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Old 07-04-2018, 11:46 AM
 
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This is kind of a fun thread, isn't it?! It interests me that so many people have had very interesting encounters with celebrities. I've had a few and of those probably the most memorable was getting to stand next to Willie Nelson and have my picture taken with him. It happened after a concert during which he performed nonstop for nearly three hours. Afterwards, he patiently let throngs of fans queue up near his tour bus and one by one, we were allowed to step up into the huge bus, walk through it to where he was standing, meet him, pose with him, then exit through the door at the other end. This was circa 1994. Another famous person I have met is Diane Sawyer, but it was long before she climbed the ladder to huge success. We went to the same high school, were cheerleaders together, and we both had German class together. She was in high school much as one might surmise: very intelligent, very pretty, nice, with you but not really, aloof. Once while awaiting boarding procedures for a flight from L.A. to Tampa, Debbie Reynolds arrived in the gate area with a woman who looked like Heather Mills. Ms. Reynolds, at the time, was recovering from an injured foot and was using one crutch. Very matter of factly and w/o drawing any attention to herself, she took a seat and waited with the rest of us. I remember being surprised by how how tiny she seemed. She was dressed in all black and had no aura of glamour but was immaculately well put together. People in the gate area approached her and she very very patiently and kindly conversed with them and signed autographs when requested. On board the airplane she sat in seat 1A and shortly before take off the Capt. greeted her and said, "We often have celebrities fly with us but very few of your stature. Welcome aboard, Ms. Reynolds." She replied with, "That's very kind of you to say and I appreciate it." It was a red-eye flight and pretty much she slept the whole way to Tampa. When we landed, she deplaned quickly and the Tampa airport V.I.P. greeters whisked her away from the gate area w/o fanfare. I saw her luggage on the turnstyle and was very amused as it wasn't particularly star quality. As I recall the pieces appeared very road weary and definitely had seen many a mile. They were made of a tapestry and sported some duct tape here and there. Her name was clearly visible on each piece and I remember distinctly a large, round, hat piece which may have been for wigs. She was in Tampa for a one night, one woman performance. A disappointing celebrity encounter involved an evangelist male singer who used to appear on t.v. crusades for decades. I decline to mention his name. In my professional capacity as an airline employee at the time, it was my misfortune to have to deal with him on a couple of different occasions, both of which disheartened me as this person was the foulest, crudest, rudest, most deplorable, obnoxious, hautiest, verbally aggressive individual one would ever ever ever come across. He chewed up people with his "Do You Know Who I Am" attitude as if it were a blood sport. In contrast, I once interacted with Phyllis Diller regarding her travel and with her personal assistant, both of whom were complete sweethearts.
The evangelist sounds like a piece of work. Doesn't surprise me at all. Their personas versus the real them are often 2 different things.
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Old 07-05-2018, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Mesa AZ
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Muhammad Ali was doing a celeb horse race at Maywood Park racetrack in 1979. I was 17 at the time and climbed a barb wire fence to get into the barn/backstretch area to try to get closer. I found him with only bodyguards and reporters there and he stopped everything to speak to me. No stranger had ever asked me "what's your name son" and then he signed an autograph that read "To Larry best wishes Muhammed Ali". As a child I never thought I would become a racist person but a few incidents prior to that had started to make me become that way. My encounter with the CHAMP had a life changing effect on me, the most famous man in the world took a minute to reach out to a young white kid and I was just blown away. I shed many tears when he passed away especially when hearing many others tell similar stories of his kindness. I have tears right now as I write this and have always thought about what a little kindness can do to change the world.
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Old 07-06-2018, 03:18 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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Muhammad Ali was doing a celeb horse race at Maywood Park racetrack in 1979. I was 17 at the time and climbed a barb wire fence to get into the barn/backstretch area to try to get closer. I found him with only bodyguards and reporters there and he stopped everything to speak to me. No stranger had ever asked me "what's your name son" and then he signed an autograph that read "To Larry best wishes Muhammed Ali". As a child I never thought I would become a racist person but a few incidents prior to that had started to make me become that way. My encounter with the CHAMP had a life changing effect on me, the most famous man in the world took a minute to reach out to a young white kid and I was just blown away. I shed many tears when he passed away especially when hearing many others tell similar stories of his kindness. I have tears right now as I write this and have always thought about what a little kindness can do to change the world.

