I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a number of professional musicians over the years, and luckily only one of them turned out to be a royal jackass.
Fredrik Akesson, Peter Lindgren, Martin Mendez (Opeth) I had the opportunity to interview Opeth on two separate occasions, and they were all very courteous, laid back guys.
Tommy Victor, Ted Parsons, Jon Bechdel (Prong) Met these guys a number of times, and they treated their fans really well. Tommy would stick around as late as necessary to make sure everyone waiting got their stuff signed at the end of the night.
J, Sean Yseult (White Zombie) Met them after a Valentine’s Day show in Massachussetts, and they were more than willing to hang around chewing the fat with their fans. J in particular was steeped in pop culture, and was throwing around SNL and Beavis and Butthead references like a pro.
Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Nuclear Assault) Just a cool, very tall, unassuming east coast metal dude. Oddly, my Dad actually got to meet Dan before I did, when my parents were vacationing in Boston. The guys from Nuclear Assault all barreled into the same Sheraton hotel my folks were staying in, until they realized how expensive it was. Dan spotted my dad’s “Not-Man on a skateboard” Anthrax T-shirt and invited him to their show at The Channel the next night.
Ashwin Sood (Sarah McLachlan) A little mellower now. Got to meet Sarah’s drummer/husband at the merch booth at her show in Hartford, CT. He was a real joker, and was having a blast poking fun at unsuspecting victims.
Lisa Loeb (and her Nine Stories) I met Lisa a number of times during the mid-nineties, and she and her band were always very cool. She taught me how to properly tie my long metal hair into a ponytail, and even gave me her email addy at one point. Sadly, I didn’t have any internet access back then…
Chris Lykins (Atrophy) I got to meet the former guitarist of this defunct Arizona thrash group at a Clutch / Prong / God Lives Underwater show in CT. He was giving up the metal life for a career in medicine, and was attending medical school in New Haven. He was still proud of his old band, and was very tolerant of my metal-nerd ramblings.
Machines of Loving Grace – the first time I met these guys, they were supposed to be playing a gig with Course of Empire in New London, CT. Unfortunately, the club’s power got blown out completely and the show was cancelled. They did however offer us the chance to hitch a ride with them to New York for their next show, but I had work the next day and decided to be responsible. Got to meet them again a few years later in Boston, and hung out backstage for a bit to reminisce over crappy gigs and espouse the brilliance of The Reverend Horton Heat.
Course of Empire – same deal, their show got cancelled due to the power failure, but they were very flattered that we would travel a ways to see a nonexistent show. We hung out for a while, and they made it up to us by signing a bunch of posters for us.
Poe and “Heavy Metal Cellist” Cam Stone – met them at Toad’s Place in New Haven. Cam was thrilled to meet anyone into their music, and Poe was also a fan at heart. She hung out with us for at least an hour, and gave us the backstory of her first album and revealed that her real name was Annie Danielewski.
She also revealed that depending on her mood, her stage name could be used as a backronym for either Peace On Earth or Power Of Evil. She was a super huggy, mega energetic and very cool person.
E, Tommy Walter (Eels) – They were opening for Poe, and I bumped into them on the floor after their set and hit it off. We eventually all wormed our way to the front of the stage so that we could all rock out together to Poe’s set. Very friendly guys!
COOL BUT SHY / STANDOFFISH
Rob Zombie – while we met the rest of White Zombie, Rob mostly hid on the bus. We were told a number of times that he was kinda shy, but he did eventually come down to sign merch and shoot the breeze. He seemed kind of embarrassed by all of the attention, but was friendly nonetheless.
Jeff Walker / Bill Steer (Carcass) – very nice Brits who like Zombie seemed embarrassed by fan worship and excess attention. Jeff signed a bunch of stuff for a friend and me, but made us promise to hide the Sharpie before the throngs nearby could latch on to what we were doing. Bill was hanging on the bus, but did come down for a minute to sign a few autographs. Very polite chaps.
COOLEST GUY ON EARTH
Paul Raven (Killing Joke, Prong) I met the late Paul Raven a number of times, and he was without a doubt the coolest musician I had ever met. He was one of those guys that felt like your best friend even though you just met him, and I swear he would have invited us over to his house if he wasn’t on tour.
I first met him after a Prong gig, and he made sure that my friend and I were added to a meet and greet list. He was more than happy to talk about the old days in Killing Joke, and said that whenever he was in town to just knock on the tour bus. Which is what I did the next time Prong came through. That night, he stood out in the rain eating pizza with all of us fans while we waited for Tommy to come outside. By the third time I met him it felt like we were old chums. It totally sucks that he died way too early!
BIGGEST DOUCHE ON EARTH
Mike Hickey (Carcass, Venom) The second time I saw Carcass he was the replacement for Mike Amott. He was back home in his native Massachussetts, and apparently thought he was the s*** because he landed a gig in Carcass. When my friend asked him if the band would be signing autographs, he got hostile and said that they would only do that when they were really drunk.
