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#1 Chasartymac

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 07:58 PM

OK, so there I was 24 hours before the show at Wembley and my phone rings. someone who shall rename nameless, (you know who you are ), gives me a call and says that a Meet and Greet is in the offing and would I like one?!?!?!?

After I got up off the floor and regained moisture in my mouth I said of course. Arrangements were made and the next night I headed off to Wembley. Because I was now going early, my friend Kevin, decided to make his own way to Wembley after he finished work, (I was going to pick him up). Any hoo, I gets to the backstage gate and introduce myself and a security guard takes me backstage to find my M&G pass.

We go in and the boys are on stage doing the soundcheck, and they're doing SummerTime Blues. I looked up and realised that I was about 20 yards behind Neil thumping away on the skins. The security guard then takes me to a little office that was stage left and talks to someone about me and my pass. Again, I look up and realise that Geddy is just up there about 20 yards away!!! It turns out the guard has brought me to the wrong office. We had to Exit Stage Left to go back behind the stage again, (hi Neil's back), over to stage right, yep, now I'm about 20 yards from Alex. I thought about snapping a piccy with my phone camera but the guard was not going to let me do that. He was ready to stop me when I hinted, more than his job was worth to let me. Shame, but never mind.
So, into the production office where, I think Liam Burt, (long greying ponytail, was on the Boys From Brazil talking about stage set up probs in the rain, HIM), says he'll go find the guy I'm asking for. So, a lady waks up to me while I'm waiting and says "are you Chas?", I reply "yes", and she says, "so you're here to pick up 2 M&G passes, right?". Almost tripping up on my words I replied, "yes, that's right". So she hands them to me and the guard walks me back to the gate. the soundcheck is blasting the whole time.

Now, outside the gate, I phone Kevin and tell him he has got 40 mins to get to Wembley before 6:30, he says "why?", I say, "cos you'll miss your M&G". 5 minutes later, Kev is doing 80mph in a taxi, through the back streets and over speed bumps to get there from Chiswick in RUSH hour traffic. Whilst waiting for him, I try to find out where we are supposed to go and I'm waiting for a supervisor, to ask him, cos no-one else seems to know. Anyway, I saw a supervisor who promptly showed me where to go for 6:30.

So, back to the front of Wembley and waiting for Kev. He pulls up in the taxi at 6:25. !!!
Armed with tickets and passes in we go. after being ferried into another side room, we go through the rules of the M&G from a crew member, (us and about 16 other people), then in comes Ged and Al, to a round of applause.

Up we go for our turn, and I shake Ged's hand and say, "Hiya Geddy, howsit going?", he replies, "great man, wow, I love your T shirt", (big 'up yours' to the pisstakers of my shirt ), after shaking Alex's hand and saying Hi, I showed them NPG's M&G piccy . I tell them, "I wanted to thank you guys, because of you I met this girl and we are set to be married next year. It's a match made in heaven, but we found each other because of you guys, thank you so much", you can see the picture in my hand. Alex was beaming and seemed to be really made up about it, saying something like "really?, that's great", as did Ged but much more cooly. 'click' 'click'. 2 pictures taken and camera gets handed to Kev. Alex then reaches out and grabs my hand again, and says "congratulations", "thanks", I replied as we were slowly being ushered out of the door.

Well, it didn't matter about muddy sound or quiet mikes. Mine and Kev's feet didn't touch the ground for the rest of the night.

A big thank you goes to 'you know who you are', Kevin would like to say thanks too. The extra M&G was a surprise to us both, but it made both of us extremely happy. THANK YOU.

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 07:59 PM

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 08:05 PM

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 08:09 PM

Sweet! In every M&G photo I see Alex is smiling like he's truely happy. Don't know how he keeps it up.

Edited by Rivendell, 09 September 2004 - 08:10 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2004 - 08:10 PM

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 08:33 PM

BEST M&G story EVER!!!!  Chas, NPG...my heart's just bursting for you!

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Congrats on the M&G, Chas!

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 08:43 PM

Firstly, congrats on the engagement!  As to the M&G, that's absolutely fantastic Chas!  What we  2.gif fans dream of  biggrin.gif I'm green with envy but psyched for you at the same time  biggrin.gif  

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 09:10 PM

QUOTE (GhostGirl @ Sep 9 2004, 07:33 PM)
BEST M&G story EVER!!!!  Chas, NPG...my heart's just bursting for you!

