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Old 06-20-2011, 09:38 AM
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I met Dion once. After two minutes I wanted to punch him in the face.
Wow. Apparently, so would Abraham, Martin, and John... and Runaround Sue.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:22 AM
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Could we call Linday Lohan a rock musician to give a listing here?
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:49 PM
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Ian McCulloch was very unpleasant when he visited our studio many years ago. A bit more obscure but Speedo from RFTC was as big a jerk as I'd heard he was.

Always amazed though how nice most indie "alternative" bands tended to be. Kim and Zach from Jawbox were as nice as could be as was Mac from Superchunk.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:07 PM
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Fiona Apple was pretty nice to fans after a show. She stood around and signed things and chatted a bit.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:55 PM
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I met Dion once. After two minutes I wanted to punch him in the face.
Please expand upon this!
To me, who's seen him on tv only once or twice in my life, He seemed alright, but...let's have the dirt!

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:39 PM
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quote:In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old Hawaii native Pele Massa. Due to the age difference they could not marry so Nugent joined Massa's parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian, an arrangement that Spin magazine ranked in October 2000 as #63 on their list of the "100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock"/endquote

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Not NEARLY enough Nugent in this thread.

Stranglehold kicks ass, but damn, he's got to be one of the rock musicians I'd least like to sit next to on a trans-Atlantic flight. There is one upside to that scenario: at least I would have the benefit of knowing he probably doesn't have a weapon on him. Probably.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:36 AM
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Please expand upon this!
To me, who's seen him on tv only once or twice in my life, He seemed alright, but...let's have the dirt!

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It was after a concert -- he came out to sign autographs and it was very clear that he didn't want to be there, he was too good to appear in Cleveland, those who complimented him on his singing or "I've always enjoyed your music" got looked at as if they were dirt. He just said "yeah, yeah" and scribbled his name. Gary Lewis and the Playboys also were on the bill, and while Gary Lewis is nobody's idea of a good singer, he gave it his all and really seemed to be enjoying himself, and signed autographs with a big smile and talked to everybody and didn't leave until everybody who wanted to see him had a chance.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:26 AM
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Not NEARLY enough Nugent in this thread.

Stranglehold kicks ass, but damn, he's got to be one of the rock musicians I'd least like to sit next to on a trans-Atlantic flight. There is one upside to that scenario: at least I would have the benefit of knowing he probably doesn't have a weapon on him. Probably.

I never met Nugent but I knew someone who met him at an archery event about 30 years ago.He liked him and he didn't care for his music. But Nugent strikes me as someone with a "strong"personality..either youlike him strongly or dislike him the same.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:35 AM
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I've worked a few tours with Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, Clapton and the Grateful Dead. I've only had 2 artists get nasty with me and both times they came back and apologized. It was Gregg Allman and Steve Tyler. I concider both of them really good guys.
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John Lennon wasn't a nice guy, for most of his life, by his own admission. He was, I am given to understand, getting better later on, but...that arc was truncated, rather forcefully, not long after his 40th birthday.
Lennon was always the example Tony Wilson used when talking about Morrissey's personality and unpleasantness.
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Also, here's a thread I started a few weeks ago about the various unpleasant musicians from Manchester(ie Morrissey, Mark E Smith, Shaun Ryder, the Gallagher brothers).

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...d.php?t=610667
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...and Anton Newcombe of the "Brian Jonestown Massacre"
Anton Newcombe has a wide reputation as being an insufferable asswipe, and a guy I knew from Toronto whose band once played in a festival with him confirmed that. Just a nasty, egotistical asshole by all accounts.

Chris Murphy of Sloan was a bit of a jerk to me. I've heard that's par for the course not just with him but the rest of the band too. More "unpleasant" than actively offensive like Newcombe.