After the show, one of his cronies told him that I had recorded the gig on my crappy Sony Pressman, and he went into a rage and demanded that “I get my own band”. He was like a dog growling over a food bowl. I’m still happy that he never wound up on any one Carcass album, because he was a major, major di*k from the word go!
Last edited by culturedog; 08-19-2008 at 02:00 PM.
"Negative. I am a meat popsicle."
A$$ Peter Cetera
WhiffleBallTony -Instead of doing the cowbell on vocals, you would have to do the circular rubbing motion.
The site http://www.cis.rit.edu/~ejipci/buddy_rich.htm
Read along with the audio it's fun
(In a dressing room for the band)
BR-You think I'm runnin' fifteen ****in'...Close that door. (musician slams door) What kind of playing is being played here the past two nights? What is this? New phrasing, new bending, new sounds, no time! What the **** do you think I'm running here? What kind of playing do you call this? What kinda **** is going on in the ****in'...(turns to the bass player) What kinda, what kinda setting do you got on the bass tonight?
BR-I feel that's fairly much english.
Bass Player-It's the same as I've always had out there.
BR-What's with this, what's with this bending?
Bass Player-I decided...
BR-(interrupting) Who decided?
Bass Player-I did.
BR-Your deciding is wrong!
Bass Player-I didn't do it on purpose. I...
BR-(interrupting again) You're deciding what kind of phrasing. You're deciding who and what the leader is. You're gonna watch who you wanna watch...(turns to the rest of the band). Everybody's on two weeks notice tonight. I'm telling you, everybody gets two weeks notice tonight. I can't handle this anymore. You're all...(pauses thoughtfully) you're not my kind of people, at all. I don't understand this ****in' kind of music at all. I don't understand what anybody is doing up there. I'm workin' my ****in' ass off...(turns to a trumpet player) You put that ****in' mouthpiece into that bell again, I'm gonna take that ****in' horn and break it across my knee! Do you understand that?
Trumpet Player-I'll stay away, you can't hear a note though.
BR-I can hear everything! I don't give a **** what you hear. I hear it, and all I know is that you're blowin' my ****in' eardrum out! (turns to the saxophones) The saxophones, you can play the flute, there's no sound in flutes. All I hear is noise. If you get any ****in' closer you'll electrocute yourselves. What do you think I got a man with a sound system out there for? Sit down and play some ****in' music! You afraid you won't be heard, is that it? I'll turn the mother****er off all of you, then see what kind of a band you got up there, without all the assistance. You can't play ****! I'm accustomed to working with number one musicians. I'm not accustomed to working with half-assed ****in' kids who think they wrote the ****in' music business. You got a long way to go. You got a long way to go. Every one of you got a long ****in' way to go. Do you understand what I'm sayin'? You can't play **** up there for me. What the **** you're doin' up there doesn't deserve to be called a "name" band. The ****in' kids out at the park there, they sounded fifty times better than any one of you! And that's without a rhythm section. Maybe they enjoy what they are doin' here. If you don't enjoy it here, **** you! And get off my band. Or we can find other ways to settle it. I'm just so ****in' tired of having to go through speeches with you guys. You're all a ****in' bunch of children. There's not a man among you, not one man who can go out there and play the job like a man. You're all up there, ****in' high school, bull**** jive artists. You jived me for the last ****in' time. You got two sets to make up your ****in' mind or I get me an all L.A. band tomorrow night. Don't think that's not impossible. It's very ****in' possible. I've had it with you guys. I ought to give each one of you mother****ers a cut in salary before I get out of this ****in' room!
(Exit Buddy, slamming the door behind him)
"There's a place where Krokus plays Stadiums? " - IggyPopWillEatiteslf
Buddy Rich isn't rock, so he's not on here. He's probably a bigger jerk than Jimmy Page and Gaahl combined.
"There's a place where Krokus plays Stadiums? " - IggyPopWillEatiteslf
Why is Gaahl the most mentioned Black Metal musician? Varg, among several others, easily trumps his douchebaggery. While Gaahl supports the Church burnings, he isn't one of perpetrators. The worst he's ever done is attack people who trespass on his property to **** with him (he's kinda like the haunted mansion that the teenagers all dare each other to sleep in).
Granted, I'm not saying he isn't a douchebag, but there are those who are far worse in Black Metal.
Also, if you watch the documentary "True Norwiegan Black Metal" you get to see a little bit of a different side of him.
Listen (online) to MUSIC THAT KILLS PUPPIES (Mondays, 8PM est) on WKDU!
I know a lot of nicest/meanest, but the COOLEST goes to this fellow for being absolutely hilarious:
"Who put us here anyway? Did I ever take the time to find out? Did they ever bother to ask? Was it even an option?"