Published On: Fri, Mar 6th, 2015

Arrowsmith’s Steve Tyler to Serenade Ryan Kavanaugh at Upcoming Nuptials

Arrowsmith's hit Walk This Way was inspired by Mel Brooks

Steve Tyler

Arrowsmith lead singer Steve Tyler will serenade movie producer Ryan Kavanaugh and his bride, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Jessica Roffey at their wedding, as reported by the New York Post.

Kavanaugh and Roffey will get married on a California beach, with a reception in Malibu, where Tyler will perform. Previously, Kavanaugh was married to  ballerina Britta Lazenga, but they divorced last year.

Ryan Kavanaugh

Arrowsmith’s signature song, Walk This Way, which propelled the band to fame in the 1970s was inspired by famous vaudeville-style shtick in the Mel Brooks’ film Young Frankenstein. In the movie, buggy eyed Marty Feldman as a hunchback named Igor tells Gene Wilder, or Young Frankenstein, to “Walk this way” and Wilder immediately copies Igor’s walking style, limping and staggering after him.

The group was watching a late night screening of the film while taking a recording break, and that is how the legendary hit “Walk This Way” was born, as recounted by the Forward.

Ryan Kavanaugh was outspoken about his support of Israel during its conflict with Gaza this past summer, and he puts his money where his mouth is by donating $100, 000 to Israeli and Jewish causes. During the 2014 Operation Protective Edge, he said,  “It makes my blood boil, ” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, anyone calling it Israeli genocide rather than protecting themselves are either the most ignorant people about the situation and shouldn’t be commenting or are truly anti-Semitic.” He also added that he didn’t understand the sympathy in show business for Hamas, “Why in a community that celebrates the human spirit…do some people side with Hamas in its war against Israel? Israel is perhaps the closest free-thinking place to Hollywood, ” he told the Hollywood Reporter.


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