In this week's issue of IN TOUCH magazine, Confessions from the Velvet Ropes is touted as "A juicy read!" And the celeb-crazed readers of the popular weekly magazine will not be disappointed: An assortment of stars -- from Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody to rock star Gerard Way of the band My Chemical Romance to hip-hop titan Diddy -- have all passed before doorman Thomas Onorato's watchful eye and through his velvet ropes....and his first-hand accounts are all detailed in Confessions from the Velvet Ropes.
Chaos reigned at Kimora Lee Simmons' Baby Phat fashion show where Onorato was in charge of guarding the backstage entrance. From frazzled hip-hop stars to armed thugs, the book's account of this disastrous event has been described by more than a few readers as "very scary."
Adrien Brody's 31st birthday party -- at a private residence in New York's East Village -- unfolded like a mini-disaster movie after an unexpected visit by an irate, former gay "cowboy": Randy Jones of The Village People.
MisShapes -- the downtown New York club where Hilary Duff, Kelly Osbourne and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp have all been guest deejays -- is known to attract its share of celebrity stalkers. On the night Gerard Way and his brother Mikey, of My Chemical Romance, took control of the turntables, they were terrorized by a crazy, drunken fan of the band's music. Onorato and NY blogger and Stolen Transmission record label queenpin Sarah Lewitinn tell the tale of that night in Confessions from the Velvet Ropes.
Madonna also put in a DJ appearance at MisShapes to promote her album, Confessions on a Dancefloor. Was the queenly quadragenarian gracious or diva-like when she showed up at Onorato's ropes? The answer is in Confessions from the Velvet Ropes.
If you thought Paris Hilton had a wild life, wait until you read about how her sister Nicky made her entrance at the Baby Phat show. Nicky Hilton is pictured above on the runway at a recent Heatherette fashion now.
Speaking of Heatherette, Confessions from the Velvet Ropes also contains a delirious account of the Heatherette fashion show that Onorato production managed and worked the door to -- talk about multi-tasking! The show featured appearances by Anna Nicole Smith and Boy George. Above is a photo from a more recent Heatherette fashion show featuring Kelly Osbourne and Naomi Campbell.
Confessions from the Velvet Ropes has been compared to Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and, funny enough, The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach. The August issue of Nylon magazine calls Confessions from the Velvet Ropes, "a Hello magazine for the indie/post-punk generation", while Ok! magazine raved, "Sharp and insightful, you'll have all the details you'll need to feel like a V.I.P."
Psychopedia.com has an interview with doorman Thomas Onorato, which can be read here.