David Bowie Is, George Lucas, Red Bull to Ferrari with Sebastian Vettel at the Australian Grand Prix


George Lucas, Dani, Dietrich Mateschitz owner Red Bull

The David Bowie Is exhibit is currently in Paris.  It will move to Melbourne  in July the city that also hosts the opening of the 2015 Formula One season the Australian Grand Prix. George Lucas executive produced the film in which David Bowie stars, ‘Labyrinth’. So what connects George Lucas, Dietrich Mateschitz, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari?  a band the Rolling Stones, and Ferrari.

When I took the above photograph in Monaco at the Monaco Grand Prix,  the team of people who at the time worked for Lucas, had invited me to the Stars Wars party, and I was keen to meet a fellow Canadian actor Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader) and at the time I also owned an Energy Drinks Company.  After the party Lucas’s assistant want to call for a taxi to go to her hotel and I offered to drive her the car having been delivered directly to the hotel.  Try getting a taxi in Monaco during the Grand Prix weekend, you will wait forever, and with me taking her she would have the added bonus of my commentary on the street  track on Monte Carlo.

As we walked out the door man raced to an awaiting Ferrari and opened the door for her. Lucas’s assistant looked at me a little amused, “that’s your car?”, “Yea, I just got it today, I don’t even know who to start it yet”, I told her ( which was true as I had to ask the valet).  When we got in the Ferrari the varoom start that is associated with a Ferrari was heard then again you hear that all the time in Monaco.  I managed to get the small lights on, but had no idea how to turn on the headlight.  I informed my passenger we will be alright as the car had Monaco plates they the police will give us a pass.  It was during this drive that Lucas’s assistant informed me of his passion for Ferrari, as in his youth Lucas wanted to be a race car driver.

Few months later I would invite Lucas and few others to the Rolling Stones show in San Francisco and it was there I was to learn how much Lucas loves technology, not as much understanding it, but using it to tell his story better on the big screen.  This point always registered in my brain and it has been logged.

Many years later as the Rolling Stones are the Rolling Stones they where on tour and this time happened to be in Montreal at the time of the Canadian Grand Prix.  Red Bull Racing’s , Sebastian Vettel won the race.  As I gave my friends the tour of the paddocks after the race and pit lane, I saw Vettel and wanted to see if he wanted to come to the show that evening. Vettel introduced me to his assistant, and asked if he could get his team into the show.  Naturally I told him he had nothing to worry about all would be taken care off.  The Rolling Stones made it happen the reason they are the Rolling Stones is that they also have a first class team around them, and their relationship with David Bowie is infamous.

Few months later the Rolling Stones on tour tragedy struck as Mick Jagger’s girlfriend of many years  L’Wren Scott killed herself.  Allowing a respectful time to pass, I thought it maybe a great idea to lift Mick Jagger’s spirits by having Sebastian Vettel Formula One world champion present Jagger a Jarrell autographed guitar.  This time Sebastian Vettel obliged, his way of show support and saying thank you for the time all of Red Bull racing came to see the Rolling Stones in Montreal.  The guitar is made by Jarrell guitars who after discovering that Sebstain Vettel also plays guitar presented him with a guitar as well.  It is also a guitar that Bowie film has used with one kindly offered by the man himself to take on a world tour allowing people to hold it the gold Jarrell Bowie guitar.   Shortly afterwards the news hit the media that Sebastian Vettel was leaving Red Bull Racing and moving to Ferrari.

Today in Melbourne we come full circle with David Bowie film, Lucas and his love for Ferrari and Vettel his dream to drive for Ferrari.  The fun is only beginning as the season is just starting.  If you are Italian or a Ferrari lover like Lucas and myself we will all have something to cheer about.  Italian chef Alberto Annarumma who is excited about Ferrari and David Bowie film and holding the guitar which is on a world tour even created a David Bowie Menu to delight your sence.

Check out the Ferrari I gave Lucas assistant a spin in, and some of the images of things evolved and unfolded up to today’s race in Melbourne.

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Model Jade Rocks Monaco Grand Prix 2014

Jade arrived at the Fairmont Monte Carlo with her friend and mother ready to get to work. Her mission to rock the Jarrell guitar from Fairmont Monte Carlo hairpin to Casino Square and arriving at the super store of fashion where one must stop Eleven Monte Carlo.

If you arrive in Monte Carlo then be sure to visit the terrace restaurant at the Fairmont Monte Carlo and go check out the guitars that have been with The Rolling Stones , David Bowie , and some cool movie stars including Frieda Pinto the girl of L’Oreal Paris who has been rocking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.






