Letter To Fans September 2001

My Fellow Redheads

I too was shocked and sickened by the barbaric acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001. When I saw the first tower collapse, live on television, I almost fainted. I just couldn't believe it was happening. Unfortunately, it was.

They fucked us. And they fucked us good. I was in shock for several days, as I'm sure you were. Then the shock turned to anger. And the anger to sadness. How could these fucks do this to us? Well, we'll get those bastards, and we'll get them good!

Just days before disaster, I entertained on The Comedy Cruise in Boston Harbor with Art Sandcrafts, Babe Marino and The Delicious Dips. Joe Yannetty and Kevin Knox, two great Boston comedians rocked the boat before we took the stage. We had such a great time. There were smiles everywhere when I sang, "Little Peter" and half the audience was singing along to "How's Your Whole... Family?" and "Dog Name Stains". They joined in on "Let's Do It Doggy Style" and "Blow Me". We sang the "I Wanna Polka Polka" and "Use Your Hand". It was too much. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had some good laughs. And when I began the week, I set out to book more dates.

But, September 11 changed all that. I wondered if people would ever laugh again. Especially at my stupid fucking songs. And I was pissed off at those pricks for taking our innocence away. They fucked up a good time.

Anyway, as it turned out, us Americans don't take that kind of shit from anyone! And we slowly pick ourselves up and brush ourselves off. And as each day goes by, our resolve has strengthened. Our patriotism has been amplified. We go to rallys and sing our anthems. The Star Spangled Banner, America The Beautiful and God Bless America. Now we look ahead. We attempt to go on with our lives. People are beginning to laugh again.

And every second now is so critical in our fight against terrorism. I thought, what part could I do to help relieve some of the grief and help people move ahead? How could I express patriotism without wasting precious time?

That's when the idea hit me. "The Ten Second National Anthem".

Earlier this week, I got together with my Producuction Team, Ed Grenga and Kook Lawry at Ball Bag Studios and we put our hearts and heads together to record an abbreviated arrangment of our nation's beloved Star Spangled Banner.

The next day, I overnighted it to my friend Howard Stern. On September 28, at 6:20am, he read my letter aloud on his show and played what I call, "Our Ten Second National Anthem" for the first time. He played it many times that morning and since then, I've been inundated with mail from fans across America requesting a copy. So, here it is. You can hear this historic recording by clicking on the highlighted words above.

I hope you too are inspired to join me in making America the strongest it has ever been. Sing along and smile. And while you're at it, give the finger to the terrorists!

 

Red

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