Re: Have you ever met your idol(s) ?
Date: August 15, 2006 03:06AM
Ok, I'll play along...
Glenn Hughes. Amazing vocalist/bassist/songwriter. Glenn has always been very gracious with his time, and greets me by name when he sees me.
Gary Moore. Numero uno when it comes to guitar, as far as I'm concerned. Met Gary after one of the shows he did with BB King earlier this year in the UK. He was very kind, engaging and happy to pose for a photo with me.
Stevie Ray Vaughan. Met him several months before his death. Very agreeable, inquisitive and willing to take the time to sit for a few to converse with my friends and I after a show.
Don Dokken. Not an idol, but I really dig his music. He seemed a bit pompous, and disinterested in talking to anyone who didn't have tits.
Stephen Pearcy. Not a very good singer, not a very interesting person. Had a few big songs, and still has a big head. Jackass.
Ronnie James Dio. As nice as can be. Shared a story about playing the trumpet and bass way back when, and had a very warm personality. Class.
Ian Hunter. Talkative and willing to sign an album, but only so long as he can keep walking toward his limo. lol
Angus Young. Very easygoing. Willing to take time for fans, but very quiet.
Bob Daisley. Superb bass player. Inventive, melodic and in the pocket. Never met the man in person, but have talked on the phone extensively. I once posted a bit of infor over at Bob's web site, and soon after received a phone call from Bob Daisley - all the way from Australia. We've since kept in contact, and regularyly exchange emails. Class.
Neal Schon. Nice enough guy, amazing guitarist. Unless you know him, I think it would be hard to tell if he's genuinely approachable, or whether he is out of a sense of obligation.
Jeff Scott Soto. I met Jeff for the first time in 1999. My favorite singer, along with Glenn Hughes. Jeff is as nice as he is talented. He has an innate ability to arrange and record his vocals for maximum effect, much like John Wetton. And he's a knockout front man, in a live setting. A genuinely warm, generous person as interested in others as they are in him. I'm happy to call him my friend. He deserves the best.
Pat Thrall. Saw Pat touring with Curtis Stigers, and chatted for a few after the show. He was glad when I mentioned Hughes/Thrall. Very relaxed guy, very nice.
Tommy Aldridge. Amazing drummer, who's played with everyone from Ozzy to Gary Moore to Whitesnake, Driver and Pat Travers. Very quiet. He's not normally one to hang around to talk to people. But when I approached him, he was nice enough. He even signed an album by Black Oak Arkansas, which I don't think he was thrilled about. lol