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Anybody done it? Who was it/when/where? Always a great feeling.
the interviews are fairly accurate representation of what he's like in real life and I love him for it. To be fair I was wankered and no one would want to speak to me in that state.
I've also met J Mascis. He looked like he wanted to just go away and for me to leave him alone.
as I live in the middle of nowhere in the U.S. where almost no bands (even small acts) ever tour.
However, Blood Red Shoes will be in St. Petersburg on Dec. 7th and Moscow on Dec. 8th, FYI...
He was at the beach and wanted to get something to drink from the beach bar. As he was walking to the bar he spotted Steven Tyler (Aerosmith). He realised he'd never get a chance to probably meet him again, so went up and said he was a fan. Steven told him to go to the bar, get his drink and then come back, which he did. Steven, despite being with friends, then spent an hour or so talking to my Mate.
1 Nov: Kazan, Russia, Milo Arena
2 Nov: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Milo Concert Hall
4 Nov: Yekaterinburg, Russia, Tele Club
5 Nov: Novosibirsk, Russia, LDS Sibir
7 Nov: Moscow, Russia, Izvestia Hall
9 Nov: St. Petersburg , Russia, A2
They're amazing live! I've seen them this year.
Came across pretty nice to be fair, it's good that he takes the time to talk to fans.
like no one ever comes to where I am. A long commute to Shanghai can occasionally get me to see a band, but its always small venues and the tickets sell out.
Last year I had the good fortune to have 2 of my favouritest bands ever - Eels and Epic45 be booked to do shows (the former in Shanghai, and the latter in my city) and the even greater fortune to manage to get tickets for them.
The Eels arrived in Shanghai but their luggage did not - show cancelled. Epic45 cancelled their tour.
I am back in my tortoise shell of no culture.
But I'm good friends with Debbie Smith (Guitarist) now as I'm a fan of her current bands Blindness & The Nuns. Saw her last night at Fever Fever's last ever gig at The Lexington.
He seemed absolutely lovely, and didn't come across as the kind of hermit figure he's portrayed as. Anyway the conversation was kind of awkward as the only I could think about was asking him about new music, but knew that would be really irritating for him.
I shook his hand, he then extended out his hand once again (to shake one of my friends hands), and I shook his hand again. We parted on that embarrassing exchange.
their merchandise stall at the now closed down Luminaire venue. They were very nice people. I was stood next to Dean Wareham at the also now closed Metro Club before his gig but didn't say anything. As an over 30 year old at the time it would have come over as sad if I said something along the lines of "Galaxie 500 are my favourite band, you're great."
& they were really nice, spoke about galaxie 500 as well as d&n
They were/are my favourite band, being 15 when they first came about is my excuse. Met them all a few times in various places, most of all Sheffield where I went to uni, they were always about if they weren't on tour.
Nicest one by far is Nick (bassist who joined later in 2006) who actually had a drink with me and spoke about the setlist they were working on for their gig that weekend (which I was going to). Others are nice and I was way too pissed/fanboyish when I met Alex Turner when I was 17. Bit sad really.
As you might imagine he was really really friendly, I told him I'd named my cat after him and he actually seemed to be moved.
a complete darling.
Walked up behind me in a queue for food, I did about six double takes and then said hello. He was surprisingly chatty and more up for asking questions than answering them in detail which was awkward for me seeing as I have much less interesting things going on in my day to day life than being in Animal Collective. Seemed like an entirely normal and down to earth person.
then turned to me and said he was sorry, but that was his last one. Bastard.
outside a foo fighters gig around 1996/7 , we was round the back of the venue sat around on the grass smoking and drinking in the sun like you do when your about 16/17 when they all came walkign past. pat smear and dave were the chattiest but they all seemed liek nice people. they stopped around for about 5 minutes and asked what we was smoking haha
in about 2003 in Big Hands in Manchester as my mate was best mate's with Mira from Ladytron's sister, but i only wanted to meet Helen. She was lovely even though I bored her for ages about zines and electroclash (maybe it was 2002). Really excited about her solo stuff too.
