February 17th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

Madeleine Albright channels Bon Jovi

How did former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spend Valentine’s Day? Behaving like a rock star, that’s how.

Albright was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, attending Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti’s concert. When Botti invited her to sit in as drummer during the band’s performance of “Nessun Dorma," she jumped at the chance.

“I’m sure this is one thing she has not accomplished in her career,” Botti said as Albright, 73, took the stage.

Sure, she might not have Ringo’s skills or a rocker attitude, but she certainly dressed the part – Albright was wearing a leather skirt. A member of the audience even wolf-whistled.

Albright had big shoes to fill. Botti’s regular drummer, Billy Kilson, won a Grammy on Sunday in the best pop instrumental album category (as the drummer on Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto’s album, “Take Your Pick”).

But as Botti’s trumpet angled skyward for “Nessun Dorma’s” famously rousing crescendo, Albright cut loose.

Botti, who met Albright at the White House last month where he performed during the China state dinner, said she was a natural.

“At the end of the song, she raised her sticks in the air as if she were Bon Jovi’s drummer,” he said.

And judging by the enthusiastic applause, Albright didn’t give drumming a bad name.

Filed under: Celebrities • Music

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Bon Jovi Gives Rock a Bad Name

    Was Bon Jovi' performance the other night as SHYTTY as when he first broke in the 80's...?

    February 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ertybird

    "At the end of the song, she raised her sticks in the air as if she were Bon Jovi’s drummer"...when did it become acceptable to use a plural verb with a first or third person singular subject...I hear this all over the place and it drives me crazy...do people think this makes them sound smarter?

    February 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ummmm

      Im not the best with grammar and all but I dont see anything wrong with the sentence you pasted in quotes here.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock

      At the end of Ertybird's rant, I laughed my butt off like I was Bon Jovi's drummer.
      yeah, whatever dude

      February 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • grammar

      I believe that that's the proper English, as the verb follows "as if"

      February 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • UnitedAgaintTeachersUnions

      "At the end of the song, she raised her sticks in the air as if she WERE Bon Jovi’s drummer". WERE should be WAS and by you (Ummmm poster) not knowing this, just proves how our teachers are failing.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Actually, no

      It's subjunctive tense (expressing a hypothetical situation or wish) and is correct as written.

      See? Our teachers aren't failing. Some people just never paid attention in class.

      February 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Madeline Albrights Huge Oversized Girdle

    She was a failure then and a failure now.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • disgusted with your ignorance

      You are an ass...

      February 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madeline Albrights Huge Oversized Girdle

      Well perhaps this will help. In the Stooges remake Madeline Albright should play Curly. With her bloated gut she is a spot on match!!

      February 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ignorant of your disgust


      February 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave Halford

    She is someone I admire the most in the world. I wish she would of been president in our lifetime.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shaindy

    I've always liked Madeline Albright and this just deepens my respect for her. Great to see her willing to have fun and cut loose.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |

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