Things are now opening up in Europe and life is starting to slowly return to what seems normal. We took the first available flight from Belgium back to Italy so that we could start preparation for our film, “Surprise Trip.” It was strange to see the Brussels airport nearly empty and everyone wearing a required face mask throughout the airport. Face masks were optional in DeHaan where we had been locked down and now that we were in the airport required.
There were limited flights available and although we were confirmed for this flight to Milan, we were placed on standby due to the flight being overbooked. We had only two options, wait several hours to take a flight to Munich and stay overnight there and take the only flight the next morning to Milan or take a train to Paris and take a flight from there, so we opted for the flight to Munich so that we would arrive in time for my birthday. Otherwise, it would be several days later to get another available flight. So a flight that would take a hour and a half took us nearly two days!
By the time we arrived to Bari, we were completed exhausted. Luckily, a beautiful retreat and brand new hotel, San Lorenzo Boutique Hotel and Spa was awaiting our arrival. It would also host the press conference for our film, “Surprise Trip.” Ronn and I were obviously in great need of haircuts and our wonderful dear friend, Tiziana Nistri came to our hotel and spent the whole afternoon on both of us, giving me a brand new sassy look that I love. I then got an amazing massage by Victoria at the San Lorenzo spa that was just want I needed to bring me back to life and we spent a lovely afternoon hanging out poolside enjoying amazing Italian food and Moss rose’ wine.
We woke up to the news that our Bay family won their 5th Emmy for “Outstanding Digital Drama Series” and that was such an unexpected surprise to top off my amazing birthday dinner in Polignano a Mare with one of our wine partners for Moss vino. It felt like a dream to see all our friends again and share a wonderful meal. Life was coming back to what seemed to be somewhat normal, although all restaurant workers were required to wear masks, customers were not. We felt so grateful to just be at a restaurant with people again. Ronn was surprised to hear his brand new duet single, “Dreaming In Color” was already at #15 on the Belgium charts and we were grateful to celebrate all of this good fortune in Puglia with Moss wine!
It was sad to see news of people still fighting so much back in America on wearing masks and the confusion on it being required by some states. It was making us even more grateful we were not in the cross hairs of all of the chaos. However, our hearts and prayers were going out to so many friends that were indeed in the thick of it all. Although I was happy to celebrate my birthday with friends in Italy, I still felt a sadness for the loss of a longtime dear friend who had committed suicide.
Steve Bing was one of the first people I met nearly 35 years ago when I first arrived in Hollywood. He was a very tall and down to earth guy with an infectious smile and a big heart. I don’t recall ever seeing Steve in anything but jeans and a t-shirt and many people didn’t know for years that Steve had inherited 600 million dollars when he was only 18 years old from his grandfather. Steve was friends with high profile celebrities like Jimmy Caan and Mick Jagger and had given millions of dollars to the Clinton foundation. I’ll never forget Steve bringing Mick Jagger to my Hawaiian theme birthday party whereas, everyone thought Mick was an impersonator. Steve was a gentle giant of a guy who was loved by many for his generosity and kindness. So it was indeed shocking to hear he would commit suicide by jumping from the 27th floor of his condo. This was a man who seemed to love life to the fullest and it will be hard to have future birthdays without thinking of him.
I know many people are feeling the pain and suffering from being isolated and alone. This lockdown was causing much more depression and mental problems than people could imagine. The fear, chaos and depression from isolation was worst than the virus itself. It is for this reason we must pray for our friends and be kind no matter what is going on around us. We are all fighting for our lives here in different ways. We send much love and blessings to America on her birthday today and to our friends for a safe 4th of July.
Since we have just experienced our beloved brother Prince Rogers Nelson’s birthday recently and since this war with Antifa broke out in Minneapolis, I found it fitting to address my feelings on how I would believe Prince would have reacted to seeing all of this. It reminded me of the longest song Prince ever sent to me and I often wondered why he just out of the blue sent this song to me back in the year 2000.
I have many friends that I love dearly who are very liberal minded and they are feeling a lot of anger and hatred for what has been happening in America. Watching all of this unfold from another country that Prince also loved and that adored him in Belgium; I can honestly say I have a different view point. As an American, who loves her country its very sad and painful to watch what seems like complete insanity!
Getting back to that song Prince sent me and why I want to share this with you, I can now understand why he sent me this song. This song called, “The War” had lyrics that said, “The revolution would be colorized” and asked “would you trust your government?” Additional lyrics say, “all the money has been sold.” These lyrics were repeated over and over saying the war would go on and on and basically it would continue if you don’t wake up and stop watching your “Saturday morning cartoons!” That was also a lyric in this long ass song he sent me. I swear this song was about 20 minutes long!
I look at this picture and I know in my heart that I am one who seeks truth, justice and a peaceful world, which I don’t think is much different from Prince or any of my liberal friends. I think this song Prince sent me two decades ago has profound meaning now. He was a bit of a genius with lyrics about any given decade and was often political in his music expression. However, Prince said he did not vote and did not trust the media or the government before he died. He spoke of chemtrails and harmful effects it washaving on society and how he believed the government manipulated this upon us.
Many of you could view what he said a “conspiracy theory” if you like, however, many so called “conspiracy theories” like Jeffery Epstein and his pedophilia island that was once spoken about a few years ago and yet deemed a “conspiracy theory.” Thus, this term coined by the CIA shortly after JFK’s assassination so society would just learn to believe everything that TV tube said to be fact. And we grew up in the past few decades to believe just that. No way could CNN, or BBC, ABC, CBS or PBS lie to you! You trust them wholeheartedly, along with print publications such as, “The New York Times,” and “Newsweek.” These are trusted, respected and honored resources of news goddamnit!
Well folks I’’m hear to tell ya, as Prince would say, there’s something else. I know its hard for “baby boomers” who are set in their ways, comfortable just turning on the TV and are use to going to their favorite news sources and believe their every word. I understand this way of thinking as I’m close to my 57th birthday and grew up believing this also. However, I have way more experience online and with social media to understand how much and how fast this has and is changing and why. I can see how there is a civil war breaking out in America and what Prince was trying to say in this perpetual war that would go on and on because most people don’t want to miss whatever entertains them on that TV set and have been led to believe in their government and the lies they feed them from that tube. This allows the public to be manipulated through advertising, marketing and the sales of certain political figures and determines how you vote to keep them in power. This is the reason why Pelosi and Biden for example, have been career politicians for decades. I don’t recall ever seeing people fight over being a democrat or republican ever before in my life until now. I grew up a Democrat from the deep south of Louisiana. I was told this is how you vote because they were for the poor people. As I’ve grown up and now live in California,I believe if Prince witnessed what is happening in America today, he would strive to unite not divide us as Americans.
He would not agree with the hatred and butchering of American classic films like, “Gone with the Wind.” I don’t think he would agree to the ongoing violence in the name of a political propaganda. He certainly would not like seeing his hometown destroyed the way its been. Most likely, he would have written a whole album expressing how he felt about it all and it would be up to us to find some love, strength and unity from it.
I’ve learned that I can’t share my views or express my thoughts on Facebook without offending someone based on what I know and have learned. I can see the changes that are happening as we transition from television to the Internet and how powerful politics have become in shaping our world as we once knew it. I have more knowledge and experience online than a lot of people in my age group who may not quite understand yet what is happening. In some ways, its like the transition from radio to TV wherewe had to use our imagination more than visually seeing moving pictures and sound.
Today anyone with a cell phone is the news because we don’t need a reporter to get to a scene and actually come up with a journalist view point based on facts. Nothing is based on facts in television anymore. Their ratings are dying as they are dying from this former life. They cannot compete with this beast of content and competition that is at everyone’s disposal on the Internet.
The target audience of baby boomers who grew up this way are now the target of political propaganda from the content they view which is mainly on television. They live now on Facebook and express themselves mainly on that platform. So I have chosen to spread only love and not fear there in hopes that many of them will wake up and want to understand and have more knowledge. Living in fear, hatred or anger is not healthy or productive in any way, shape or form.
The way I see things is simple, you either are living in love or fear each and everyday. You are either living your life in gratitude and with a passion for what you want to achieve with your life. If you live this way honestly, you can’t have fear, despair or anger because you are too busy enjoying all that your life has to offer. You are spreading as much love, wisdom and creativity to connect with others rather than cause more division. If you live this way, the feeling of love will replace fear and more of that will come to your life.
Prince would be living that way were he alive today. He was also seeking God and striving to be a better person. He made healthy choices to try and keep his body and health in order. Sadly physical pain from all those years of dancing and hip surgery made him dependent on pharmaceutical pain meds that led to his sad and untimely death. Seeing what we have been through with this pandemic lockdown world wide and how much the media manipulated that makes me doubt even more what I seeand hear from mainstream media.
I choose to get my financial and political news from sources like x22report, Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch and OAN network online. I haven’t watched TV or mainstream news sources in over a decade now. I don’t read opinion pieces from printed magazines that are also dying. Hey PLAYBOY even ended after over 60 years recently. That’s a longtime for any publication. Most everyone and everything is now online with a profile, following and opinion.
Prince was a soft spoken, peaceful loving creative soul who expressed himself primarily through his art, which was his music. I choose to do this through my writings and you can take what you wish from it. I intend for my art to be helpful and seek hope that friends and family will unite rather than fight. I think Prince would have tried to do this through a song and so I feel we must seek the power within ourselves to discover more knowledge to manifest the life we want to live. We must strive for peace not a war that will go on and on over politics. These people work for us and its time to take close look at each and every one of them for who they really are and have always been not what the media has led us to believe.
So don’t ask me my opinion on politics if you don’t want to hear my honest assessment of it. Don’t hate me or call me racist if I don’t agree with you and don’t judge me unless you are God because nobody has that right. All you are witnessing is your perception, your opinion and how you choose to react to it. I may choose to not vote like Prince, or I may change my mind at the last minute and choose outside my so called party. That should be my choice alone to make and shouldn’t concern my neighbor or relative and it certainly shouldn’t cause division and discord or make you angry, why? I don’t think Prince would have judged anyone based on who they wanted to vote for, he didn’t care and didn’t even vote. I don’t think every cop is a bad cop or every black man’s life matters more than an Asian man or a Latino man, that makes no sense to me growing up the way I did inAmerica being an ethnic woman from the deep south.
I don’t agree with some of the far left views these days like late term abortion, although I agree with the right to an abortion is a woman’s choice. I’ve since educated myself on both political parties and I really don’t like either party for a variety of reasons, however the financial views of where we were headed and for a one world government agenda for worldwide control does not appeal to me. I do not agree with mandatory vaccines to travel and for mass population control. I have a lot concern for the masses of children that go missing in America alone and what is happening to them and many women who are enslaved in human trafficking and what is being done about it. I think that is a way bigger issue to be concerned about currently that the media does not want you to focus on. Because if you love children, animals, beauty and peace, you will become outraged and have many sleepless nights once you understand the severity of this hidden secret.
This is a turning point in our belief system and this revelation will indeed be biblical in awakening a massive amount of our planet to the truth of what is happening to our youth. Planned parenthood is a part of this along with a massive amount of entertainers and political figures that we grew up thinking we knew. We saw this with Bill Cosby firsthand when he went from “America’s Dad” to serial rapist. Now we are witnessing someone like Prince Andrew trying to avoid testifying on his relationship with Jeffery Epstein. Is is that hard to believe that many political figures such as the Clintons are totally corrupt to the core?
The war will go on and on and the revolution will be colorized to fit only one party, one side and one opinion. This is not America, this is communism and this is dangerous. I implore you all to wake up and seek more knowledge outside your TV sets. Unite instead of fight against America and remember your history so you won’t repeat it.
Many of us have heard there would be a world wide great awakening that would most likely take place in this new decade and I believe it’s at that beginning stage now. Its now a time for many of us to ask hard questions about what is really going on within our governments, health organizations and in all aspects of our world. Its just not good enough to simply believe what we are being told these days, especially by the mainstream media. Why do I say this and believe it’s true? Because there has been so many times now that the press has been caught lying to us. Recently, ABC took footage from a gun range and tried to say we were at war with Syria. CBS took footage from an Italian hospital and tried to pass it off as a NYC hospital. They have lied for years about Russia collusion and ruined innocent people’s lives like, General Flynn for the sheer purpose of covering up the greatest political scandal in the history of America. Still don’t believe me? Research Judicial watch and Tom Fitton who has fought in court recently to uncover those thousands of deleted Hilary Clinton emails from Google, as well as, tons of voter fraud. Now FISA documents are being released that show proof that Russia collusion was indeed done by Hilary Clinton and the FBI, CIA and DOJ covered it up along with the mainstream media. Our taxpaying dollars funded endless investigations to smear a sitting president, which is treason and all to cover up their own corruption. They have been in power for so long that they will do anything to stay there! This has caused great division in America between both political parties, which is deeply disturbing and dangerous.
There is too much disinformation fed to us on television as a trusted source for our news and many of us believe it is fact, when its been a bunch of lies. We rely on big Pharma to give us the proper medication when we are sick and are finding out they really don’t have our best interest at heart. Those of us that are out there researching and seeking the truth because there are many more questions than answers are discovering that the ones we have put our trust in the most have indeed deceived us and are waking up! Today we are the news! We all have cell phones and the ability to share our findings instantly. Just like many of us who began to question whether or not hospitals were the war zones packed with covid-19 patients as projected by the mainstream media, only to find empty hospitals. I highly recommend this documentary on Hollywood and the media as an eye opener to what I’m saying here.
In a lot of ways this pandemic has given us the time to reflect on many things and open our eyes to uncovering the truth for ourselves rather than simply taking in what is fed to us on television. I know it’s hard for many to believe that their trusted longtime news sources could be lying to them about important issues. Why on earth would they want to do that? Why shouldn’t we believe them? Why would doctors and scientist give us false information during a time of a worldwide crisis? Why would our most trusted politicians lie and deceive us? Why do they want you to believe only what THEY tell you as truth? Because they believe the majority of the population won’t research for facts, won’t question what they have been told and won’t bother to stand up to them.
Many of these questions can be answered by following the money trail of career politicians that only have their best interest at heart. Learning that most of the media are controlled by only four corporations that are completely bias to the interest of these politicians help to understand their agenda. What is that agenda? To keep the mass population under control and never have them question anything they are told to do. I believe this worldwide crisis has awaken a lot of people up to many questions that deserve answers.