I have met Amelia Fletcher (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Tender Trap et al) a few times and she even thanked me the first time they played Manchester for urging them to come north. I still get a bit nervous and giddy when i see her, or am over-familiar and drunk.
I never met Helen Marnie and never saw Ladytron live (even if I'm a huge fan of the band).
From the video interviews I've seen, Helen seems the nicest person in the world. e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFA_B3lUQaA
PS: BTW what's the name of Mira's sister?
Chatted with me for ages about all manner of things, gave me a copy of then-deleted CDs, always put a little note in packages when I order stuff from them now as well.
Sounds kinda cheesy, but it is nice to know that you've helped support them make more music that you can enjoy. Everybody wins!
but only because it's generally easy to go up to them after a gig and say 'OMG I LUV U' or whatever. I met Mike Patton outside The Astoria once and was completely starstruck. He was really nice.
not met gillian
phil was the funniest as we asked if we could get a photo & he said sure, where do you want me & we said over there, with the camera, can you take it of us.
how we laughed.
*guess it's 5/6 now that tom is on bass
also bumped into guy garvey a couple of times & he's not changed at all over the years, always has time & is v friendly
Met him last Wednesday at a special Q&A - very nice chap indeed, stayed for an hour when he was booked for 45 mins and then when finished,happy to sign stuff, answer more questions. Very down to earth.
He came over to where me and a couple of mates were sitting and had a beer or two, really pleasant dude.
Met Kurt Vile at his gig as well, just having a cigarette outside, he was really nervous so it was a wee bit awkward.
Met Dan Johnston as well, a lot of folk on DiS wouldn't think much about that, but I think he's just grand. He was really pleasant as well.
but I just met David Attenborough.
I went to see The Duke Spirit support Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at 40Watt Bar in Athens, Georgia in 2008. Mike Mills (REM) came to the gig, as he knew the Duke Spirit as they had recently supported them at the Royal Albert Hall or somewhere like that. Anyway, after the gig had finished I was asked by Leila (TDS Singer) if I fancied going off to another bar. Well I was there to see them, so I got into Mike Mills car with 2 other Dukes and Rob from BRMC and went to another bar. I was sat next to Mike for the next 4 or 5 hours talking about everything and he bought the drinks all night! Top Man.
he was a complete dude, exactly how you'd imagine
I'd seen them 4 or 5 times on one particular tour in 2005 I think it was, maybe 2006. Anyway the last gig was the London one, where I'd planned to buy their limited edition 'The Rescue' EP but it was sold out. As usual I think it was Munir manning the stand and I expressed sadness at there being on copies left, and he was upset for me too and said I could take something else FOR FREE. I didn't, obviously, but instead I had a lovely chat.
Also Nils Frahm at a gig in Reading. He was so very quiet <3
such a nice bloke. Happy to stand around and talk
They signed a poster for me, and gave me a WWF replica belt to pose for pictures with as I was champion fan (i.e. the only person who spoke to them that night). I'm still a huge fan, and I think the fact that they were so cool helped that. I've heard since that apparently Steve Brodsky is a bit prickly but I didn't get that at all. Also met Walter Schreifels around the same time, and he was every bit the total gent you'd expect.
he is great. i love tall firs
Made her a cup of tea
in a collectables/designery stuff type shop in San Francisco, 2005
He was thoroughly nice and even patiently waited while I ran outside to get my girlfriends camera for a photo.
It was extra surreal as I basically worship the man and FNM so a bit surprising to turn round and suddenly be standing next to him out of the blue.
round west london, it is the only story he ever tells at dinner parties, i think he only ever went out once as a youth
met caspar from efterklang at bestival, total dude
i guess the novelty has worn off for everyone now.
...when he kept following me and Dom Gourlay around! Including at M83, which I wouldn't necessarily have imagined was his bag.
He also got me a beer when I interviewed him at the Barbican last year. Nice guy!
