In today’s society, people can be a little obsessed with meeting celebrities. While there are some famous people I’d enjoy encountering, I don’t dwell on the idea much, and I don’t think I’d go insane with euphoria like a Beatle Maniac.
Looking back, I’ve had a literal brush with fame. Well, sub-pop culture fame anyways. For over fifteen years, I’ve been a huge fan of the Damned. I think Dave Vanian is one of the best vocalist of our times. One of my favorites at least. He’s also an intriguing persona. If you don’t know the Damned, check out their early 70′s work for the raw Vanian vocals on such tracks as New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, Smash It Up, and Disco Man.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see the Damned in concert twice, and on another occasion, I’ve witnessed his band: Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords. This band has a more Gothic, Rockabilly sound. So, I’m standing amongst the throng, with my brother, waiting for the show to start, and a man walks past brushing my shoulder.
Eyes widen. (the moment any Beatle Maniac would shriek and fall to the ground.) Dave Vanian just walked by me holding a fuckin’ Martini, looking awesome!
I don’t remember much of the actual show, but I remember that event. These are the interesting moments in life that stick with us, and I’d rather have this small memory with a low spectrum rock star that I actually care for and who’s had a profound effect on my life over some A-list celeb.
What are the interesting tidbits you remember?