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 vinyl. I decided to bring 2 Asia albums that I had (1 had Howe and Downs, the other was mint in the wrapper) I decided to also buy a set of drum sticks as well (I used to be a drummer). He was very friendly and signed both sticks and both albums and also took a picture with me. I later heard that a few people brought albums to be signed, but Carl refused because nothing was bought from his table. So if you go see Carl Palmer, buy something from his table and he may sign your other items as well.
Next up was Brian Setzer. He played his Christmas show right before Thanksgiving and what a show it was. Probably on my top 10 list and I've gone to over 50 shows this year. He actually signed a few after the show from the stage, but then took off. A few fans made their way to the bus to see if he would sign. Brian was one of the first one's on the bus. Each band member came out and talked with the few fans that were there. His tour manager came out and collected our things and brought them on the bus for Brian to sign. After a few minutes, all of our items were returned. So even though I didn't meet him, I was happy to get my Stray Cats lp and my mini guitar signed (even though he signed it on the back!)
Kenny Rogers also played a Christmas show at the Hard Rock right after Thanksgiving. After the show, there were two of us waiting for him and we asked him to sign. He said I have to get to the bus, as he took very small steps. He then had a security guard come over to us and said "One each" which was fine because I only had "The Gambler" album. A few minutes later he returned with both of our albums signed- the only bad thing was my friends silver sharpie didn't work so well because of the cold. The graph is just a little light.
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys has a new band called The Arcs. The local boy played the Akron Civic Theater and put on a good show. Thinking since the "big star" had a homecoming, he might actually take care of his fans. WRONG! After waiting close to 2 hours in the cold, Dan eventually came out and made a B-line right for his bus, ignoring the 6 fans that were waiting. A few of his band mates came over to us and signed and took pictures, I managed to get the set list from the sound board guy and had the two drummers sign that. Not a total blow off, but not the guy we all wanted.
Finally, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Felix Cavaliere from the Rascals played in Kent. What a performance from a 72 year old! You need to check out his show! Afterwards, he came right out to the merch table and signed for everyone. Nothing needed to be bought, and he was more than happy to sign and take pictures with fans. Of course, I brought my HOF poster with me.
It was a good way to end the year! Lets hope 2016 is just as good!