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"If I didn't play any song that reminded anyone of AIDS, there would be no music to be played.”

Story by Jimmy Perigny

“Here is a story I would like to share on #WorldAidsDay: When I was hired as Friday Resident DJ at Eagle Nest NYC in ’94, I was forbidden to play any Disco or Saint music by the owner, Jack Modica. One day, I sneaked the Main Event B Streisand Extended version on around midnight. Jack ran into the booth and ripped the record off the turntable and proclaimed, “You are not not to play any Disco because it reminds people of the sad deaths from AIDS.” I responded: “If I didn’t play any song that reminded anyone of AIDS, there would be no music to be played.” He thought about it and later agreed. So, I struck a deal to play only ONE song after the bar stopped serving … the last song. Patrons mostly stayed to hear my last song which was a Tribute to the Saint and our friends we danced with that passed on. I remember the quotes distinctly to this day.”