July turned out to be a good month to add the musical collection as there seemed to be more hits than misses. The month started out by getting on of the original 4Tops, Duke Fakir. The Four Tops are one of Motown’s original acts and have had a distinguished career. Duke is the last living original member and the 82 year old still has all of the dance moves down (except he no longer spins). After the show, I was the only one waiting and asked if he could sign.…Continue
I’ve heard that Roger Waters has been signing on his current tour. He was making a stop in Columbus two months before his stop in Cleveland. So three of my friends and I made the trek down to C-bus to try and get Pink Floyd’s bassist/singer and songwriter. We arrived early and there were already four people there. Within an hour, the line grew to 50. Another hour went by and there was easily over 150. After talking to some people and overhearing people talk while in…Continue
I had a lot more misses than hits for June. That's the way it goes sometimes.
The month started out with me traveling to Pittsburgh to see U2. The Cleveland show was sold out, but there were plenty of tickets for the Pitt show. (The show was amazing.) I arrived early because I had heard that Bono and The Edge signed before the show. I met up with a nice family and started talking with them. After hours of waiting, the four…Continue
Not a bad spring on the musical front. As usual, I had some hits and some misses while trying to add to the collection.
First up was America. This was by far the fastest and easiest autograph I have ever gotten. I went right to the hotel after the show and as I was walking in, Dewey and Gerry were walking right behind me. I asked if they could sign and both happily did. Wish they could all be that easy.…Continue
It's been kinda slow in Northeastern Ohio as the concert season slows down in the winter months. However, there were a few that came to town and a program at the Rock Hall which enabled me to add to the collection.
First, the Rock Hall hosted a movie screening of the documentary Take Me To The River and had a panel discussion with a few musicians, the director and producer after the film was shown. It is a very good documentary about Stax records that had some young rappers…Continue
It has been a November to remember, indeed. The month started off by seeing the Alan Parsons Project Live. A good friend of mine bought a front row ticket and the meet and greet package for Alan. I believe it was like 90 dollars, which is pretty good considering most meet and…Continue
It’s been a pretty productive fall for adding to my music collection.
The middle of September, George Thorogood came to town. He did his usual wave to the crowd and went right to the bus. But his…Continue
Just before school started, a few big names came to town so I figured I would try to meet them.
First Kevin Bacon came back to Kent with his brother and their band. I didn't go to the show but I figured I might try to get Kevin on the Footloose soundtrack. The fans were waiting by the side door by the bus and he actually came out the front door. He did sign a few on the way to the bus and took some pictures with the primarily female crowd. I did get his scribble on the album…Continue
I've been shooting and reviewing concerts for 2 years and it's been great. Getting to be that close to the stage, even for only 3 songs, is an awesome experience. Hanging out after the show to try and catch the artists for an autograph is fun and talking with other collectors and hearing great stories makes it worth while, even if you don't always get the autograph.
This summer has been pretty good as far as adding to my collection. Here's what I did over summer vacation.
It was kind of a June swoon when talking about in-person autographs for me. I had some success but it did not start out well.
The month began with my friend calling me at the last minute saying another photographer friend had an extra ticket to Peter Wolf’s show. So I jumped in my car and headed to Cleveland to see Mr. Woofa Goofa put on an amazing show. He actually signed a copy of “Lights Out” for a fan from the stage. After the show, about 10 people were hanging out trying to…Continue
Adding to the music collection has gone pretty well for the past 6 weeks or so.
In mid-April I got to shoot one of my favorite bands, The Darkness. I actually got to do an email interview with Frankie, the bass player. The last thing in my list of questions was the remark: Feel free to add anything else. To which he responded: A Bottle of Grey Goose Vodka, please.
Well, I figured I would call his bluff and when I shared my interview with his publicist, I told her I would…Continue
What a hectic but fun week for me.
Last Saturday, Blue Oyster Cult played a small venue in Akron for two shows. In a previous blog, I stated that I wasn't going to try for them since I was 0 for 2 in trying to get them after the show and Buck and Eric basically ignored everyone there. …Continue
One of my favorite vocalists, Geoff Tate from Queensryche, brought his new band- Operation: Mindcrime to Cleveland. I got approved to shoot/review the show and I was hoping to meet Geoff after the show so I brought three albums with me just in case.
Much to my surprise, I got free meet and greet passes…Continue
Although it has been a pretty mild winter, the autograph opportunities have been few and far between in the Cleveland area. This is what I've been up to over the last 2 months.
I decided to make the trek to Pittsburgh to see the opening night of Springsteen's River tour. We had GA tickets so I didn't try to get any autographs as we had to line up for the lottery to get into the pit. A friend went down to try to get Bruce and said it was a crazy scene once people figured out…Continue
Living Colour made a stop in Cleveland right before New Years Eve. What a show!
I first saw the band open up for the Rolling Stones in '89. Well I actually only saw one song as I had to wait on my brother to get to old Cleveland Stadium. I was pretty upset that I missed their show, but I did get to…Continue
I enjoy sharing my experiences with this blog. Hopefully, if these artists come to your town you will have the same success as me or in some cases, better success! I managed to attend a few more concerts to end the year and ended up getting 4 out of 5.
First of all, Carl Palmer from ELP and Asia played a solo gig in Akron. After the show, he headed straight to the merch table to sign and meet fans. He had a variety of merch available including posters, drum heads, drum sticks and…Continue
The past 6 weeks or so has been pretty good for concerts in my area and getting autographs from these artists has been just as good. I haven’t gotten every artist that I tried for, but my percentage is pretty high. Here’s a synopsis of what I’ve been up to.
Graham Nash opened up a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October and he was on hand to personally open the exhibit to members the day before it opened to the public. Before the opening, he played 5 acoustic songs…Continue
September has been a pretty good month for adding to the collection. Things started to slow down in Northeast Ohio, but I still managed to get a few good ones.
Todd Rundgren made his 5th appearance in Northern Ohio in the past 12 months. Apparently he has a pretty big fan base here. Believe it or not- he is playing again in December. I think people were disappointed with his “Global” tour as he basically played techno music and he only played a few of his hits. So in…Continue
Summer is winding down and school is about to start but I do have a few autograph stories from the past couple of weeks.
First off, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Chris Hillman (Byrds,Desert Rose Band, Flying Burrito Bros.) and Herb Peterson(Flying Burrito Bros, DRB) made a stop at a small local venue. After the show they both sat down at the merch table and signed and talked with fans. I couldn’t find my Byrds album (that Roger McGuinn refused to sign) but I did get him on my HOF…Continue