Its become common for those in authority to label you a conspiracy theorist if you dare to question anything they deem as fact. This label was coined by the CIA after the murder of JFK for that reason, so that you wouldn’t question the scenario fed to a naive grieving public for a beloved president. When it fact, it was an inside assassination done by the CIA to eliminate a president that wanted to bring truth to the public about the corruption that was going on inside our own government. Since the murder of JFK, every president we have had in America has been a puppet controlled by a much more sinister entity that was seeking total domination of the world. Don’t believe me? Do your own research and you will see the same names popping up associated with these corporations. Names like George Soros and Bill Gates. Digging in deeper into who these people are you find they are all connected to each other, coincidence? I think not.
To do this they fed us lies through entertainment, waged endless wars to keep us in fear and in debt and slowly infiltrated every aspect of our world from the highest levels for the purpose of controlling our food, medicine and education. This was done for the purpose of depopulation and keeping the control in the hands of a select few powerful families. Many of you have already heard stories of the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers who control most of the central banking and have family members placed in other aspects of authority in our world. However, it’s only through your own research and desire to find the truth that you can uncover it fully. The more you discover, the more questions you ask and the more you find the same circle of people are all connected. These things must make you wonder why are all the same people connected and what is their real agenda? Who benefits the most and why? When you start to do this and trace things back to the origins of how they began to take control, its easy to see they do not have our best interest at heart, only their own.
Once you are awake you can never go back to sleep and allow your freedoms to be slowly taken away by these sinister people. There has been so much hidden from us, alternative cures that big pharma doesn’t want you to know about because there is no money for them in curing you! Free energy that was created decades ago that they have kept hidden because they wanted us depended on oil since that was where the money was at for them! Research Tesla and coal fusion. Why do you think oil prices have dropped so much recently? We must educate ourselves and our children and not rely on institutions controlled and funded by people who want to keep our youth uninformed and uneducated to the real truth. You can’t stay silent and behave as your are told and live in fear. You cannot stay divided with those who don’t believe as you do because they are still asleep or living in fear. This is our last hope for humanity to evolve to the next level of consciousness. We must share the knowledge we are discovering with others in hopes that they too start to ask more questions and seek hard cold truth. When the majority of our planet is awake that’s when we can truly evolve to peace on earth and save humanity. We are excited to see this is indeed happening now. Our world as we know is indeed ending, but a new world in being born and that is world we want to leave for future generations. One of peace, love and unity here on earth.
It feels like we are watching a movie right now, one that we are all involved in these days. A thriller nightmare that is really a dream and just can’t be real. Just the thought of the entire world being quarantined for a deadly virus is indeed a scary thought. These past few weeks feels like time is standing still and we are in some kind of time warp in a future that is unknown and unfamiliar to mankind. It is something we have never seen or experience before ever!
2020 will indeed go down in our history books as a turning point in our lives for many different reasons I’m sure. Many would have you believe its the end of the world and nothing but doom and gloom is ahead of us. I personally believe the opposite. We live in a world where we now see everyone’s opinion on everything everyday through social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can see from what people choose to post if its coming from a place of fear or love.
Its easier said than done to tell your neighbor who may have a preexisting medical condition to not worry and stay calm. It’s hard to keep those who already don’t have enough food to not panic and hoard too much of things that they may not even need because they just aren’t thinking logically. Thus, the senseless comical hoarding of toilet paper for example. It hard to explain to someone who may have been conditioned to see the worst in life to see that maybe what is coming is the best we could ever imagine.
Out of tragic situations, there is always a silver lining and something to learn and grow from. Nothing stays the same and life is ever changing, but it’s all in how we choose to perceive it and how we choose to live our lives. Time is indeed standing still for our world right now and we are all witness to this incredible moment in our time here on Earth. How are you choosing to perceive it right now? Are you choosing to live in fear and doom and gloom? Can it perhaps be possible and yes anything is indeed possible that we can evolve as a human race to mass awakening of things we never thought were possible?
Let’s just imagine for a moment that everything we have thought to be true was really a lie and everything we thought was a lie was actually true? What if what we are going through was to prepare us to evolve to another phase of life? Right now we are all in the same boat so to speak. We are all trying to stay healthy, cooking more at home and spending quality time with our families. This doesn’t sound so bad actually. We have slowed down the work oriented idea that we must stay so busy doing instead of just being. Some of us are having a hard time with staying still and relaxing into that process. We have been so conditioned that we must constantly be on the go and this has shocked us a bit to be told you can’t now.
Perhaps the rest of this concept can help heal our planet as there aren’t as many cars polluting our environment? I have friends in Italy that have confirmed that the Venice canals have gone crystal clear and fish are coming back into them now. Perhaps this experience will teach us the importance of health, freedom and start to show us what is truth to help us grow into a new way of living.
We are standing still right now in this moment in time for a reason. Looking at from a positive aspect is a choice and I feel a much better alternative than dwelling on the opposite of that. As long as our basic needs are being met during this time period that is all that really matters right now. If we can all strive to do this in our lives, we can be a ripple in a pond for others and this will help us all through this crisis.
What is most important as we can see is health, without it we have nothing. We cannot work, play, socialize or do anything that life offers without health. Health is not just in our bodies, but also our mental and spiritual health is just as important. If we are living in fear as we can see in others right now, then that is not healthy for your mind and may cause you to do irrational things like hoard toilet paper. If you are feeling anxiety over your health it can cause you to become depressed and that isn’t good for your spirit and overall well being. Balance is the key to staying healthy. I believe this and practice it daily and even wrote a book on it.
Attacking, blaming, pointing fingers and spreading fear and negativity is NOT what is needed right now. It will not help this situation at all, in fact all it does is keep fear growing and sets us back from possibly evolving into an unknown territory that could be totally wonderful. I know everyone has an opinion and we can all see them. The world in some ways has gotten smaller. I choose to soak my mind, body and spirit with nothing but healthy thoughts, food and love right now. I suggest you try this and the first step in doing so is to concentrate on your own lives and heal yourself first. This may sound selfish, but its not. It’s actually good for us all because we are all connected in the same boat. You could be an inspiration to someone watching that needs to see it firsthand right now. Focus your thoughts on creativity instead of constant dribble coming from others. If you do have something to say, try to make it positive. Stop bashing and blaming what’s happening on others and start focusing your thoughts on healing yourself during this isolation period. I send you all nothing but healing love and blessings during this timethat is standing still.
It’s been a while since my last blog due to many ups and downs life has been throwing at us recently. In fact, I have been thinking about not blogging at all anymore since most of you prefer livestreams. Then I realized this month marked our 10 year anniversary of this blog. I started this blog when Ronn did the “Dancing with the Stars” in Italy, and wanted it to chronicle our adventures. So I will let you tell me if we should continue with it or not now.
This new decade started out pretty good and then a few dear friends suddenly passed away and put me into a bit of a depression. First there was the Internet buzzing about my longtime dear friend, Julie Strain’s death. I had just returned from Europe and was a bit jet lagged, but something about this just didn’t seem right and I decided to listen to my gut and got in touch with her boyfriend who confirmed this was just not true. Julie, as most of you know has early dementia due to a terrible horseback riding accident in her early 20s that left her with partial amnesia. Julie lost most of her teenage memories and had to relearn a lot of things about her life. Nevertheless, Julie was bigger than life, standing six feet one with a strong personality as a pinup model, actress and photographer, with a legion of fans who love her. Her health has been slowly declining the past few years, and I was one of the few people allowed to see her a couple years ago when I learned of her demise. So it was indeed shocking to hear all over the Internet that she was dead and no one had told me? It was a good thing I listened to my intuition because it was totally false. Many friends had been saying that her death was already listed on Wikipedia and that the Hollywood reporter had printed it, so it must me true. Wrong! Just because its in the news or printed in a magazine does not make it true obviously.
Shortly after recovering from that, another dear friend really did pass away and I was deeply saddened and shocked by his death. Artist, Jon Hul’s sudden death from a stroke at age 62 threw me into a bit of a deep depression. Jon had such a vibrant, joyful personality and had done many paintings of me over the past twenty years we had been friends. He was also a great drummer and had attended many of our jam parties and played music with Ronn and the boys who all loved him. I simply couldn’t put into words how much Jon Hul meant to me and at that time was too overwhelmed with emotion to even try. We had barely returned home and I felt like life was throwing too much emotion my way to process all at once.
Jon’s death wasn’t sudden for his family, they had been hoping he would survive this, as he was in ICU for nearly a month and all through the holiday season. In fact, he had his stroke the day we had left for Europe and his daughter was trying to get in touch with me and I had no idea because I was traveling so much. I felt crushed to have not known of their struggles during the holidays and what they must have been going through.
Ronn went through losing a few friends that he was also close to and this put us both into a bit of a funk. He lost a high school friend and then soon afterwards learned of the tragic death of actor Orson Bean. Orson was the husband of his “Bold and Beautiful” co-star Alley Mills. He was hit by two cars crossing the street! Then there was dearly beloved, Lee Philip Bell who was the co-creator of “The Young and The Restless” and “The Bold and The Beautiful.” Her death really did feel like the end of an era for Ronn. I can’t tell you how many times he would say he wanted to see her and have lunch with her over the years, but somehow that never seemed possible given our travels, her health and other circumstances. However, she was in his heart and mind and the desire was there.
Life throws us curve balls in all areas leaving us living sometimes in fear instead of love. How we deal with this isn’t so easy at times. Sometimes other things make our deepest desires difficult to achieve. Maybe we feel like reaching out, but fear creeps in? Relationships can be difficult at times and emotions can put us in moods that we often can’t cope with ourselves, much less want to put on others. I believe in trying to live mostly in love rather than fear. Its not always easy to train your mind to turn off the fear of immortality, the fear of losing someone your love or the general fear that everyday life poses. The reality is always up to how you choose to perceive life. How you choose to live it and how you choose to handle your emotions.
Most of you know how much I believe in balance. This is the essence of what my book, “True Age, Timeless Beauty” was all about. Many of you who have read that little book touched me with comments on how much that book helped get your life in balance and as you know I’m writing the follow up to that book, “True Wisdom, Timeless Spirit” that I intend to give to you all for free! This is all about keeping life in balance when shit is being thrown at you and fear starts to creep in. It’s about getting through the ups and downs life throws at you like the death of loved ones and the crisis’ that may hit you from time to time in every area of life. How do you pick yourself up and go on? How do you deal with the fear of a health crisis? This is the essence of what life is all about and helping each other through life’s struggles is what’s really important. If I can do a little part in helping you with that then this ultimately helps us all for we are all in this together anyway, right?
It’s been a week since we have been home after being in Italy for the past six months. And the longest time we have ever been away from home. These past months have been extremely busy and productive for us, as well as, fun! We have fallin in love with beautiful Italy more than ever! How could you not? Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, that’s more apparent to us since we have experienced so many regions from the north to the south on this trip. Italy has had a love affair with Ronn for over 30 years. He did his first movie in Sicily and “The Bold and The Beautiful” was extremely popular there. It’s become apparent, that Italy’s love for Ronn has only grown and spending this time in Italy has made this very obvious. So we are falling in love all over again with each other and with Italy.
We also celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary and decided to again renew our vows in another part of Italy that both Ronn and I had not experienced before, which was Calabria. I had always dreamed of renewing our vows in Santorini, Greece, but the closer it came to our anniversary, the busier Ronn seemed to be with concerts and press. We also wanted to celebrate with a few Italian friends like his band, “The Men In Black.” And since they had a concert in Calabria, we decided to do our renewal there. Daniela Corti planned this exquisite event so elegantly with my favorite color scheme of lavender and white roses and orchids. All the details were fine tuned with precisely what I asked for and was simple yet elegant in style and decor. Our dear friend, Laura Demola brought us to tears as she officiated our ceremony with a beautiful poem. I couldn’t have asked for anything more beautiful or romantic to celebrate our milestone and we feel like newlyweds all over again!
Ronn’s first concert tour in Italy was such a success that he’s been invited to come back in December to do a few symphony orchestra holiday concerts. We had planned on staying home this Christmas, but now our time at home is being cut short and the amount of things that we need to do is crammed into just a few weeks. As most you know, I believe balance is the key to sustaining a stress free life. My book, “True Age, Timeless Beauty” was all about getting life in balance. I’m now working on the follow up to that book entitled, “True Wisdom, Timeless Spirit.” This book is about keeping life in balance and I plan to give it to you for free! Right now, my focus is balancing our home and our health in these few weeks we are home. And as result of this, we have placed our beautiful custom one of a kind Lake Arrowhead home up for auction on November 14. Ronn is even thinking of throwing in his beloved Porsche Panamera!
I think as we get older, a desire for a more simplistic life becomes a priority. We want less things to deal with and more freedom to enjoy our lives. I have become disenchanted with home repairs, tenant complaints, property taxes and all the things that go into owning real estate. I want to change our lives so that we have no ties and more room to spend time as we have been doing in various countries. I also believe change is good and helps the universe guide you to greater things. Ronn performing with a 50 piece symphony orchestra was getting him out of his comfort zone and into a new and exciting adventure that seems to be growing rapidly.
This new change of season is also a major turning point in our lives and I’m already fallin in love again with all the new and exciting things on the horizon. I miss live chatting with all of you and hope to get back to that soon. And Ronn is looking forward to finally rehearsing Ronn Moss’ PLAYER and debuting them soon. The current fires in Santa Clarita prevented the band from rehearsing this week because drummer, Jimmy Carnelli had to evacuate. We know how anxious you are to see them perform in the USA and we are too! In the meantime, we will continue to keep you posted on all the new and exciting things coming for you to fall in love again with too!
It’s been an amazing summer with Ronn touring all over Italy for his “USA Meets Italy” concert debut. We have been enjoying the beauty and uniqueness that only Italy has to offer in each region of this gorgeous country. Needless to say, my Italian has improved and I can get by with basics at a restaurant and in everyday life and even speak with people who only speak Italian with basic introductory conversation.
Spending quality time in Italy has been an amazing adventure with both culture and food from each region. We have spent quite a bit of time in our home base of Puglia and we have fallen in love with the food and wine of this region. The weather in Puglia reminds us of being home because its close to the sea, so there is usually a breeze happening and its much cooler than parts of Italy that are not close to the sea, which can be unbearable in the summertime.
Ronn has had concerts in the Tuscan region and their food and wine is just as amazing, but completely different. The Tuscan region is more meat oriented and ironically the last time we ate meat was “steak florentine” in Tuscany, which was amazing; however we stopped eating meat completely, but still eat fish, so the Puglia region is more seafood oriented and better for us.
