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…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…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…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…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…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…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…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…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.…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
Fleetwood Mac brought their On With the Show tour to Cleveland on a below 0 degree night. I have always liked the Mac and my wife and I saw them on their last tour, minus Christine McVie. I debated on going to this show to see the classic lineup, but decided not to. A friend of mine and I decided to head up to the hotel before the show to see if we could snag an autograph or two. There were 3 people total waiting out in the cold. A little after 4, out walks Mick Fleetwood and we…Continue
I have the pleasure of living close to Cleveland and Canton. Two major Hall's of Fame are about a one hour drive from each other and both institutions put on special events from time to time. This February, the Rock and Roll HOF had two Hall of Famers come in and tell their stories to fans as well as…Continue
Rock N Roll tried to heat up a cold January in Cleveland, and it did! My first show of the year was Rusted Root. I didn't plan on going to this show, but my friend is a photographer and he got an extra ticket to the show and asked me if I wanted to go. Can't pass up a free show! They were great and the entire crowd was dancing in their seats. Especially when they played their biggest hit "Send me on my way". The band still has 3 original members and Liz Berlin and the new drummer met…Continue
To go along with my new obsession of meeting Rock Stars, I also continued my football autograph collection. My year started in out in January when a friend and I traveled down to Columbus to the Midwest Sports Spectacular show. I added a few Buckeyes to my All-American helmet: John Hicks, Ryan Shazier and Tom Skladney. Maurice Clarett who almost won the '02 Championship game by himself, was also there so I couldn't pass us an opportunity to get him on a SI and ESPN cover.…Continue
My autograph adventure of 2014 began in February when I decided to see Peter Buck and Alejandro Escavado at the last minute. I have been a fan of REM for a long time and I got to see them a couple of times over the years. My chance to see a hall of famer up close in a small venue for $20 was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I wasn't really prepared for autographs, as I didn't get any vinyl and only brought 1 REM cd cover and my RnR HOF poster. I had no idea if they would sign or not and…Continue
The Runaways, the first all girl rock band that played their own instruments featured two members that also had break-out solo careers. Joan Jett was the first to gain recognition with her 2nd solo album "I love Rock N Roll" as well as various other hits and cover songs through out her career. I always liked Joan and her big eyes and punk attitude. I got the opportunity to see her open up for the Kinks back in 1987 and she put on a great show. I never got to meet her, but I hope to this…Continue