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Rock & Roll's nice guys & gals...the no dis zone

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Initial post: Jun 7, 2012 9:34:01 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Here's my list of rockers I can remember meeting;
Sir Doug Sahm
Link Wray
Roky Erickson
Hubert Sumlin (wolf's gtr ace)
Cub Koda (Bronsville Station leader)
Lenny Kaye (patti Smith Grp)
Roy Loney (Flamin Groovies)
Rod Argent
Colin Blunstone
The Mysterians (? marks back up band)
Barry Tashjian of the Remains
Holly Tashjian of Barry & Holly
Rosie Florez, rockabilly gal
Junior Brown - git steel wizard
DL Menard - cajun legend
Brian Stezer, Rocker & Phantom
Sonny Burgess (sun legend)
DJ Fontana (the kings drummer)
Paul Burlison (Burnett trio guitarist)
Peter Wolf
Last but not least is Tele Ace Bill Kirchen

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 9:37:06 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Damn, how could I forget TX rockabilly legend Sleepy LaBeef...I havent seen him in a while but he is a great guy.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 9:42:37 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Troggs guitarist, Chris Britton....very generous with scotch & herb. (damn I feel old)

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 9:55:12 AM PDT
For You says:
I would personally say that Roger Daltrey and Brian Johnson are probably two of the nicest guys in rock. Just a feeling though, as I've never met either of them.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 10:00:43 AM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
I've only spoken to him on the telephone, but Alice Cooper seemed like a very nice guy for those 5 minutes

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 10:05:16 AM PDT
Fischman says:
There's lots of stories of Alice Cooper being a nice guy.

Justin Hayward seems to be a genuine nice guy as well.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 10:23:26 AM PDT
Musicologist says:
Name dropper. Who cares?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 11:05:56 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
Lucky. :)

Jonathan Richman -- I've met him on several occasions. Even when he's had to rest his vocals after shows, he's been quite good about sticking around to sign autographs and listening to fans who want to talk to him.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 11:32:29 AM PDT
Randy says:
I recently had the great honor to meet 2 of my favorite arists--Rod Picott and Amanda Shires. They were absolutely the most delightful people I have ever met. Many of you may not know these two fantastic singer-songwriters, but fans of Americana and AltCountry should. I encourage everyone to check out their music, and catch them live if you get a chance.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 11:46:45 AM PDT
zlh67 says:
It's really hard to say unless you REALLY know them. If you meet 'em once and they're a jerk, well, I guess you think they're a jerk, but what if that was the worst day of their life? I doubt anybody is very likeable on a REALLY bad day, and of course that goes the other way too: you could meet someone on the absolute best day and maybe they were totally cool, but 90% of the rest of the time they're a real toad. So I dunno, I guess I try to take all the "I met so-and-so and they were such a jerk" or "Such-and-such was SO cool when I met them" stories with a grain of salt.... Depends on the day, circumstance, etc...

That said, the nicest I've actually met would be Robin Trower. He was actually kind of shy -- which I am too -- but he seemed more embarrassed that I was asking for his autograph than I was in asking for it, which surprised me. But he seemed very cool and humble; he chatted with me for a few minutes as he signed my "Bridge of Sighs" cd which I of course still have and treasure.

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde was very nice too. Said "Of course!" when I asked her to sign a couple of things, even though it was after 1a.m. and they had a long bus-ride ahead. She even thanked me for buying one of the items I asked her to sign (their new vinyl 45 single). Made my day/night/week/year...

I haven't met Brian May of Queen, but he always comes across as super-cool in interviews, etc.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 1:02:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2012 1:06:00 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
Warren Haynes and Matt Abbts were both cool.
They will actually engage you in conversation and not just blow you off after "hello I think you're great!"

Also very cool and down to earth...Bruuuce!

ELTON was great but I was (for the only time in my life) starstruck!
When I walked into Tower records (Hollywood) and saw him I said to myself..."F that's ELTON John!"
My knees jaw dropped...and I went a little dizzy!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 2:42:42 PM PDT
zlh67-I second your choice of Robin Trower. Ive met him a couple of times and he was very cool. I would add-
Ronnie Montrose-Very nice and personable when I met him. RIP
Pat Travers
Buck Dharma & Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult
George Lynch
Rick Derringer
Geoff Tate
Bobby Blitz Ellsworth
Phil Mogg
Michael Schenker-Sobriety has really helped him.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 3:13:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2012 3:23:22 PM PDT
The 4 guys from the Buzzcocks
The 4 guys from 999
The 4 guys from Fear
The 4 guys from Stiff Little Fingers (all the best)
The 4 Supersuckers (super cool)
The 4 Effigies
The 3 S.C.O.T.S.
The 3 A.O.'s
The 3 T?'s

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 4:57:39 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Ian MacKaye (I don't want to meet the person who has an unkind word about him. Actually, I do so I can introduce them to my friends Dr. Marten and Dr. Marten).
Vic Bondi (AoF)
Jack Grisham (TSOL) Surprisingly so, I mean, it's JACK GRISHAM!)
Penelope Houston (Avengers)
Dr. Greg Graffin (Bad Religion)
Leo Moran and Pearse "Glackin" Doherty (Saw Doctors)

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:32:34 AM PDT
Tarkus says:
Alice Cooper is a class act, and I had VERY pleasant experiences meeting Ray Davies and Al Stewart.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:49:49 AM PDT
Kevin Bogle says:
I met the guys from ZZ Top, and they were really nice. Scott Ian from Anthrax- met him a couple of times and each time he was very cool. Other nice guys that I met who were super-friendly at the time: Billy Nershi from The String Cheese Incident; Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor from King's X; everybody in the 1998 lineup of Deep Purple; Edgar Winter; all of Widespread Panic; Bela Fleck and Victor Wooten from the Flecktones are probably the two nicest famous musicians I have ever met. Bela let me sit and listen to him play his banjo at the Dallas airport while we were waiting for the same flight. When I saw him again at his concert about a week later, he remembered me from the airport and introduced me to his road crew! There are probably some others, but it's early and I can't think of them right now...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 11:04:33 AM PDT
Bill M. says:
I've been fortunate to meet just about all of my favorite musicians. As far "nice" ones go, these are the ones that immediately come to mind:

1) Alice Cooper. I've met him several times he and was always a very, very friendly man. Hell of a sense of humor too; the guy could probably do stand-up comedy if he wanted to.

