Hey guys, I know a lot of you have been metal fans for ages, and a lot of you have met band members and have some really rad stories. Well post them here. Who have been the nicest? Have they done anything out of the ordinary while meeting you? Met them more than once and they remember you? I get stoked when I hear about cool stories like this. It makes me really happy. To start things off I'll post a little story from back when I was at 100GuitarsFromHel last August: We had 3 days of rehearsals prior to the ultimate performance at the Senate Square in Helsinki. After the first rehearsal all of us went to town and got drunk like lords, and barhopped until 4 AM. A bunch of metalheads and guitarists getting together and being stoked out of their minds? What else could possibly happen? Well queue the next morning, we're back at rehearsals at midday. I'm actually still drunk. I can play everything, because I practiced it to the point of being able to play it behind my head... But man, it was killer. During one of the breaks I walk around a bit, you know... In the search of really anything caffeinated to wake my body up from it's zombie-like state, and I finally find a coffee pot a few corridors down. I take a cup and pour me some and sit down, totally unaware of where exactly I am. As I'm reinvigorating my soul with pitch black caffeine guess who walkes in wearing an oversized hoodie, cargo shorts and a fedora? Laiho himself, drinking a Red Bull. He stops and talks to someone over in the distance and then takes notice of me, just minding my own business. He asks me if I had a rough night judging by the looks of me just nestling my coffee. I told him we basically did the entire town the night before and I was trying to really kick myself out of it. He laughs and I ask him where I could find a Red Bull around there. He tells me it's a secret; we chat some more and he goes off to do whatever the hell he was doing. I finish my coffee and sit around a little more just checking my phone... All of a sudden I hear a "Hey dude! Found one for ya!" He gives it to me, and goes back to another room somewhere before we all go and get back to practice again. EDIT: I thought it might be worth mentioning... I was one of three other guitarists seemingly selected at random to be at a press conference the day before with him, where we talked about the whole thing, took pictures for the press and jammed riffs from the performance just the three of us unplugged. (I'm on the far right) Cool ass dude for sure.