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Old 07-29-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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I was at a high school football playoff game way back in the 1990's in San Jose, CA and two friends and I walked by the late ex-NFL Coach Bill Walsh on our way to the concessions, but he was coaching for Stanford then. He told us about a few of the players he was looking at to consider recruiting in the game. It so happened Pat Tillman was one of them. He was friendly and approachable. It just occurred to me sharing this that Pat Tillman went to the same high school as I did (Leland HS in San Jose), albeit about 15 years later. Bill Walsh and I shared the same college alma mater (San Jose State), but he was there far earlier than me.

I also met former San Francisco 49er football player Eric Wright at a little league softball game about six years ago. It was just brief because he knew so many there and was with his girlfriend, but he was friendly.

I once saw Clint Eastwood in Carmel outside about a decade ago, but he was on the other side of the street and I did not get a chance to talk to him. Maybe I should have shouted out "Go ahead make my day" to get his attention. LOL.

Then I was also standing in line behind a regional northern California media celebrity (hosts a local TV show) named Hunter Finnell at a Safeway grocery store in Carmel about four years ago. Most of you probably have not heard of him. He was very friendly to the cashier and bagging person. I was unable to get a word in edge-wise and chose not to interrupt, but could tell he was friendly and certainly talkative. If there had not been me and some other people behind him, he probably would have had a longer conversation with them.

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Old 07-30-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Met Paul McCartney at club called Speakeasy in London, late Sixties.

Late at night, out he comes from the dining area apparently to run to the Men's room. My band and I waited and on his way back to his seat, I walked right up to him.....realize, I am a musician and huge, huge Beatles fan. So it's a major moment for me.

"Uh...excuse me Paul, we're from the States, and we're going to be recording over here and we're huge fans could we ask a couple of questions?"

Huge smile, leans back against a wall and say "Great sure, yeah what part of the States?" and on it went. He was just super nice.

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As time went on and we began recording on Abbey Road, we ended up meeting the rest of them, and to a person they were as down to earth as you could imagine. You had groups like Pink Floyd walking around the studio like they were hot stuff, while all 4 Beatles would walk down the hall and nod to you as you went by.


Surreal.. thrill of a lifetime!

TH
AEROVONS
Nice to hear from someone from The Aerovons, one of the great lost 60's bands! Their "lost" album was finally released on CD about 10 years ago, and anyone who enjoys the music of The Beatles and bands of a similar ilk would do well to seek it out. "World Of You" is a classic track.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:03 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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A good friend of mine who grew up in California (and whose father is a well-known celebrity preacher) used to have huge Christmas dinners at her LA home. When I still lived in Chicago, I flew to California for one of her Christmas dinners (around 1990, I think), and a couple of her guests that I recognized were: Dionne Warwick, Teena Marie and Vickie Lawrence. All three of them were extremely outgoing and friendly but I was stuttering like a fool when I was introduced to Dionne Warwick.
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:58 PM
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The below is based on interactions of at least a few minutes each all in 2013:

Best:
Flo Rida
Robin Thicke
John Leguizamo
Sugar Ray Leonard
Adam Lambert
Wilmer Valderrama
Melanie Griffith
Shaq

Neutral:
Sofia Vergara
Pharrell
Floyd Mayweather

Bad:
Kevin Spacey -- ABSOLUTE WORST PERSON I'VE MET
Dennis Rodman

The end
Funny cuz I never liked Kevin Spacey. Get a weird vibe from him!! Hehe, I have great intuition.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Met Paul McCartney at club called Speakeasy in London, late Sixties.

Late at night, out he comes from the dining area apparently to run to the Men's room. My band and I waited and on his way back to his seat, I walked right up to him.....realize, I am a musician and huge, huge Beatles fan. So it's a major moment for me.

"Uh...excuse me Paul, we're from the States, and we're going to be recording over here and we're huge fans could we ask a couple of questions?"

Huge smile, leans back against a wall and say "Great sure, yeah what part of the States?" and on it went. He was just super nice.

-------

As time went on and we began recording on Abbey Road, we ended up meeting the rest of them, and to a person they were as down to earth as you could imagine. You had groups like Pink Floyd walking around the studio like they were hot stuff, while all 4 Beatles would walk down the hall and nod to you as you went by.


