Monday, 11 September 2017

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Was it a hack, a hoax? Puzzled and outraged friends and fans wanted to know why the fake-news death of Clifton native Steve Tarkanish was purportedly posted by actor Kevin Bacon on his Facebook page Monday morning.
Tarkanish, renowned for helping bring Led Zeppelin to America and Guns & Roses to New Jersey -- as well as for creating one of the Garden State's most popular cover bands ever, the Nerds -- confirmed just after noon Monday that he was, in fact, fine.
"That's like a Facebook Fake News Suicide," friend Ray Dera wrote on Tarkanish's Facebook page.
"Ahhh, damn Russians," Lee Estrada added.
Several others had very unkind words.
The question remained: What DID happen?
"I have been hacked," Tarkanish posted just before 1 p.m. "I am hiring a professional company to investigate this matter. I will post an explanation when I discover what has happened."
Not everyone was immediately buying it.
"I said to him, 'Really, dude? Today of all days? When people are remembering the lost lives of 9/11?" a close friend told Daily Voice. I told him if he was hacked he needed to contact Facebook and change his password.
"That crazy-ass post on his page that was supposedly from Kevin Bacon had his fingerprints all over it."
Tarkanish -- a drummer who played in Las Vegas behind Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Dizzy Gillespie and the Fifth Dimension, among others -- is president and CEO of STARS Productions and known throughout the industry.
Growing up in Clifton, he came to know, among others, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen (Passaic) and guitarist extraordinairre Joe Walsh (Montclair).
Although he lives in Newton, Tarkanish's Bergen and Passaic ties have remained strong.
In addition to his work with international acts, Tarkanish is known for coming up with the costume gimmicky that created the Nerds -- a New Jersey music institution loosely based on an old "Saturday Night Live" skit.
The members of the band, who celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2015, all looked like nerds but played lots of funk and R&B.
They became one of the few cover bands from New Jersey (or anywhere, for that matter) to play at major venues in New York City -- including a sold-out gig at Carnegie Hall.
Tarkanish's company also reprsents the Amish Outlaws, the Benjamins, Sreaming Broccoli and the Flying Mueller Brothers, among many others.

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