Jersey Shore rocker Bob Burger on the mend from heart attack on the Basie Vogel stage
Bob Burger will be rock’n’roll again.
The Jersey Shore musician had a heart attack on the Vogel stage from the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank during an Elvis Costello tribute show on Saturday, June 5. He left the stage in the middle of the show and was taken to the nearby Riverview Medical Center, where surgery was performed and a stent was implanted. He is recovering, Burger said on the morning of Sunday, June 6.
“I feel great today,” Burger said from his hospital bed. “It was a fear.”
Burger was the headliner for the sold-out Bob Burger and the Red Shoes: The Music of Elvis Costello show.
“When I came out of the stage, I had severe chest pain and was sweating and hyperventilating,” Burger said. “I was wrong – I was messed up. They operated on me within an hour of leaving the stage.
Burger manager Tony Pallagrosi immediately alerted first aid. Burger credits Pallagrosi’s swift action for saving his life.
Having the incident on stage was also a plus, Burger said.
“Everyone says I was extremely lucky not to be alone, I was there with people,” Burger said. “The action was taken quickly – Tony really saved my life. I was very lucky in that regard.
“They operated on me within an hour of leaving the stage,” Burger said. “As soon as they put the stent in the pain, the pain stopped.”
There has been a surge of support for Burger on social media from his fans and friends since last night. Burger took stock last night and another Sunday morning on his Facebook page.
“Thank you and I am touched by this,” Burger, 67, said of the support. “I hope for a full recovery and everything will be fine. We will play it by ear.
“Everyone at the Basie Center is relieved to hear that Bob is recovering and in good spirits,” said Jon Vena, vice president, Marketing and Public Relations for the Basie. “We send our positive energies to Bob and his wife, Debbie, and we are grateful to his team and our employees for stepping in to give him the help he needed.”
Burger is a solo star who shared the stages with Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi and many more. He is also a member of the Asbury Park Weeklings, which includes Glen Burtnik, and Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.
“I guess the angels didn’t want to wear my red shoes,” Burger joked.
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Chris Jordan, originally from the Jersey Shore, covers the entertainment and features of the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]