I do. Lead singer/guitarist Eugene Hutz (formerly Nicolaev) left Burlington several years ago to seek fame and fortune in the Big Apple. Guess what?
He found it.
Eugene has been featured as a model in the New York Times Magazine (sportin’ a huge handlebar ‘stache, I might add) and his band Gogol Bordello have several releases under their belt and fill rooms wherever they go.
Now he’s a movie star.
Yep, Eugene has TOP BILLING alongside adorable hobbit Elijah Woods in the film adaptation of "Everything is Illuminated," a best-selling novel by precocious boy-genius author Jonathan Safran Foer.
Fellow Burl. ex-pat Jason Cooley (who used to play with Eugene in The Fags) told me in an e-mail that he caught a brief glimpse of the rising star on a busy city street. According to Cooley, Eugene was being trailed by a documentary crew, who were following him to Kiev, where he was to DJ his old haunts.
Anyway, I’m s’posed to do an article on Eugene Hutz sometime in August. That is, if he isn’t too huge by then.
He used to call me "Mussolini" back when I was a rock star.
check it: Gogol Bordello
Oh, and I’m not making this stuff up!