Surreal.. thrill of a lifetime!

TH
AEROVONS
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Cindy McCain is a huge c***.
I liked the post above yours way more
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:47 AM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Wow...just wow...this thread has taken off with such incredible life!

Another contribution from me: I never met Huell Howser, but I had the intention of meeting Huell at some point. He was a local legend in Southern California and traveled all over California (as well as to Las Vegas and Moscow) showcasing the eccentric, positive, little known things that made the state unique. He produced his own shows, which aired predominantly on KCET in Los Angeles, but also throughout the whole state from Sacramento to San Diego. He was also quite the character, and unfortunately he passed away in January 2013. I created a thread dedicated in his honor that is now a STICKY (!!!) on the California forum.

And I still contend that Cheryl Burke, per my original post, the very original post on this thread, was a huge a-hole. A friend I have in the Bay Area who is in the dance world has also heard, and told me, that the Burke family is quite...dysfunctional.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:13 PM
 
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The below is based on interactions of at least a few minutes each all in 2013:

Best:
Flo Rida
Robin Thicke
John Leguizamo
Sugar Ray Leonard
Adam Lambert
Wilmer Valderrama
Melanie Griffith
Shaq

The end
My friend was in the outskirts of Cancun at a very small humble rotisserie chicken place. This was outside the touristy areas and where mostly locals eat.

She saw Robin Thicke eating there with a friend and was totally shocked. She walked up to him to tell him she was a fan and said he was very nice and humble.

Its great to hear stories of artists who are nice and do not take themselves seriously.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:40 PM
 
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Might as well keep the fun going....


OK so another night our band is in Speakeasy Club again, and this time a tall black guy with an Afro walks in. Dark in the club, local London band playing. Band stops, guy with Afro walks up to the little stage, starts talking to one of the guitarists. Guitarist hands his guitar to the stranger, guy with Afro turns back to audience then starts getting wild feedback effects out the guitar, and jams by himself ...loudly...for about 3 minutes. He stops, puts the guitar down, and turns around and EVERYONE starts cheering. "Thank you very much " he says into the mike, and hops off the little stage.

"OMG, it's Jimi Hendrix" said our bass player.

And indeed it was.

I followed him as he made a beeline to the exit door.

"Excuse me Jimi? Could I ask you a question?"

Hendrix stops and turns around....."Yeah man...?"

"How do you keep your guitar in tune when you are doing all that wild stuff on stage, all the bends and jumping around, etc?"

"Oh man, you just have to tune while you play, man, just tune while you play" he said smiling.

"Wow, thanks Jimi" I said.

"Sure, good night!"

And he opened the door and was off into the night.


TH
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:07 AM
 
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Country music artists tend to be some of the nicest, most down-to-earth folks out there. Way back mid 80s, I worked in a music store (remember those?), and we had a lot of in store appearances with bands. A couple that come to mind, the Judds came in, they were only supposed to be there for an hour, but the line stretched out the door and around the building. They stayed until every single person in line got through, well over 3 hours, and they didn't rush anyone by, everyone got to chat, take pictures, get hugs. Wynonna, at the time, was maybe 18 or 19. Randy Travis was also as nice as could be. Just as personable and kind and warm.

Alice Cooper was also funny and really engaging. Two young skate punks who waited to see him came up with their skateboards. One says, "Mr Cooper, would you sign my skateboard please?", to which he replied, "Call me Alice! Of course I will!", and then chatted with them for a while, he wanted to know where they had heard his music.

Walter Payton was a regular customer at this same store, there was a reason he was called "Sweetness", and he lived up to it, especially with young kids. He would regularly pull pranks on customers, getting behind the cash register as if he worked at the store, and telling people that he needed the money.


LL Cool J was funny, engaging, and yes, cool. I had a bit of a crush, so I totally got tongue-tied, and did the bobble head instead of talking to him. Good thing, because I would have said something really stupid if I could have said anything at all.

Kenny Rogers, as much as I said about country musicians being nice, did not fit that bill.

John Mellencamp has a well deserved reputation for being a jerk.
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Vernon, British Columbia
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Robin Williams was a nice guy. Always joking, and made sure everyone got a signature before he left.
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