Joe Pernice has a reputation as being a curmudgeonly grump. But tygre and I met him after a concert and he was the nicest guy on the planet! He invited us backstage, had pictures taken with us, and chatted to us for a good bit of time. The guy honestly couldn't have been nicer to us.
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ILars Ulrich (self-absorbed dick), the late Mike Starr from AIC (mean AND dumb)
I met both of these guys and they were very nice and friendly to me (years ago), but I may have caught them on a good day.
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One of my friends does backstage work at one of our big concert pavilions here in DC, and met Rob Zombie during one of the Ozzfest tours. Said he was one of the most down-to-earth, friendly guys he'd ever come across during one of those big shows.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:27 PM
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It was after a concert -- he came out to sign autographs and it was very clear that he didn't want to be there, he was too good to appear in Cleveland, those who complimented him on his singing or "I've always enjoyed your music" got looked at as if they were dirt. He just said "yeah, yeah" and scribbled his name. Gary Lewis and the Playboys also were on the bill, and while Gary Lewis is nobody's idea of a good singer, he gave it his all and really seemed to be enjoying himself, and signed autographs with a big smile and talked to everybody and didn't leave until everybody who wanted to see him had a chance.
Thank you, Sigmagirl.

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Old 06-28-2011, 10:52 PM
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I've just started reading Keith Richard's Life, and someone who has finished it said that he comes out of it uncaring and narcissitic.
I read and finished it and I came out with the impression that he is a seriously well adjusted man at this point in his life. A great book and I would recommend to anyone.
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I read and finished it and I came out with the impression that he is a seriously well adjusted man at this point in his life. A great book and I would recommend to anyone.
Yes, I'm half way through it and he does look back on his life with equanimity.
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Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot. In the "Behind the Music" show on the band, one of its members said they succeeded in doing the impossible: uniting the disparate heavy metal community by DuBrow getting them to all hate Quiet Riot.
Reviving an old thread I found while Googling something unrelated: So, should it be no surprise that nobody noticed he was missing until he'd been dead almost a week?
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I didn't see this thread during its initial run, so I'll add something...though perhaps it's more than a little unfair castigating someone for behavior from 40+ years ago.

My roommate in college had friends back home who were in a band, and they got signed for an album. Somehow Todd Rundgren was chosen to produce it. His friends reported to my roommate that Rundgren was an insufferable asshole with an ego a mile wide.

Interestingly, this would have been at a time when Todd's commercial success had been limited to the Nazz albums (sold respectably, but not blockbusters) and one hit single ("We Gotta Get You a Woman," #20) released as Runt rather than under his actual name.

In other words, before the breakthrough commercial success of Something/Anything and his remake of Nazz's "Hello It's Me."

So the ego would appear to have been built in. I will grant that Todd has the talent as a songwriter, guitarist and overall musician to back it up...but even today I understand that when he performs "I Saw the Light," he makes his contempt for the song clear. Seems to me you could just be grateful that people like it and hold your tongue along with your nose.
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I've told this story before on these forums, but it fits with this thread.

When I was in high school, I was considering a career as a radio DJ. A family friend is a local disc jockey, and invited me into the studio purely to watch as she interviewed Donnie Osmond. According to her, she had cleared it with Osmond's people and everything was hunky-dory.

When he walked into the studio, he said his "hello," then turned and saw me. He threw a fit that I was there, and demanded that I leave. Or he would. So I left.
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When I was in high school, I was considering a career as a radio DJ. A family friend is a local disc jockey, and invited me into the studio purely to watch as she interviewed Donnie Osmond. According to her, she had cleared it with Osmond's people and everything was hunky-dory.

When he walked into the studio, he said his "hello," then turned and saw me. He threw a fit that I was there, and demanded that I leave. Or he would. So I left.
I've got an Osmond story too, though it doesn't fit the premise of the thread.

Sometime in the early 80s I was running the board, as I always did, for the morning talk show host at the station I worked at. (My show was in the afternoon.) His guests this day were Donnie and Marie Osmond, who were appearing in town.

We had a young engineer on the FM side of our station who apparently was obsessed with Marie Osmond. He arrived at the station that morning unannounced, and while the morning guy was in the midst of his interview, walked into the studio, sat down right next to Marie and put his arm around her.

The microphone being live, no one could really say anything without causing an on-air disruption, so everyone just carried on. I can't remember exactly what happened once we finally went to a commercial, but I don't recall that there was any kind of big scene. Apparently our guy explained himself adequately, and all was well.

But you wanna know the funny thing? This guy bore a slight resemblance to Donnie! It wasn't exact, but the same sort of chubby cheeks and sparkly eyes. Looking back, it's a wonder Marie didn't totally freak out.
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Ian McCulloch was very unpleasant when he visited our studio many years ago. A bit more obscure but Speedo from RFTC was as big a jerk as I'd heard he was.

