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Initial post: Jul 19, 2011 4:36:24 AM PDT
Rod Hansen says:
As music fans, we all dream of the moment we might meet one of our idols.

Have you ever had the opportunity to meet a famous musician? If so, how did it go? Did they delight you with their coolness, or disgust you with their tool-ness?

I bet there are some great stories out there.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 6:44:29 AM PDT
U-tech says:
In may 2010 my brother and I had back stage meet and greet passes for ZZ Top. They played out in center field after a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. My brother purchased the tickets and passes so that the money went to The Children's Dream Wish Fund for charity. I was excited because I had never been backstage before and never really met any rock stars before. The manager or whomever backstage was a complete Di** and so was the band. We were told not to talk to the band and not to shake their hands or have them autograph anything. In other words, stand still and have your picture taken with the band and keep your mouth shut. We were both very upset and the band lost 2 fans in the process. I will never, ever, spend ant money on this band again.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 6:45:17 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
I've never met any outside of a concert setting; but after a They Might Be Giants show in 2004, I got to meet John Flansburgh (the bespectacled singer-guitarist), who was actually working the TMBG merchandise stand.

I got to buy an 'Indestructible Object' T-shirt from him; and after he was done at the merch stand, he did the meet-and-greet thing with fans -- he autographed my 'Dial-A-Song' anthology booklet, and I got have my picture taken with him. He was a total sweetheart (and squeezably soft).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011 7:09:41 AM PDT
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PyroFritz says:
yes, in fact I've met many, I was a live sound/lighting engineer for many years and a lead stage technician for at least as long. My favorites were Pete Rivera (singer songwriter, percussionist for Rare Earth) great man, very respectful and decent. He paid me many compliments for my work, Jerry Corbetta (Franky Vally and the Four seasons /Sugar Loaf)Jerry although deceased was funny, he used to say that when he was with the four seasons he was "Fall", Rod Toner (Steel Breeze) again super cool, Garth Brooks (i didn't recognize him without his hat on backstage, so I tried to eject him from the arena, funny as heck and he was still cool about it!), Robbie Gray (Modern English) the band and I went to diner together, those guys ate like they've never been fed before, anyway I had a sandwich and Robbie Grey busted me about americans and their sanwiches, i had to remind him that it was the brits fault on that one! Tom Petty- ultra cool!, Lee Rocker (formerly Stray Cats) lots of fun during Hot August Nights he would show up with Stephen Corbet (actor tv show-Northern Exposure "Chris in the Mornings on KBUR) we used to just have a blast. Sonny Turner (the Platters) hell Sonny could warm up the ladies like no one else on Earth! One of my personal favorites, Toni Tennile! (a Lady and underline that LADY part) Her and I held hands and sang the national anthem together on stage on 9/11.
The list goes on and on, I've met movie stars, Broadway stars Opera stars, pro athletes, Wrestling Stars, CEO's, Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, Big Brass Military, producers and the whole gambit, when I was in college in Seattle, we had to put on a concert as part of a class course, well our show sold out and next door was Sound Garden, just before they went big, they didn't sell out, anyway a friend pulled out a "smoke" and before we knew everyone from their band was in the street with us, turned into a big party in a few seconds. Hard to say who the biggest or best was, all mentioned were very good down to earth people. Loved them all!!! -pyroFritz (sorry about the horrible grammar) btw: biggest j.o.-Stephen Stills

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 7:17:41 AM PDT
i met meatloaf once at a promotional event for his new album -still have the signed copy of "bat out of hell" and the memory of a really fun time and a great guy!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 7:24:25 AM PDT
zlh67 says:
Most of the ones I've met where bands I opened for in the 90's or drummers I went to see in clinic. Robin Trower gets "absolute coolest" honors. He was very modest/humble and seemed genuinely honored that I asked him to sign a copy of "Bridge of Sighs," and even moreso when he noticed it was brand new and I told him that I'd just bought it specifically for him to sign (I'd previously had it on LP but purchased the CD for him to sign). Jack Bruce earned "absolute toolest". Maybe it was just a bad day, but he was pretty abusive to EVERYONE around: club staff, his crew, etc. It was 1990 and I guess he'd forgotten that 1968 was a long time ago and that not EVERYBODY thought he was God anymore.

