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Bono and Geoffrey Dicker
Bono! The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from U2 was in New York on June 13, 2011 to speak at the 92Y with his band-mate The Edge about the Spider-Man musical that they composed the music for. Bono arrived to a crowd of 150 fans who were waiting for the singer to enter the venue. From my numerous past experiences in this kind of situation, you never know what’s going to happen. Sometimes the star will sign a few and sometimes the sheer size of the crowd makes it impossible for them to come chat with the crowd. And then there’s Bono. Bono got out of his car and talked with fans, took photos and signed autographs! It was as if he wanted everyone to have a personalized experience with him so he really took his time and was probably with the crowd for a good 15 minutes! WOW! I got a few signatures as well as a photo! When I asked him to take a picture with me, he even saluted you, my dear readers! That’s definitely going down as one of the best rock-star encounters I’ve ever had. Thanks again Bono! That was so cool of you! Moments later, The Edge arrived and he waved to the crowd but didn’t stop to talk to anyone or sign autographs. You win some, you lose some. I definitely feel like I am walking away from this encounter as a winner. Pro-Bono!
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Shirley MacLaine and Geoffrey Dicker
What can you say about Shirley MacLaine other than the fact she is a living legend. She sings, she dances, she’s won tons of acting awards, she’s an activist, her brother is Warren Beatty, she’s a globe trotter and she’s an encyclopedia of spiritual knowledge. When her 1983 book “Out On A Limb” came out that discussed some of her spiritual beliefs including past lives, she was the butt of every joke imaginable. I read the book years later after beginning my own spiritual journey and the joke is really on all the people who thought she didn’t know what she’s talking about. I’m not here to preach to you, but let’s just say that one of the principles that has made her life so fabulous is that she practices what she believes in. Look where it’s gotten her (please reread the first 2 sentences if you are not a believer).
She was at the 92Y in Manhattan to promote her latest book “I’m Over All That.” After an hour and a half long conversation (with one of the most idiotic moderators on the planet), she took a few questions from the audience and then announced she’d be signing books after the discussion! (Side note, guess who was first in line?) The discussion was so fascinating as she talked about some of her loves, some of her movies, some things she was over, some of her beliefs including her thoughts on December 21, 2012. She does not think it will signal the end of the world, and instead it will be the beginning of a new world. A global consciousness shift is a’comin’. I’ve met her before on the West Coast and she’s always a pleasure to be around. What an inspiration! Thanks Shirley!
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Billie Joe Armstrong (on the left) from Green Day
New York Green Day fans, today is your lucky day! Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, the creators of the Broadway musical “American Idiot,” will be doing an “In Conversation” chat at the 92Y located at Lexington and 92nd Street on September 19, 2010 (the day before my birthday). Tickets are only $29 and as of this writing, they are still available. You can get your tickets here. Better yet, you can submit your questions for Billie Joe here. See you there!