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 ask if he would sign, and he waves us over. Awesome! His assistant said he's only signing 1 each. No problem, and I end up getting the Fleetwood Mac lp signed.
We waited another 20 minutes or so and out walks John and Lindsey. We ask if the would sign and both of them got in their respective SUVs without even an acknowledgement. The girls were no where to be seen and later we heard that they left from underneath the hotel. The next day, I heard that Christine signed 2 on her way in to the hotel at 1 am. Anyway, we were happy to get 1 but we were kind of expecting to get Lindsey too. Oh well. We decided to come back after the show and try again since my buddy lives 10 minutes from The Q. We arrive at the hotel around 10:30 and get a parking space right across the street so we can stay in the car. About 11:30 a black SUV pulls up and we get out. Lindsey gets out and once again we politely ask if he could sign for the 2 of us. He gives us a look like we are crazy and he proceeds to walk into the hotel. Well, at least we got one Hall of Famer. I heard that they might do one more album and tour, then call it a career. I hope they come back to Cleveland and also hope that I have better luck.
A week later, Booker T. Jones from Booker T and the MG's (here's a little trivia for you- The MG's stands for Memphis Group) played the Music Box in Cleveland. This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer put on a history of rock expo during his 2 hour set. He told stories, played hits from his group, McKinley Morganfield (aka Muddy Watters), Prince, CSN, Lauren Hill and the Beatles. He said he wrote "Green Onions" as a 17 year old! It was a great show from this master of the Hammond B-3 organ. Before the encore, he told the crowd that he would be meeting fans and signing autographs out front. Sweet! I brought an lp, my HOF poster and I was right next to the stage so I happened to snag the set list. Booker was more than happy to sign all 3 items for me. What a classy man. I asked him if he was going to attend the induction ceremony in April (He produced and played on Bill Withers first album). He said that he hadn't received his invitation yet. Ummm, what? The HOF better get off their behinds and ask this man to come to the ceremony! Imagine seeing Booker T. play the while Bill Withers sings "Ain't no sunshine"! I'm getting excited for this show in 2 months!