A real Gentleman
church tower in Exeter with the drummer from Lift to Experience
if there'd been a lift to experience
He just seems genuinely amazed that people like what he does
1. Dylan Carlson / Adrienne Davies of Earth
2. Stephen O'Malley
3. 3/4 of Bardo Pond (crashed in their hotel room)
5. Jamie from The Kills (way before the Kate Moss years)
6. Alan Sparhawk
7. Alan McGee
Probably more but I've forgotten...
8. Greg Dulli (even though I was wankered and kept insisting on giving him cigarettes)
9. Jason from Trail of Dead (told me the Lanegan story)
and he was really rude and basically told me to fuck off. Put me right off their music for a bit.
I embarrassed myself while meeting Andrew from Youthmovies at their final Scottish show by being really fanboyish. I was way too drunk. He seemed lovely though.
When I was sixteen a teacher at my school who was mates with Franz Ferdinand organised a trip for a few of us to go and meet them while they were recording their third album. It was amazing. We got to spend a few hours in the studio with them and they did a private performance of a few tracks for us. They were super nice guys.
Scott from Frightened Rabbit came to one of my old band's shows and I had a chat with him at the end. He was also really nice.
I also met the Horrors at an HMV instore when Strange House came out. Seem to remember Faris being a complete prick and the bassist (who is now the keyboard player, right?) being charming.
and he let me shake his hand and tell him I loved his music. The rest of the band were lovely and signed my LP, they manned the music stall and even pinned my friends picture he'd drawn of them to the board behind.
in The United States, over in America in 2003.
Got served lemonade by Mark Ibold. Remember being disappointed when I remembered that American lemonade is still and weird and out of a jug, then being like "That bloke doesn't half look like Ibold" Then looking it up like a year later andthinking "Ah ok, yes."
Also got an Icelandair sickbag signed by Bjork around 1996.
Oh I also nearly floored poor old Yoko Ono when I walked straight into her outside The Dakota.
Once saw Mark Almond queueing for a cashpoint in Shoreditch and informed him of the vicinity of some free queue-less cashpoints in the adjoining garage. What else?
Does Mr Motivator count?
just after the Beta Band had split and he was doing a solo tour. Was a bit apprehensive as it was my first interview and he had a reputation for being surly, difficult, etc.
In reality he was really nice, no doubt partly due to being in a better place mentally, and even complimented me on my choice of questions. If anyone's interested, you can read the exchange here:
There were potential opportunities to interview Mogwai and Dinosaur Jr after that but they didn't pan out...I dunno, it's hard to think what to ask bands if you already know all about them.
a few times due to putting on one of his earlyish solo shows, and being sent to review some of his shows since. Was an absolute gent tbf - forget the exact reasoning, but at the gig I put on he returned part of his gig fee with a reasoning along the lines of "I had dinner at a friends before coming, so you don't need to pay for any food in the rider as agreed because I don't really need it". Thought that was pretty nice.
marty leppard hugged me to minor threat then went behind the curtain with a hanger on, sid jagger made evryone hate him when fugazi came on by dancing silly. they also once gave me a free cd at an earlier gig.
i met the cooper temple clause a couple of times through warwick student radio, couple of interviews, lovely bunch of lads (ben gautrey a bit grumpy but he's ben)
i got them to sign all my vinyl (i had pretty much everything released) saying it was for a giveaway on the show....
at Disneyworld in Florida when I was about 14 or 15.
Went up to ask for an autograph / picture and was floored by a massive bodyguard.
I'm not a massive fan, but he had a massive impact on UK music. anyway so i saw him in waitrose but i ignored him.
I have a lot of respect for people that I also have zero (or less) personal interest in. Non-musical example - President Barack Obama; I disagree with his fundamental view of the world and the changes he's tried to implement in the U.S. but I respect his work ethic and idealism. Don't want to meet him.
On a similar note, I've been ten feet from Gloria Steinem. *shudder*
Have been in the same room as Pixies, Sonic Youth, Eels, Patti Smith & people before, but never felt the need to say hello. Fuck am I gonna say that will interest them? What do you guys get from the experience? I like my musical heroes untouchable thx.
I played football with Pat Nevin. That's all I got.
Oh, and I came face to face with Jarvis Cocker at green man a few years back - we both walked round a corner from different sides.
