it’s all guys that I’ve known for years and years and years. Kelly Gray on guitar, Randy Gane on Keyboards, we’ve been making music since about 1979 together. Rudy and Robert Sarzo are on bass guitar and Simon Wright on drums. I met them in the early 80’s, and we became friends. We’ve been wanting to make music for a long time, so now with the circumstances we can do that finally. So we are having a good time. It’s a bunch of friends up there making music, and I think that really shows in our performance. We have a great time and that definitely translates to the audience.
That’s great, do you still have a good relationship with your former members?
TATE: I hope to at some point.
What’s in store for your future, other than music?
TATE: Well travel. Pretty much that’s my main passion these days. I love traveling.
Really, what’s your favorite place to visit?
TATE: Well I love Europe, I’ve been to Europe many many times I'm going there in May, June and September, so I’ll be there a lot this year. I love South America, Brazil and Argentina; Chile is amazing. Last year I was in Asia, Singapore, and Malaysia. I rode motorcycles up through the jungle with a friend of mine and it was a really fun trip. Adventure trips are what I like to take, see the sights, ride motorcycles, and have fun.
What’s something people don’t know about you that they would be surprised to do?
TATE: I’m a pretty good dancer, I like dancing (laughs).
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