There's some great stuff here, thanks for sharing!
I've had quite a few run-ins through the years from rock stars and sports celebrities. Here's a few...
I don't really count Alice N Chains as we grew up together and hung out when we were all starving artists in Seattle in the mid to late 80's. Some funny stories for another time.
When we were recording our demo in Steve Lawson Studios (now Bad Animals) in Seattle back in 88, we met Brett Eliason who was our recording engineer. Well he ended up dating my sister and then became the sound man for Pearl Jam. So we got to meet the band at various concerts over the years. Very, very down to earth and cool guys. One time in the green room before a surprise concert in NYC, someone came in and said that "Mariah (Carey) and Tommy (Motolla, her then husband and then head of Sony Music)" wanted to hang out. They all knew it was simply "to be seen" with the then hottest rock band on the planet and they said "Hell no!" Everybody laughed. Another time while chatting with Eddie Vedder backstage, a young girl was ushered in. She was literally shaking and crying. She handed an art book she drew for Eddie. He was as gracious as could be and ordered someone to make sure her and her little sister got backstage passes and tickets to the show. You would have thought Jesus Christ stood before her. It was pretty amazing into the power celebrities can have.
When our band moved to NYC, we met many music celebs and rock stars. One of my favorite and most bizzare moments came when I was invited to a VIP event at the China Club. I walk in and there's Michael Bolton singing "Sitting on the dock of the Bay" casually while Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons chatted up some pretty fantastic bimbos. After being completely snubbed by Paul (my buddy tried to introduce me and he didn't even turn his head to look at me while he extended his hand), I chatted with Michael Bolton at the bar. He looked like a fish out of water. Nobody was even talking to him. 6 months later he released his album and became world famous.
Like Bolton, I chatted with a lonely looking Billy Squire...He hadn't had a hit record in years by this point and he looked sad and dejected. I felt bad for him and decided against telling him how much I loved his albums when I was in elementary/ junior high school.
A lot of pricks in rock, no doubt. Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow was a prick. So, so many stories, too little time.
Met many Seahawks over the years...Drank a pitcher with former Pro Bowl punter Jeff Feagles while eluding Holmgren's curfew when training camp was in Cheney. Dude was a riot.
Met Michael Sinclair at the DMV in Kirkland, who was coming off his 16 sack season in 98. He had his kids with him and I didn't want to disturb him so I merely turned around and quietly said "Big fan." and shook his hand.
Jon Kitna was very kind with his time, signing autographs for rows of fans in the rain after a game when all the other players walked right past us. We told him the poster was for a disabled fan in Kansas (true) and he said "I will sign for anybody." He was the player of the game too. All class.
Met Brian Blades at an autograph signing at the old Pro Shop. Nobody was there. I have no idea if they didn't promote it properly or what but I got to chat with him for several minutes. Very cool guy.
Met Matt Hasselbeck when the stadium was brand new. He walked up to me while I was marveling at our new stadium and I told him he was going to be a great quarterback for us and just have patience. He was cool but I could tell he missed home at the time. I always have wanted to meet up with him again and say "I told ya!"
Met Dave Brown even though at the time I didn't know who he was. Very embarrassing moment. Not players but VPs Gary Wright and Mike Flood are the quintessential gentlemen. Just fantastic men I am proud to have met. VP of Communications Dave Pearson, well let's just say momma said if you don't have anything nice to say...
I could go on but I probably should get back to work.