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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Vfc13, Dec 21, 2019.

  1. cat dude

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    Went to see Bill Kirchen at small club in Richmond Va.I was seated at a table next to a nice women that had a ukulele in a case.Her husband had passed,and she was giving it to Bill.Her husband had taken lessons from bill some years back.Someone let Bill know she was there,and he came out with his dinner and sat at our table.They talked about Her husband,He played the uku a little.We all had a nice time.Bill is very nice,regular guy.He played a great show!
     
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    Redd Volkaert at the richmon folk festival,cindycashdoller,dicky betts, doc and merle Watson,les paul,duane betts,Tommy Emmanuel,
     
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  3. mindlobster

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    I've met a handful of well-known artists, and luckily it's been through work so there's none of that awkwardness that could arise otherwise. They're focused people there to get their thing done.
     
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    I've met a couple of famous people. When I was a teenager back in the 60's I was hitch hiking to my girl friends house in Studio City Ca. and Lorne Greene the star of "Bonanza" gave me a ride. I sat in his car for a full 20 minutes and didn't say a word. When he dropped me off I finally found my tongue and said, "How's Bonanza going". He said fine and that was it.

    My second encounter with fame was in the 60's as well. I was on my first leave from the Navy and flying home when at around three in the morning I came across Bob Hope sitting on his suit case at O'Hare airport. There was no one around but the two of us. I handed him a pen and paper and asked for his autograph. Evidently he was in a foul mood at the time because he gave me a scowl, signed it and literally threw it back at me. That put me in a mood as well so I crumpled it up and tossed it back at him.

    Lorne was a very nice guy. Not so sure about Bob though.
     
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  5. Digital Larry

    Digital Larry Friend of Leo's

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    I worked at an amplifier company in the late 80's early 90's which afforded me the opportunity to meet a number of famoose musicians, either backstage at local shows, at the office when one dropped by, or certainly at the NAMM show. Small list, which I hope will impress you greatly.

    Scott Page (touring sax player with Pink Floyd)
    Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, sometimes Michael Falzarano of Hot Tuna (several times)
    Jerry Garcia and Neil Young backstage at a Bob Dylan Concert
    Carmen Grillo and Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power (drove them to a gig even)
    Pat Metheney/Charlie Haden
    Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden
    Slash/Duff/Steven Adler of GnR (went out to pizza with them in Chicago)
    Rick Derringer
    Mark O'Connor
    Alex Lifeson (he used a guitar preamp I designed for a couple tours)
    John Entwistle (had an odd interaction with him at a NAMM show, after which he bought 5 of the aforementioned guitar preamps)

    Can anyone guess which company this was? They are still around.

    A few that I met outside of that context:
    Frank Zappa walking down the street in San Francisco prior to a performance of one of his "classical" pieces

    Jim Thomas of the Mermen, as a result of attending 12 of their shows over a short period of time. I told him I was an FX designer and tried to interest him in some DSP stuff I was working on. But that guy is analog to the core. I did fix a distortion pedal that another guy had made for him years prior and got to visit his recording/rehearsal studio in Santa Cruz a few times. Very nice guy.

    I met Chris Isaak's current guitar player almost 40 years ago when he was working in a local music store. He was the precocious bass player in a local Motown cover group at the time and we rehearsed at the same campus residence basement for awhile. He just accepted my FB friend request.

    I've talked to Conrad Diesler, guitarist of the Austin Lounge Lizards, at a few of their shows.
     
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    My latest one is...my son (7) and a little girl in his class have a mad crush.
    Her dad is the GM of the 76ers.
    Extremely chill guy.
    I don't know jack about hoops, so we talk about other stuff.
     
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    Bet Jim Thomas would be an interesting guy to hang with. Definitely a man who follows his own star.

    A friend and I were lucky enough to hang with David Grissom after a Storyville show back in the day. He was pretty cool to a couple of annoying teenagers. We talked gear and some about Austin.

    Gave us plenty of his time but it slowly seeped through my thick skull that he was probably looking for softer company.
     
