Rod in Toronto, on 29 November 2017 - 11:51 AM, said:
GeddyLeeRoth, on 28 November 2017 - 07:43 PM, said:
Rod in Toronto, on 21 November 2017 - 01:04 PM, said:
GeddyLeeRoth, on 21 November 2017 - 11:46 AM, said:
I met Steve Harris last July here in Kansas City. I had an insider's pass to watch him and the road crew play a pickup game of soccer at Kansas City Sportings practice facility. I made sure it was cool to approach him after the match and got his autograph on the deluxe Book Of Souls CD case and photos during the game and with other people, but alas no photos with me--they turned the lights out on the field just as I was getting my phone ready. I've never been that nervous meeting a rock star before, because he's such a legend and personal hero. I knew to keep it short and simple, I said, "The new album is brilliant. Thank you for bringing the show to Kansas City". He handed the case back to me, shook my hand and said "Cheers mate".
I actually teared up driving home, because it sunk in how incredible it was to meet one of the biggest figures in metal, the chief song writer in the greatest metal band of all time and personal favorite band besides maybe Rush. I've met Glen Danzig, Kerry King, Dave Mustaine and Ellefson, Steve Vai, and David Lee Roth (as a security guard--professional conversation only) and have never been even close to that emotionally moved by such an experience. Driving home I was blasting classic Maiden and thought back to my first Maiden concert (Somewhere In Time Tour, Jan. '87 on my 14th Birthday) and thought how crazy it was to finally meet this God I was spellbound by as a kid.
UP THE IRONS!!! LONG LIVE MAIDEN!!!
What an awesome story!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
I'm curious now: how was the meeting with Dave?
Sorry for the late response; I'm really busy nowadays (we had twins last March). I assume you are referring to Mustaine. He was super cool. I went into the venue to get tickets Megadeth were playing that night on the Risk tour and he was sitting at a round table near the bar and nodded to me while I was walking buy ( it was surreal I didn't even notice him when I walked in and right when I glanced over at him he was already acknowledging me just as I saw him). I said something to the effect I had been a huge fan since '86 and they were always great live. He thanked me and told me to enjoy the show. I didn't get an autograph. Grrrr.
Congratulations on the twins! I meant David Lee Roth though...hahahah
I actually got to talk to him only on a professional level when I worked security for fun when I was younger. I talked to him and his road manager; Dave wanted me and another guy to carry him in a road case around the side of the crowd during Jason Becker's solo (yeah, this was a while ago) so he could magically pop up on the mini-stage above the mixing board and swing his staff around during Aint Talkin Bout Love. We made him settle for putting a jacket over his head while he hung on to the back of my shirt as we lead him through the side of the crowd and then to the mixing board. It was crazy standing next to him while we were watching Becker's solo under the stage. I noticed a blow up doll bouncing around and pointed it out to him, Dave grinned and back handed me on the stomach. Once he got up on the mini-stage to do his thing, I stood in front of it (I could actually feel the wind brush by the back of my head as his damn staff swung just inches away from me) and the other guy stood in back (except for the mixing board guys it could have been open season on Dave; two of us wasn't enough to stop any mad rush from the crowd).
There were little devil statues (ala A Little Aint Enough) on the front corners pissing 15' streams of Wild Turkey on the crowd, so I guess that distracted the crazies enough--everybody was pushing eachother out of the way trying to get a swig. Towards the end of the song, a hoard of other guards came from the very back with the giant blow up microphone, Dave jumped aboard, and I lead the charge back down to the main stage pushing a few drunk people out of the way.
I hope the story is entertaining enough--I'll never forget it for sure. The craziness of leading him around overshadows the brief conversation I had with him before.
Ok, enough about DLR, continue on with the Maiden talk...
Edited by GeddyLeeRoth, 29 November 2017 - 07:52 PM.