Photo by Alan.
According2g is 4
My, how time flies.
4 years ago on this day, I launched According2g.com. At the time, I had no idea where the path would lead, but I just put one foot in front of the other, took out my camera, snapped some photos and started writing – 7 days a week!
Flash forward 4 years later and because of this blog, I am now friends or friendly with so many of my heroes. I’ve had the oppotunity to see and meet nearly all of my living heroes in the realms of music and art. My stories have been reposted on home pages of internet titans and some of my favorite bands, which continues to blow my mind. Earlier this year, a video I took of the closest thing we’ll probably ever get to a Smiths reunion and the went viral and landed me on Rolling Stone and NME’s website, two publications I’ve been reading ever since I was a child! Because of this blog, I had the opportunity to host an episode of “Weird Vibes” for MTV, a channel I’ve been watching since it launched in 1981. Because of this blog, I’ve had the chance to talk to hundreds of my idols and for all of these things and so much more, I am eternally grateful!
In addition, since I launched this blog, here’s a few “by the numbers” statistics:
- I’ve written approximately 700 posts about encounters with some of the world’s biggest celebrities, artists and rock stars.
- I’ve written close to 800 concert reviews.
- I’ve written over 800 posts about art exhibitions.
- There are 1460 days in a 4 year period and the only counting these reviews and experiences, in 6,300 plus posts, I’ve experienced over 2,300 events, which equates to over 2 events in a day, 7 days a week!!! I challenge ANY blog in the world to live up to these standards: taking your own photos, experiencing the events first hand and writing about them, 7 days a week. Many other blogs are much more successful than me, but they are nowhere near as hard working. And that is a fact!
I will not lie and tell you that this blog has helped my bank account as of this writing (but it’s coming, so I’m not worried), but no matter what happens, these amazing life changing experiences can never be stripped from me and that is something you cannot put a price on.
I would also like to put it out there in the world that I am looking to host or appear on more art/rock/celebrity based shows and also would love to collaborate with artists on songs. If you didn’t know, I’ve been known to write some pretty kick-ass song lyrics (however, I cannot write music, so I need your help!) I would also like to work with artists on a new line of T-shirts that I have brewing in my head, so if you or anyone you know can help me achieve these goals, please get in touch.
Back to the blog…
I thank all my readers for sharing these stories in their social media circles.
I thank all the artists whose works have inspired me to keep writing even when it seemed like there was no light at the end of the tunnel, and when you think of all the technical glitches and stress that comes with blogging 7 days a week, this feeling happens a lot!
Last and certainly not least, I thank YOU for reading this.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
All my love,
Photo by Enrique Iglesias’ friend.
Enrique Iglesias and Geoffrey Dicker
Let me first say that I will probably never wash my shoulder again! Ha. I’ve always thought Enrique Iglesias was really handsome, but in person, I will not lie when I say that my knees got weak! I met Enrique recently as he performed a secret show in Manhattan. Despite lots of girls (and a few gays) wanting a piece of the man, he did his best to accommodate everyone and we love when that happens. Thanks Enrique for being so nice and so ffffing good looking! x
Photo by G.
Dan Brown and Geoffrey Dicker
Like him or hate him, there’s no denying that Dan Brown is a master of suspense. I LOVE his books. I discovered his work slightly before “The Da Vinci Code” became a well-deserved mega blockbuster. His books “Deception Point” and “Digital Fortress,” were my gateway drug into his writing and as soon as you pick up one of his books, be prepared to not be able to put it down. Plot twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat throughout all of his novels. Then of course, there are the Robert Langdon books. To craft a character as revered as a ‘modern day Indiana Jones’ is quite a feat and after reading “Angels and Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code,” audiences worldwide are always excited for a new Langdon story. Good news! The wait is over! “Inferno (Robert Langdon)” is on shelves now and I am very excited to read it. It will be hard to repeat the greatness of “Da Vinci Code,” but even his last book “The Lost Symbol,” which was my least favorite of his books, was still impossible to put down! Being such a big fan, naturally, I was delighted to meet Dan Brown and he was super cool! Love when that happens. Thanks Dan! It was a pleasure meeting the man that has kept me on the edge of my seat more times that I can count!
“Inferno (Robert Langdon)” is out now!
Photo by G.
Ms. Lauryn Hill and Geoffrey Dicker
Ms. Lauryn Hill is amazing! She’s only released a few albums in her career but they are genius. She is sometimes as noted for her outbursts in the press and her reclusive nature as much as her music and she may be serving prison time for tax problems. With that kind of reputation and an amazing career, you’d think she might not be the friendliest person around, but I am here to tell you, Ms. Lauryn Hill was absolutely delightful in person. She gladly signed autographs and took photos with a couple of fans who waited quite a while to meet her. As she signed album covers, she told us some of the behind the scenes stories about the photo shoots and was not rushed at all. I was so pleasantly surprised by how cool she was and we returned the love because a talent like hers does not come around very often. Thanks so much Ms. Hill! I really hope she avoids serving a prison term because we all know that paying taxes is the equivalent of taking a torch to your hard earned money, but that’s a conversation for a different day. As I said to Ms. Hill, I hope to see her again very soon and no matter how long it takes or what happens before she comes around again, myself and her legion of fans be waiting for her! Thanks again Lauryn! Love you sister!
Photos by G.
Samuel Thomas Fryer (vocals and guitar) of Palma Violets and Geoffrey Dicker
Last week I saw British post-punk rockers Palma Violets perform a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom in New York. I was less than pleased with my concert shots, but I enjoyed the show a lot. It’s obvious why the foreign press are loving them – because they ROCK! After the show, I met the guys and they were all super cool. We shared a laugh, a photo, a signature on my “180″ cd and in some cases a drink.
Alexander Chilli Jesson (vocals, bass) of Palma Violets and Geoffrey Dicker
Jeffrey Peter Mayhew (Keyboards) of Palma Violets and Geoffrey Dicker
William Martin Doyle (Drums) of Palma Violets and Geoffrey Dicker
Thanks again Palma Violets and I am really looking forward to hearing more great things from you!