• YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of The celeb at YSGThe celeb at YSG 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Catheryn James Jahnke met CCR, Creedence Clearwater Revival, at the Navy Club on main post Yongsan! Catheryn says: I thought my dad was going to pass out… 😂 And the pizza was great.

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of The celeb at YSGThe celeb at YSG 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    In February 2002 Former president George W. Bush visited Yongsan Garrison.
    Photos from Tim Mitchell @timmitchell
  • Gary Lewis, the eldest son of Jerry Lewis, put his entertainment career on hold when he entered the U.S. Army as a draftee in January 1967. He served during the Vietnam War era and was stationed overseas with the Eighth US Army in Seoul, South Korea, to 1968. According to Wikipedia, Lewis credits the Army with being the time when he “grew up.” He lived somewhere near Walker Hill. I never saw him and I do not remember him performing for our troops. Perhaps someone reading our posts will remember more about this entertainer serving in the US Army in Seoul.

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of The celeb at YSGThe celeb at YSG 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    Looks like Uncle Phil from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” was spotted in Dragon Hill Lodge by Terrence Adams, ambassador for the Dragon Hill Lodge

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of The celeb at YSGThe celeb at YSG 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    Quiet Riot, Skid Row rock on stage in Yongsan Garrison in May2005
    Kevin Dubrow (vocal), guitarist Alex Grossi and bass player Chuck Wright

    Screaming guitars and pounding drums rocked the Main Post Club parking lot here Friday night during a free concert by hard-rock legends Quiet Riot and Skid Row — one of six stops on the bands’ tour of U.S. military bases in South Korea.
    About 500 fans, young and old, packed the lot for the gig.
    “Some of you will remember this,” Quiet Riot lead vocalist Kevin Dubrow told the crowd, “but some of you are just too young.”
    Before the show, Dubrow, of Los Angeles, relaxed backstage decked out in skintight jeans, a flowing scarf and a head of bushy hair.
    This was Quiet Riot’s third visit to South Korea, Dubrow said, and a good warm-up for an upcoming U.S. tour.

    The frontman said his band came to show support for the troops, many of whom enjoy hard rock.
    “It’s like throwing meat to starving animals,” he said of the response from military fans.

    Dubrow said he respects the soldiers and doesn’t think he could do their job.
    “I am a chicken from way back and also I am undisciplined,” he said.
    Quiet Riot’s bass player, Chuck Wright, said he once thought of joining the military.
    “I was raised by a single mother and she sent me to military school to give me male role models,” he said.
    After nine years at military school, Wright planned to join the Air Force and fly jets, he said, but changed his mind after discovering a passion for music.
    The music industry is extremely competitive and it would be difficult to maintain a military career while trying to make it as a rock star, he added.
    “You have to be so dedicated. It is like being in the trenches when you are trying to make it,” Wright said. “It would be too hard to do that and be a soldier at the same time.”
    The members of Skid Row said they also are supportive of the troops.
    Skid Row bass player Rachel Bolan, of Atlanta, said the band jumped at the chance to come to South Korea and would play for servicemembers in Iraq or Afghanistan if given the chance.

    “We never played on a military base before we came here. It was cool last night (at a Camp Walker concert). There were soldiers rocking out in their uniforms,” he said.

    Bolan said his father served in the U.S. military in Germany during World War II and earned a Purple Heart.

    “It is really cool to get up close to the troops and explain how proud we are of them. We are having a better time than the people coming to see us,” he said.

    Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger, 39, of Austin, Texas, who joined the band in 1999, also has a connection to the military. His grandfather served in Europe during World War II.

    It was good to see some hard-rock bands playing for the troops in South Korea, Solinger said.

    “The USO (United Service Organizations) gets a lot of country and rap stars, but I don’t think they get a lot of rock, especially hard rock,” he said.

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of The celeb at YSGThe celeb at YSG 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    Punk rock legend Henry Rollins rocks troops at Yongsan. June 2005
    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea —
    Spc. Ryan McNamee got a chance to meet face-to-face Wednesday with the person who convinced him to join the military shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.

    It wasn’t his recruiter; it was punk rock legend Henry Rollins, who was visiting South Korea as part of a United Service Organizations tour this week.
    McNamee told Rollins that something the singer, actor and author said after the terror attacks on the United States convinced him to join the Army National Guard.
    He said, “The world is coming to kill us and we’re sitting on our asses watching it on CNN,” said McNamee, who came on active duty in the U.S. Army about three months ago.

    McNamee said he couldn’t wait to e-mail his friends the digital photo of him shaking hands with his hero.
    Rollins, who spends about a month on USO tours each year, said it was his first trip to South Korea.
    When he first talked to USO about visiting troops, his question was, “Will anyone know who I am?” he said Wednesday. He said he was surprised to be recognized.

    “For some reason, they know who I am,” he said to laughs from the people gathering for autographs in the main post club’s foyer.
    Rollins fronted the punk rock band Black Flag, which he joined in 1981 after jumping onstage at one of their shows and taking over the microphone. A year after their 1986 breakup, he formed the Rollins Band. Since then, he has toured with the band and alone as a spoken-word performer and has made dozens of television and film appearances.
    Rollins, 44, said he spends the month traveling with the USO because “I support our military 100 percent.” He said visiting wounded troops half his age at military hospitals in the Washington area is emotionally tough.
    He said the troops are very thankful and happy to see him during the visits. When he travels, he said, he wears his USO sweat shirt and troops will approach him in airports just to thank him.

    “It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it,” he said, adding that if he can “lift someone’s spirits, I enjoy it.”


  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of The celeb at YSGThe celeb at YSG 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    Did you get the signature from Michael Jackson when he visited Yongsan Garrison in 1996?
    John Nowell @janowell ( at the hand right side of both photos) who was the PAO at that moment shared these photos with us.

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