‘Bad Boy’ Bruce Willis
In a recent Jambands.com interview, Ivan Neville hinted that a number of celebrities were on the guest list for his January 20 post-Rolling Stones performance at New Yorks BB King Blues Club. But, as it turns out, aa whole different breed of celebrity ended up onstage with Dumpstaphunk. Shortly before 2:00 AM, Bruce Willis joined Dumpstaphunk onstage for an appropriately chosen cover of Bad Boy, adding harp fills for the remainder of the night. Best known for his string of Hollywood hits, including The Sixth Sense and the Die Hard series, Willis actually scored a top five single with in 1987 Respect from his 1987 album The Return of Bruno. His follow-up, If It Don’t Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger, was released on Motown Records.
While in New York for a performance at the sixth annual Freaks Ball, Skerik opened the evenings festivities and later joined Dumpstaphunk for its entire performance. Other guests included guitarist Jimmy Ripp and Rolling Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, who added vocals to Sly and the Family Stones Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), among others. While the evenings most heavily rumored guests, Trey Anastasio and Keith Richards, did not perform, both high-profile guests did indeed watch Dumpstaphunk from backstage.