Other than that, I always try to meet my favorite drummer (or one of 'em) Will Calhoun of Living Colour and have done so many times (after gigs in 1989, 2005 and 2009) and at a 1994 drum clinic. He's always gracious, signing stuff for me and saying hello each time. I'm always in such awe that I've had a camera with me twice and not thought to have my wife snap a picture. Duh. And I got to meet the rest of Living Colour too after their 2009 gig Austin and they were very cool considering they'd just travelled a long way to play in a very small club to not nearly enough people. I have signed drumsticks, cd covers, posters and more from them, which I treasure and will not be on ebay while I'm alive!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 7:51:36 AM PDT
I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Slash many times. I handled his official fan web site after he left GNR. He is a really sweet, humble guy. After my father died of a heart attack, he and his wife Perla gave me tickets for my husband to fly out for the debut performance of Velvet Revolver. If you get a chance to meet him, go for it! I also got to meet everyone in the Slash's Snakepit band
as this was his solo band. All those guys were great. Slash called and emailed me many times to give me news for his website. Since he has gotten to be a huge guitarist now, he has his own staff to do another website, but I keep mine going. One that was the biggest jerk in Velvet Revolver was Scott Weiland who never had time for fans and the other band members.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011 8:40:36 AM PDT
Jack Bruce never was God. He just played in a band with him. Just got the new Cream documentary by Classic Artists and Ginger lets you know just how much he hates Jack. The Bruce/Brown songwriting team make all the money although Ginger says the whole band contributed to the process. Jack doesn't deny it and just kind of smiles and doesn't care that Ginger is getting totally screwed.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 8:49:15 AM PDT
Along with Slash and Slash's Snakepit, I met Billy Idol when Snakepit opened for Billy. Nicest guy was Matt Laug, the drummer, who in the future got us backstage passes for a Journey gig.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 8:49:19 AM PDT
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I'm going to bend the rules a little. My brothers wife(at the time)worked at a leather goods store in the Westport area in K.C. Mo. and Eric Clapton(with road manager and bodyguards)comes in to do some shopping. He is trying to decide if he wants to buy a coat and Dana(my brothers wife)tells him how much they are fans and my brother plays blues and has an old stratocaster, blah..blah..blah. Eric turns to the manager and says set them up for two tickets. So my brother and his wife got to see him courtesy of Eric himself. PS He didn't buy the coat. Actually, a friend of mine who can draw very well drew several pictures of Eric playing guitar with thought balloons over his head saying "Should I buy the coat"? next one "Should I not buy the coat".

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011 8:58:23 AM PDT
Randy says:
RE: Stephen Corbet (actor tv show-Northern Exposure "Chris in the Mornings on KBUR)
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John Corbett

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 9:47:35 AM PDT
I don't like "Rock Stars". They're superficial morons. However, I do admire and have alot of respect for "Rock Musicians". There IS a difference, ya know. Bret Michaels is a Rock Star. Neil Peart is a Rock Musician.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 9:57:14 AM PDT
Music Lover says:
I got to meet Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart a few summers ago. Both sisters were very nice and quite down-to-earth. They even took some time to flip through an old tour book I had brought along and it was fun to hear them talk about the various pictures and all the fun they had with the photo shoot. Their dogs were also backstage and I got to hang out with them too!!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 10:58:40 AM PDT
TD101 says:
I'm a firefighter and Lynyrd Skynyrd had a fire in one of their hotel rooms. Billy Powell burned his hand trying to put it out. I took a look at his hand and asked him if he was ok. I'll never forget his response: "I survived a plane crash, I think I'll be Ok."

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 11:38:58 AM PDT
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vivazappa says:
Bruuuce...actually I didn't meet Bruuuce...I met Bruce...totally different cat than he is onstage...very reserved...quite...unassuming and very approachable...he was happy to sign our passes and we took just a few minutes to talk to him...he was seated (he's very small) on a table in the back of the dressing room and others were between us and the door...he waved us back...Bruce is the man!!!

Note: It was after Survival Sunday in LA 1981...I went with the news director of a radio station I worked at...she and I had press passes but not backstage passes...Stephen Stills was hanging out and pointed out a way to sneak around backstage under the Hollywood Bowl...it worked perfectly...

P.S. Warren Hayes is the coolest!!!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 11:50:33 AM PDT
JP says:
U-tech,

I had the EXACT same experience in 1986 except for two things: 1) it was Rush and 2) not even any pictures. We pretty much got to watch them walk from the dressing room to the stage, and back.

The opening band, on the other hand, was COMPLETELY different. Down to earth, friendly, invited us in to the dressing room and offered us food and beer!! Even got a groupie to take my camera so me, my buddy and the entire band could all be in the photos. The band?.......Blue Oyster Cult.

The sad thing is that B.O.C. said that Rush was treating them the same way, associating with them yes, but not letting BOC use the full lighting rig or any lasers (especially ironic since BOC was one of the FIRST bands to use lasers) and limiting them to a 40 minute set and a one song encore.