2) Ronnie James Dio. Always very kind and down-to-earth. He'd always stay around after shows to sign things and pose for photos. The only time I ever remember him not doing that was back in the late 90s I think after a few shows that he performed despite being really, REALLY sick with bronchitis, and had to sit in the bus afterwards. But even then he signed everybody's stuff through the window of his tour bus.

3) King's X. I'm not a die-hard fan and I admittedly only have one or two of their CDs, but I met them after some shows They felt like friends I could talk to for hours. They hung out with all of us for a long time after the show too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 11:07:52 AM PDT
Bill M. says:
>>everybody in the 1998 lineup of Deep Purple [Kevin Bogle]

I had a backstage pass sometime around 2002 where I got to meet Steve Morse and Roger Glover. Roger was particularly friendly and spent a lot of time talking to us, cracking jokes, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 11:12:10 AM PDT
Bill M. says:
>>Michael Schenker-Sobriety has really helped him. [Stephen Mcnary]

I saw the few guest appearances he did on "That Metal Show" this year. It was great to see him clean and sober. He's an amazing player!

A couple of years ago I also saw Billy Sheehan do a bass clinic and somebody asked about Shenker. Billy confirmed the stories of him going through some extremely rough times, but also mentioned that he had been getting himself sober. The attendees applauded.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 11:31:44 AM PDT
Working Man says:
How about the guys from Rush?

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neal Peart. Geddy and Alex have been happily married to their wives for a long time and Neal (a widower) is on his second marriage. To some they are kind of boring which also may be keeping them out of the rock and roll hall of fame. Nice guys, who behave themselves and avoid scandals just work hard and put out music.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 12:02:04 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
Dave Alvin was great...he was out of smokes so I gave him a few to hold him over until another guy could come back with a pack. We sat and talked for about 15 minutes. I told him I saw the show (in LA 1980) where they opened for Queen and were bottled-off the stage!

I told him I enjoyed the set and was up in the aisles dancing...he said, "Oh you were THAT GUY!"
He signed an autograph "WOW See You Queen!"

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 12:13:16 PM PDT
Rory Gallagher. Peter Frampton. Elvis Presley. Angus Young seems pretty cool in interviews too. Tommy Thayer from KISS, met him in Vegas and he was super cool. I'd have to agree with "working man" too, the guys in Rush seem pretty down-to-earth and cool too. Some of the Iron Maiden guys act pretty cool too, just great musicians who seem to appreciate their success. Bon Scott strikes me as having been a nice guy too, despite being kind of troubled in a way.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 12:33:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2012 12:44:47 PM PDT
I've met "Weird Al" Yankovic on two separate occasions, and he was very friendly and down-to-earth both times. Other artists I've met who seemed really nice include Julian Lennon, Arlo Guthrie, Rod Argent & Collin Blunstone (the Zombies), and Russ Giguere of the Association. I also had a wonderful experience meeting Doug Ingle, Lee Dorman and Ron Bushy of Iron Butterfly at an autograph signing at a concert in San Antonio back in the late 1990s. I also met Neil Innes of the Rutles and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band at Antone's, a small club in Austin, back in the early-2000's. He was very friendly and a lot of fun. He autographed my DVD copy of the Rutles film, "All You Need is Cash."

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 4:54:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2012 4:57:15 PM PDT
Micaloneus says:
Deep Purple (w/o Ritchie Blackmore)
Roger Hodgson
Stu Cook & Doug Clifford
Chad Smith
Kelly Clarkson

By the way, Kelly can "rock 'n' roll" with the best of them.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 5:29:17 PM PDT
I've been very fortunate to have either met and / or worked with some amazing artists in my career.
Between 1983 and 2007 when I retired from the road.
Thankfully, most have been very nice and decent; although there were a few who weren't.
Sadly, some of them are gone now. )-:

George Clinton & Bootsy Collins of Parliament-Funkadelic & Bootsy's Rubberband
Maurice White, Verdine White, Phillip Bailey & Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind & Fire
Stevie Wonder
Al Jarreau
Anita Baker
Gladys Knight
Chaka Khan
Ronald Isley, Ernie Isley & Chris Jasper of the Isley Brothers
Larry Graham of Sly & The Family Stone & Graham Central Station
Flea, Anthony Keidis---RHCP
Steve Cropper, the late Donald Duck Dunn, & Booker T. Jones---Booker T & The MG's / Stax
The late Issac Hayes
James Alexander of The Bar-Kays
Larry Blackmon, Tommy Jenkins, Charlie Singleton---Cameo
George Duke
Greg Phillanganes
Nile Rodgers
Lenny Kravitz
The late Teena Marie
K.D. Lang
Celine Dion
Carrie Underwood
Yolanda Adams
Darius Rucker
The late Clarence Clemmons
The late Michael Hutchence & INXS (circa 1987)
Jim Kerr, Mel Gaynor, & Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds
Brian May & Roger Taylor of Queen
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