The dark side of supporting bigger bands: finding out that former "idols" are idiots

Discussion in 'Live Performance & Stage Sound' started by petereanima, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. canuck brian

    canuck brian Bowes Guitars Contributor

    Messages:
    3,664
    Likes Received:
    947
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Location:
    Toronto
    Devin Townsend was one of the nicest guys I got to hang out with. We showed up early at the show, went to Pizza Pizza and talked about how those guys in Physicist were assholes. (The show flyer was Strapping Young Lad w/ Physicist).

    I got to meet Paul Bostaph and Tomas Haake (i have pics somewhere...) when Slayer was touring with Meshuggah. Both guys were awesome, gave long interviews (for a magazine we worked for), told really fucked up road stories and gave us tons of swag.

    Jeff Walker bought me beer when I was underage at their gig with Pitch Shifter on the Heartwork tour. :p
     
    drmosh likes this.
  2. Zepp88

    Zepp88 Arktanian Diplomat Contributor

    Messages:
    22,540
    Likes Received:
    833
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Location:
    A Technological Deadzone
    Yeah Dev seems like a really chill dude, I met him briefly at Ozzfest.
     
  3. JohnnyCNote

    JohnnyCNote Великий Пахан Contributor

    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    51
    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2007
    Location:
    Jacksonville, FL
    The only detail I can add is that he always performed in a dress, not that he was a cross-dresser or whatever. In fact, he was pretty "normal". as far as as "normal" goes in the SF rock music scene . . .
     
  4. Zepp88

    Zepp88 Arktanian Diplomat Contributor

    Messages:
    22,540
    Likes Received:
    833
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Location:
    A Technological Deadzone
    'Ala the Melvins? :lol:
     
  5. JohnnyCNote

    JohnnyCNote Великий Пахан Contributor

    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    51
    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2007
    Location:
    Jacksonville, FL
    Yeah, as far as stage attire goes . . .
     
  6. Zepp88

    Zepp88 Arktanian Diplomat Contributor

    Messages:
    22,540
    Likes Received:
    833
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Location:
    A Technological Deadzone
    I bet King Buzzo is an awesome dude :lol:

    Anybody met him?
     
  7. kristallin

    kristallin punk'd

    Messages:
    1,696
    Likes Received:
    115
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Location:
    here
    What's that singer's name? I've been talking with a singer from SF recently about working together, and I'd rather avoid bumping into someone unreliable.
     
  8. JohnnyCNote

    JohnnyCNote Великий Пахан Contributor

    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    51
    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2007
    Location:
    Jacksonville, FL
    I'd be surprised if it's the same person. The one I knew was in the late 80's. In any event, I can't recall the name, but you can go by the band name . . .
     
  9. drmosh

    drmosh Sir Paul of the Mosh Contributor

    Messages:
    4,725
    Likes Received:
    563
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2007
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Actually, of all the bands we have played support for, I can't say any of them acted like assholes. The biggest band was Motorhead and Lemmy was a fucking star.
    The closest it got to trouble was with Buck Cherry, but that was more because we were acting like jerks and sprayed them with champagne (we were celebrating our managers bday), they obviously weren't in the mood for partying.
    But later on they warmed up and were nice, their sound guy was really cool.
    There are a couple of other bigger names we toured with, a very famous swedish band (not meshuggah, or metal for that matter) that were also nice guys but not particularly talkative.
     
  10. The-Zeronaut

    The-Zeronaut SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2007
    Location:
    Spain
    mike terrana ,tony mcalpine , andy timmons...GREAT MUSICIANS and FUCKING AWESOME people.
     
  11. Ketzer

    Ketzer Good news, everyone!

    Messages:
    1,827
    Likes Received:
    326
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Location:
    Wynnewood, PA
    Nightwish and Paradise Lost are all great guys, I didn't run into anette, she must have been doing woman things after their set...

    all the guys in the Absence are really cool, some dudes and me were talking to them before and after their set opening for Amon Amarth. Opened for Symphony X/Echoes of Eternity and all of them are great people. The only guy I'd ever met who wasn't a really cool guy was Petri Lindroos when Ensiferum was playing in detroit, but it was like 3 AM and he was dead tired, so It's okay.
     