What a nice story. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:42 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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OK.... looked through the thread and I have not posted this story.....


Years ago, I was a huge Nickelback fan..... I loved, and still do, The State, Silver Side Up and a lot of All the Right Reasons...... They completely lost me with Dark Horse and I have no idea what they have done since......


In any case, a friend and I went to Kansas City to see what was supposed to be the last show of the All The Right Reasons tour... they had been on tour for this album for two years already..... and I had traveled all over the midwest and into Texas to see shows..... I think I have 25 or 26 NB shows under my belt...... shush, haters!!



After the show, about a half dozen of us found the buses behind this KC venue and we hung around until the guys started coming out..... this was when you could do that.....


They had had a HUGE celebration for the last show of the tour back stage before they came out and Chad Kroeger was absolutely soaked in beer, champagne, liquor and whatever when he came out..... but he was so kind and hung out with us for quite a while..... even talked on my phone to a friend of mine in San Antonio, Texas..... he seemed to just want to hang out and chat with "civilians." His security started trying to usher us along and he just kept chatting with us..... been so long, don't even remember what we talked about, but it was every day, mundane stuff....he did remember seeing some of us on the rail at various concerts and I do remember that he was tired and just ready to go home and chill for a while....



talking on my phone to my friend in San Antonio and no, that is not me standing next to him:







fast forward another year...... after a bit of rest, they went back out on tour..... and once again, KC was the last show..... but a totally different experience this time..... the buses were roped off and there a LOT more people waiting by them..... .of course, these days, you can't get within 50 yards of the buses.....



In any case, Nickelback had been getting a lot of press over this year and Chad Kroeger had changed hugely..... he could barely be bothered to acknowledge his fans..... Daniel Adair the drummer and Chad's brother Mike, who is the bassist, were still pretty cool and could not believe how many of the shows some of us had been to..... although they did acknowledge us from the stage when we were there...... and Mike would talk to me from the stage as well as he could and make sure we had water and were taken care of.......



Chad Kroeger's (Turton's) vision was to appeal to as big a slice of the population as possible..... and he has succeeded admirably....

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Old 07-07-2018, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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I got chatting with Cyril Jordan (Flamin' Groovies) before a show he was doing in SF - a really nice guy. After the show he invited me backstage, where I met the other musicians who'd been playing that evening, including Clem Burke (Blondie) and, big thrill, Powell St. John, who'd written songs for the 13th Floor Elevators.
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Old 07-07-2018, 05:14 AM
 
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When Robert F. Kennedy was preparing to run for POTUS, he appeared at a rally not far from my home town. My high school was named for his late brother, so he had requested that our high school band, of which I was a member, come to play at the rally.

We were seated right on stage, next to the podium where he spoke. He was very charismatic, I still remember the energy at that rally. After the rally, he took the time to thank the band for being there, and shook the hand of every band member. He also said something personal to each band member. I can’t remember what he said to me, all of us smalltown, middle-of-nowhere kids were pretty overwhelmed by this.

The school newspaper went on the schoolbus to the rally with the band. My high school boyfriend was a photographer for the paper, so he was there and took a photo of Kennedy that appeared not only in the school newpaper, but also in our town newspaper and the nationally known newspaper of the big city we lived closest to. He gave me a copy of that photo and I still have it.