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    I'm browsing in a music shop here in Sydney and Brian Setzer pops in, looks around a bit and asks me if I knew where a particular vintage guitar shop he was looking for was (a few doors down)
     
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    Scotty Anderson at a small place north of Cincinnati.

    Very engaging and charming, really wanted to talk.

    I knew his cousin over in Indiana, and in fact his dad had a 50s Strat and nice amp I think GE smith ended up buying through the vintage place that used to be in Louisville, Kentucky...

    Maybe it's still there I don't know
     
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    Never met per se but can eye to eye with Jerry Garcia. Eel River 1987. A buddy and I were goofing off drinking beer by the bridge over the river and decided to see who could push the other off the log into the river and keep our Budweisers above water. We both went in but I managed with great difficulty to keep my beer up! As I emerged from the water holding it triumphantly happy as can be I looked up and there was a car crossing over and Garcia was watching the whole with a "you idiots" smile on his face. Quick wave and shake of the head. My buddy had gone under and was struggling to regain beer and glasses and missed him!

    I've had the pleasure of studying with and having on speed dial several of the worlds most famous geologists but that probably not as "impressive" to many (If being a goof in front of a Garcia is impressive :D)
     
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    Just a minute ago, I was telling my aunt and uncle (probably not for the first time) how many porn-related celebrity stories I have from when I worked at Tower Video on Sunset Blvd. in the mid to late '80s -- David Bowie, Bill Murray, James Earl Jones, Wolfman Jack, etc.
     
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    My family had dinner at the next table over from Helen Hunt at maybe the peak of her popularity (this was 1998 if I recall). My dad went over and asked her for an autograph like a dork. I think she was kind of mean and declined (probably understandably so).
     
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    The ones I can think of right now...
    Met Vince Gill at the mall in Nashville one night.
    Met Steve Wariner on his bus in Freeport, Tx after a gig we played with him
    Met Tim McGraw at a gig at State Fair of Texas
    Sat next to Jimmy Wayne at a CCMA awards party In Nashville one year
    Met Josh Turner at an after party
    Met Mel Tillis at his theatre in Branson
    Shook president Fords hand when I was in elementary school
    Andy Rice of the KC Chiefs was a football coach at my high school

    I remember my dad telling me a story from when he was a teenager in a small Texas town and worked at a gas station at night. One night about 1am a car pulls in and he goes out and fills it up. The guy pays him and reaches over and hands him a 45 record, says thanks, shakes his hand and says “I’m Gatemouth Brown” then pulls out headed to Louisiana.


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  14. kingofdogs1950

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    I didn't think much of it at the time but when I worked in epidemiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center I interviewed many big dogs who were at the hospital being treated for prostate cancer.
    I had become friends with the urology dept. chairman who referred the big dogs to me as participants in a prostate cancer study. We got people from all over the world. I found it interesting that I interview many, many university presidents, deans, chancellors and such. They didn't look the part when I met them. They were at the hospital for cancer treatment and mostly were dressed comfortably.
    The most interesting gentleman I recall was the Mexican equivalent to the secretary of the treasury. He never actually said he was a big dog, but I had a feeling.... When I got back to my office I googled him. His signature was on Mexican currency. Coolio.

    Peso Dog
     
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    I met Jimi Hendrix at an after concert party circa. 1969, he gave me a stick gum.
    Spent a day at Merl Haggard place, his oral surgeon was a good friend of mine and was checking up on the work he'd done. We cruised around his place and smoked pot, which he kept in a tube in his back pocket. He'd break of a bud and load a pipe up. His recording studio was really cool, Neve console, the works. Then we had lunch in town with some of his friends, easy going guy.
    In my days of decorative metal arts I worked for Bruce Willis, did a ton of work on his house in Sun Valley, Idaho and a place he had in Malibu. Many meeting with him on design. He had a club in Hailey and whenever we were both there at the same time he'd buy me a drink and chat for awhile. You could hang with that guy like he was your neighbor.
     
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    Met Springsteen when I was still a cop in Grand Central Terminal on a late Saturday morning. A gentleman,he was taking the train home but the cab driver dropped him off at the wrong train station. Should have been Penn Station where New Jersey Transit is. I got him a cab, he was very appreciative.
     