  12. JoePayne

    JoePayne The Dude Abides

    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    42
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2008
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    I can understand both sides of the situation. Being away from your family and loved ones can be hard sometimes on touring musicians and sometimes you may even catch them/us on a bad day. I have been guilty of being a hermit after shows when I'm having a shitty day and unintentionally blowing off fans or local bands who just want to chill and maybe have a beer. Some musicians are just jackasses though. I've played with a few and no I won't mention any names. haha!
     
    JBroll likes this.
  13. Zepp88

    Zepp88 Arktanian Diplomat Contributor

    Messages:
    22,540
    Likes Received:
    833
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Location:
    A Technological Deadzone
    :agreed:

    Sometimes even after the small shows we play I just want to get home and sit in front of the TV :lol: so I can definitely understand both sides.

    The last band I met was Virgin Black, great people. Rowan is a bit quiet though, and I'm rather introverted so you can guess how that goes. I'm not sure if I posted in this thread before, but probably the coolest guys have met have been Rob Lowe at a Candlemass show and the old singer of Darkane, he's a reallllly cool dude.

    EDIT: Yep, already mentioned Rob :lol:
     
  14. JBroll

    JBroll Hard-On For Freedom™ Contributor

    Messages:
    4,099
    Likes Received:
    531
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2007
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX, USA
    Rob Lowe was pretty cool.

    Jeff
     
  15. Rick

    Rick ALL HAIL DJOD Forum MVP

    Messages:
    18,944
    Likes Received:
    1,510
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2006
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, Joe Payne can be a real jerk sometimes. :lol:
     
  16. JBroll

    JBroll Hard-On For Freedom™ Contributor

    Messages:
    4,099
    Likes Received:
    531
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2007
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX, USA
    Especially when you ask him an annoying math question and he just looks at you funny.

    ...

    Fortunately he doesn't eat souls often enough to be a threat.

    Jeff
     
  17. winterlover

    winterlover Banned

    Messages:
    809
    Likes Received:
    38
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2008
    Location:
    pantheon
    one of the nicest people i've ever met is Gus G, i talked with him for a while and showed him my ESP tat and shit. cool motherfucker. same with Satriani, cool as hell. There are upstanding guys and not, and what i've noticed is THE GUYS THAT ARE REALLY KILLER AND EXPERTS WITH THEIR INSTRUMENTS ARE USUALLY THE NICEST GUYS TO DEAL WITH. Satch, Vai, my dog Darrel (RIP i miss you), fuckin Loomis, Willy Adler, Chuck Schuldiner, Chris Broderick, Kirk WIndstien etc etc.

    what killed me was after a Pantera concert one time we saw Dime himself picking up and stacking those police metal barricade thingys by the tour van. a job usually given to roadies while the band is getting fucked up off black toothed grins. stand up fuckin guys man.
     
  18. JBroll

    JBroll Hard-On For Freedom™ Contributor

    Messages:
    4,099
    Likes Received:
    531
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2007
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX, USA
    Last time DH came through, Rick and I were helping the band put stuff together and Dino was going off about how he solved a Rubik's Cube when he was unusually young... I then told him about the computer scientist who recently proved that any arbitrary cube could be solved in 23 moves or less (perhaps it's lower now) and he just looked at me funny.

    Jeff
     
  19. Mattmc74

    Mattmc74 Contributor

    Messages:
    11,758
    Likes Received:
    2,480
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2006
    Location:
    Bay City, Michigan
    Some friends and I did an opener for Mushroom head a few years back and they were all really cool to us. We spent all of our money on gas to get to the show(flint michigan) and were really thirsty after playing, the guys from mushroom head bought us some beers and hung out with us after their set. They were all great guys.
     
    CrushingAnvil likes this.
  20. JoePayne

    JoePayne The Dude Abides

    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    42
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2008
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    i don't know very much about proper music theory. i found what works for me and kind of ran with it. it was a very foreign question to me. haha
     

Share This Page