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.