RFK was assassinated about 4 months after this, to my memory.
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Old 07-07-2018, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Muhammad Ali was doing a celeb horse race at Maywood Park racetrack in 1979. I was 17 at the time and climbed a barb wire fence to get into the barn/backstretch area to try to get closer. I found him with only bodyguards and reporters there and he stopped everything to speak to me. No stranger had ever asked me "what's your name son" and then he signed an autograph that read "To Larry best wishes Muhammed Ali". As a child I never thought I would become a racist person but a few incidents prior to that had started to make me become that way. My encounter with the CHAMP had a life changing effect on me, the most famous man in the world took a minute to reach out to a young white kid and I was just blown away. I shed many tears when he passed away especially when hearing many others tell similar stories of his kindness. I have tears right now as I write this and have always thought about what a little kindness can do to change the world.

My friend had a similar interaction with Ali at the St. Louis airport. The Champ was a class act.


In the 80s, I worked at a major concert venue in Florida and had a chance to meet several artists.


Don Henley ate all his meals with the crew and just wanted to be one of the boys.


Janet Jackson was super laid back and sweet.


David Bowie was perhaps the most enthusiastic and professional person I've ever met.


Gloria Estefan was very friendly and approachable.



Kenny Rodgers was friendly and seemed like he was having a good time.



Billy Joel was so unassuming I didn't even recognize him. Nice guy.



The Backstreet Boys were kind of jerks but I attribute that to being young and famous more than anything else.


I honestly don't know how the artists and their crew can do live concerts night after night. Setting up and tearing down a big show is a tremendous amount of work
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:05 PM
 
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When Robert F. Kennedy was preparing to run for POTUS, he appeared at a rally not far from my home town. My high school was named for his late brother, so he had requested that our high school band, of which I was a member, come to play at the rally.

We were seated right on stage, next to the podium where he spoke. He was very charismatic, I still remember the energy at that rally. After the rally, he took the time to thank the band for being there, and shook the hand of every band member. He also said something personal to each band member. I can’t remember what he said to me, all of us smalltown, middle-of-nowhere kids were pretty overwhelmed by this.

The school newspaper went on the schoolbus to the rally with the band. My high school boyfriend was a photographer for the paper, so he was there and took a photo of Kennedy that appeared not only in the school newpaper, but also in our town newspaper and the nationally known newspaper of the big city we lived closest to. He gave me a copy of that photo and I still have it.

RFK was assassinated about 4 months after this, to my memory.
My mother said he was at the Courthouse of the city we grew up in. I think she went to see him. I was kind of young then so I wouldn't remember anything anyways.
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Old Today, 04:55 PM
 
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Smile Nicest/meanest Celbrity I met

My brother’s then-bride has a family who have easy contact with government officials, and Terry McAuliffe was the guy who married them (or however you put it. The other Virginia senator (other than Tim Kaine) was there, too. I didn’t know who this other senator is, so, I don’t know if I saw him or not. Anyway, McAuliffe did a good job being just a regular Joe who was invited. I was 16 at the time, (I’m 17 now.) and I just saw him and suggested a food that I liked. He took my word for it, in spite of the fact that I was a little less than a fourth of his age. And he took a picture with me and my sister (I cropped her out when she sent it to me). Weirdest thing of all? Donald Trump was just inaugurated as POTUS/Leader of the Free World, and I was (and still am) a big time Deplorable. Terry McAuliffe, however was not. Ever.- Anyway, he was nice, but being a Governor, he couldn’t talk like the first guy to submit did with someone at IHOP (it will always be the International House of Pancakes to me). Nice, but not able to hang out, or anything because there were a few hundred people at the wedding.

As of the rudest celebrity I met? That’s Terry McAuliffe. Not because our politics clash or anything, although that’s very true. I just haven’t met any other celebrities. 😶 And at this rate, going to a Bon Jovi concert will be considered “meeting” him.
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He’s funny at his concerts. He was introducing the crowd to the rest of the band, and he started comparing David Bryan (the pianist) to a bunch of other people, and then he suggested David Bryan was as good as Elton John and then he shouted “NAW! ELTON JOHN CAN SAY WHATEVER THE F*** HE WANTS!” and after either “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” or “God Bless This Mess” he yelled “I’M GETTING TOO OLD FOR THIS S***!!!” Which is how he typically sounds when he’s not on the stage.
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