September 20, 2002

Event: Joey and Carlo Palm Springs Pool Party


Palm Springs is known for its hot weather and the hotter men who party there; and the weekend of September 20 was no exception. That’s when the Los Angeles porn posse ventured to this desert resort town for the second-annual Joey and Carlo Palm Springs Pool Party, which was actually held in neighboring Cathedral City, California. The event helped raise more than $2,000 for the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) HealthCare Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to care for the physical and emotional needs of sex workers and others in the adult-entertainment industry. The weekend festivities included autograph sessions with the stars, a XXX model search hosted by directrix Chi Chi LaRue and funny man Bruce Vilanch, a silent auction, raffles and a bevy of naked porn stars basking in the 115-degree heat.

The three days of events kicked off with an underwear party on Friday night, where guests familiarized themselves with the grounds of the Cathedral City Boys Club, the 3.5-acre spread on which the parties took place. Under an outdoor tent, columnist Jason Sechrest interviewed old-timer Ryan Idol, who revealed that he may sue Odyssey Men, the porn studio that pulled out of producing his Idol Cruise video. Together, they hosted an amateur wet underwear contest.

But Saturday was the main event, when fans could relax by the pool, enjoy the sunshine and catch up with their favorite porn stars. Supercouple Blake Harper and Colton Ford explained that the camera crew following them around was for a Miramax documentary focusing on their lives and burgeoning non-porn careers. We learned that Harper is studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute and working on an indie film titled Lost Everything. While Ford, who was a singer before he was a screen stud, is working with producer Frankie Knuckles on his first album and will have a single titled “Everything” dropping in November. They also continue to make porn films and stay at the Live and Raw Hotel, where subscribers on the Internet can follow their every move on 12 live cams. Seems like privacy isn’t that big with these two.

In the air-conditioned VIP room, Caesar, who is bigger than ever, confirmed the November release of Cowboy, his first starring role in more than a year. Fellow bodybuilder and co-star Tom Katt was there too, fresh from shooting a scene in Ken Ryker’s self-written/produced/directed film. Superhung Spike revealed that he’s taking a break from the porn world to work on his art but is checking into the Live and Raw Hotel in October to room with Blake and Colton. Sounds cozy to us. Chi Chi LaRue plugged the release of her latest for Channel One Releasing, 2nd Gear, the sequel to In Gear starring (who else?) Lance Gear. The diva also expressed surprise about seeing her picture in the September issue of Vanity Fair. The bitch has arrived!

Director Drew Warner of Sports and Recreation Video proudly introduced his sexy new discoveries, lovers Matthew Faulkner and Nate Bater, to an eager crowd. These cuties star in Warner’s amateur CornFedBoyz video line. Boston boy Anthony Holloway told us that he has just moved from the East Coast to take up residence in West Hollywood with boyfriend Brad Rudolph. He has also filmed a new movie for director Paul Barresi’s Regiment Studios titled Bad Boys, Volume 4.

Also seen: Dino Phillips, who had hosted Derek Cameron the previous night at “Cocktails with the Stars” at Micky’s; Flex-Deon Blake, who has moved to L.A. following his break-up with Bobby Blake; tattooed newbie Rhett O’Hara, who reminisced about his days working as director Blue Blake’s chauffeur and chef before he was discovered for films; Chris Green, who was talking up his Web site and single “Drive” from 2nd Gear. We also heard that New York queen CoCo LaChine has accepted a job as director of operations for All Worlds Video and is relocating to San Diego to work for the major porn studio. She’ll be missed!

A hangover barbecue on Sunday afternoon hosted by Michael Brandon brought the weekend to a close as many of the stars prepared to return to L.A. But event co-founders Joey Di Bartolo and Carlo Ricci seemed pleased with their efforts. “Our site promotes sex workers and focuses on the adult industry,” said Ricci, “so we figured this would be a good event for us to promote. We wanted to help AIM, which is a great organization. I think the fans and porn stars all had a good time.”

Reprinted from
HX magazine (2002)

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