C.C. Banana

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Anthony John Confessore[1] (1969[2]–2012), better known as C.C. Banana, was a music personality, known for conducting interviews for Metal Sludge while wearing a large yellow banana costume.[3] Banana was profiled by such publications as Classic Rock Magazine,[4] The Aquarian[5] and the New York Press[6] and was a recurring guest on Sirius satellite radio.[7]

History[edit]

The name was "C.C. Banana" was inspired by Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille, who was charging fans money for autographs, photos, and handshakes at a 2001 Poison concert Confessore attended. At the concert Confessore, then unknown, decided to do the same, while wearing a banana costume that was in the back of his friend's car.[8]

He continued wearing the banana costume, sometimes modifying it. For interviews with Star Wars personalities, C.C. Banana donned a Jedi robe and calls himself "Bananakin Skywalker."[9] When conducting himself within the Kiss community, he often dressed as original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley and referred to himself as "Ace Peeley."[10]

In 2007, he appeared on the Sci Fi Channel reality series "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?." In 2008, he was a featured guest on the weekly Fuse TV series "Talking Metal On Fuse."[11] Later in 2008, he appeared on the Kiss tribute album "KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent," for which he recorded a parody of the Kiss song "Unholy," rewritten as a roast of Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley.[12] The parody also featured a guitar solo by Chris Caffery of Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Death[edit]

Confessore committed suicide at his New Jersey home on May 21, 2012. He was reportedly in financial trouble as a result of his extensive investment in the tribute album Whole Lotta Love—an All-Star Tribute to Fat Chicks. He left a suicide note on his Facebook page.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ultimateclassicrock.com/c-c-banana-commits-suicide/
  2. ^ http://www.kissasylum.com/news/2012/05/21/tony-confessore-c-c-banana-1969-2012/
  3. ^ "Metal Sludge Invades Rock Never Stops Tour". Metal Sludge. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Websites That Rock: CCBanana.com". Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  5. ^ "C.C. BANANA: Not Your Average Fruit". The Aquarian. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  6. ^ "BRIGHT TIGHTS, BIG CITY". New York Press. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Comical Banana Gets Sirius on Satellite Radio". Metal Sludge. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  8. ^ "The Adventures of C.C. Banana". Metal Sludge. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Bananakin Skywalker Interviews the Stars of STAR WARS". TheForce.net. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  10. ^ "Ace Peeley Report From The ACE FREHLEY Halloween Bash". Kiss Asylum. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  11. ^ "DON DOKKEN, MIKE PATTON, ATREYU On This Week's "Talking Metal On Fuse"; Set Photos Available". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  12. ^ "KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent". SplitScreen Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  13. ^ http://ultimateclassicrock.com/c-c-banana-commits-suicide/

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