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Famous bassist encounters...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by b15fliptop, Mar 13, 2004.

  1. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    I played with Christian McBride at Berklee! Guy is Killer!!!!!!! Dubba Killer!!!

    met Mike Dirt (sp?) after a Flaming Lips show at the Academy in NYC in 95', smoked a bowl, hung out for a bit...... pretty cool guy. He said they named the band Green Day because they smoke.... :confused:

    I know a guy who used to be a bouncer for WAR. :oops: :D
  2. They have a song called "Green Day" on the album 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. Read the lyrics and you'll get it. :D Near as I can tell, by "Green Day", they mean a day where you just sit around and blaze up the green stuff.
  3. Papersen


    Mar 22, 2002
    When I went to Bass Day 2000 met several of my idols:
    Billy Sheehan, Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, and Chuck Rainey.
    After shaking hands with Mr Rainey I realized how he could play that 9 strings Warrior monster.
    I also met Brian Bromberg in Argentina back in 1994, when he was doing some clinics for Peavey. A really cool guy.
  4. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    Daryl Jones was extremely cool when I met him, took alot of extra time to talk to me about music

    I spoke with Greg Rzab (Jimmy Page, Black Crowes) a bunch of times back when he was playing with Buddy Guy. He's a great guy and I am really happy to see him get more success playing with the bigtime cats

    I have been fortunate enough to get some bass lessons with Richard Davis. He is a wonderful person and a great teacher. I learned a helluva lot from him in just a few lessons
  5. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    I've talked to Vic Wooten a few times, met mike pope at NAMM, saw Dominque playing there as well. I've "walked by" Marcus Miller :p

    Also I have met Anthony Wellington and all of Vic's bro's except Rudy. Regi is really cool. Ant mentioned me on his site as well, it's still up there under his diary's.
  6. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I also met Danny Bonaduce at our 4th of July parade here in Huntington Woods. He was the 'Grand Master" that year.
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  7. b15fliptop

    b15fliptop Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Great stories, guys!

    I think the winner so far is...


    lol... I never imagined he would end up in this thread!

  8. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I've been able to take lessons with Kim Stone (Rippingtons) when he's not on the road, and I've played all his basses.
  9. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I met Nick, the bassist from Coheed and Cambria and Bright Eyes' bassist too.

    I think I also met the bassist for Darwin's Waiting Room but I dont remember. Their drummer lives down the street from one of my current band's singer and some of the guys came by our practices to check us out a few times. We once found a pic of a girl nude in her bedroom online that had one of their posters in the background and Ive seen their videos and ads on MTV so even though I think of them as local I guess they are pretty big. Either way, the band was very amused when we showed them that pic. :D

  10. hieronymous


    Nov 28, 2002
    Northern CA
    Back in the early '90s I was very lucky to hang out with Oteil Burbridge of Aquarium Rescue Unit for some of their New England shows (followed 'em around for a while). One of the shows was at Clark University (OK my memory is getting a little fuzzy for actual years) where I went (can't remember if I had already graduated at that point). I asked Oteil for a bass lesson, so we went up to the student lounge and he showed me some stuff. Very humble and amazingly nice guy. Finally, I realized we should probably get back downstairs as they were due to play - we walked in and the band was waiting for him - it was already time to start playing! Plus I was doing lights - the Clark Pub was in bad shape by that time, noone else was there to do it!

    Around that time I also got to meet Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Mark White of Spin Doctors, and Mike Gordon of Phish. Can you tell what kind of music I listened to in those days?!! I found those guys from the south to be incredibly gracious and to have an incredible talent for remembering names. Every time I saw them over the next couple of years they'd be like - "Harry!" I can't remember someone's name the next day! The craziest thing is that I was able to go backstage after a Govt Mule show in 2002 when Dave Schools was playing and he didn't remember my name necessarily but he remembered the band - "Jiggle the Handle, right?" This is 7-8 years after the last time I saw them!
  11. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I went to wootcamp...
  12. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    You can't beat a good namedropping thread!

    I've hung out with (my hero) John Entwistle three times. One was at the Channel in Boston when I was only 18 and too young to get into teh show. My buddy and i snuck into soundcheck and were in the middle of getting tossed out when JOhn saved us. He was very nice and alot more lucid than at other encounters (it was early in the day). He put his Status around my neck an dturne dthe volume up and it sounded like a friggin' jet landing on top of me. He was highly amused at my absolute panic.

    Several years after that, we hung out in the upstairs room of the House of Blues in LA. He actually crashed a friend's bachelor party and the staff was getting ready to ask him to leave, so I saved him that time. We spent about 3 hours together and got very, very wrinkled.

    I met Darryl Jones a couple of times and he was super nice. The first time he introduced me to Sting (another bass hero of mine) and the second time he hooked me up with an "All Access" pass for a Miles Davis show.

    I was once at a comedy club where Danny Bonaduce was performing and during the Q&A section I asked him who his main influence on bass was. He later came over and introdced himself and said he loved my question (I was with a gaggle of floozies, though, so...)

    I spoke to Chris Squire on the phone once.

