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.
A friend of mine had some previous success getting them before the…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 along with my photo pass! It pays to be nice to the…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 hear "Cult of Personality."
The next time a saw…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
This has definitely been the summer for concerts for me. Between my gig as a concert reviewer/photographer and attending some shows for below face value (thanks to craigslist!) or free (thanks to friends) I’ve been to 17 shows since June.
At the end of July, Graham Nash played a solo show at the Hard Rock. He was accompanied by a great guitarist. I…Continue
Heart is one of my favorite bands. I’ve seen them a few times in the past, but it has been 20 years since I last saw them so I was excited to see that they were playing at the Hard Rock Rocksino. I jumped on Ticketmaster as soon as tickets went on sale and I scored 2nd row…Continue
Summer is finally here, and so far it's been great! I got back from Italy and Spain a few weeks ago, what an experience to see the Colosseum and priceless works of art. Oh to get a Da Vinci autograph!
Anyway, the day I returned home, Hall and Oates were playing in Akron. I decided to try for them before the show. There was one other collector there so the…Continue
My wife likes to play the slots, I like to play poker and table games. The Hard Rock Rocksino does not have table games so my only interest in going there is to see a show, or to get a free buffet. The plus side of her gambling there is that they will send her comp tickets to shows if they aren't selling well. I will pretty much see anyone for free and have seen…Continue
May is always a busy month for me. Track keeps me very busy- I had 2 athletes make it to Regional’s and one just missed advancing to the state meet. I also coordinate graduation at my school which is also hectic. So autographs and shows are put on the backburner.
However the past couple of weeks, I have more than made up for it!
I did get to…Continue
It was another good week for getting some autographs in Northern Ohio. Last week, Jay Leno performed in Cleveland. I used to get Rolling Stone magazine back in the day and I kept some of them from the late 80's and early 90's. I happened to keep the one with Jay and Arsenio Hall on the cover, so why not try to met him?…Continue
The Rock Hall Inductions were held in Cleveland last weekend. Inductions are on a 3 city rotation- Cleveland, New York and LA. This is the only Hall of Fame in the country where inductions are not held where the museum is located! Why-- who know!!? Could you imagine if the baseball hall of fame inductions were not in Cooperstown, or the football inductions not in…Continue
Last week, 2 events happened on the same evening. A screening of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring a Q&A before the film with 3 of the main cast members- Ted Neeley, Barry Dennen and Bob Bingham, and an autograph signing afterwards. Barry Manilow- the guy who writes the songs, was also playing in Cleveland. My wife is a big Barry fan and she actually went…Continue
Two Hall of Famers and an 80's pop rocker played in Cleveland over the past weekend and those shows kept me quite busy. First, Gregg Allman started his new tour on Friday at the Hard Rock. Since it was the first day of the new tour, I figured Gregg might be in the mood to sign. My wife decided to go to the casino on Thursday and I heard that Gregg was…Continue
It's hard to believe that fifty-one years ago several bands/musicians from England stormed the shores of the United States and ruled the music charts for the next 2 decades. Some of these acts decided to celebrate this turning point in music history and bound together to tour the States again. Peter Asher served as master of ceremonies as he introduced each act and told stories about each performer. The underlying theme for each act was the Beatles. Either they worked with, wrote with or…Continue