Senator-elect pays a visit

Brown takes his victory lap
THE CITIZEN OPEN HOUSE TOUR

Scott Brown takes victory tour

WORCESTER —  (Telegram.com) Black Sabbath. Montrose and Uriah Heep.

Not only is U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown being treated like a rock ’n’ roll star, he has a rock ’n’ roll record collection to boot.

During the “Ten @ Ten” segment on “The Jay Leno Show” on Thursday, Mr. Brown made reference to getting caught shoplifting records when he was 12 at Lechmere in the Middleton-Danvers area.

Facing the judge and being forced to write a 1,500-word essay about his wrongdoing is something he credits for putting young “Downtown Scott Brown” on the right path.

However, Leno didn’t follow up with the obvious question, what were the records you stole? Last night, during his meet-and-greet with supporters at Maxwell-Silverman’s Toolhouse Restaurant, the senator-elect came clean about his rock ’n’ roll taste.

While the strains of the Black Eyed Peas’ “Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night” were being played during his acceptance speech, on the sidelines, Mr. Brown would probably be more inclined to psyching himself out to Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” if the music of his formative years is any indication.

If his recollection doesn’t escape him, Mr. Brown said he attempted to steal hard-rocking vinyl from Black Sabbath, Montrose and Uriah Heep. When it comes to rock, Mr. Brown is certainly no slouch.

In addition to the rock ’n’ roll creds, Mr. Brown has been a beefcake pin-up, married video femme fatale turned WCVB-TV reporter Gail Huff, and his daughter Ayla Brown made the Top 16 on “American Idol” on season five, the year that gave us Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Elliot Yamin and winner Taylor Hicks.

Prior to her father making his way to the lectern, Ayla Brown sang “Dancing in the Streets.” Afterward, she said how beautiful her mother was in the 1984 video for Digney Fignus’ “The Girl with the Curious Hand” and how it’s uncanny that her mother then looks like her sister, Arianna, now.

In a three-day whirlwind tour of the Bay State, Mr. Brown made the promise to shake hands with everyone who came out during his six stops, including yesterday’s in Worcester. While his comments were brief, the energy in the room was infectious. An estimated 500 came out to see the “rock star” and Cosmo’s “America’s Sexiest Man” (circa 1982) had the crowd swooning.

“Thank you so, so much for coming here. It’s great to be in Worcester,” Mr. Brown said, even though he didn’t win in Worcester. “And I want to thank you all because this was an integral part of the election.”

Mr. Brown humorously referenced the fatherly faux pas he made on election night when he said, “I guess my daughter entertained you. Well. I’m certainly not going to say she’s available tonight,” as well as acknowledged the rowdy chant of “Go Scott Go! Go Scott Go!” by saying, “Obviously, the bar has been opened for a while.”

Rodney Josephson of Barre said Mr. Brown embodies change and has inspired him to run for office, possibly the state Senate. Steve Brady of Shrewsbury said Mr. Brown represents middle America and “rational, commonsense solutions” to some of our country’s problems.

“He represents John Q. Public, the guy who wants to work, have a good dinner on the table, send his kids to school, have his kids do better in life than he did,” Mr. Brady said.

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