Nothing a Board-Certified Shrink Couldn’t Do

When a billionaire invites you to his airplane hangar to hear a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer perform, there’s only one answer: What time?

Joe Perry performs at the Music Drives Us event.

To benefit his nonprofit, Music Drives Us, Ernie Boch Jr. hosted a blowout of biblical proportions at his Norwood airplane hangar, where his newly pimped-out jet was on display and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry brought down the house. The evening attracted the likes of Boch’s sister, Donna, music industry bigwig Clarence Barnes and his stunning wife, Jamie, blond bombshell Joanie Miller Friedman and her adoring other half, Alan, rabid Patriots fan Stephen Miller, advertising and radio giant Bruce Mittman with his wife, Ellen, songwriter Johnny A., medical device giant Tony Arrigo and his wife, Joyce, news anchor Gene Lavanchy, Perry’s son, Aaron, former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich, former Patriots tackle Matt Light with the flawless Susie, gorgeous pop star Ayla Brown and her mother, Gail Huff (just back from New Zealand, where her husband is the U.S. ambassador), WAAF bigmouth Greg Hill, Open House Party host John Garabedian, big-haired rocker Hirsh Gardner, blue-blooded impresario Joe Spaulding and the incomparable Joyce, and one woman who made the trenchant observation, “There are no gay bars on Nantucket.”

John Garabedian, Bennie Goodman and Johnnie A. at the Music Drives Us event.

Despite the fact that airplane hangars don’t exactly have the world’s best acoustics, Perry’s performance was off the chain, while passed apps like Kobe beef sliders kept everyone from getting too tipsy from the free-flowing (and top-shelf) hooch.

Matt Light, Susie Light and Ernie Boch Jr. at his Music Drives Us event.

The evening’s most amusing moment: A single man asked a friend to fix him up with a particular woman, and then added, “When she says no, ask her why. I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with me.” 

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