Our recent journey to Forte Dei Marmi was truly memorable. Ronn had a concert at one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs, “LaCapannina” built in the 1920’s where artists like Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Gloria Gaynor have performed. Forte Dei Marmi is also the home of Andrea Bocelli, who we had the pleasure of meeting at his annual midsummer gala event on his private beach at “Alpemare” where he also had a concert that included performances with his 21 year old son, Matteo.
Ronn was asked to sing a song and chose to sing the infamous Ed Sheeran song “Perfect.” Matteo also did a duet of this song with his father singing the English part of it and so he decided to do his father’s part in Italian for the first time with Ronn. This was totally spontaneous and unrehearsed, but so heartfelt and under the most gorgeous full moon made it even more romantic and enchanting.
Coincidentally, Ronn’s guitarist Marcello and drummer Eugenio were asked to play with Bocelli that evening after their stellar performance at the “LaCapannina.” So it seemed like the stars were lining up for Ronn to sing and many people have indeed been curious to see him perform, which is why we have started this world tour in Italy. Ronn had a concert lined up to do with his band, “The Bad” in Estonia the following week and the day before Bocelli’s concert there, so there were several coincidences leading up to meeting and collaborating with Borcelli on many new things now for the future. Turns out, Bocelli is a big soccer fan and legendary soccer player, Paolo Rossi came to Ronn’s concert and Bocelli wanted to meet him. It was really ironic that Paolo and Bocelli lived a few blocks away from each other in Forte Dei Marmi, but had never met. This led to another spontaneous jam session with Andrea playing piano and all of them singing together, while visiting Bocelli at his home. These coincidences have made our visit to Forte Dei Marmi truly memorable and there is no doubt we will be going back now next summer for another concert at the “LaCapannina.” Ronn has a concert in Perugia in mid September and a symphony orchestra concert in Puglia that we are looking forward to in a couple weeks. There are also plans for a concert in Sicily around our 10 year anniversary at the end of September, so our adventure isn’t over quite yet!
I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged and that’s because of all the traveling we have been doing the past few months, along with poor Internet connections. It’s been quite a whirlwind with all the preparations that have gone into the tour production of the “USA Meets Italy” concerts, but they have launched with great success.
In between concerts, the crew must breakdown the production to set up in other parts of Italy, while Ronn does press and appearances in between. So many more dates are currently being added throughout Italy, some with the full production and some in romantic acoustic settings throughout the 21 regions of Italy. The response has been overwhelming great that we are now adding more dates for next summer!
As most of you know, Ronn has had quite a unique love affair with Italy for over 30 years and this is the first time they are getting to see him perform live in concert as a musician and singer. As a result of the success, we are remaining in Italy for an extensive period of time to move to different regions with this production comfortably from the northern part of Tuscany to the southern part of Puglia, where we are based for the tour and down to Sicily.
Needless to say, my Italian is improving daily and we are loving every minute of being in our seconda casa of Italia. Ronn is working on new music and singing new classic songs in Italian and we are working on upcoming film and TV projects for next year in between concert dates. You can stay on top of those things by going to his website. So we are indeed keeping busy, but also having fun seeing many new parts of Italy. It’s been quite a journey revealing more of Ronn for so many fans who knew him only as Ridge and not as a musician. We are looking forward to sharing many more surprises with music and acting projects as they are rapidly developing. Check out the new Ronn Moss’ PLAYER official website for all the latest with music gigs and for the debut of Ronn Moss’ PLAYER this fall!
Starting over in a brand new year and its already flying by at sonic type speed, or at least it feels this way. We seem to be saying hello and goodbye to so many friends these days. Some due to the amount of traveling we have been experiencing, others due to their time with us on planet earth. It seems time is moving faster than ever, maybe its because we are growing older and trying to cram so much into each and every day that we have? Or maybe its because we are experiencing new adventures and its just time to say goodbye to some people and hello to new people?
Like many fans of Kristoff St. John, I was sad to hear of his untimely passing. He was a lovely man and very much loved by so many. He was just too young to die so suddenly. I was a big fan of Y&R and watched that soap more than any other. It brought back fond memories of watching it with my now deceased mom. So as a fan who grew up watching soaps, I understand what some characters mean to many of you. I think my love of soaps manifested my marrying a major soap star like Ronn and becoming a producer on “The Bay.” I am indeed a true fan at heart of this genre. We grow up watching these characters daily and they become part of our family.
Attending Kristoff’s memorial was surreal for me because I was reunited with a longtime dear friend, a friend I had not seen in nearly two decades. In fact, the last time I talked to Kristoff was about this friend because someone told me she had died and that broke my heart. We had parted on strange terms and there were things left unsaid, things that we both didn’t understand after being so close for so long. So in a strange way, Kristoff brought us back together today and that’s a beautiful thing. His passing reminds us that we should tell the people we love that we love them today because tomorrow is not promised.
Ronn and I have been traveling alot lately to Europe because he was preparing an extensive music tour for the first time there. There was never time before now to stay in Europe and rehearse with a band to prepare for this type of tour before because he was so tied to the studios of CBS for his role as “Ridge Forrester” on B&B. The kids were growing up and now that they are off on their own, we are finally free to do all the things we wanted to do, but couldn’t. As most of you already know, Ronn is loved around the world and simply adored in Italy. So it was fitting to start this tour there. Saying hello to many fans throughout Italy as he prepared for the debut of this summer tour. I was lucky to have spent alot of time on the “Purple Rain” tour with Prince, but I never knew firsthand what goes into preparing for something of this magnitude before now. There is the production of lights and the stage, along with visuals and technicians that takes a live show on the road. It isn’t much different from a theatrical production, but a lot more intense in terms of sound of course.
Ronn is enjoying the process of going back to his musical roots and gearing up to show a side of himself that the Italians haven’t seen. I am extremely excited for whats ahead this summer! It seems many of you are excited also. He is also releasing a new single next month in Italy called “Quando Quando.” Tomorrow we take off to Australia for the next month for an acoustic type of tour with Jawn Star. Speaking of Jawn Star, his “Beatle” band, ‘The Long and Winding Road” just added former “Cars” guitarist, Elliot Easton to their lineup. Jawn Star was in “PLAYER” for 10 years and now is gearing up for “Ronn Moss’ PLAYER” that will start touring later this year. The boys were celebrating Ronn’s birthday and REO Speedwagon guitarist, Dave Amato’s birthday this weekend with a jam party. Dave was also PLAYER’s guitarist at one time and a longtime friend who has celebrated many birthdays with Ronn since they are one day apart. We now look forward to so much more later this fall when we debut Ronn Moss’ PLAYER.
I think saying hello or goodbye to anything means a fresh start to something on the horizon. You can’t travel any path unless you are willing to say goodbye to something in order to say hello to something new. So whether they are tears of joy, sorrow or anticipation, hello or goodbye shall be a part of the road ahead for all of us.
On our last day of 2018, we are in such gratitude for so many blessings, primarily the fact that Ronn will be regrouping his band PLAYER with a new lineup, as Ronn Moss’ PLAYER after prevailing in the trademark battle concerning the name. It’s so great to see how excited so many of you are that he will be performing with Jawn Star and Jimmy Carnelli again in addition to a new guitarist in 2019!
There are new social media pages for Ronn Moss’ PLAYER so you guys can follow the progress of when and where they will be, so please check them out on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Ronn will have a new Ronn Moss’ PLAYER website coming out soon, but first we are finishing up a brand new Ronn Moss website to kick off all the tour dates coming for Italy, Australia and Europe. Since Ronn is so booked up overseas, it will be a while before he can debut this band with a proper tour. In the meantime, we can have fun keeping you guessing on who the newest member of this lineup is and tease you with snippets of what’s coming!
Ronn Moss PLAYER will combine Ronn’s favorite classic rock songs in addition to PLAYER songs and will give you the same harmonies and blue-eye soulful music that they are known for. This is an amazing lineup of musicians because all of them sing and play multiple instruments. Thank you guys so much for sticking by us through this transition, it really meant a lot to know how much you cared for what Ronn had to go through. But we know that these types of things only make us stronger and even better than before. The most important thing is that a wrongful thing was corrected and as we move into 2019, we do it with pure joy and excitement of all the good things we know it will bring now. Wishing you all a blessed New Year!
Another year has flown by in a flash and so much has been going on in the world of DevRonn here. We have been dividing our time between Los Angeles and Europe lately, as Ronn has been preparing for his worldwide music tour in 2019! This is going to be one awesome tour and we will kick it off down under in Australia starting in March! Tour dates for Europe will be posted in mid February after Ronn makes an appearance in Sanremo with a few major surprises! We are again spending Christmas in Rome, but coming back home for NYE.
Many of you know Ronn’s band “PLAYER” has been in a dispute over the trademark and that has finally settled, which has been a total victory for us moving into 2019. Ronn will form his own version of “PLAYER,” as to not confuse fans and it will be Ronn Moss’ PLAYER to tour later in 2019, due to his already hectic tour schedule worldwide. Jawn Star and Jimmy Carnelli will rejoin him and we are adding a new surprise to this killer lineup that will be doing PLAYER songs, as well as, classic rock favorites!
Many other projects are now forming, including a romantic comedy film we are producing that Ronn will star in and film in Italy next May and another epic TV series for Amazon Prime that we are co-executive producers on and super excited about. This is a political drama that will be a very serious series. We also have “The Bay The Series” airing its forth season on Amazon next week and we so thrilled to see the scenes we were co-executive producers on that was shot in Belgium last year. So there are many DevRonn projects to look forward to in 2019 and beyond! Considering all the chaos in our world today, we look forward to a quiet holiday season filled with the love of good friends and family that we are so thankful to have healthy and thriving into this new year full of promise and hope. On that note, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
It’s been going on four months that we have been in Europe preparing an extensive summer music tour. Ronn has never had the time or a proper tour facilitated in Europe before now. Many fans are just learning that he was a musician way before he was Ridge Forrester! So time is what was needed to rehearse and prepare for what we know will be an amazing summer tour in Europe for 2019!
Ronn now has an amazing Italian band, a Belgium band and soon he will form his own version of Player in the states. Right now the Belgium band is called, “The Bad and The Beautiful” due to Italian/Belgium drummer, Fabrizio Muto, who was a former president of the Hell’s Angels, hence the name of the band becoming, “The Bad and The Beautiful.” Concerts are now forming for Spain and Greece with this band for next year in addition to his Italian band’s extensive tour of Italy.
Ronn also has another tour of Australia with Jawn Star scheduled for March 2019 and we are developing a romantic comedy film that Ronn will star in next year! We have been tossing many movie projects around the past few years that Ronn wants to do and hasn’t had the time to develop, due to touring and his focus on music, but now he will indeed start acting on these movie projects, which will also include his music that we will be producing. In addition to movies and music, there is the debut of the fourth season of “The Bay” coming soon to Amazon Prime that includes the shows shot in Belgium that we were co- executive producers on last year! To keep up with Ronn’s touring schedule please track him on Reverbnation or Bandsintown, as well as, his website!
We have traveled many times to Italy and seen many beautiful cities, but Castiglione del Lago really stands out as a magical, almost fairy tale like in its vibe, with a real castle to boot! The first thing you notice is the majestic castle that is in the center of this little town overlooking a beautiful lake and situated outside of Perugia, Italy. Just getting the pronunciation correct in saying Castiglione del Lago gives you the sense you are really in the heart of Italy. This city is in the region of Umbria, known for some of the best Italian wines.
Castiglione del Lago immediately felt like home to us when we met third generation native, Mario Barbini who welcomed us with open arms into his beautifully restored 500 year old Palazzo Barbini apartments. Our two bedroom apartment was spacious, charming and had a beautiful view of the city and a private terrace. It also had the cutest kitchen that I was dying to cook in, but we were kept so busy with amazing dinners and lunches that I simply didn’t have time! Ronn went to Castiglione del Lago to prepare the songs he would be doing for his first ever Italian music tour set for summer 2019. The music director lives in Castiglione del Lago and so we needed to be near his studio to go over all the music for the tour production, which required daily recordings and computer insertions for the video editor to coordinate and for the band to prepare to rehearse later next month with Ronn.
However, it didn’t feel like work at all for Ronn because we were having such a great time in between his creative process. The two weeks spent in Castiglione del Lago flew by and will forever be ingrained in our minds as one of the most special and unique places we have visited. We also took some time to visit another charming city nearby called, Assisi before checking out the seaside of Abruzzo. Ronn made some rare personal appearances in these areas to meet with as many fans as possible and to check out possible venues for the tour. It’s hard to believe we have now been in Europe for two months as this time has flown by so fast, and we are now relaxing in our beautiful Rome Loft situated in the center of Rome. We can’t recommend this place enough for anyone traveling to see the sights of Rome, as its a perfect location to walk just about everywhere. We will now head to Belgium for a few appearances and preparation with Ronn’s “Bad and Beautiful” band for the next couple weeks before heading back to Italy for band rehearsals and more surprises to share later!
It’s so nice to be back in Amsterdam after spending a few days in Glasgow, Scotland. As most of you know, I was invited by the Burnt Church Film Club to make an appearance there for the film I did over 30 years ago called, “Society.” If you haven’t seen that film then you may not know what a following it has had for being one of the strangest movie ever made! Brian Yuzna, who wrote the film “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” and directed the critically acclaimed film, “Re-Animator” directed me in this film “Society” which has since become quite a cult classic around the world.
This was my first time visiting Scotland and it fell on our wedding anniversary, so two great excuses to say yes to this offer. Ronn loves a colder climate and it was a nice change from the heat we have been experiencing in Italy this past month. Now that we are back in Amsterdam, its starting to really feel like fall and I love seeing that the leaves are starting to change into all their fall colors. Life is ever changing and personally I love seeing things change and morphing into other interesting things that hopefully helps us all grow as human beings. Traveling is quite an experience because we are constantly seeing the changes of different cultures, foods and accents and this is what I love most about traveling. So I must say that Scotland was quite a quirky, but interesting experience just for the sheer fact that they drive on the opposite side of the street, speak with a distinct accent and have a much colder climate than I’m use to. The people were really down to earth and friendly also.