I say met, I drunkenly offered him a handshake and gibbered something about being a fan before retreating to my G&T.
outside the boston arms. He seemed alrite.
My mate met led zeppelin last week.
never try to meet anybody anymore, scarred for life
At Primavera. He was nice, seemed genuinely pleased that I'd enjoyed his show. We chatted a bit about how great Spanish crowds are.
Robert Schneider (Apples in Stereo) at ATP. He was hugging everyone, and acting like he was lucky to meet us. Absolutely top man.
back when they were really small. They were playing a Reading/Leeds warm-up show in a basement in London. Venue was so small that band and fans had to queue for the same bathroom after the show. Was after the drummer so we chatted for a bit, I told her she was awesome, all the usual embarrassing fan-boy kind of things
Guitarist also gave my ex her only pick (I seem to remember she was keeping it in her wallet)
Anyway, they were top lads, should have stolen that pick off my ex... :/
I just basically went "Hurrrr, I thiNk you're rEalLy goOd aT the guItAr!" and felt like an idiot. Spoke to Nedelle just before that in a more reasonable fashion, even though she's also awesome.
I knew he was in Def Leppard but that band had never been on my radar, and I had no idea how big they were until people started coming up to him every five minutes and saying omg are you Steve Clark etc.
He was a nice guy, surprisingly quiet for someone with such a hellraising reputation, but then he was with his girlfriend (who I also knew, which is why I was there in the first place) and I guess on his best behaviour. There were six of us, we had dinner and all went back to someone's place afterwards, but he said "Oh I'll see you guys there" and then turned up about two hours later really pissed.
Also once met Malcolm Young from AC/DC and had a conversation about yoga and how great it would be to give yourself a blow job.
...sounds really cool but I was this 19 year old hyperactive twat. They were nice enough though.
Ian Mackaye - didn't go very well, forgot my own name. I WAS YOUNG
Eddie Spaghetti - didn't go very well, drunk and threw up the devil horns pretty much in his face
Dylan Carlson - great guy nice chat
Bruce Russell - great guy, nice chat, very cheerful and funny, later goes on stage and makes possibly the grimmest noise ever
Steve from Torche - POSSIBLY THE NICEST OF THEM ALL, good chat about how great the band Harvey Milk are
All of Wooden Shjips - went well, good chat about Judas Priest
Just Ripley Johnson from Wooden Shjips (later) - very bad, I was drunk and he looked terrified
Bob Weston - accused me of having farted, I hadn't farted, went as well as could be expected from that
Keith Morris from Black Flag - met my open hand with a fist bump, obviously didn't want to catch a disease or something, went as well as could be expected after that
Scout Niblett - stayed in our student house after a gig, watched a programme about war films, can't remember anything else
it's for the best overall I think
from wooden shjips scottish? because i met a guy in glasgow one time when i was wrecked and i remember him claiming that he was the bassist from wooden shjips but i couldn't quite put the facts together to make any sense.
I do weirdly remember the idea of a fake bassist from Wooden Shjips going around. And I did meet them in Glasgow. He had an american accent anyway i'm pretty sure.
was this a 'thing'? he said he was from edinburgh i think, and his accent certainly wasn't american. as i say, i was hammered but even at the time i thought it was odd.
everything he says is endlessly profound. great lad.
melt banana - lovely, reserved, don't like falafel.
dan martin-mccormick (ital, mi ami, black eyes etc) - kinda unnecessarily arrogant
maria minerva - surprisingly nice once we got chatting, dislikes improv
amanda brown - one of the sweetest, tiniest people i have met
ian vanek (japanther) - supercool guy, enthusiastic and genuine, showed me his karp tats when i dropped 'bacon industry'.
tim harrington - i was a 16yo megafanboy at the time, nervously spoke to him at a gig for and he was expectedly awesome and actually asked me questions and drew me as if i was a dog.
ian svenonius - kept walking into me at atp. i told him to watch where he's going.
not sure what they played though.
so i'd be tempted to give him the benefit of the doubt... but yeah, pretty disapointing.
