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Maxwell and Geoffrey Dicker
How much do I love Maxwell? Let me count the ways… I ran into the semi-reclusive singer recently and he was extremely nice. He even clowned around with me when I asked him to take a photo! I love that. Rumours abound that his long awaited new album will be a duets album with Alicia Keys. Before we all get super excited at that prospect, remember that he promised a trio of albums to be released one per year starting in 2009 and so far, sadly, only one of them has come out (no pun intended). Let’s hope that Maxwell’s long delayed albums come out soon because the world needs more of his greatness! It was great meeting you Maxwell and as soon as your next album comes out, I will be first in line to get it!
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Samantha Fox and Geoffrey Dicker
S-s-s-Samantha Fox! It was a new experience for me to attend the famous Chiller Convention and it was another new experience for me to PAY to meet a celebrity. I’ve loved Samantha Fox for years and since she rarely comes around to play shows, this was a now or never sort of chance. After hopping in a friend’s car and driving to Parsippany, New Jersey (no clue where that is and all I know is that I never want to go there again), which was about an hour drive out of Manhattan, we blasted Samantha Fox tunes all the way down the interstate. The convention itself was like a petting zoo that instead of having animals, had B through F list celebs sitting at tables charging people to interact with them. There are a la carte items for sale including 8×10 glossy photos, signatures and taking photos with your favorite stars of yester-year. With that being said, I forked over some cash and had a complete stranger take my photo with Samantha Fox. I’m sure that in another situation, Samantha would be super nice because during this paid meet and greet, she was VERY nice. We talked briefly and in the photo, she touched me (not sure if she wanted my body) and even kissed me on the cheek afterwards. While paying to have this kind of experience is not something I hope to repeat very often, it was totally worth it to meet Samantha Fox! Thanks Samantha!!
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Lou Reed and Moby on stage in 2007
Horrible news in the music world. Rock god Lou Reed has died at age 71. I’m a huge Velvet Underground fan as well as also having loved Lou’s solo career, so I am not doing so well as I write this. Lou opened the door for all musicians to come after him by being one of the first art rockers. Songs like “Heroin” and “Walk on the Wild Side” took you on the trip without getting your hands dirty and songs like “Perfect Day” and “Sunday Morning” are amongst the prettiest tracks ever recorded. I saw Lou Reed out and about in New York many times and for the two good experiences I had with him, I had probably 5 times as many bad ones. But that was Lou Reed and I will miss seeing him. I wish peace and blessings to his partner Laurie Anderson at this difficult time. Happy trails, Lou. Thanks for a lifetime of amazing music. Rest in peace!
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Sting and Geoffrey Dicker
Sting! I’ve loved Sting for decades! The music legend has a new album out entitled “The Last Ship,” and to promote it, he celebrated its release with a series of 10 shows in New York at The Public Theatre. The intimate shows were expensive but worth it to be up close and personal to see Sting perform the new record. After the show, I was fortunate enough to meet Sting and he was very nice! He signed a couple of his iconic albums for me and also took a photo with me. WOW! Thanks so much Sting. You’re an inspiration.
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On October 9, 2013, Rodriguez performed his largest New York show to date at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The audience soaked up every word and every note uttered by Rodriguez and it was great to see the legendary singer finally receiving the career the fame and success he deserves. If you haven’t seen the Academy Award winning documentary “Searching For Sugarman,” you should definitely check it out as it will warm your heart.
This video, on the other hand will crucify your mind. Never worry, it’s merely the title of the song!
Enjoy and thanks for a great show Rodriguez!