I am still working the deal for Fantasy Rock Camp. I am told that my personal hero Mr Meat Loaf will be the host. I am very excited to say the least. LOL. No – you can never be too old to appreciate such an opportunity. You love him too – I just know it.
Speaking of opportunity – I have lately been thinking about the various artists whom I have had occasion to come in contact with over the 20+ years that I have been in the industry. “Why?” I hear you ask, “would you possibly want to remember the night when the audience rushed the stage at an Anthrax concert while you huddled up the truss in a follow spot seat above the crowd quivering with fear and mild excitement?”
Hmm – good question.
The newer members of the Sew What? family tend to be infinitely amused by these stories, and the old-timers know them verbatim and can repeat them on cue on my behalf when required. Not to mention the fascination that our son William has developed hearing these road warrior stories. There is much reason to reminisce.
Joe Gallagher and I once pushed the bus (literally) up Wilshire Blvd when King Crimson’s tour bus broke down. On the very same tour, I think I may have even fallen asleep up on the dimmer rack mid “thrak-attack” at a show at the Greek. Any genuine King Crimson fan would appreciate how very difficult that would be. To achieve a degree of exhaustion capable of blocking the volume and the vibe is noteworthy.
More memorable moments – sitting with Rod Stewart on the stage steps in front of the custom draperies we created for him. I posed for the photo opportunity – he did not need to – casual and cool, he looked like a rock star without any effort.
Meeting Queen Latifah in her blue jeans and striped sweater top – shaking hands – “Hi, I’m Dana. How are you?” WOW – amazing, talented, genuine and beautiful. What a pleasure to work with such artists. I am truly fortunate.
I have been told that success begets those who surround themselves with successful people. We have not only successful clients, but successful employees too. I love to see creativity and talent at every turn. It is another great day for us at Sew What? – living the high life on the sunny side of Compton. So, back to work for me now – and let me see from whom, and what, I might learn today.