However, I’m more European at heart and look forward to the next couple months in Belgium and Italy where Ronn is doing many personal appearances and preparing for a much bigger music tour than we had planned. It’s been obvious that many fans miss seeing Ronn daily on television and for millions of fans he will always be their “Ridge.” So the requests for meet and greets have been getting overwhelming. Seems everyone now wants us to visit their country and meet Ronn and sometimes me and Prince. This is why we also said yes to an invite to make an appearance in Dortmund, Germany this Sunday, September 30th. More appearances are now scheduled for Belgium and Italy in between the rehearsals for Ronn’s music tour that will now take place next summer! Ronn is directing and starring in a commercial campaign with LooknLike for Belgium that will include some exclusive meet and greet acoustic concerts in October and November. And Ronn’s new merchandise line will also launch his own cologne. You can find info out on all of thishere.
This first meet and greet concert will be on October 7 and others will follow in early November. Other changes include a much bigger preparation for the “My Baby’s Back” world tour with band rehearsals in Italy in mid October and November, along with press appearances, as this will be a big production to present the first Ronn Moss music tour for Europe! We are also excited to announce “Ronn’s Garage” is coming back finally! We are shooting a new version in Amsterdam with a very exciting guest to kick it off again! Life always brings us new and interesting things to share with you guys and we love sharing our lives with you, so I know you will love the new “Ronn’s Garage” concept that we are producing from Europe!
Just as there are life’s changes, there are also challenges and some of those challenges involve things from our past. In Ronn’s case, it’s been his battle with Peter Beckett and Player, of which most of you know he has filed a lawsuit against for his infringement on the trademark name. Seems Peter Beckett has tried to steal the name of band for himself and Ronn had no choice but to file this lawsuit. I’m happy to announce we have prevailed in their attempt to dismiss our suit and a date has been set for the trial. No one, including the judge thinks of Peter Beckett alone as Player and I’m quite sure we will prevail in this dispute. It’s sad that egos and greed can ruin things once beautiful, but sometimes the universe gives you these curve balls for a good reason. These challenges become life lessons and enable growth and sometimes bigger and better things comes as a result. I believe this is true with Ronn as a musician because many of you have been asking for Ronn to sing more instead of just playing bass and doing “Baby Come Back,” as he’s been doing with Peter in concerts these past few years since leaving “The Bold and The Beautiful.” So many of you will get that wish now and see a lot more of just Ronn Moss singing all over the world!
Other challenges have included the world’s view of Ronn as “Ridge Forrester.” We can see the emotions from so many of you around the world that sincerely miss Ronn as that character he played so well for so long. He was part of your family and you miss him dearly and this is why he will always be “Ridge” to so many of you around the world. However, Brad Bell made the choice of recasting Ridge and he now wants you to accept this. Because of this change, and the fact that Ronn has moved back to music and other challenges like his role on our multiple Emmy winning Amazon series, “The Bay” as John Blackwell, it’s become obvious that Bell does not even want Ronn in photos with Katherine Kelly Lang. Many of you have been asking why Ronn took out Kelly in the photo advertising his first personal appearance in Germany, so I felt that it should be addressed. He did that because Kelly was upset over it, which really made no sense to us? It’s nearly impossible to think of “The Bold and The Beautiful” for millions of fans in so many countries and not think of Ronn with Kelly? It’s also rightfully part of his resume’ and will always be a huge credit for him and it’s the way many of you still think of him. We have discovered that Belgium and Holland are binge watching ‘The Bold and the Beautiful” from the beginning because you miss Ronn so much and many of you have personally told us how much you dislike the current show. I understand the fantasy of wanting to see him back in that role, but it’s quite obvious that Bell has made a choice and that’s the way it is and will remain. He seems to want to now erase the memory of Ronn from the canvas and wants you to accept seeing Kelly with this new Ridge and we believe this is why Kelly was asked to say something to Ronn about this photo. Its pretty near impossible to erase 25 years of memories for millions of people and the petty ego of someone to dictate something like this is pretty disgusting not to mention impossible. Can you imagine having every co-star you have done movies or television scenes with asking you to not use their photo to promote yourself in a personal appearance?
Actors have credits from a body of work that they have done in film and television and it is from these credits that promoters take photos and videos to promote them. “The Bold and the Beautiful” seem to have no problem using Ronn for their benefit like that have obviously been doing with the use of these videos on DVD, but it’s going to be nearly impossible to erase the thousands of photos and videos of Ronn as Ridge Forrester that’s on the Internet and in the minds of so many fans around the world. Ronn did not make this promo for this upcoming German appearance, the promoter of that event did, but Kelly said she didn’t like it, so Ronn took her out of the promo as quickly as he could and vowed to never let that happen again. She claimed it wasn’t personal and that she should have been asked, but we suspect this was directly coming from Brad Bell. I’ve always been honest about my feelings regard him and how they treated Ronn and this is why I’m addressing it again now. This was truly the most petty uncalled for request and simply sad to hear coming from Kelly herself. Ronn did take it personally, how could he not? He worked nearly half his life on that show, did countless photos and content for it and they want to now dictate whether a photo is used in a meet and greet promo can be used by a promoter who does nothing but these kinds of things for hundreds of film and television stars? I’ll just let you guys talk about how you feel about that one! Personally I think karma is setting in big time here and what goes up must also come down and soon the world can decide for itself on both of these challenges from Ronn’s past.
We all make choices in life that take us on journeys and carves the roads that marks the path in our lives. Our choice is to move forward with the wonderful new path we have carved for our lives and continue to be happy and healthy in our minds, bodies and spirits. Our choice is to be positive in spite of the challenges and to stay focused on all the wonderful new opportunities we have in front of us. Our choice is to set the past free and move into the future with the hope that we can all learn to love and support each other. I am actually looking forward now to these next couple of months in Europe and I hope to meet many of you along our journey!
Verona has always been one of those fantasy places to visit on my bucket list and finally we had the time and the opportunity to explore it! Ronn was invited to go to the Venice Film Festival gala and since Verona was only an hour and half train ride away, we decided to visit what Shakespeare depicted in “Romeo and Juliet” for our own eyes to see. The things we are discovering about Verona has made us fall in love all over again in a city that is as charming as it’s name.
I didn’t realize Verona was so close to Venezia, Rome, Firenze and Milan, all of which are only a couple of hours away by train. What we love so far about Verona is most all of the city is within walking distance to the charming center and gives off an essence of a smaller version of Rome, especially with the beautiful Arena displayed for operas and concerts. This experience of exploring Verona was a spontaneous one due to the fact that Ronn is in the midst of planning out his world tour of Europe in a much bigger way that we originally expected. We were not suppose to arrive in Europe until the end of September, but due to the invite to the Venice Film Festival, we decided to come early and have a bit of fun in between.
This city is warm and cozy with all the charm and vibe you would expect from hearing its name. It makes you wonder if Romeo and Juliet really did exist and so a visit to Juliet’s house is a must see for fantasy and lovers to take photos on Juliet’s balcony, write their names on a wall entrance and even a letter via email to Juliet. As we wandered the streets of Verona, many people stopped Ronn for photos and we were invited to try the restaurant of one longtime fan.
“Il Banco Prosciutteria” was simply an amazing experience. So far it was the best meal we have had in Verona! The presentation was unique and the restaurant also has a downstairs private room and outdoor seating. We are planning to go to dinner there again soon! “Angelucci’s” was an awesome place for pizza that had a unique array of toppings and “Perbacco” was a very simple family style restaurant that gave you a preset menu which included wine, water and coffee. This place had the greatest value for the homestyle food it served.
Ronn and I really are loving Verona, it reminds us of a quieter version of Rome. So far we have met some really nice people, made new friends, had some wonderful meals and saw a concert of “Pink Floyd Legend” in the beautiful outdoor Roman theater. We look forward to seeing an opera someday in the gorgeous arena and its been quite an experience to walk around all the shops with Ronn. He seems to be loved in Verona and we are falling in love with its magic also.
We have been so crazy busy these past few weeks since we arrived back home from Italy due to the release of Ronn’s highly anticipated solo album, “My Baby’s Back.” And we have been finalizing all the dates that will soon be posted for his first European solo tour, as well as, the release of a new music video! Summer seems to always fly by with the blink of an eye and we are so excited about the upcoming tour, but also trying to finalize repairs on our house, which is why I have not been as social recently. There is always a ton of things to do before leaving again. If you have not heard the new album, you can give it a listen on itunes, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify, Deezer or where ever you love to listen to your music. One of my favorite songs is the tribute to the late David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that Jawn Star does with Ronn and they will be performing this one in concert as well!
Some of the tour dates include, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Estonia with more dates and television appearances coming soon that I will post on his website. We are also thrilled to announce another Australia tour is scheduled for March 2019 and those dates will also be posted online also by the end of August. Mr John Blackwell will shoot season 4 of “The Bay” for Amazon Prime and Ronn included his version of the theme song, “Devil’s Bride” on his new album and will sing that in concert as well. You can also visit Ronn’s music page here to listen to this song and some of the new album. Let us know what you think about the new music and The Bay by dropping us a comment here or on Amazon.
Our first stop in early September will be at the Venice Film Festival gala, which will be a star studded event and as always, a pleasure to see one of our favorite cities in Italy, Venice. For those fans of my movie, “Society,” I am making a personal appearance in Scotland in late September and will post details on that soon. I will try to keep you updated along the way with the concert schedule as dates will all be posted soon online in hopes of seeing many of you in person! We are finalizing things and will soon launch the Ronn Moss merchandise line, including his own fragrance and scarves that will be available at the concerts and online this fall, along with more surprises!
It’s always a treat to visit one of our favorite countries, Italia, which really is our “seconda casa,” as we love to say. As always, the food, hospitality and warmth of this country is truly nothing less than spectacular. And Italy has had a beautiful love affair with Ronn for decades. It has been six years since we visited the region of Puglia. The last time we were there, we renewed our wedding vows because it was so romantic, so being back there was like another honeymoon for us. We spent time relaxing by Fasano beach at the Canne Bianche hotel and spa for a few days and even though the weather was a bit rainy, we couldn’t have been happier.
I have enjoyed their wonderful spa and had a four hand massage, which was incredible! Nothing like two massage therapists giving you a massage at the same time! The “Pepper Aroma Peeling” scrub left my body silky soft and the staff was fantastic. Ronn did a great appearance for their annual car racing event and from there we headed over to stay a couple days at the beautiful “Masseria Torre Cocarro.” We both experienced an olive oil massage and a grotto like pool. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the “Borgo Egnazia” where we renewed our vows in 2012 on this visit, but hope to return to Puglia again soon.
We then headed to see friends like Gina Lollobrigida in Rome and celebrated my big 55th birthday with Lavinia Biagiotti. As always, the food at the Marco Simone Golf Restaurant is incredible and the hospitality we experience at the Biagiotti castle is like home for us. We then made our way to Florence to catch up with American friends, Wayne and Rhonda Nelson. Wayne is the lead singer in the American version of “Little River Band.” We had an amazing dinner at one of the oldest restaurants, “Il Paiolo” in the center of Florence and also caught up with Ronn’s ‘Ballando Con Le Stelle” dance partner, Sara DiViara and her family. It was great to see them and experience a Florentine steak at the “Trattoria Dall Oste” which is a must when visiting Florence.
We then continued on to the countryside of Tuscany to visit the “Tenuta Chiudendone” vineyard and see our dear friends Isabella and Francesco who just had a new baby boy. Prince was a bit jealous of me holding the baby and we had fun doing a cooking class after picking vegetables from their garden. Its always a wonderful peaceful experience at the “Tenuta Chiudendone.”
We are also excited about some new opportunities we are planning to produce for next year just for Italy! In the meantime, we are truly in gratitude for this scrumptious treat we are experiencing so far. Our last weekend journey continued in Amsterdam for a few days of meetings for Ronn’s upcoming European tour, which will start in Belgium and the Netherlands this fall. Ronn has a new song and music video dedicated to our love for Italy coming soon, along with new Ronn Moss merchandise for his tour, which will include his own signature fragrance line, scarves, T-shirts and a new CD! A cover story on Ronn for Primo magazine in Belgium talks about all the exciting upcoming plans!
I was born in Louisiana and remember doing the pledge allegiance to the American flag in grade school. I remember feeling proud to be an American, home of the brave, land of the free. Growing up poor in the deep south, I dreamed of my future and knew that being an American meant I had the freedom to make dreams a reality. I must admit I really didn’t know or care much about politics. It meant nothing to me and I didn’t know what being a Democrat or a Republican meant?
I was told we were Democrats because they were for the poor people and that I should vote Democrat, if I even cared to vote. I felt confused about politics very much the same way I felt confused about religion growing up Catholic. I wanted to make up my own mind and not be told what I should or shouldn’t do and that’s exactly how I’ve lived my life so far. Being American meant I had a choice as a free woman in a this patriotic land of the free and the home of the brave. Men and women died to fight for the freedom I have today and being an American meant being proud of those freedoms.
Freedom of speech, the right to bear arms and my choice in an election was my American right. In the past, I have voted for both parties in elections and didn’t consider myself dominate of any political party. I didn’t consider myself only Catholic either. I explored other religions, other countries and cultures and other points of views to come to my own conclusions as to what I believed in.I left myself open to explore other opinions in conversations even if I disagreed because that’s what makes us all unique.
I left the deep south of Louisiana because I saw the hypocrisy in many people and I was curious about the rest of the world. Today it seems like everything I left in Louisiana is being magnified worldwide as the left verses the right in political debates continue over an election? Families and lifelong friends are at each other’s throats on their point of views and waging war against each other? No longer are kids pledging allegiance to the American flag and the news media spews hatred and negativity daily to fuel the ongoing war in America.
Today our country celebrates Independence day and it is my wish that we mend our differences and start coming together as one nation, under God, indivisible, and justice for all and start pledging allegiance to our flag by standing together and remembering those who lost their lives in the past fighting for our freedoms today. This is what being an American means to me and what I always thought meant to everyone in America!
It still feels somewhat surreal that “The Bay” has won a forth Emmy as, “Best Digital Drama Series” and that win has broken a record because no other daytime drama has won four times in a row ever! And it was the first time our category was allowed to be viewed with the other remaining daytime dramas because for the past three years they had us only in the Creative Emmys. “The Bay” has grown tremendously over the past few years and our being on Amazon has helped many of our viewers binge watch the past three seasons! Ronn and I have been producers for the past four years and will add two more of these golden beauties to our home now giving the two of us eight Emmys so far!
Our Bay team has truly become part of our family and we couldn’t be more proud and grateful for all our Emmy wins thus far! So what is in store for season four? Well I can tell you that we shot our first remote shoot last year in Belgium, and John Blackwell will become a bit more interesting because we find out more of who he really is and he may even have a love interest. Ronn has been having fun playing John Blackwell because he really is so different from Ridge Forrester, so those of you who are missing seeing him on television, now is the time to go and binge on “The Bay” and find out what you have been missing!
