Six Degrees of Separation

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Biffa, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Biffa

    Biffa Inactive

    Apr 16, 2019
    County Durham, UK
    Ok, looking for stories of how you are linked to stars, no matter how tenuous. Rock stars, movie stars, but the most points go to Bass stars. My tenuous link is to Steve Harris, so ten points to me.
    I bought my first bass back in 76, I'd left school that summer and was working in the local steelworks so I had cash on the hip. I had a snooker table that I was bored with so I placed a local ad, sale or swap for bass guitar, I got a response but the bloke didn't want the snooker table, just for me to buy the bass. He'd come round to mine in a van I was very aware of, he was Phil Brady, bass player with local British New Wave of Heavy Metal band, White Spirit, the van was always parked not far from my house. I bought the bass, complete with case, for £35. It was an SG copy, not an EB3 copy, it looked like an SG, with two Les Paul style pups. Anyway, the link, White Spirits lead guitarist was Janick Gers, he went on to work with Ian Gillen and eventually joined Iron Maiden where he's been ever since. He often has con versations with Steve Harris about the Bass that Phil Brady sold to me

  2. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    My aunt married into the family of Civil War Maj. General James H. Wilson who captured Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy.


    His grandson was Jim Thompson who "almost single-handedly saved Thailand’s now-booming silk industry from extinction" and was eventually eaten by cannibals.

    His great grandson was Leonard Wood, commander of the Rough Riders during the Spanish–American War, Military Governor of Cuba, and Governor General of the Philippines.

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  3. I'm casual friends with Sid Pryce, guitar tech to the stars (McCartney, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, etc). Anytime he comes through Austin on a tour, we go out for dinner and drinks.
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  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Met a woman at a community group meeting back in the early 90's. My wife and I became good friends. Turns out she's sister to a world famous movie star. We became friends with the family so we've met the star and hung out many times over the past 25 years. Also met many other movie stars based on this connection. We're not really friends per se but on friendly terms.
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  5. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I met Tina Weymouth's cousin in Europe. He was 20 at the time and I was 21. We looked nearly identical, so I gave him my Ohio driver's license to use as a fake ID when he got home to wherever he lived. I didn't need a drivers license for a while, and it was going to expire before I needed to drive again. So, I helped Tina Weymouth's cousin do some underage drinking. He was vaguely aware that she was a bass player for some band.

    That and almost getting backed over by Liberace's limousine while living in New York are as close to fame as I ever got. And probably ever will get. No chance of me ever getting burned by that white hot flame of fame.
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  6. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    My wife used to work at ICM (International Creative Management), a talent agency in New York where the client list included Patrick Stewart, Julia Roberts, Yo Yo Ma, etc. So through her, and the people she worked with, I figure I'm probably not more than two or three degrees of separation from just about any celebrity.

    I once had dinner with Ken Starr, as in the Starr Report (Monica Lewinsky, etc.), so that probably puts me two or three degrees from just about anyone political. He was a very gracious conversationalist and no, we didn't talk anything political ourselves. I was in grad school at the time and he showed interest in my studies.

    And more direct to me, my freshman class in college included Jennifer Connelly and Ed Norton. I only knew them vaguely. Connelly was fairly reclusive and quiet (she had already done Labyrinth at that point so fairy dust floated in the air behind her wherever she went), but she did sit next to me in my discussion section for Theater Studies 115 in the Spring semester. Norton I mostly knew of as a member of improv comedy groups I had friends in.

    The pastor who married my wife and I was Tim Keller. He has since become fairly prominent as an author in religious circles. So that probably connects me within a couple of degrees to folk in that area.
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  7. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007
    Before I was married a buddy and I went to see Glen Cornick's* band "Wild Turkey" because we knew one of his guitarist's (Mick Dyche) from when he played in local bands.

    We were invited back to the dressing room and I ended up buying an SG Special from Mick. We had to go back to my house to get the cash and as the band were travelling in Glen's car they all came back for coffee and biscuits and Glen played my 62P through a full stack at about 2AM.

    A few years later my wife and I were on holiday in Cornwall where we always made a point of seeing whoever was playing locally. It was supposed to be Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel but they backed out because "Come Up And See Me" was shooting up the charts and Mr Harley thought that it was too far to travel. Wild turkey were the band that got the gig instead.

    My wife and I were unaware of this and went into a pub down the road to have a drink before going to to the venue. As we walked in the members of Wild Turkey recognised me and insisted that we join them for a drink and put us on their guest list.

    *formally with Jethro Tull.
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  8. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    My wife's yoga instructor is Alanis Morrisette's mom.
  9. My grandfather’s uncle was Chalk Beeson, sheriff of Dodge City and leader of the world famous Dodge City Cowboy Band. The band performed for President Grover Cleveland at the White House. Beeson conducted the band with a six-shooter for a baton and threatened to “shoot any SOB who plays a sour note!”

    My uncle was a Major General, USAF, assigned to NASA during the space race by Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was Werner von Braun’s boss at the rocket propulsion center at Huntsville, AL. Von Braun’s former boss was Adolf Hitler.
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  10. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    My grandmother was Billy Gibbons’s personal assistant up to the release of (I believe) Afterburner
  11. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Richard Lloyd (Television's guitarist) was my landlord for 10 years.
  12. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Pownal, ME
    I have a friend at work with the last name of Townsend. She's mentioned her cousin Pete a few times...
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  13. MrCrane


    Mar 5, 2013
    Croydon, UK
    I used to work with Steve Harley's brother, Kevin (surname Nice, as in the French city).

    I was also at college with the son of Denis Goldberg who was one of the Rivonia defendants alongside Nelson Mandela.
  14. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    My grandfather and Von Braun were close friends in Germany. Both came to the USA via Operation Paperclip.
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  15. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    My ex-wife dated Tupac Shakur in high school.
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  16. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Six degrees of separation from my ex is not enough. That is all.
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  17. It’s frustrating I can’t read off my list without jeopardizing my job, but it reads like a who’s who of some of the most respected living bassists and musicians in the world. That’s more an accident of geography than anything else, though.

    Many folks I know had either went to school with or been in direct contact with Mike Tyson and his camp back in his glory days. The town I live in was more or less a shrine to his success until he went to prison, then many of the signs and plaques came down (we still got an honorable mention in the NES game Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, though!).

    My great x3 grandfather was a witness to General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox as a soldier for the confederacy.
  18. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    My grandfather (on mom's side) played saxophone in Desi Arnaz's band for the entire run of the the "I Love Lucy" show, both in New York and Los Angeles. He died years ago, so I love watching the shows when they're in the cabana so I can see him again.

    Edit: He's on the far right, middle row.
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  19. I got on a plane bound for Tampa and sat next to the Danny Gatton Band. They were really nice guys and offered us tickets and backstage passes for their show at the fairgrounds. Unfortunately we were ticketed through to Ft. Myers.....Shoulda took them up on it....woulda been a great show.

    Not like long after that, Danny took his own life. He was an amazing guitarist, truly the Master of the Telecaster. Very sad.
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  20. I work with a former tour manager of various touring big names. That's pretty tenuous.