I wanted to talk to him for hours. He stayed at my friend's house after I put him on and he insisted on helping with the washing up. I never envisaged that Damo Suzuki would be doing my friend's washing up in pink marigolds whilst listening to Buena Vista Social Club. Truly bizarre and wonderful.
yeah would have loved to have hung out with him a bit more outside of a musical context.
He's such a gentleman. I'm sure he'd hate to hear it but he is the archetype of the southern gent.
Still, it's always awkward, isn't it?
Think the only non awkward meeting I ever had was with Kevin Martin stood watching Kode 9 after KMS. Never of us were really feeling his (Kode 9) new samba sound so we got to talking a lot about music. It's cool to talk to someone like that and realise he's as much of a nerd as you about music. He pretty much loves everything you think he would love.
On a side note, I would really like to meet/have a drink with El-P. He seems like one of the funniest and most enjoyable people I could possibly think of talking to.
The two guys from The Horrors around the time they first got hyped by NME. They were fucking awesome. Even if I only half liked watching them perform a series of Cramps covers after the interview.
In 1973 I visited a friend in Philadelphia who was roomates with Marty Watt, a poet who was doing poetry readings with Patti Smith, she was just getting known through Creem Magazine. That started my "six degrees" of Patti Smith.
Back in the late 70s I lived around the corner from the Punch & Judy, a small movie theater turned into an artsy concert hall. One friday night PSG and Sonic's Rendezvous were playing there and some friends & I were driving to the liquor store. Lenny Kaye, Ivan Kral & someone else (maybe Bruce Brody or Jay Dee Daugherty) were walking down the alley. We stopped & said hi, talked about how great Sonic's was. I reminded Lenny Kaye that I saw him earlier that day at a Howard Johnson's downtown getting coffee (I had said "hey, Doc Rock!" as I passed). I asked them if they wanted to stop by the house for a drink since I lived right round the corner, they demurred, naturally, and that was that.
A couple years later I saw Patti, Fred & the kids at the local mall, putting the kids' coats back on before going out in the cold. It was an amazing sight to me, doing what I did with my kids time & again.
A couple years after that I cut out of work early to do some Xmas shopping. I saw Patti shopping for slippers at Macy's. I came up to her & asked if she was Patti Smith, and she said yes she was. I said "Merry Xmas" & walked off. She called "wait!" & dropped her packages. I came back & picked them up for her, told her I didn't want to bother her, just to wish her happy holidays since her music brought so much joy to me. She was very kind, no star attitude at all. This was when she was retired from the biz.
The last time I saw her was at the funeral home when Fred Sonic Smith died. We sat & talked for a few minutes. She didn't remember our chance meeting at Macy's. I tried to excuse myself out of there, telling her this was a time for her family. She said I had every right to be there since I was a fan, and asked me to sign the guest book. I think I received a prayer card in the mail a few months later, I can't remember.
to be fair
I met Guy Garvey from Elbow - he'd been sleeping on my sofa in our shared house. I came down the stairs about to leave for work and (as usual in those days) I was singing the Pokemon theme tune in a high pitched girly voice. As I reached the ear melting crescendo I rounded the corner to the lounge and there he was, looking amused on the sofa. I said hello blushing comprehensively and he offered me a cig, but of course I hurried out the door as fast as I could. I also spent a night in Fab Cafe with Apples In Stereo, they were lovely, likely hyperactive cartoon characters, bit like their music.
Lovely people. Very tall. Kawabata Makoto insisted on sleeping on the kitchen floor, instead of having a bed.
I met him at Tusk festival in 2011. He became really fatherly and asked what I was into and what I was doing and how I was going to further it, and I was like, 'chill, dude, chill!'.
... a good number of years ago when he was promoting "and the ass saw the angel" novel. Was stuck what to say when he was signing book for me so asked if he was able to see anything of festival whilst up in Edinburgh. He mentioned that he was just up for the day and asked if there was anything I'd recommend. Blathered a bit about "Santa Sangre" being shown at film festival and being right up his street with being set in a circus etc, he recommended a book and I took my signed copy of his book and beat a hasty retreat. Couple of months later I saw advetised in the NME a film night being advertised, curated by Cave and to be held in La Scala in London which included Santa Sangre. Not convinced the two are connected but have claimed they were ever since anyway. Never did check out his book recommendation.