There were three new categories that opened up this year for digital dramas, Best Director, Best Guest Star, and Best Writing, along with, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Digital Drama. We nearly swept all of these categories with the exception of Best Writing and Best Actress which went to the series, “Zack and Mia.” It seems “The Bay” has been the pioneer in Digital Drama for Daytime and I feel this is the direction all of the remaining network shows are now headed. Many other digital dramas are popping up with other daytime stars in them, but none are as dramatic or cinematic as “The Bay.” It’s easy to see the passion that our executive producer, writer, director and creator, Gregori J. Martin has and why it’s been so successful and we are so proud that he was the first to win Best Director in this new category. Congratulations to Kristos Andrews who took home Best Actor, Jade Harlow for Best Supporting Actress, Eric Nelson for Best Supporting Actor and Patrika Darbo for Best Guest Star and congratulations to all our nominees! This win was truly special for all of us and I think a game changer in digital drama!
It’s strange but I find myself drawn to him in the month of April more than ever since his untimely passing almost two years ago. I know he is still so missed in the hearts of many, especially by the women who loved him. I know personally because I was one of those women. It often makes me chuckle at how Prince could size you up as a woman and know exactly how to seduce you to fall hopelessly madly in love with him. It became art for him to explore you as a total woman, which meant all of Prince’s romances began with real friendship first. Sheila E, Vanity, Susannah Melvoin, Mayte, Manuela, all started out as friends with Prince before ever progressing to the bedroom. Prince needed to get into your head and mind first. I think that’s why he went out of his way to try and impress you by being such a gentleman. And he was indeed the ultimate charmer and seducer.
Only Prince could rock his unique style that captured your fashion sense and made you want to dress up with him or borrow his clothes. In my case, he would give me many of this clothes to wear because I think he liked seeing me rock his clothes and he loved that everyone wondered who I was because I was wearing them. He got such a kick out of this. I remember asking why couldn’t I talk to his band “The Revolution,” but he wanted me to remain a mystery to everyone. He knew once my Playboy hit the stands that everyone would know, so he seduced me mind, body and soul up until that moment. I remember him looking at my Playboy data sheet when my June 1985 issue hit the newsstands with a big smile on his face seeing that I wrote Prince as my favorite music artist; and that I liked my dream guy to be honest, which is why he broke things off with me to reveal that he was going to be living with someone. That someone was Susannah, whom he was seeing on again off again before he met me and after Vanity left him.
Prince, according to his first wife Mayte, said that there were always one girl coming to Minneapolis and one girl leaving. She came after Carmen Electra in the early 90s. Since I was the mid 80s and during the “Purple Rain” tour, I can now see Prince always had one girl coming and one girl going. I understood that Vanity had jealousy issues about Susan Moonsie, Prince’s first love who was also a part of Vanity 6. Prince also never left any of this girlfriends, lovers, he sort of floated in and out of your life like air or water and the girls ultimately all left him out of suffocation, or out of lack of communication once he decided to move on to someone new that struck his fancy.
Just when you thought you could get even closer he would push you away. His music during any given time in history is like his own autobiography. He wrote songs that were inspired by the women he hung out with at that period and time. “Little Red Corvette” was most certainly written about Vanity. Having intrigued Vanity away from Rick James when he met her at the “American Music Awards” made Vanity a great seduction for Prince. They were mirror images and wild sex to look at in person. I happen to have spent time with Vanity also and can clearly see the ultimate attraction for both them. Vanity and Prince were both way too career oriented and married to their careers more than to each other. That breakup left him heartbroken and Susannah Melvoin picked up those pieces and inspired him to love more.
I inspired him to be honest because I think he wanted me to only remember him the purest form of that fantasy guy. Susannah ultimately left him and Minneapolis. I think Prince meeting me in Chicago and my moving to LA showed him I would never live in Minneapolis, so the way I stayed around his world was under the management of his managers at that time who were handling my acting career. He even had to ultimately seduce Sheila E and get her in his band as his drummer to make her fall in love with him. Only a woman that hung out with Prince can attest to how much he could stimulate all your senses. If you were on his level regarding music like Sheila or dance like Mayte, you were going to have a lot of fun in his world.
Since I was a Playboy model with no singing or dancing aspirations, Prince didn’t know how to fit me into his world. That’s why I was under the umbrella of his manager for my career as an actress was then taking off with movies like, “Can’t Buy Me Love.” I was indeed his friend and he and I both knew we would always want to be friends. That’s why he entrusted me to hang out with his father, Mr. Nelson when going to events like the premiere of “Under The Cherry Moon.” He taught me the art of being cool since I would be the fantasy of so many, it was a necessary art to learn looking back. He knew my being a Playmate would mean many Hollywood directors and producers would want to know me.
Prince inspired all the women in his life to be their best in every area. He wanted his women to be sexy and beautiful at all times, he wanted perfection in music and required it or he would take penalties out in the form of your pay for mistakes. He wanted many of his women to be virgins and that he be your first and someone you would have a hard time getting over. He was very possessive and jealous even when you were no longer with him. That’s why the music he wrote around his relationships are so very important. It tells you right where he was at that time period in his life. Sex was always a big thread in his music, but so were politics, love and God. He wanted to showcase his life and how he loved women through his music.
In honor of Prince this weekend I am offering the kindle version of my memoir, “The Day It Snowed In April” for only .99, so you all have a chance to know my unique story with this amazing iconic musician we all will forever love! It’s so strange that we celebrate his life on the anniversary of his death, but again I don’t feel he’s really gone because his music lives on and his life was indeed so vibrant and full that we should always celebrate him in our hearts. Those of us who had the privilege to know him personally will forever be grateful for these cherished memories.
Ronn and I made our way back home a couple days ago and I came down with a stomach bug. Seems I always get sick coming back from Europe, so it was no fun being sick for Easter, but I’ve had time to write. We are very excited about this new film project based on this amazing book, “The Witchyman.” Ronn and Angie Everhart have been wanting to work together for quite some time and are still gearing up to do our project “411” when we can get the funding in place and the time to do it as it is a trilogy of movies.
Witchyman is also a trilogy based on this book and two more upcoming books from amazing author K.B. Hill and is one of the best scripts I’ve read in years! This is one scary thriller that will have you on the edge of your seats! So when Angie asked Ronn if he would be interested in playing the role and to meet the author, we were shocked to hear some of the things she wrote was loosely based on some true stories from her hometown of Winnipeg, Canada.
We have an amazing director, Andre’ Luis Carvalho from Brazil and Ronn has committed to play the dark serial killer known as, “The Witchyman.” Angie will play an artist that he is obsessed with and you will not recognize Angie or Ronn in this nail biting, deeply dark feature film that has a very valuable message in the wake of this whole #metoo era. It will be a beautifully shot film with some very ugly secrets that may disturb many and a role of a lifetime for both Angie and Ronn.
We want you guys to be involved from the humble beginnings to the very end and we need your help in sharing our trailer in hopes of raising the needed funds so we can shoot the actual trailer to make our movie happen quickly! Everyone will benefit depending on what you can donate to this project and for you bigger spenders you can have a lunch with Angie and Ronn in Hollywood! We are so excited to get this film made both as producers and for Ronn to star in a deep role, such as this one. I highly recommend you guys read “The Witchyman” book and spread the word to help fund this project so that you can see it on the silver screen! So please retweet and share to your social media and donate whatever you can so that we can make this wonderful film happen!!
The past few weeks have felt like a tour of Europe for us because we have been living mostly out of our suitcases. Since Ronn likes to mix business with pleasure when coming to Europe, I’m totally okay with this European tour. When Ronn was on B&B he would often come to Europe and would never get to really visit the places he would go to because he had to rush back to do scenes for B&B, so now when we travel to Europe, we like to take our time and really take in the cities and sites we are visiting. So while we come often these days for business, we are indeed enjoying ourselves in the process and taking time to spend having fun as well. This trip was primary for “Fashion Week” in Milan to attend the Laura Biagiotti fashion show. It was the first for Lavinia Biagiotti since her mother Laura passed away last year and we couldn’t have been more proud of her. The show was a smashing success! It became apparent that Ronn can no longer walk around Milan without getting mobbed for photos by nearly everyone! He had to have a police escort and had to take cover in stores to get a break from it, but the love that Italy has for him is so beautiful to witness. It also seems to be that way everywhere we go in Europe and of all ages, including young men and women.
It was also near Ronn’s birthday and we both had a last minute opportunity to be included in the Comic Con convention in Rotterdam. I had done a Comic con show in San Diego in the past, but Ronn had never done these type of shows and I thought it would be fun for him to experience one. Those of you who haven’t been to these kinds of shows may not know what die hard fans go to them and dress up in their favorite characters from their favorite action and fantasy movies and TV shows. There are Q & A sessions with some of the stars and meet and greet photo sessions and tons of movie and TV show memorabilia that you can buy. And It’s a way to get personally signed autographed photos from your favorite actors like the “Arrow” series star, Manu Bennett from New Zealand, who hung out with us and helped celebrate Ronn’s birthday.
After Comic con, we went on to Amsterdam for a couple of days and had a productive meeting with a company that is interested in producing, “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” in Europe. I’m very excited about this collaboration because it will be with no salt, yet still have all the flavor of my recipe. As you guys remember, I introduced Cajun cooking to Belgium last year and I hope to bring more of that throughout Europe in the future. We also had a production meeting on Ronn’s upcoming European music tour this fall and on all the Ronn Moss merchandise that is coming, including a Ronn Moss fragrance. Later this month we will go to Belgium to smell it and finalize the packaging along with other Ronn Moss products for the tour and I will be posting all the tour dates for Belgium and The Netherlands on his website very soon!
When we come to Europe, we always try and spend some time in Rome, which is one of Ronn’s favorite cities and this visit we had dinner with Hollywood legend, Gina Lollobrigida before heading off to St. Moritz for a few days. Switzerland was a country I had never visited before and Ronn had the opportunity to meet some of St. Moritz’ most important people in charge of future events in St. Moritz that are interested in him hosting and participating in their annual winter season. Our friend, Gian Franco Tordi is a native from St. Moritz and has been trying to get us to come there for quite some time, so we spent a few nights at the fabulous Kulm Hotel filming a talk show and meeting with everyone. I got to experience the most amazing spa in the Kulm hotel and even did a periscope of going into the outdoor pool overlooking the picturesque snowy mountains.
After St. Moritz, we headed Milan for an appearance on the TV show, “Domenica Live” and then stopping into Florence before heading into the countryside of Tuscany for some quiet time with our friends Francesco and Isabella who are expecting their second baby in a couple of months. They have the most amazing villa that really gives you the flavor of what Tuscany is all about and they make amazing wine and olive oil on their property. If you guys are interested in experiencing their villa you can view it here. Our trip so far has been a fun one mixed in with a bit of business and a lot of pleasure. We still have some business meetings in the next couple of weeks in Belgium and Milan to attend and we plan to visit Venice before Easter. So our European tour continues with many other things coming to share with you over the next year!
Many of you have been asking questions for months and feeling confused over the changes that have been happening with Ronn’s band Player. So I want to clarify some misconceptions and point out some facts because you as fans deserve to know the truth. As most of you know Player started in 1977 and Ronn is a founding member, they had the number one hit song, “Baby Come Back” and as a result, toured with Eric Clapton, Heart, Boz Scaggs and Kenny Loggins. Then Peter Beckett’s ego clashed with the co-writer of “Baby Come Back” JC Crowley and Peter abandoned the band because he didn’t want to play with JC anymore. He decided to come back after a short time and regrouped with Ronn and original drummer John Friesen and did the album, “Room with a View” when they found another record company. After that album, the band experienced a slow down and didn’t get any tours, so Ronn decided to try his hand at acting, a suggestion their RSO manager, Robert Stigwood gave him. Peter again decided to regroup with just John Friesen during the time Ronn was away acting and this was the only album Ronn did not do called, “Spies of Life.” This album also didn’t do much for Player and the group died shortly afterward in 1982. JC Crowley went on to do country music and battled throat cancer, John Friesen became the owner of a video company, Ronn became Ridge Forrester and Peter was the guitarist in “Little River Band” for 9 years. So Player died and wasn’t thought of anymore.
After a 13 year period of Player being completely dead, Ronn and Peter again regrouped in 1995 and began recording and performing as Player again. They produced “The Best of Player” and “Lost In Reality” album, as well as, two solo albums for Ronn and Ronn toured Australia twice in the early part of 2000. It seemed many people knew the song “Baby Come Back,” but did not know who did that song. Many fans thought Hall and Oates, or Ambrosia did that song, so having Player out there with social media and the Internet gave fans more awareness about them. Since Ronn was so popular on “The Bold and The Beautiful” this brought many fans to become aware of Player, and Ronn did International and national press to give fans first hand knowledge about the band and the song. This was something Player had not had in years. “Baby come Back” had been featured in a Swifter commercial, in the movie, “Transformers” and in a Toyota commercial in Australia. Ronn got royalties on all of these things because the song was his as much his as it was Peter’s. Plus all the national and International press Ronn was getting for the band garnered a lot of fans together to know the group that actually did that song.
I remembered when I first met Ronn in 2004 and I said to him, ‘You mean you did that song and no one knows you did that song?” Player at that time, had no presence online and Ronn complained he had no time to do music due to his schedule on B&B. Peter Beckett was having marital problems and no longer touring with Little River Band. So I decided to put together jam parties as a excuse to have them get together and just have fun playing music. Some of our first jam parties included, Corey Feldman, Patrick Cassidy and Patrick Muldoon. Patti Myers started out as a Peter Beckett fan who did a website for him and then one for Ronn and one for Player. She would find old Player videos and pics and put them on her site. Peter had no interest or time to learn anything about the web and so he allowed Patti to do everything for him. Then when a Ronn Moss fan came along to do a site for him, Patti got jealous and I had to mediate between them to the point that Ronn asked me to do a site for him so that we wouldn’t go through this kind of nonsense. As the web started to change and social media became more and more necessary this proved to be a good thing. Ronn was a verified celebrity with a large fan base and we needed to make sure fans were indeed getting news directly from him and we wanted to make sure they got the facts straight. So we have always been totally hands on regarding you our fans. I think you know this already by now. You know when you to you talk to us you are indeed talking directly to us and not some fan who may twist things around and hurt your brand. In this case, the brand of Player.
