When I was reading Julia’s Thursday 13 blog on Wylie Kinson’s recent release Law of Averages about a burnt out rock star nicknamed The Dark Angel of Rock, I immediately flashed to a story Guitar Hero recently told me. A while back he and one of his buddies were in the music shop searching for that perfect guitar. It was early in the morning, and the store was empty except for a guy with long hair, sitting in the guitar section, playing *surprise* a guitar hooked up to a massive amp.

They wandered around for about half an hour, waiting for a clerk to help them but no one came out. The whole time the guy was tooling away on the guitar, the volume cranked up so high they had to shout to hear each other talk. In GH’s words, “He was freakin’ loud!.”

Okay, he didn’t actually say freaking, the word he used did start with an f though.

After another half hour of waiting (their guesstimate, I’m betting it was less), Guitar Hero’s buddy got fed up with the guy on the guitar and when there was a moment of silence, yelled – yes, yelled – “Hey, buddy, do you want to shut the h*ll up? We’re trying to shop over here.” (I’m also guessing GH cleaned up his buddy’s language for me. If it was indeed the buddy who yelled and not GH himself.)

When they went back a couple weeks later, the clerk looked at them and recognized GH’s buddy. “OMG,” he said. “You’re the guy who told Zakk Wylde to shut up!”

Yup, they had a concert given just for them by Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne’s band as he was promoting his new line of guitars, and they told him to shut up.

I wonder how Zakk tells that story … or do you think it happens a lot to him?

But it just goes to show you, it doesn’t matter how famous you are, not everyone’s going to recognize you.

Just like the heroine in Wylie’s story didn’t recognize The Dark Angel of Rock.

Guitar Hero gone Wylde
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10 thoughts on “Guitar Hero gone Wylde

  • June 6, 2008 at 11:12 am

    OMG — what a story! Did Guitar Hero feel a little foolish after that?? hehehehe

    Did you see the story in the Washington Post about a certain world-famous violist who posed as a busker in a busy metro station (mostly gov’t employees/civil servants use it)?
    He was ignored by thousands!! His concerts are always sold out – no matter where in the world he plays — and the tickets are $100+ for ‘okay’ seats.
    Only 3 people in an hour stopping to listen to magic of virtuoso Joshua Bell…

  • June 6, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Oh, holy smoke. I’ve SO got to steal that!!

  • June 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    *gasp* LOL!

    No way I can tell that to my son, or maybe I should πŸ˜‰

  • June 9, 2008 at 5:06 am

    I’ll bet Guitar Hero was bouncing off the wall after that!

  • June 10, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Hee. I’m gonna have some fun with this! πŸ˜€

    Thanks, Leah. Wait until you see what I’m up to…

  • June 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve got one remarkably similar, when I lived in London I was told a story that one night a group of people were on their way to see a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra, and on the way they passed several buskers in the tube stations and on the way to the concert hall. Got into the hall, the concert started, and it turns out the buskers were the string section of the LSO.

  • June 12, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Ann, that’s quite common up here in Toronto too – the TSO members often busk in the subways. Coincidentally enough, that’s in that same blog I wrote about Joshua Bell! The link’s in a comment above but to save you scrolling, here it is again:


  • June 12, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Great story! He may not have recognised him but he got a story to dine out on for a good while!

  • June 13, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Unbelievably astute Thursday Thirteen. Susan is a hoot!

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