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Famous musicians you've run into in the unlikeliest places!
« on: October 11, 2010, 11:53:54 PM »
Like me, you've probably met some famous musicians over the years of going to shows, record signings, or in-store appearances  Most I've met were of course at concert halls, backstage, outside venues, etc.  Anybody run into musicians in a place where you least expected to ever see them?

Over the weekend I was in a tiny record store in San Mateo, CA (SF Bay Area) when in walks Dave Murray (guitarist) of Iron Maiden!  I've been a huge Maiden fan for 30 years, and this was totally surreal.  Turns out he was visiting some family here.  Not having any IM discs in my car, I re-bought their "Powerslave" CD, which he graciously signed.  I acted like a teenage fanboy, gushing superlatives at this metal guitar god. 

So let's hear your brushes with greatness (in the unlikeliest of places)!     

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010, 12:16:22 AM »
Kate Bush in a record store - I was carefully choosing an album, she had a shopping trolley full of them.

Throbbing Gristle in a kebab shop...

I was too busy being nonchalent to actually speak to them ;D

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2010, 06:39:18 AM »
Paul McCartney at E-Live festival back in, I think, 1997 or 1998... I bumped into him, said "I know you, you´re Mick Jagger, aren´t you!"... he thought that was funny, especially since he wanted to remain anonymous.

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Re: Famous musicians you've run into in the unlikeliest places!
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2010, 07:23:38 AM »
Andy Summers at a video store in Venice California, right after the Police had broken up. He had just moved here to do some film work, pretty nice guy actually.
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Re: Famous musicians you've run into in the unlikeliest places!
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2010, 07:59:12 AM »
Mojo Nixon in First Avenue in the early 90's.  He was at the urinal next to me, and would NOT stop talking while we peed.  If he wasn't so funny, it would have been creepy...
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010, 10:54:44 AM »
Simon King - drummer for Hawkwind - in Portabello Road. He'd just been kicked out of Hawkwind and I was too stoned to give him sympathy.... :'( :-[

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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2010, 12:39:25 PM »
Alex Hacke from Neubauten at a barbeque joint at 3am in Minneapolis.  It was after their show at First Avenue, we went over to his table and got a CD signed, he was quite pleasant especially considering that it was the wee hours of the morning and my party and I were two sheets to the wind on a variety of substances (this was pre-sobriety days for me).

When I worked at a record store in Washington state, I met Elliot Smith about three months before he passed.  More in our genre, Sol Stokes used to be a regular at the store and put his CDs on consignment, a really pleasant guy.  Death Cab For Cutie would consign their cassette tapes there too, well before they broke.

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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010, 09:35:01 PM »
I manged to get a pass into NAMM in Anaheim back in the early 80s before it was open to the public and took a leak next to Neal Schon of Journey.

Wound up sitting at a small table with bassist Jimmy Johnson(James Taylor/Allan Holdsworth) at Catalina B&G Jazz Club in Hollywood, almost didn't make it do to heavy traffic on Sunset.

Andy Summers stumbled by me a little smashed with his girlfriend in tow on his way out of the old Catalina  B&G on Cahuenga in Hollywood.
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2010, 01:44:43 PM »
Like me, you've probably met some famous musicians over the years of going to shows, record signings, or in-store appearances  Most I've met were of course at concert halls, backstage, outside venues, etc.  Anybody run into musicians in a place where you least expected to ever see them?

Over the weekend I was in a tiny record store in San Mateo, CA (SF Bay Area) when in walks Dave Murray (guitarist) of Iron Maiden!  I've been a huge Maiden fan for 30 years, and this was totally surreal.  Turns out he was visiting some family here.  Not having any IM discs in my car, I re-bought their "Powerslave" CD, which he graciously signed.  I acted like a teenage fanboy, gushing superlatives at this metal guitar god. 

So let's hear your brushes with greatness (in the unlikeliest of places)!     


DAve Murreay of IM. Right On. Huge IM fan myself. From one extreme to the other. I have met Edgar Frose 3 times now. No not at a record shop or starbucks or anything like that. Last 3 times I flew over to Europe to see Tangerine Dream play live (2008-2010) and one time here at UCLA in 2008. Just fan meet and greet. Also got to hangout wth the King and bandmates afterwards for drinks in the bar. Edgar does not drink anymore. Nor does he partake in anything else anymore either. He is a vegan these days. A very nice and cool dude. I grew up in the seventies listening to TD. One of my heroes.

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Re: Famous musicians you've run into in the unlikeliest places!
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2010, 02:22:42 PM »
Ran into Styx in the Spokane airport.   :o

Those are some strange looking guys - like they've been embalmed or something.   :-\
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Re: Famous musicians you've run into in the unlikeliest places!
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2010, 10:53:31 PM »
They WERE embalmed.  I think during the shooting of the "Mr. Roboto" video back in the 80's!

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Re: Famous musicians you've run into in the unlikeliest places!
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2010, 10:05:12 AM »
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Those are some strange looking guys - like they've been embalmed or something.

Ha ha, that's exactly what I thought about the Rolling Stones from up close, (Keith Richards in particular.)  ;D
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