    There must be a lot more, but I can't think of any at the moment.
  13. Paul Woseen - THe Screaming Jets Bassist....

    My step father went to school with him and ive known him for about 10 years
  14. there are also a few people i would like to meet and do the whole waynes world....IM NOT WORTHY...thing to...bassist or not....

    Jimmy Page
    Joe Satriani
    Stu Hamm....for lots of reasons...one to just say...dude..i have one of your basses
    George Bensen
    Chick Corea
    Frank Sinatra
    Jerry Seinfeld
    Norah Jones...again...for more reasons than one ;) :smug:
    James Brown...cos im a sex machine man..lol...gotta love it
    and diana krall

    If i ever meet just one of those people ill be a very happy chappy!

    Oh..and i also have 'Connections' to jimmy barnes
  15. HooBass


    May 27, 2003
    Speaking of Stu Hamm, I met him at a guitar store clinic in CT years ago (circa Kings of Sleep). To me the remarkable things were a) his hands (I remember them seeming small, kind of chubby, and dried out) and b) he seemed to appreciate my comment to him as I got his autograph after he'd autographed say 30-40 other folks' stuff. (I mentioned he made bass interesting to me again).

  16. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    One week ago, I walked into the Carvin store in Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. I'm checking out hte basses when out from a small room comes no other than Bunny Brunel!

    Now, I've met some well known musicians here and there, some even more famous than Bunny, but there was something about seeing BB in the Carvin store with a bunch of BB basses hanging on the walls and a life size cardboard cutout of the guy that made my mind melt down. I was starstruck. I stared. There might have been drooling involved, I don't remember. It was pathetic.

    Bunny noticed this and turned to me and said "How are you?"

    I said "I'm freaking out because you're here".

    He smiled and led a guy holding a gigbag into a room in the back of the store.

    I looked at the store guy, still rattled and asked why he was here. Store guy said he teaches there every saturday. Sure enough, there's a note saying that on the BB lifesize cutout.

    I scheduled a lesson for today, but had to reschedule because I had to work today (guess where I'm typing this from?), but I've rescheduled to meet BB next week! :hyper:

    On that same day, I went to see the Mike Stern Quartet, although it was more of a trio plus a sax guy as far as I'm concerned. Ironically, I didn't go because of Mike, although his chops are great, but because he had Dave Weckl (!) on drums and Richard Bona on bass! Seeing bona play is an amazing experience. He was playing his Fodera 5 and the things his right hand did would probably cripple another musician. It was literally a blur. In between lines, he'd interject melodic flurries of a Fender Rohodes like fashion. His playing has a very chordal element I related to immediately and his left hand double stops are very precise at very fast tempos. Truly amazing.

    After the show, I tried to meet the guy. He was hanging outside the bar with friends from Cameroon (I guess) He was just shaking some guy's hand when I approached and I guess that he wasn't into talking to anyone else because I got a very distant vibe from him (FWIW, I was wearing the TB shirt, which is a great ice breaker when talking to bassists), so I just told him how much I liked his playing and left.
  17. I got to meet Tye Zamora, and the rest of Alien Ant Farm after a show in Detroit. Tye was really cool and talked about his new Fender basses. I told him about this forum.

    I was one of the first one hundred to buy tickets for the upcomming P.O.D./ Blindside show and will get a chance to meet the bands before the show. Traa Daniels is one of my favorite bassists. So, I can't wait to meet him.
  18. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    As i have said here before, I grow up with Tom Barney and Marcus miller. Tom and I both moved from Brooklyn N.Y. to Queens N.Y. where we both met Marcus when he was a kid. I spoke with Tom Barney on the phone in refference to a fellow TB'r wanting to meet him at a Steeley Dan concert. He indeed said he would be happy to meet any fans of SD. The fellow TB'r never went through with the meeting. Tom and I spoke for about an hour and he told me of work he was turning down- Alicia Keyes, Mary J. Blige. Also his new endorsements besides ESP. Tom has alway's stayed grounded and humble for as long as I have known him (35 or 36 years).
  19. I met the man who knew the guy who shook the hand of Andy Griffith...

    Didn't think that would count...
  20. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    Well....between my past as a kid going to shows and a clubbing musician, Vic's Bass Camp, and Bass at the Beach...

    Just as a kid/musician:
    Jeff Pilson (friends uncle)
    Michael Anthony (friend detailed his car)
    Dee Dee Ramone (worked for them at a club)
    Flea (worked for them at a club)
    Les Claypool (played many gigs with them, fished, etc)
    Deon Estus (dated a friend of mine)

    At Vic's Bass Camp Fall '03 as a Student:
    Vic Wooten and all his brothers, etc
    Steve Bailey
    Chuck Rainey
    Anthony Jackson
    Adam Nitti
    Anthony Wellington

    At Bass At The Beach 2004 as a staff member:
    Vic and Steve, of course...
    Mike Pope
    Oteil Burbridge
    Felix Pastorius

    I've got to say that Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten are 2 of the greatest guys around, regardless if they play bass phenominally! Actually....everyone involved with BATB and BNC were incredible people...

    Aloha, Garey

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