I had been a fan of both bands for around 11-12 years by that point (Fly By Night and Secret Treaties being my first exposure to them, summer '75 I think) and remember the days when Rush opened FOR Blue Oyster Cult. So I left disgusted with Rush and an even greater appreciation for BOC.

But....did that mean I stopped listening to Rush and going to see them? HECK no. And I understand they eventually came off their high horses. I've also heard from many, many, many people who had pleasant experiences with them so, maybe it was an off year, off tour......off something!!

And for how many I have met....hhhuummmmmm...that'll take a while. Charlie Daniels, Steve Vai, Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa, Gregg Allman, various members of Blackfoot, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, Smashing Pumpkins, Chili Peppers, Tool, Primus, Fishbone, Alice in Chains, King's X, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Galactic Cowboys....etc, etc.

Of course there has been some discussion here of what defines a rock star. I simply included everyone that 1) makes a living as a musician with 2) a national tour and 3) a nationally released album. So that's pretty wide.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 12:04:22 PM PDT
Dr. Mikey says:
Pete Best.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 12:44:48 PM PDT
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PyroFritz says:
Randy you are right it was John Corbet, sorry, my bad i was writing with distraction... hell we kept calling him Chris all week, he didn't seem to mind! very cool dude, and damn he could get the girls! technically he debuted a country album, heard it flopped. I was also an A/V tech and Stagehand Union President, but that's all slipped away now. No regrets!

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Dee Zee says:
Only three oldies that come to mind.

Richard Furay in 1971 at Tower Records in San Francisco. Saw the Poco show the night before at the Fillmore. Furay was formerly in Buffalo Springfield.

Ray Davies (Kinks!) after a solo show at Wolf Trap, VA met in a restaurant afterwards. He signed our tickets and playbills.

Chris Hillman at Ford's Theater in Washington DC, 2009. FYI to the youngsters, Chris Hillman was a founding member of The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band as well as a solo recording artist.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 2:27:45 PM PDT
I met BB King after a show in Poughkeepsie, NY about 20 years ago. He was very nice, a true gentleman.
JC

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011 2:58:43 PM PDT
i met john hiatt at a borders store in pa. it was to promote his album crossing muddy waters, which was several years ago. the manager of the store told the quite long line of fans not to ask mr. hiatt to sign anything except for the new cd. after he had played a few songs he said he would sign anything we wanted. i had my new cd autographed and had a few photos taken with him.he is one hell of a human being. the second time that i saw john mayall, was at the stone pony in nj.he signed a t shirt for me and along with the rest of the band signed a promotional display that were on all the tables. the cd was road dogs.he is also a human being. along with a few friends, i saw ritchie havens. it was at a small club in sussex co. nj. i had to move my chair back because mr. havens kept kicking me. he invited us upstairs after the show. another human being. i saw blues traveler at the stone pony a few years ago. after the show the band came out, and they were like your neighbors.(good neighbors) all except for john popper, who was under the weather. oh, i think i might have seen tom waits sitting on bench in san diego back in the seventies.im not sure.so my experiences with musicians have been favorable.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 3:07:02 PM PDT
B-Jak says:
Jonathan Richman went to my high-school with my older sisters.They still run into each other every once in a blue moon. I met him at a show once.
One of my sisters dated Shel Talmy, producer of the Kinks and Who. I got to hear about his time in the studio with both groups and others over pizza one night.
Another sister is friends with Chris Rhyne, who played with Santana on "Inner Secrets".I've hung out a few times with him.
They were both friends of Jean-Luc Ponty's drummer through the '80's, Casey Schuerelle.I used to wear a beat up old leather jacket he gave me when I was in high school. I saw the band many times and met most of the band. One time, the guitarist, Joaquin Leviano was going to go to the next tour stop with the road crew, so let my buddy and I have his hotel room. At 2AM we were woken up by frantic pounding on the door. The crew had gotten a hundred miles down the road when Joaquin realized he'd left his back-up guitar under my bed.
Another time, I got back-stage passes. Larry Coryell was the opener, and when he came off stage, I offered a joint my friend and I were smoking and he joined us and hung out a bit.
When I lived in Ithaca,NY, I literally ran into Pat Metheny. He was with Lyle Mays and Danny Gottlieb, and we walked into each other at a blind corner.
I saw Graham Lear, longtime drummer for Santana, playing with a pick up band at a party here in Portland (OR) and got to talk with him for a bit. Really nice guy.
Jane Siberry did a meet-and-greet after a show and I got to chat a bit with her. She's an incredibly smart, articulate woman. I've lusted over her ever since.
Ike Willis, the voice of "Joe's Garage" and other Zappa stuff lives in Portland. I've seen him a few times and got to talk a bit.

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