The Mars Volta, on the other hand, were rude vaginas.
After the gig they were just hanging around Rock City, looking bored. Me and my mate, in our infinite drunken wisdom, asked if they wanted to head back to Derby for a house party we were going to.
Either they were fully aware of the East Midlands bus services, or just being arses, but they told us they had "bigger parties to crash".
Then seen them in a KFC type place, eating chicken. The twonks.
especially considering the silly music they peddle
Was really nice and didn't seem to mind that I had very little to say for someone who really wanted to talk to him.
taken with David Gedge the other night, a real hero of mine for the last 20 odd years. Didn't have much to say other than, ooh 2nd time in Cardiff in as many years ! he was pleasant, and waited patiently whilst the wife tried to take a photo, rolling his eyes when I said 'technology eh'. So many things I wanted to ask but mind was a blank..
I met Kevin of Trail of Dead in the early days while they were loading out of the Astoria, I was amazed how short he is...! He was very quiet but friendly and polite and appreciative of our support, lovely. I've always been nervous of meeting Conrad (and Jason) as I'm such a huge fan, he cropped up on my MSN messenger one time and had a very amusing conversation about vegans and philosophers and he sent me some vocal recording tips via email, but even though my bandmate has been working with him on some book thing I've not had the guts to meet him in person.
Billy Corgan was as warm and friendly as my bank manager, Jimmy Chamberlin was chatty, attentive and laughed at me, it was great!
Oh, one of my highlights of making music was Alexei Johnny Foreigner saying how much he enjoyed a show we did, he was beaming ear to ear, that meant a lot.
and there's no need to be nervous of them. Both are really friendly and easy to chat to.
My mate basically grabbed him by the arm and dragged him over to wish me happy birthday. He looked a little bemused but was very personable. I didn't know what to say as I wasn't expecting it so I just shook his hand and said thanks. His daughter was with him and she looked lovely. The End.
Mark Lanegan recently, or rather I shook his hand said his gig was amazing and he said Thank you Ben and smiled.
I met Ed O' Brien from Radiohead, he did a guest lecture at my uni and signed my Kid A LP. That man spilled a lot of beans on the way Radiohead work as a band and he's a very honest, sincere gentleman. More respect for the band afterwards.
Met Yoni from Why?
I've been about a metre away from Patti Smith.
John Grant. He beats them all, he had a picture with my girlfriend and I. Signed my CD 'Dear Ben and Emma, lovely to see your smiling faces in the audience, much love, John'. We chatted about playing Paint the Moon and he said he recognised us as soon as we walked up. Got to hug him sorta too. OH WHAT A MAN.
outside a dodgy swimming centre at Butlin's in Minehead. God bless how weird ATP can be.
all 3 members of Biffy Clyro
all members of Hope of the States (notable that it was their only US tour at a small stop in Boulder, Colorado- hung out, watched them play air hockey and drank quite a bit before/after their show)
it was great, tricked him.
he forgave me
currently touring the UK in his van
to meet Billy Corgan and the Pumpkins at an HMV back in the 90s. He handed him his demo tape (adorable) and said how he and his friends couldn't get tickets to that night's show. Billy put them on the list and they got to go. I think tears of joy were actually shed.
Back in 2002 General Motors was celebrating the 100th birthday of the Cadillac. Robert Plant was a big Caddy fan & came into town for a celeb thing. My daughter worked for the GM design division & helped organize the PR and luncheon for that scene. She didn't really give a toss about Planty - she was from the Nirvana generation. She was standing next to him & said something that he misheard, and he said to her "mount you? OK baby, I'll mount you!" Then in front of everybody he grabbed her & ... pretended to mount her. She got an autographed photo out of it, and a pretty funny story.
coolest person I've ever met. I'm also gonna be playing a gig supporting Mike Watt in February, i'm pretty excited about that.