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Congrats on the M&G, Chas!

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 09:15 PM

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thanks everyone. But I'm still waiting for my dream M&G.

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 09:18 PM

QUOTE (Chasartymac @ Sep 9 2004, 09:15 PM)
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thanks everyone. But I'm still waiting for my dream M&G.

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AWWWWWWW!!!!

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 11:28 PM

OMG!!! I am green with jealousy, great pic!!! Chas, what is that little guy on your shirt, too funny looking!!! laugh.gif  

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 11:29 PM

QUOTE (Alsgalpal @ Sep 9 2004, 11:28 PM)
OMG!!! I am green with jealousy, great pic!!! Chas, what is that little guy on your shirt, too funny looking!!! laugh.gif

That's Chasy's HILARIOUS avatar over at CP....everyone watches for it to do goofy faces...

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 11:33 PM

I go to to the John Lyons forum(horse trainer) and there is a man that has that for his avatar, and I love it!!!! very funny!!!

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Posted 10 September 2004 - 02:31 AM

Too, too cool, Chas, way too cool!  That must have been really great to be able to tell them how they'd impacted your life, and I'm really glad that Alex was so happy for you smile.gif  That's a very special moment you had there - the first of many increasingly more special moments you've got in store over the next while, eh?  smile.gif

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Posted 10 September 2004 - 05:49 AM

Awesome!!!!!!!!

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Posted 10 September 2004 - 09:58 AM

QUOTE (Rivendell @ Sep 9 2004, 09:09 PM)
Sweet! In every M&G photo I see Alex is smiling like he's truely happy. Don't know how he keeps it up.

Great story, Chas! Congrats!  trink39.gif

Umm............. LerxstLady and AlsgalPal, hello! Why weren't you "on top of" this comment by Rivendell re: Alex "keeping it ....." (ya know!)?? wink.gif

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Hmm, I am the only warped individual around here?  confused13.gif

Edited by BSG, 10 September 2004 - 09:59 AM.


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Posted 10 September 2004 - 10:03 AM

QUOTE (BSG @ Sep 10 2004, 09:58 AM)
QUOTE (Rivendell @ Sep 9 2004, 09:09 PM)
Sweet! In every M&G photo I see Alex is smiling like he's truely happy. Don't know how he keeps it up.

Great story, Chas! Congrats!  trink39.gif

Umm............. LerxstLady and AlsgalPal, hello! Why weren't you "on top of" this comment by Rivendell re: Alex "keeping it ....." (ya know!)?? wink.gif

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Hmm, I am the only warped individual around here?  confused13.gif

Um.....  because I've been up all night playing City of Heroes so the "take things the wrong (but fun) way" part of my mind is sort of short-circuiting at the moment?  smile.gif

However, in an attempt to make up for my lapse, let me just say that I don't know how he keeps it up, either, but I'd sure be glad to lend him a hand if he should need it....  


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Posted 10 September 2004 - 10:06 AM

Nice, I'm jealous. But I'm happy for you too. Nice pic.

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Posted 10 September 2004 - 10:10 AM

Awesome story , dude.  What a fantastic night for your & your friend.

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Posted 10 September 2004 - 10:14 AM

QUOTE (LerxstLady @ Sep 10 2004, 10:03 AM)
QUOTE (BSG @ Sep 10 2004, 09:58 AM)
QUOTE (Rivendell @ Sep 9 2004, 09:09 PM)
Sweet! In every M&G photo I see Alex is smiling like he's truely happy. Don't know how he keeps it up.

Great story, Chas! Congrats!  trink39.gif

Umm............. LerxstLady and AlsgalPal, hello! Why weren't you "on top of" this comment by Rivendell re: Alex "keeping it ....." (ya know!)?? wink.gif

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Hmm, I am the only warped individual around here?  confused13.gif

Um.....  because I've been up all night playing City of Heroes so the "take things the wrong (but fun) way" part of my mind is sort of short-circuiting at the moment?  smile.gif

However, in an attempt to make up for my lapse, let me just say that I don't know how he keeps it up, either, but I'd sure be glad to lend him a hand if he should need it....  


Better?  biggrin.gif

Heh heh heh....you said, "lend him a hand."

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