The Coolest Rockstar I've Ever Met

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  1. Bankston

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    I've been fortunate to meet some incredible musicians over the past couple of years, many of them my heroes, guys like Jake E. Lee, Brad Gillis, Dug Pinnick, Michael Sweet, Scott Dalhover, Stevie Blaze, to name drop a few. All of them were very friendly and down to earth.

    But this weekend my singer and I were asked to open an acoustic show for Ron Keel, the singer of Yngwie's first band Steeler and his own platinum 80's band Keel, and Mike Tramp from White Lion.

    Ron was just incredibly cool and down to earth. He visited my drummer who's been in the hospital for the past two months waiting on a heart transplant, and spent time meeting everyone at the show, taking pictures, and making friends with as many people as possible.

    It's really nice to meet artists who get it.
     
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    Wow..there's a name I havnt heard in a while..keel had some pretty cool tunes..
     
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    Some of them "starz", is just good people.... Cool!
     
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    Is Ron still doing country music these days?

    I had the Keel album "The Final Frontier" way back when, and thought it was pretty good.
     
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    Was Ron playing his Dean acoustic with American graphics on it? He recently moved to my town and has stopped by my studio a couple of times. He was having some issues with his guitar and had me take a look at it. He's just a really nice guy and very humble.
     
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    Don't think so. He's back doing Keel. Saw them a couple years ago.
     
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    Good to hear. When I dealt with him back in the 80's he was nasty to everyone around him. Must have just been a bad night. I've had a bad opinion of him since that night.

    I worked as a gopher at a venue that used to do a lot of smaller Nationals and I have met so many great musicians and people back in those days. For me I think the nicest person (and most generous) was BB King out of all the famous folks I met there.
     
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    Was Keel ever platinum?

    I blame Keel for some of my hearing damage. I saw them open for Loudness in a club in the mid 80's. I was standing in a firing zone for the PA and took an absolute beating of volume. I couldn't hear correctly for a week and even went to the school nurse, who looked into my ear canal and said things didn't look right.

    I know it's not Keel's fault. I was the idiot standing in the wrong area. I wish I could go back and change that day.
     
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    I went to a Racer X show without hearing protection, and I think that was the beginning of my tinnitus. My own fault of course, but I'm still a little bitter that the band had to be THAT loud.
     
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    All of the Ramones were super cool to me. I didn't know them well of course, just enough to say hi at shows. I know Johnny didn't endear himself to a lot of the inner-circle folks, but he was always pleasant to his fans.

    Don't know if they count as stars but all the Smithereens are super-nice guys. Same for Steve Buslowe, Meatloaf's longtime bassist and musical director. Again probably not stars, but all members of the Muffs, Southern Culture on the Skids and Los Straitjackets are great.

    And Dick Dale is off-the-charts cool. Bit of a wacko to be sure, but nice as could be to fans.

    Also should mention Jerry Hadley. Not a rock star, but an opera star. Crazy cool. His suicide totally confounded me and a lot of others. IIRC I posted about his experience working with Paul McCartney here on TGP a few years back.

    Other than that I really only know other local players.
     
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    John Lennon, on my 8th birthday we went bowling. I'm from Riverdale, New York. My dad pointed him out and I went and said hello and he shook my hand. I wish my dad would've got a photo.

    Several years later my late Uncle Torrie Zito worked with him. He wrote the string orchestrations and conducted the sessions for Imagine.
     
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    i've never met anyone that was a jerk.

    the coolest?

    i can't quantify them about that.
     
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    There was someone I used to Jam with at least a few days a week for a year or two right outta High School. Spent a lot of time hanging out.
    Then ,a bit later - he invited me out to see a new band he was in at a Large Local Venue. It was a Proto Version of a soon to become Very Huge World Wide Phenomenon. So I show up with a Friend. Gave em a Listen ( They were quite Lousy actually). On a Break - he came over ,asked how they were doing. I ,being a friend was very polite.
    Flash to a couple years later - HUGE Global Success /Money/Fame. I am in the Bathroom at downtown Theater seeing a Movie. There is my old friend. I turn to walk over and shake his Hand & Congratulate him on the Great Success. Looks at me ,turns and walks out. Yes, proved out to be the Asshole many said he was. When they did a story in the Local Paper about "Local Boy Makes good" - they found of course ,lots of People who had always Dissed the guy who Now had been "Great Friends" or "I Just Knew he would make Good". Sure
    Lesson of all this ? None. Some folks are nice. Some Aren't.
     
  14. Bankston

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    Ron bills himself as the Metal Cowboy and he mostly played acoustic rock that night. His voice still sounds excellent. I guess by today's standards of country music you could say that it sounds like country.

    I know he did a Brooks & Dunn tribute for a while
     
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    Yep, sure did! I was checking out that guitar a little bit while I was setting up on stage. It looks really cool and sounds fantastic. Good work!
     
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    Cool story! I got to open a show for Mike Tramp's White Lion and Firehouse over a 4th of July weekend (years ago) and all the guys were great! I was never a huge Firehouse guy but they were the nicest dudes you'd ever want to meet.
     
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    Actually you're right. They didn't have a platinum album. I read somewhere that they sold 2 million records and for some reason that registered "platinum" in my brain. In my defense, I did not sleep at all Saturday night before posting, haha.
     
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    Oteil Burbridge, I was introduced to him at NAMM in Nashville and got to hang out with him playing James Trussant metal guitars through Victoria amps in Mark Baer's booth. He is an amazing talent and I thank him for helping me be a better musician.

    Bocephus, partied on his bus a couple of times and worked crew for one of his shows.
    My late wife Julie was on the bus with Hank smoking a doobage of some really stout Arkansas hippie commune ganja, their conversation, will always be one of my favorite funny moments with that sweet girl. Bocephus was sittin there just smiling like a coon in a crawdad pile, Julie was stoned to bejeezuz and chatting away about the décor of the tour bus and finally tired of her bogarting the doobie, Hank: "Julie darlin, you are gonna have to pass that doobie over here, as I cannot absorb it by osmosis"

    Amazing ragtime pianist Eubie Blake, he was probably 90+yrs old and I was working on a building assessment for Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. I was up in the theatre catwalks when a young woman escorted him in and left him at a piano on the stage while she went to find the people he needed to meet.
    I was so blown away by his noodling at the piano I went down and introduced myself. The single most charming old black man I have ever been around He was so funny and kind eyes and play some amazing hot licks piano boogie. The guy was a freakin 90+yr old string bean tall & thin with skeleton lookin fingers, but man he could rock a piano boogie woogie.
     
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    c'mon, just give us the band's initials... gnr?
     
  20. Bankston

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    Definitely would love to hear everyone else's stories as well.

    Keep 'em coming!
     

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