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Amber Lounge from Monaco to Cowboy Country Austin Texas


After months of anticipation, Amber Lounge rolled out a three-night party extravaganza entertaining a coterie of celebrities, dignitaries, models, media and loyal Amber Lounge aficionados, who follow the exclusive event around the world over the years.
As the flag dropped on the 2013 United States Grand Prix the action moved from the race track to the dance floor as sixteen F1 drivers joined international stars: Gerard Butler, Gordon Ramsay, Adrian Grenier, to name just a few at the exclusive nightlife experience hosted by Sonia Irvine, sister of ex-Ferrari F1 star Eddie Irvine.
“It was an amazing weekend” says Sonia. “The club was buzzing with excitement and the atmosphere was just fantastic. It was great to see so many of our friends from the Formula One paddock at the party all relaxing and enjoying themselves. I have to say Austin has been nothing but pure delight and the people here know how to party!”
The corks were popped on 600 bottles of Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon champagne over the three nights. With Moët & Chandon Imperial featured prominently at the event, Peggy Lanigan, Regional Marketing Manager – Central Region, stated “Amber Lounge is always the place to be seen over the Grand Prix weekend. We were thrilled to partner with Amber Lounge and for Moet & Chandon Imperial to be the champagne of choice for such a stylish event.”
The purpose built venue in the heart of Austin was designed to incorporate not one but two dance floors that accommodated 1,400 guests in luxurious style over the Grand Prix weekend. Those guests fortunate enough to spend time over the weekend lounging on the huge white sofas and mingling with film stars, F1 drivers and runway models, will no doubt remember this weekend for the rest of their lives.
F1 drivers Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, Paul di Resta and many more partied alongside celebrity guests including actors Matt LeBlanc, Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained) and Manu Bennett.
Renowned for his unforgettable performances, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas rocked the stage and kept the dance floor moving all weekend long. “Performing at Amber Lounge has been a real honour. India, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Texas…it’s a world tour of the most amazing glamour, entertainment and style – and it’s sooo much fun. The adrenaline just doesn’t stop!”


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David Bowie Film Takes – Jarrell Guitar On Tour And You Can Win

Swedish Model Josefine with Jarrell Guitar, fashion by Magpie designers for Prince at Ritz Carlton Toronto

From the mind of visionary designer Phillip Jarrell comes an extensive collection of acoustic and electric guitars, basses, amps, microphones, and unique guitar accessories for the serious musician. Phillip Jarrell has combined his personal insights from a lifetime in music, art and design and invested them all into a comprehensive line of top quality products for musicians and producers.

Jarrell guitars and basses are handmade with the finest tone-woods, Tone Pros hardware and Seymour Duncan pickups according to Phillip Jarrell’s personal specifications. These modern classics embody years of painstaking design, experimentation and refinement into a focused group of guitars and basses ready to rock yet refined to meet the expectations of the most accomplished players. Jarrell Guitars include acoustic, semi-hollow, chambered, and solid body instruments.


As the production of the David Bowie film tours the world to various locations in each city a Jarrell guitar will be showcased at a venue that is music related.

1. In each location at a selected venue the guitar will be showcased and by following all on Twitter, you get in the game to win.

2. #DavidBowieIS #Film you comment on Bowie. It can be one word.

3. You are now in the game.

The fun does not just stop here, throughout the production of the film followers can win cool gifts with those whom we have partnered with to help make a very exciting project, in the style and manner of Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol

Why you may want to win this guitar. All you need to do is check out this video. Playing the guitar in this video is Monte Pittman, and Gary Lucas.

Monte Pittman:

Monte Pittman is an American musician, songwriter and studio musician, based out of Los Angeles, known largely as Madonna’s long-time guitarist but has quite a diverse professional resume, including stints that range from glam-pop star Adam Lambert to metal band Prong.

Pittman started playing guitar as a teenager when he “finally got my first guitar when I was 13”. His guitar teacher was Robert Browning. He also took music theory and piano lessons from Delores Rhoads at the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood.
Pittman’s early musical influences came from bands and artists such as Kiss, Metallica, Slayer, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Pantera, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead, to name a few.

Gary Lucas:

Gary Lucas is an American guitarist, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, a soundtrack composer for film and television, and an international recording artist with over twenty solo albums to date. He has been described as a “guitarist with a global guitar” (Larry Rohter, 9 May 2011, New York Times) “one of the best and most original guitarists in America” (David Fricke, 16 Nov. 2006, Rolling Stone); a “legendary leftfield guitarist” (The Guardian, 24 Dec. 2005); “the thinking man’s guitar hero” (The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2007), “perhaps the greatest living electric guitar player” (Daniel Levitin) and one of “the most innovative and challenging guitarists playing today” (fRoots, March 2002). Lucas’ style melds easily into rock and blues, has “avant-garde affinities,” but is “not easily typecast.” (Steve Dollar, May 6, 2011, Wall Street Journal). He is also associated with vocalist Jeff Buckley, who performed for a year in Lucas’ band, Gods and Monsters, early in his career.

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Monaco F1 the Warm Up

Nice airport is getting busy. The private jets have been landing all week. The Monaco helicopter service is busy shuttling those landing at Nice to Monaco. The yachts are slowly filling up the ports but this is only the warm up of what awaits this my favorite event the Monaco Grand Prix at My Name is Khan.

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