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    Chatted to Roger Daltrey once, before a Who gig. Nice chap, not very tall.
    Met Rick Parfitt briefly 'backstage' on a TV show (Tiswas, for the UK members - I was in the 'cage'), nice chap, not very tall.
    Met Mel Galley on numerous occasions, nice chap, average height.

    There is a 'rising star' actor/director who is the son of an old friend. I haven't seen him since he was small, I doubt he remembers me. Not sure of his height these days...

    Literally bumped into Ritchie Blackmore in Knightsbridge in the 70s. I distinctly remember thinking 'nice clothes...'

    Lemmy was pumping money into a slot machine at the bar of the Music Machine in Camden when I was at a gig there, I don't remember who the band were. We didn't speak, too loud, but we nodded...
     
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    I ran a number of parking garages over time, and one was on Iberville and Pete Fountain parked on a contract basis, 5 days a week, week in and out for quite some time, as he had a residence gig with one of the venues there. I made sure his car was not in the way but could be pulled up within seconds, and then we'd chew the fat with the car running, too many times to remember. he knew I was in law school and he ran a lot of the contract issues he was having by me - I gained confidence, how much respect he showed for my suggestions. Sometimes $ 10 tip, outlaw legal advice is the best. :^)

    Earlier, I ran an open lot where some guys had "park and lock" after a certain hour, spots, and this was maybe 30-40% of the guys who played at Preservation Hall. Maybe I read them wrong, but after a long day I didn't figure these guys wanted to talk about music more. I figured they just found respect there, so that's what we delivered to them. After a while, you don't want to mess with a good thing. On the nights when things were crazy crowded, we always took care to save spots for them, because they were customers when it was rainy and miserable also.
     
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    Aside from minor celeb musicians....

    Took a VERY interesting ride with Tommy Smothers in Tampa, at the hotel next to the old Curtis Dixon center (was it a Hyatt?). I must have come off just right because he had that "oh crap, I oughta know this guy" look and mannerism. I still smile over pulling a fast one on him. All I said was "Oh, hey Tommy...", and that was that! The FTGA (Florida Turf Grass Association) show was at the Curtis Dixon that year.

    I met Mr. Clapton at a golf course in Florida, where they provided pre performance entertainment for him and a very small entourage. He was cordial, asked if I was going to the show. I wasn't... catcha next time round.

    I also met Alice Cooper twice, at two different golf courses. First time, he was rather short hair, very clean cut looking, and I didn't recognize him at all. He was super friendly, offered to buy my host and me lunch, or at least drinks, but we declined as we were working. Next time, a different host didn't know him, but addressed him as Vince. He was literally taking the trash out to the curb at a house on a golf course, and my host chatted with him about some features on the course, which "Vince" approved of.

    Sorry, can't name the courses, or my hosts, but all them times were work for me, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

    Another course, Dan Marino was chatted to - or rather stood by while we spoke with his right hand man, who then spoke to Dan. Dan then spoke to his right hand man, who then told us what we had just heard right from Dan's mouth. Really strange, but nobody was allowed to talk to Dan Marino directly. Again, that was work.`

    Jack Nicklaus is one golfer I met. Greg Norman as well. Rory McIlroy briefly.

    Saving the best for last, or worst for last, depending on your viewpoint, I did meet Donald Trump back in 2002, at one his golf courses, again work related. We got maybe 15 seconds with "The Donald" as he was called then, and he thanked us for the work, said lunch was coming, and said "gotta go, meeting." And that was that. Lunch was top rate fresh carved roast sandwiches and fixin's.

    None of this means too much to me, except Tommy Smothers, who I totally caught off guard. Maybe Alice Cooper, who was totally unrecognizable too. Except for Marino, they were all just regular guys to me. Even Trump sounded sincere with this thankfulness. Just is what is is, and how I seen 'em.
     
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    Oh, one more -
    Met Patrick Swayze at the Astrohall in Houston playing a gig for the Arabian Horse Show people. Really cool, personable guy. He was really fond of Arabian horses. My gf at the time was going to Waltrip high school, his alma matre. (I was 19)


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