Always amazed though how nice most indie "alternative" bands tended to be. Kim and Zach from Jawbox were as nice as could be as was Mac from Superchunk.
I know this is a zombie, but I met Ian McCulloch after a show a few years ago, and he was much nicer than I would have thought. He was friendly and tolerated my drunken fanboy ramblings. Maybe he mellowed with age.

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My roommate in college had friends back home who were in a band, and they got signed for an album. Somehow Todd Rundgren was chosen to produce it. His friends reported to my roommate that Rundgren was an insufferable asshole with an ego a mile wide.
In recent decades Todd's become much better at dealing with other human beings - his wife Michele has been a very positive influence on him. But Andy Partridge memorably described Todd as having "...the people skills of a Dalek."
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I think I will stay out of this one, the last time I made someone very upset.

I am often surprised at how nice "Rock Stars" can be. Had dinner in catering with Josh Homme from QOTSA and he was funny and very nice. He just came and sat down at my table, the whole band ended up there, playing dominos.

IME there are more nice ones than the other kind and this is my 18th year in concert production.

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In recent decades Todd's become much better at dealing with other human beings - his wife Michele has been a very positive influence on him. But Andy Partridge memorably described Todd as having "...the people skills of a Dalek."
Interesting that Andy Partridge would say that, because I've heard that he's the poster child for Asperger Syndrome.
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I've told this story before on these forums, but it fits with this thread.

When I was in high school, I was considering a career as a radio DJ. A family friend is a local disc jockey, and invited me into the studio purely to watch as she interviewed Donnie Osmond. According to her, she had cleared it with Osmond's people and everything was hunky-dory.

When he walked into the studio, he said his "hello," then turned and saw me. He threw a fit that I was there, and demanded that I leave. Or he would. So I left.
Frankly, given the weird kind of fame he had as a teen idol I think it is understandable that some kid sitting around having nothing to do with the interview would make him nervous. He probably had bad experiences with unexplained guy just hanging around.

This one goes all the way back to yesterday. Art Garfunkel orders coffee and a jelly doughnut. The guy behind the counter asks how much milk he wants. Nothing unusual. On the way out Art says to the manager "What's up with that guy? he doesn't like his job?" After he leaves there is a whole discussion with the manager, who is too young to know who Art Garfunkel is, and the counterman about the incident. I don't care what kind of problems Art thinks he has, projecting his own bad attitude on someone who is serving him respectfully and then complaining t the guys manager is a real crummy thing to do.
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Peter Gabriel


Unpleasant? Doubtful. Evidence: I sent an invitation to Peter Gabriel, Bath, England in 1984 for a party I was having to coincide with the Los Angeles summer Olympics. It was a weekend affair and featured made-up Olympic events as part of the proceedings. I sent it to a couple of dozen celebrities and Bill James wrote back with a brief, but very nice note. P. Gabe, however, responded in multiple paragraphs in a very warm, personal, and witty way. Someone stole the letter at the party. I should look for it on eBay, I suppose.

I also once met a music video director who said that during pre-production meetings P. Gabe would be very quiet, but also extremely thoughtful and considerate when asked his opinion on something. The director had a very favorable impression of him.
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Interesting that Andy Partridge would say that, because I've heard that he's the poster child for Asperger Syndrome.
Partridge also describes the situation with him and Rundgren in the studio as "two Hitlers in one bunker."
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That's who first came to mind for me, although admittedly I don't remember details about whatever accounts I read.

Ritchie Blackmore, while maybe not an ass certainly came across as unpeasant enough. In his Straight Between the Eyes tour at the Hammersmith he'd never look at or acknowledge the crowd, just sulking off in a corner and obviously unhappy to be there. I understand that wasn't unusual.
I mentioned RB in a similar thread. Openly disparaging just about everyone he worked with, this completely arrogant look on his ugly mug with his ridiculous shoe black hair and pencil thin mustache. His (seemingly) vapid Barbie Doll of a wife did not improve my opinion.
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Even an introvert can learn to graciously smile, shake hands, and offer a fan thanks and well wishes. Being one myself I know this to be true -- not to say that I have any "fans," as such. You might not come off as an engaging personality, but you aren't doomed to come off as a "real jerk" just because you're an introvert.
I know I'm responding to a comment from years ago, but:
(1) There's a difference between doing this for a fan, and doing this for hundreds of fans. And
(2) I don't necessarily assume that anything one introvert can do, another introvert can do.
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