Since Peter insisted that he still needed Patti to do his website he asked if we would keep letting her do the Player website and at the time that wasn’t a problem for us. Ronn even allowed her to sell photos of him and Peter on her site and not pay us anything to make her happy and give her a little money, something Peter never seemed to have, so that she would continue doing Peter’s site and social media. I had my own site and Ronn’s site and then we started DevRonn with our spice in 2008, so my plate was indeed full. I love marketing and thought that Player was very talented and could be brought back into the limelight with a bit of savvy work. Peter had gone through a divorce and was working at Guitar Center when he met Rob Math in 2008 who became Player’s guitarist. Ronn brought in the ultra talented Jawn Star and the four of them were now Player. However, let’s be clear, Peter only viewed them as side men who would never actually be Player because he and Ronn were the originals. Ronn did not treat them that way or view them that way. I have promoted Player here on this blog since 2009 in countless posts, as well as, articles in magazines. We thought it was such a talented foursome and their harmonies were what the baby boomers craved that we just didn’t hear live anymore. I knew if I loved it and could listen to it all day long, then you guys would love it also. We rehearsed them in our garage for years for the few gigs that they got during that time and I blogged about them continuously here. Peter lived rent free in one of our houses for about 6 months after his divorce where he wrote songs for their now, “Too Many Reasons” CD and I encouraged Ronn to find themselves a manager. I tried to get them on television by having friends I knew see them perform at home which led to “The Hollywood Christmas Parade” performance in 2010.
A buzz began around this time and they seemed to get a few more gigs in various places. Seems fans were especially curious to see Ronn perform in person. At every show, Ronn would give credit to Peter for writing ‘Baby Come Back” and tell the story of how he, JC and Peter auditioned live for Robert Stigwood to garner their record deal with RSO. They did it live because a tape could be put on the shelf. So Peter Beckett did not get a record deal all by himself, nor did a write “Baby Come Back” all by himself, it was the three of them collaborating which led to that moment and then Ronn brought in his child hood friend and drummer, John Friesen and Player was born.
When Patti Myers started to diminish Ronn on the Player website in favor of Peter, we knew we had some problems that weren’t going to go away. Peter depended on her and had no knowledge of social media, she did his tweets, postings as him and now Peter’s new wife Eden answered his emails. We needed to protect Ronn’s brand online and with social media and so we acquired the Playertheband.com domain. Ronn had it years before and that’s why Patti had Player-theband.com as her domain. I tried to keep up with all the changes online regarding Twitter, Instagram, Periscope etc and it was getting overwhelming, however I could see Player was indeed growing and so was Ronn.
When Ronn left B&B he was free to tour with Peter and Player became a touring band again when their new manager got them a record deal with Frontier’s because they were based in Italy and Ronn is so popular there. And he got them on the “Sail Rock Tour” in 2013 with other notable acts like, Christopher Cross, Orleans and John Ford Coley. It was just Ronn and Peter touring and singing only three songs as it was not cost effective to have a 5 piece band of their tour and they were the original members. Fans seemed thrilled and this led to General Hospital contacting Ronn and asking if Player would sing “Baby Come Back” for their nurses ball show. This also led to us having them seen on our “Celebrity Wife Swap” episode on ABC and putting Player’s name on national television again. I wrote articles in magazines and marketed them on our social media and in press continuously for years. I even had them play a charity event I did at the Canyon Club for animal rescue to give Player another chance to be seen and heard. Then Ronn was asked to tour in Australia again and they only wanted Ronn, but he insisted on bringing Player and the entire band so that they could experience a proper tour in late 2014. This was great for Player and that extensive 14 date tour was the most the entire band ever had. I thought it was odd that Peter was acting so strange during this tour and telling everyone he owned Player suddenly, which I didn’t know what that meant. Since I was live streaming way back then, I happened to get a strong enough signal one night to chat with you guys and Peter went off on me saying I wasn’t allowed to do that? This remark made no sense, since everyone had a cell phone and was doing it at the time. I told him he was ungrateful and was afraid that Ronn would be upset with me when I told him about the blowup with Peter. Turns out nearly everyone had problems with Peter on this tour and we vowed never to try and bring Player overseas again. It seemed Peter was getting pissed and jealous of all the attention Ronn had with fans who lined up every night for photos with him. I thought this was odd given Peter had been overseas and toured with Ronn before, so he knew what to expect. Nevertheless, this tour led to more tour dates in the states with acts like “Little River Band” and “Ambrosia” for the “Rock the Yacht Tour” in 2015 which featured again only Ronn and Peter as Player. They had not been a touring band for a long time and it was not cost effective to have the entire band tour the states like these other bands that had been touring for years. Player needed to work up and build up to that.
I watched the entire band sit on the sidelines after touring Australia as they watched only Ronn and Peter tour as Player for over a year. Then in early 2016, the entire band got a concert in Palm Springs for one show and I knew they were itching to do more. Ronn had expressed the desire to do some acoustic classic rock cover songs and Peter had no interest, nor did he have any interest in doing any charities, but the rest of the band did. I had a few contacts and managed to get them a couple of things locally just to play together as “Ronn Moss and Friends” and then Peter went nuts. He phoned Ronn and had lunch with him telling him he no longer wanted to play with the boys as Player and that there weren’t any gigs for them anyway, only for the two of them. So Peter sent a letter to the band telling them he no longer needed their service for Player. It was an underhanded move because we had just booked a big concert on a cruise for the following year called, “The Rock and Romance Cruise.” It was awesome because it was the first cruise to have nothing but acts from the 70s like “America” “Peter Frampton” and “Ambrosia.” We were excited to have the entire band go on that cruise, but it was a year away.
After only Ronn and Peter performed together as Player in the summer of 2016, we figured the entire band would regroup for the upcoming “Rock and Romance Cruise,” but Peter brought in a local guy, Buster Akrey who he claimed would be better than Jawn Star to rehearse for the upcoming cruise gig because he lived close to us all and Jawn lived two hours away. He said Burleigh Drummond would be playing in “Ambrosia” on the cruise anyway, so he was thrilled to play as Player’s drummer and he brought back Rob Math as guitarist. Ronn was very torn about this because the band with Jawn and Jimmy worked so well in Australia. Now they were going to have to train two new guys with all the music of Player and rehearsed for over a month for the cruise. Peter made it seem like it was only for this one gig because at the time that’s all Player as an entire band had. We got to know Buster and he seemed like a nice guy who just wanted to be in a band. I think Peter made him think that just to use him for his devious plan to push Ronn out of the band. What we didn’t know was how underhanded and manipulative Peter was being this whole time. He wanted to ace out Jawn Star who had been with Player for 10 years because he was brought into the band by Ronn and he wanted to bring back Rob Math because he brought him into the band. He also wanted to start recording new Player music with other notable acts playing on the album, but without Ronn. He told Ronn about what he was doing, but never invited Ronn to play and acted like he was going to, but never did. Back in 2015, Eden approached Ronn and JC Crowley to join Peter on a lawsuit against Universal for back royalties as Player. During this lawsuit, they file a frivolous lawsuit against Keith Urban without our knowledge. It was embarrassing because Keith is actually friends with Ronn. We found out when Peter made a statement that was even more embarrassing saying that Keith was only famous because he was married to Nicole Kidman. JC and Ronn never would have participated in this Universal lawsuit if we knew what we know now. This was a sneaky underhanded move to have us help pay for this lawyer that was going after back royalties for Player.
After the Rock and Romance cruise happened, Player performed at the Conejo Valley Days fair because Buster was in charge of that fair and then the same promoter from the cruise phoned Ronn about Player performing in Huntington Beach last summer, as well as, in Beverly Hills last September. Ronn was already booked for some solo projects in Belgium and told Peter to just do that one as Peter Beckett of Player along with a couple of other gigs that required just the two of them. There has never been many gigs for the entire band and Ronn and Peter only sang about three songs when touring as Player anyway. So it shouldn’t have been a big deal and Peter knew Ronn always had work in various countries in the past, so going away for Ronn wasn’t anything new for Peter. Most of the time in the past, Ronn would find a way to include Peter and bring him along even when he didn’t have to, but he stopped doing this after the Australian tour because there seemed to be jealousy brewing from Peter towards Ronn. Peter was telling the band members that he owned Player and he wrote the songs and it was his band to the point that the boys were asking me it this was true. I found it odd that he was acting that way given he knew how vast Ronn’s fan base was and how loyal they were to Ronn. Also it was Ronn selling the tickets to this tour and he was who they wanted to see and it was Ronn doing all of the press. I also started to feel a weirdness from Eden and heard from fans that Patti was saying demeaning things about Ronn and me. My gut instinct or intuition, which I trust wholeheartedly told me something was not right with them. I express this to Ronn and thought it was odd that I always got along with Peter and now he was constantly bitching and yelling to Ronn that I should have nothing to do with Player business. Suddenly, they seemed to be competing instead of collaborating with us online and I knew that meant Patti feeling powerful because she was speaking for Player and Peter.
Gradually, we would catch Patti diminishing Ronn in the Player site bio and changing facts about Player online to favor Peter. I noticed she did a reverbnation and bandsintown page for Player and Peter but not for Ronn. I started to notice how the fans were bombarding Ronn for autographs and selfies as Eden, who was now tour manager, merchandise girl and Peter’s wife collected money from merchandise with Ronn’s photo on them and yet the accounting was always a bit off because there were merchandise with Ronn’s photos on them that were sold like those guitar pics and yet Ronn didn’t get a dime of it. I started to get angry and I knew something was terribly wrong with this picture. At the time, I was fighting an ear infection and on my way to my aunt’s funeral and Ronn and I were always busy with many other things. So as I noticed this and felt strange I told Ronn my feelings and that we needed to make some changes regarding this.
Then as soon as we arrived in Belgium last summer we started having strange emails from Peter to Ronn regarding this so called sub bass player that was going to be used for only one gig since Ronn was away. Patti was posting flyers with this bass player on it as Player and it was confusing fans. I knew nothing of this and told Ronn he needed to discuss this with Peter because fans were confused. Peter assured him it was for one gig and he wasn’t trying to nudge him out of the band or anything, which looking back is very telling. Then his emails got very angry suddenly blaming me yet again for something I had nothing to do with regarding fans fighting online over that sub bass player. I seemed to be blamed for everything and yet I had hardly had anything to do with Player at that time and we were in Belgium. Ultimatums were given to Ronn if he wanted to stay in the band and he was being treated like a hired musician rather than a partner, which is what he’s been to Peter for years. Ronn kept trying to get Peter to wait until we got home to discuss things face to face and he just seemed like he was looking for any excuse to to blame me and piss off Ronn.
It became obvious something more devious was going on and we noticed Patti was changing things online like the Facebook Player page that was always PlayerBeckettMoss to PeterBeckettPlayer. An online fight between Eden and our fanclub president Angelique occurred when Angelique caught Patti and Eden posting things sayings only Peter was Player and then taking down the posts. Eden threaten her when she posted she didn’t consider this a real Player concert without Ronn and that Ronn’s fans had the right to know he wasn’t there. Eden went on to say that Ronn knew and that and he was a sub bass player for Ronn and that she needed to take down her post or she would sue her. All this crazy drama was being sent to us and Ronn had told Peter this bass player and their postings would confuse fans to begin with and he was not comfortable with them doing this, but Peter said this guy was for only one gig and they couldn’t afford to not take a gig just because Ronn was away, so Ronn had no choice but to allow it.
After this gig, Peter sent the drama post between Angelique and Eden claiming I was behind this! Assuming I must be telling fans what to say online like I have time to do this with Ronn’s vast fan base and they shouldn’t post their thoughts on fan pages?? They made such a big deal out of Angelique’s post and then Peter admitted he registered the Player trademark three years ago solely to himself and that he was calling the shots and that Ronn would not be touring anymore. I believe they were deliberately creating issues that were not there to make Ronn quit the band, when that didn’t happen, he was given ultimatums.
Patti has been constantly changing things online with Player’s wiki page and trying to just push Ronn out like he never existed. So we had no choice but to get an attorney and we have tried to amicably to talk to them face to face, but they refuse. Peter then changed a gig that was advertised for months with just Ronn and Peter to just himself at the last minute and started telling promoters Ronn was no longer in Player and to book him for half the price. It really was disgusting to see such anger, greed and manipulation done to us after all the work we have put into trying to bring Player back for years, way before Eden was ever involved. Since we owned the domain playertheband.com from years ago, we decided we needed to activate that again because we had to protect Ronn’s presence from being manipulated by Patti in favor of only Peter and put up a website after seeing her antics regarding Ronn online. This domain along with my playerangels.com has enraged Peter and Eden who want total control of everything Player with no respect for Ronn and his contributions for years of rehearsals, tours and publicity, simply crazy and unbelievable that someone can be so demeaning and ungrateful, not to mention egotistical.
Suddenly, Player is only about Peter because he co-wrote and sings lead on “Baby Come Back, and “Ronn isn’t Player? If you look at Player’s original video for that song with over 48 million views so many comments refer to Ronn and his recognition as Ridge Forrester, which brought attention to Player, now Peter suddenly wants those fans to be gone and disregarded as true Player fans? Player performing on General Hospital was because of Ronn, not Peter and that national exposure helped the band. Ronn touring together with Peter for the past five years has helped bring Player back into the limelight. Peter was not touring as Player by himself and now he’s suddenly Player by himself because he registered the trademark secretly behind Ronn’s back? Why did he keep that a secret? Why are they telling fans Ronn left the band and now claiming we are lying? Why is Patti manipulating Player’s history online in favor of Peter? Why are they deleting fans speaking out? Trademarks are for consumers, the public, which means you the fans who buy the tickets to concerts and albums. Trademarks are not for a person solely to do as they wish with no regard for the buying public.
After so many years together, this has caused great confusion among Ronn’s fans and as always we tell you the truth of what’s happening with us. Sometimes we must endure challenges in life, but the truth always prevails and at the end of the day life goes on with other adventures that lead us to our destiny. Ronn will be just fine with or without Player and is having a blast doing “Ronn Moss and Friends.” It really is sad that a friend would do something like this to someone who has been nothing but giving and good. Since Trademark disputes are on a case by case basis, we must go this route because Ronn should have the right to regroup Player if Peter passed away tomorrow. He played on all these albums, toured and gave tons of publicity to this band and brand that is rightful also his and NOT solely Peter’s. It’s truly egotistical for Peter to believe it’s all about him. As one of Peter’s biggest fans I don’t care anymore to hear his voice and the passion I had for his music isn’t what it once was now. How can he stand to even look at himself in the mirror after a betrayal this low is beyond sad. So I’m confident that truth, as always will prevail and all the fans that we have brought to Player over the years will stand up and voice their opinion loud and clearly in hopes that Mr. Beckett will start to understand what exactly he’s done and is continuing to do and why it’s not right. Trying to steal something that you know wasn’t created solely by you alone is wrong. Peter had no respect for JC Crowley and didn’t not inform him either of registering this trademark. If you really own something and really believe that why would you keep that a secret from the other founding members of the group? Why would you embark on a lawsuit with those original members and call them Player when you wanted their money and help to fight for your back royalties? But, claim them not to be Player suddenly because you see an interest now in the entire band and don’t want to share a stage anymore with your friend of 40 years, why??
