I met a guy at a party 10 years ago, who “managed” Vince Neil, the singer of Motley Crue. By manage, it had something to do with race cars. This guy was a gearhead, and Neil was really into that. He lined up various race cars and celebrity races for Neil. He told me if I wanted his autograph, he’d hook me up. He did say, “The guy is a bit of a drinker, so...it’s always tough dealing with him. He can get mad easy when he’s drunk.”
I thought about that guy when this story popped up in the news recently. At the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas (where Neil lives and has a few businesses) last week, he was with a woman around 5 p.m. She got excited by seeing Nicolas Cage (as a movie critic, I find that hard to believe, but that’s another story for another time). She approached him for an autograph. Perhaps Neil was a bit bothered, as he’s probably used to being the most famous person in the room), grabbed her by the hair and yanked her down. Cage thought that was a overkill, and the two got into a fight. Neil was taken into the police station, but no charges were filed. No word on if the woman got the autograph.
Now, one musician who is great about signing autographs (even though some of his bandmates aren’t), is Graham Nash. Some of you might be old enough to remember him from The Hollies (Air That I Breathe, Just One Look,, He’s my Brother, etc). More people know him from the band that bears his name -- Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
He’s great about signing items for you at concerts, or his photography exhibits (the man is an amazing photographer). I interviewed him once, and he’s also a pleasant person to talk too.
Anyway, if you really want Nash’s autograph and some of his music memorabilia, and you have a lot of money to spend...here’s an interesting way to acquire some. You can buy his house. It’s only $2.35 million, and is in Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, walking distance from the ocean. And if you buy it, the 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will leave the antiques, furniture, and memorabilia that’s already in it, and he’ll personally autograph an album for you.
Nash recently said David Crosby is an a***ole, and he’ll never work with him again, something autograph collectors have been saying for decades.
Now at this point, you’re probably wondering about the house before deciding if it’s the right home for you. Well, he took the green painted place down in 2009 and completely remodeled it. He did turn the garage into a photo studio, which only works if you’re into photography.
It’s 1,320 square feet, and has a cozy cabin-like quality with hardwood floors, gold-painted beamed ceilings, and huge windows. A quaint cobblestone wood-burning fireplace anchors the living room, and is the perfect place to sip hot chocolate while listening to him sing “Our house...is a very, very, very fine house.”
It has an updated kitchen, with butcher-block countertops. There’s also a small office that features an original door from a Red Car rail trolley. The song “Bus Stop” pops into my mind just thinking about it.
So, anybody wanna go halves? We’ll use it as a vacation home and split the days in which we’ll stay there.
Serious offers only. I’m a busy man.