Suddenly, it’s your band instead of our band. Suddenly “Baby Come Back” is your song and Ronn’s bass riff had absolutely nothing to do with it? Personally, the harmonies of that song is what you remember most and what was played in the movie “Transformers” and in the “Swifer” commercial. Player was a group effort torn apart by ego, lies and manipulation for total control because of greed and jealousy. That’s the complete truth and pretty obvious to see. Patti got extremely competitive with me online and at one point took down my Player Angels website I let her create for you guys to share pics and experiences from Player concerts. We even made up cool sexy Player t-shirts with Patti’s website on the back to grow the Player Angels. I tried to make everything a team effort. Eden was one of the first ones I gave a shirt to. Then to find out that Patti tried to steal my Player Angels domain and point it to Peter’s Limey Cowboy site was beyond baffling. When I addressed it and pointed it to Ronn’s site suddenly Eden and Patti hated Player Angels. They really believed they owned my domain because it had the word Player in it that’s how naive Peter was and is about the web. I guess he thinks he owns anything with the name Player in and will attempt to sue anyone using the word Player even in a sentence now.
Ronn and I fronted the band’s merchandise with those shirts and Peter paid nothing. Ronn and got most of the best gigs Player had gotten and the best publicity for the band, as well as, it’s only proper tour. Seriously, do you think after all we have done to bring this dead band back that Ronn would just leave? Why was Peter suddenly so angry at Ronn and I over what exactly? We hardly saw them unless there was a gig anyway? And now they want you the fans to believe them and accept Peter only as Player because he wrote and sang their number one hit song and it’s all about him dammit! You crazy Ridge fans don’t care about music only Ronn who contributed nothing and means nothing. In fact, Eden once told a magazine that wrote Ronn was the lead singer of Player in Belgium that Ronn was Peter’s bass player. Actually, Ronn was Peter’s partner for many years over two decades actually and they got along fine and never had issues before? And Ronn also sang lead on Player songs, as well as, his own solo songs that were from time to time included in former Player sets. They collaborated and didn’t compete and it was magical. What this all boils down to is pure greed, ego and an over inflated sense of entitlement with no respect for all that has been given to him over the years by Ronn.
I think this is very apparent to most people now based on his recent open letter trying to do damage control for lying to fans that he continues to exaggerate and lie. Ronn left Player numerous times? Really? We tried to sabotage their gig? I think the fans spoke out like they are doing in droves now and Eden didn’t like it and accused us of doing it, like I have time to tell each of you what your feelings are and what you should post? These lame excuses are just pitiful and very telling to how many lies they have told not only to you the fans, but to promoters and to colleagues in their devious attempt to steal something that is not theirs solely to begin with. And to say Ronn sang Player songs, he sang one song, “Baby Come Back,” which he has earned the right to sing forever! In fact, Peter does not own any of the publishing to that song, he sold all the rights to Universal music. Here is a copy of the original Trademark for the band as you an clearly see Ronn’s name is listed and Player is not a solo artist. I’m confident truth will prevail over blatant lies here. Player for the past few years has been mostly Ronn and Peter singing about three songs. If he was Player all by himself why was Ronn even there? Why keep the fact that he registered the trademark a secret? And what is this reference to camp DevRonn? All I ever did was promote the hell out of him and Player over the years. It’s so pathetic this situation I almost feel sorry for him, but I don’t. He deserves exactly what’s coming to him for all the lies and deception to someone who has stood by him through thick and thin and that’s a fact. Ronn couldn’t have been a better friend or bandmate.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so I wanted to give you guys a little update on our recent adventures and upcoming plans. With all the anger and vile attacks that we have going on in our world, a little love these days is all most of us need. We personally never watch the news on television and try our best to be in gratitude each and every day for each other and all the wonderful positive things we have in our lives because it can surely change at any given moment. Taking the time to smile at a stranger or say kind words to those who may need to hear them can really make someone’s day. It’s the little things in life that make our world so special. We are so blessed to be able to share so much of what we experience with you guys and I promise I will be back with live streams soon.
Ronn and I had the great opportunity to see Clint Eastwood’s new movie, “15:17 To Paris” which was based on a true story of these three young men who saved countless lives on a train a couple of years ago, when a terrorist was on board shooting innocent people. The real heroes of that day played themselves in the film and we got to meet them. Spencer Stone was the brave young man that faced that terrorist head on, risking his own life and miraculously spared by what he attributed, the grace of God. It’s a movie everyone should check out. Clint seemed taken by little Prince and he was a big hit on the red carpet of the premiere.
We also got to share the amazing Gina Lollobrigida’s party celebrating her star on the Hollywood walk of fame at age 91. Gina is quite a talented woman who isn’t just an actress, but an amazing artist and sculptor. This little lady makes gigantic sculptures! A lot of her work is already in museums around the world and we are very proud of our new friend. I only hope to be half as energetic as she is if I make it to 90. Ronn and I plan to spend a quiet Valentine’s Day at home, which we are enjoying as much as possible before we head back to Europe in the next couple of weeks. We are going to Fashion Week in Milan and will spend some time this trip in Tuscany, as well as, other parts of Italy both for business and pleasure. We will indeed be spending more time in Europe for various projects in different countries and for Ronn’s upcoming fall tour.
Most of you know I try to blog in a positive manner about the things we are doing in our lives, however we are going through a bit of drama with Ronn’s band PLAYER and his partner Peter Beckett now, and I will be blogging in depth on that subject soon. There has been a lot of confusion among fans concerning Ronn and the band and truth needs to be told. Ronn was lied to by Peter while we were in Europe about having a sub bass player for one concert and now he’s trying to literally steal PLAYER from Ronn and claims he is PLAYER all by himself, so we have no choice but to embark into a lawsuit against him after months of attempting to talk and being ignored. Sometimes life throws you curve balls to send you in other directions and we know that nothing lasts forever and change is something that makes life interesting. As always, I will speak more in depth on this later when I have more time. In the meantime, there are more Ronn Moss and Friends concerts to look forward to here in Los Angeles when we return from Europe. And Ronn is now working on a very interesting movie project that we will tell you more about as things develop. I will leave you guys with our book, “My Husband’s A Dog, My Wife’s A Bitch” which is a funny look at relationships. Just remember all we need is love and try and spread a little of what you have around this Valentine’s Day!
After being back in our seconda casa under the graciousness of Lavinia Biagiotti in Italy, it’s a little bit of an adjustment to come back home, especially with a sore throat and potential flu! However, I’m so very grateful for all the wonderful things that are already happening in this brand new shiny year! We had such an amazing last day in Rome visiting the the center of the city. When they say “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” that’s an understatement and so very true. There is simply too much history and art to see, it would take years to consume it all. So I think it’s safe to say we will indeed be back there again and again.
Our flight from Rome was very turbulent and at one point the lady next to me looked like she was going to have a nervous breakdown. Due to bad weather in Frankfurt, our flight was also delayed, so we barely made our connecting flight back to Los Angeles. However, our luggage didn’t make that flight and we just now received them finally! I must say flying anywhere these days is just not as fun as it use to be and really rather exhausting. So being home feels wonderful right now. Even Prince is feeling this way, as I watch him run around with pure joy playing with his toys and being back in his familiar environment. I just adore that little guy and love it when he runs around making his happy sounds. We are also thrilled to see our kids and spend time cooking and watching movies together, which is what we love doing with them. We watched the musical version of “Beauty and the Beast” the other night, which I hadn’t seen before and it made me cry. And today we are excited to take the girls to see the cirque du soleil show, “Cavalia Odysseo” tonight! The girls are so excited to see this amazing show and we are too! So I’m resting up all day and determined to get over this sore throat by tonight! Ronn is kicking off the year with a “Ronn Moss and Friends” concert at our local hotspot, “Bogies” on Jan 28 and tickets are limited, as it’s a small venue. So we are hoping to see a lot of our friends there because this is sure to be a great concert with some awesome surprises! Ronn is performing with the amazing Jawn Star who also performed with him last month in Estonia. If you recall, Jawn also performed with Player for a long time. Speaking of Player, it also happens to be Player’s 40th anniversary for their #1 classic hit song, “Baby Come Back” which was co-written by original members Peter Beckett and JC Crowley back in 1977 and became number one for the first three weeks of 1978, so a very happy anniversary to them! 40 years is long time to be friends with someone and there can indeed be ups and downs from a relationship lasting that long. Many of you have been asking if Ronn has left Player and the answer is absolutely not. He has never left Player and there are a lot of inaccuracies regarding this that are being dealt with now. The truth will be revealed soon enough on these questions, but for now we want to keep positive on the many wonderful things that are indeed happening currently.
I can’t tell you guys everything that’s happening at the moment, but let’s just say it’s super awesome and you will surely love it all. There are so many creative things, it’s simply too much to deal with all at once; and for now we are just happy to be back home and looking forward to celebrating our blessings with our dear friends soon! We hope 2018 is off to a wonderful start for you all and I hope to get back to cooking and catching up live on Periscope soon, so please follow me there so you don’t miss them!
It seems like this past decade has been a struggle for most people we know all over the world. There has been major unrest, division and economic pitfalls that many of us have been constantly complaining of from all corners of the earth. However, all we can do is anticipate hope and change that each year will be better than the last. I’ve always been more of an optimist and believe in my heart that 2018 will bring about that hope that we have all been wanting for so long to finally become a reality. Personally, I’ve been seeing the changes in many of our friends, some of these changes have not been so good and some have been great. We all have our own life journey and life is for us to enjoy. That’s what Ronn and I vow to do each and every day moving forward, enjoy life! If you think about it, the simple things in life is what really brings us the most joy. Cuddling with your dog or cat, having wonderful meals with friends and spending quality time with loved ones.
It’s funny how the most simple things in life can warm your heart and create beautiful memories that we can cherish forever. It seems the older we get the more simplified we want our lives to become. We revert back to being childlike in many ways both spiritually, mentally and physically even. Many of us are taking care of our parents now and watching the changes that happen with them in these areas. And many of us have lost loved ones who have made an impact on our lives. I can’t tell you how often I find myself forgetting what I thought was so important to say to Ronn in any given moment or how fast time seems to be passing by each year. This tells me that life is fleeting and we must stop and enjoy each and every moment it is offering us. Even the bad times are teaching us something and yet life is still so beautiful in spite of the pitfalls we may be enduring. Nothing is worth giving up a dear friend who has been a major part of your life or holding onto a grudge or anger. You are only hurting yourself in the end and hopefully by the end of your life you will only feel love and happiness, for that really is what life is all about.
Since we have been in Rome spending quality time with our dear friend, Lavinia Biagiotti, we have been speaking of these kinds of things alot. Lavinia lost her mother Laura earlier this year and is an only child, so spending quality time with loved ones is near and dear to her heart, especially now. We were happy to discover a fun art exhibition called, “Enjoy.” Ronn and I were coincidentally introduced to the world’s first 3D sound meditation, called “Synctuition” by a guy in Estonia. And I had been listening to the meditation program each night, which made me sleep so much better. It turned out that I had just listened to one track that kept saying the phrase, “Enjoy life.” I was sharing this at lunch with Lavinia when her uncle suggested we see this “Enjoy” art exhibition that basically had the same concept. The simple things are meant for us to enjoy, whether its the contagious sound of laughter, funny unpredictable moments that are big or small, or anything that makes us smile and feel the essence of being childlike again. We spend way too much time worrying over things we cannot change, or trying to control people who don’t want change. It’s time wasted and energy focused on things that don’t really matter, all we need to do is simply enjoy life!
So as we anticipate 2018, we will take this simple concept with us and try to make each moment count with joy and laughter. We hope to inspire you to do the same for life is way too short and there is nothing else more important. We plan to continue to follow our God given talents and move forward with positive people, love and anything that brings us more joy and happiness. We are finding the more we do this the more of this life brings us. So take the time to let go of all the struggles from the past and know there are brighter days ahead. Deal with the bad things one by one in knowing these things are only temporary and will soon pass and better days are waiting for you to enjoy. Take the time to focus and set goals on only what brings you joy and happiness and all else will fall into place eventually. Enjoy life!
I believe there are no such thing as coincidences and that everything happens for a reason. So it was at first strange to me that Ronn would do his first European concert in a place like Estonia. When the request came in months ago, I wasn’t really thrilled to go anywhere that was obviously very very cold during the month of December, but after visiting Estonia, I have become quite impressed with the people and their hospitality. First of all many people may not know how tech savvy the Estonians are and that they developed Skype, among other notable things and that they are a very small country of only 1.3 million people. They have built themselves up from gaining their independence from Russia 26 years ago! And yes it’s quite cold there, but the people are very warm and welcoming.
We were immediately greeted by TV 3 at the airport for interviews and gifted yummy cupcakes that had the original B&B characters on them and we were told that two generations of Estonians learned the Finnish language due to watching Ronn on that show. It was obvious from our visit that Estonians grew up watching Ronn and he was truly loved there and like every country we visit, everyone wanted a photo. The concert was really beautiful and a lovely first experience for Ronn and the amazing Jawn Star as a result, we are happy to announce a European tour is now in the works for the fall of 2018.
Since we were so close to Finland and had some friends come by the boat ferry over to Estonia, we decided to travel back with them to celebrate their 100th year of Independence from Russia, which turned out to be quite an experience for us. It was beautiful to learn more of their history and see the pride they have for their country. Apparently, there is a movie called, “The Unknown Soldier” that is all about the Finns and how they gained their freedom against the odds from Russia. Even though the Russians had over a million soldiers against the Finns with only over 200 thousand, they won their independence because they are a strong group of people who love and take a lot of pride in their country. We had visited Finland back in 2013 when Ronn did a commercial there and it was also obvious that they all loved and adored Ronn, so going back to celebrate this milestone was really special for us.
Now when I think of the Baltic region of Europe, I will have fond memories of our visit and look forward to returning for Ronn’s European tour later next year. It was wonderful to see our friend Henri Alen who has opened two new restaurants, “Sue Ellen” and “Finnjavel.” Some of you may remember that we guested on his cooking show, “American Food Battle” in which he challenged me in cooking gumbo. Seems southern cooking is what inspired him to create unique dishes for his restaurant, “Sue Ellen” and yes the name was inspired by that TV show, “Dallas.” We had wonderful crab biscuits, pickeled okra, fried green tomatoes and champagne to toast their 100th year of independence. “Finnjavel” which Henri told us means, “Finnish Bastard” a nickname the Swedish gave them was quite a different experience in dining. We had 7 course of typical Finnish inspired dishes with Henri’s signature twist of artistic flare that included, Reindeer! Even Prince enjoyed Reindeer which tasted very much like beef and loves chef Henri’s cooking! Thank you Estonia and Finland for making us feel so welcome, we look forward to our next visit!
It’s been a while since we have visited Italy due to so many other obligations over the past few years, so it feels great to be back at our seconda casa. Ronn and Italy have had a love affair that has expanded over three decades. He did his first movie in Italy and they fell in love with him from “The Bold and The Beautiful,” which led to his dancing appearances on “Ballando Con Le Stelle” in 2009/2010. Now we are hoping to make some Ronn Moss concerts happen so Italy can see Ronn sing live in the future. In the meantime, it seems most Italians have missed seeing him and it’s become impossible to walk around Rome without constantly being stopped for photos. Rome has been one of the cities we have visited the most often and it always feels great to come back, like a second home.
While Ronn has been preparing for his live concert on the 5th of December in Estonia, he was invited to do a Christmas commercial for the Italian department store chain, “Acqua and Sapone.” So we decided to spend the Christmas holiday season with our dear friend, Lavinia Biagiotti who lost her mother designer, Laura Biagiotti earlier this year. Lavinia and Laura have been our Italian family for the past decade and we always stay at the Biagiotti castle outside of Rome as much as possible when visiting Rome. So it seemed fitting to spend this Christmas with Lavinia because we all felt so sad over the death of our beloved Laura.
Due to other promotional obligations, we are also traveling to Belgium to introduce the video and song for the children’s charity project that Ronn has launched with Belgium star, Chris Van Tongelen and German star, Melanie Wiegmann later this month. This is a terrific charity song that we are hoping to expand out to other countries to join in the quest to raise money for various children charities because children are our hope for a better tomorrow. We are planning to visit Finland for a couple of days after Estonia, since we are so close and celebrate their 100th independence day with them and there a few other surprises in the works that I will tell you about with they are more finalized.
It’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over and another year is just ahead. Time is passing us by so fast and we must be grateful for each and every moment of happiness that we have. There have been so many losses this year of beloved loved ones and so many turbulent things happening in our world today that many of us have endured. So we are hoping and wishing for a more peaceful and loving solution to many of these issues as we embark on 2018. Sending you all lots of love and blessings for this holiday season from our family to yours!
Playboy has been a huge part of my life for nearly 37 years thanks to Playboy photographer David Chan, who discovered me when I was attending LSU, back in 1981. David and I shared a bond and he became the dad I never had growing up in and out of foster homes. Since he never married and never had children, I became his only daughter. He gave me away when I got married for the first time in 1989 and was my mentor and advisor on all major decisions in my life. I trusted and valued him so much. His Chinese heritage became part of me and our Chinese dinners were so special for us. David introduced me to new foods that I had never tried like his favorite, “Peking Duck.” David was a Playboy photographer for over 30 years and was from Vancouver, Canada. I remember David inviting me to meet his entire family one magical Christmas shortly after I became Miss June 1985. I met David’s four brothers and sisters and found out he was right smack in the middle. All of his siblings children and their children were there that Christmas and they all welcomed me into the Chan family with open arms.
It became a running joke around the Playboy offices in Chicago that David’s 90 year old mother never knew he was a famous Playboy photographer nor did anyone ever know his real age not even me! David was a consummate professional who was highly respected in his craft and was graciously polite and humble. I wanted very much to make him proud of me and worked hard to gain his upmost respect and trust. He taught me so many things about business and about life in general. So it was very heartbreaking to learn of his death while we were in Europe and it was just two weeks after Hef passed. I had told Ronn I felt that Hef would pass while we were in Europe and have been trusting my intuition more than ever before. I just felt Hef’s body was failing him and that he had lost his will to live in it, especially after his only brother Keith passed away a couple years ago. It was very sad to watch and we all knew it was coming, but you are really never prepared for it.
Many of the regular movie night friends were commenting on how much and how fast things have been changing around Playboy. The parties were starting to decline and Hef’s appearances at the dining room table became less frequent. They finally put in that elevator to make it easier on him to come downstairs, but you could see he was becoming more and more frail and the guests at the mansion were becoming very sparse in number. Many regular movie night guests were eventually called and told they could no longer come up, but would continue to be invited guests at any Playboy party. It was the beginning of an end of era and this was no ordinary era. This was an era in which Playboy became one of the biggest brands in American history for the past 64 years. Hef, Playboy and the bunny became American symbols that represented the sexual revolution from a repressed puritanical decade; and Hef was a visionary who saw a need for young adult men to have their first lifestyle magazine. Hef became a world recognized brand with his Playboy clubs, magazine, Big bunny jet and legendary Playboy parties. Hef also was an honest, loyal and happy person. These words resonated with who and what he stood for in every aspect of his life. They also resonated with his longtime loyal employees, children, friends, girlfriends, wives and the Playmates themselves. We were truly a family and they were the family I never had growing up.
Some of the best times in my life has been with my Playboy family. From the annual Easter egg hunts, to the magnificent fourth of July fireworks and the incredible Midnight Summer Dreams parties that were unmatched by any party I’ve ever been to in life, will now never been seen again by the lucky ones who had those unique experiences thanks to Hef. He dreamed big and manifested his dreams in ways he couldn’t even imagine and he was generous enough to share that dream with us. I was one of the lucky women that got picked by Hef to become a Playmate and that is something I am very proud of. Being a part of the Playboy empire will truly be one of the greatest decisions in my life. I believe Hef’s life will ultimately be studied for decades to come. Hef has documented every single day of his incredible life with scrapbooks and videoed almost every single moment of those legendary parties. As new generations learn more about our American Playboy, they will be surprised at how much he changed our country’s laws, how much he fought for civil rights, how much he gave to restore our classic films and how much opportunity he gave to artists, writers, illustrators and women.
There is way more to Playboy than the beautiful women that graced that magazine and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. David Chan saw something in me as a shy teenager from Baton Rouge, Louisiana even before I had the confidence to see it in myself. He was part of that American history and had the same values as Hef regarding honesty, loyalty and happiness. These are words Cooper Hefner said summed up his dad. Cooper told a story of he and his brother Marston cheating at the annual Easter egg hunt, which disappointed Hef greatly. He said, as little boys he remembered his dad saying that what disappointed him the most was that they were dishonest. Many people over the years have tried to bring the Playboy empire down, even the federal government. Anyone who has seen Amazon’s series, “An American Playboy” knows that Hef was arrested in Playboy’s 10th anniversary year for publishing still photos of a Jayne Mansfield film, which included a man in the photo. Seems the federal government thought that was indecent and arrested Hef, who stood before a trial and jury on what was considered indecent. Hef prevailed against religious leaders bashing him, along with the controversy that came with each decade, as America grew and changed along with the times. Other men’s magazines came to compete, but none had the class, intelligence and prestige of Playboy.
Hef embodied the lifestyle and became the symbol of it himself. Everyone who has ever met him or wanted to meet him would surely come away in awe of his lifestyle. Hef was quoted as saying, “In all my wildest dreams I could not have imagined a sweeter life.” He also was quoted as saying, “Life is too short to live someone elses dream.” Hef not only manifested his dream, but shared it with so many of us and loved every minute of his amazing life. David Chan also manifested his dream of becoming a great photographer and was loved and adored by his family and friends. David also outlived all of his brothers and sisters making his the last of his generation to pass. I was one of the few people who knew the greatness of David for he was a very private and humble person. I was also the one his family chose to release his ashes into the waters that bordered Canada and the USA; because David also loved the USA and called Chicago home for a large portion of his life. He even had a license plate that read, “LOVE USA” that was on his 1962 convertible Thunderbird.
I wrote about all of my Playboy experience in my memoir, “The Day It Snowed In April” and I’m so happy I have that book as a reminder of the incredible journey I have had with Playboy. I feel blessed to have shared most of my life with my Playboy family and to be part of American history that surely will be studied for future decades. Maybe I manifested myself into Hef’s and David’s dream or maybe I was just lucky enough to be manifested by them? All I know is that this was one hell of a dream to be included in and I didn’t ever want to wake up from it. However, all parties much come to an end, but that doesn’t mean new parties cannot begin? As Hef and David were always ones to instill the importance of laughter and joy in others. They both had lives that were well lived and I finally learned how old David really was, which was 88. So I guess he and Hef are having some party of their own up in the great unknown right now? I can’t imagine it being better than the ones we enjoyed down here, but one thing I’m sure of is that they are laughing and having fun! I’m at peace now knowing that they are at peace in their final resting places and I’m a better person for knowing them both.
It’s been difficult to find the time to blog these past few weeks. Ronn and I have been on the go, meaning living out of our suitcases from the vineyards of Bordeaux to Rotterdam and some stops like Paris and Gent in between. It’s been an awesome experience of fun changes in culture, food and people. We have met some people we can see will indeed become lifelong new friends. Our past few months in Europe has been one of the best experiences of our lives! It’s been a priceless, educational look at what we want for our future and we are thinking seriously of splitting our time between Europe and LA. This has always been a dream of mine and I feel more European anyway. Maybe it’s growing up in Louisiana, but I can see and feel the influence of the European culture on me, especially when it comes to food and wine. And Belgium is just so centrally located to traveling anywhere within Europe that we have decided to make it our hub. We have especially fallen in love with beautiful Gent and I was thrilled to make the first remote overseas happen for “The Bay”in Gent! We filmed two days of season 4 at the gorgeous 1989 The Post hotel that is located on the canal in the center of Gent. However, I became really ill during the first day of “The Bay” shoot and was throwing up so badly that I thought I had food poisoning from eating too many raw oysters in Rotterdam. This stomach bug lasted nearly a week for me making it difficult for me to enjoy the food and wine we were having in Bordeaux on our first day there, but now I’m finally feeling better and looking forward to getting back home to America and to our friends and family in time for Thanksgiving.
Since we have been here the past few months, we have also witnessed the most horrific crisis’ America has ever faced. Two unbelievable devastating hurricanes that made the state of Florida and Texas declared two of the worst natural disasters ever in our lifetime! Then came the death of our beloved Hugh Hefner and the iconic, Tom Petty which really shocked us all and the horrific shootings in Las Vegas. Hearing of these tragic events made us very sad, but it also made us even more grateful for all of the wonderful, positive new experiences, friendships and new creative ventures that have been forming. Our ever expanding universe is just filled with surprises along your given path in life. It’s important for you to pay attention and be inspired more than be in comparison to others. It often leads you on the right path with pots of gold at the end. Priceless, beautiful gifts that come around once in a lifetime, that are one of a kind or too magnificent to put into mere words have been some of the things we have experienced over these past few months.
We have had the unique opportunity to be completely present in the beauty of Belgium and have had the time to get to know this country from living in Antwerp, De Haan and Brugge. It’s been so nice to stay put in one place and experience all that it has to offer in the way of food, culture and their way of life. I just love how Europe in general really takes pride and put good nutritious food as a priority in their lives. Restaurants are always filled with lots of lively people enjoying great memories they are sharing with others over food and wine on a daily basis. Ronn and I got to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary in one of my favorite places, Bordeaux. We even re-connected with the owner of a chateau we stayed at the last time we were in Bordeaux, which was 8 years ago just before we got married. So our short time spent again with these people was a beautiful experience. Our friend is the most passionate person I’ve ever met about wines, especially Bordeaux wines! He knows practically all of the wineries and their owners and publishes the local newsletter on the “Bordeaux Experience.” We were invited to Bordeaux by new friends who came to Ronn’s show in Blankenberge over the summer. It turns out that our new Bordeaux friends are actually from Belgium and also have a gorgeous winery in Bordeaux, so I guess you could say it was meant to be that we celebrate our anniversary there.
Paris is one of my favorite cities and a city you could never see enough of or experience all that it has to offer. We only had a day to see something Ronn and I hadn’t seen yet and it was recommended that we see the top of “Montimartre” to see the view of the city. It happened to be a beautiful sunny day and we got a good amount of exercise climbing those stairs to reach the top of Montimartre. When we reached the top there were a trio of men singing that became infectious enough to make Ronn join in with them. This was not something I’ve not seen him do before. There was an outdoor food and wine tasting going on and we hung out walking around and tasting a variety of scrumptious foods and wines before catching our train back to Antwerp. This was a week excursion to France that also made us appreciate being back in Belgium because most people speak English, although being in France made us want to learn French because it’s such a beautiful language to listen to in any capacity.
We are now counting down the days before we will return home to the states and Ronn is doing a few more shows of “Brasschaatste Huisvrouwen” with the final shows in Brugge next week. They have been getting standing ovations for their performances like the one last week in Gent. It’s beautiful to see how much Belgium loves Ronn and appreciates his musical and acting talents. I’ve also witnessed the same love during our short visit to France. Seems like everyone wants a photo with him for their mothers, grandmothers and themselves. Ronn is looking forward to coming back for some really cool new projects in the way of music, merchandising, hosting and acting in the near future. He is also excited about the upcoming concerts in December that will be in Spain, Estonia, and Latvia. We will also visit beautiful Vienna in December and may be adding in a few more surprises for DevRonn fans along the way like the upcoming DevRonn party this coming weekend. I will be cooking my gumbo for a select group at the Van de Valk Hotel in Gent on Oct 22nd. We also have some interest in our Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning and Ronn’s BBQ Sauce recipes being developed in Belgium for distribution in Europe. So I guess I’ll be cooking a bit more in Europe in the future which makes me happy!
Witnessing the devastating losses from the recent natural disasters, mass shootings and wildfires over just the past four months has also shown us how precious, fragile and brief life itself really is. It’s important to surround ourselves with those who lift us up, enlighten and understand that standing together is way more empowering that standing alone. There is power in numbers for those of us that want a common positive goal. So we always try to find a way to give back, have fun and enjoy the life we have been so blessed to have.