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  posted on 4/14/2014 at 05:21 PM
Saw Chris walking around Wanee. Been listening to his music for 20 years, I thought I'd say hello. He nodded and turned his back on me ..... my friends died laughing watching me get snubbed by Chris Robinson..... they are still laughing about it. Some folks are fan-friendly and apparently others are not. That is last time I approach anyone to say hello.
 
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  posted on 4/14/2014 at 06:13 PM
Its all good...I watched Derek melt Chris and his brother's face off during the TTB set.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2014 at 07:07 PM
Maybe it was a bad day. Oteil did that to me over the summer. There was some one-off at a club in Asheville. I walked in way early to buy a ticket, and he was talking with a guy behind a counter and a good-looking woman. He then took a picture with her. I asked if he would sign a poster from the event. Probably would've taken him five seconds as I had the poster and a Sharpie in hand. Although nobody else seemed to be around, he said that he had to work on the setlist for the evening. I'd be lying if I said it didn't bug me, but I remembered back to a Macon gig years before where he seemed really affable when I ran into him on the field.

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  posted on 4/14/2014 at 07:37 PM
When I was in NY for the Beacon run in 2013, we spent Sat afternoon at the Met. We went to the special exhibit and in this large room, I look up and see CR. It took me a second to figure out who it was - by that time he saw me looking at him, turned, and walked away.

On the other hand, my brother in law, who lives in Boulder Creek (near San Jose) sees him all the time in the local clubs and says that he and the CRB are all great guys, friendly, willing to talk to the fans, etc.

whatever - I'm sure that sometimes those guys just don't feel like being on and taking to people they don't know

 

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  posted on 4/14/2014 at 07:40 PM
I have had the opportunity to meet/approach some from the ABB and other groups and never have.

Kinda a rule of mine..I dont bother them. Let them have a life of peace for a few moments. They get hammerd enough.

I dont think people/fans/groupies realize how much they get bugged and baggered. I am sure it gets old after awhile to have people in your face constantly. You may not understand till you are in they're shoes nd probably never will.

With my profession I work with the public on a daily basis and I am no where the stature of those guys. I get people coming up to me in public. It usually does not bother me , but at times, enough
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Let these artists be. I know it comes with the territory, but come on, have some respect and let people live in peace.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2014 at 08:01 PM
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I have had the opportunity to meet/approach some from the ABB and other groups and never have.

Kinda a rule of mine..I dont bother them. Let them have a life of peace for a few moments. They get hammerd enough.

I dont think people/fans/groupies realize how much they get bugged and baggered. I am sure it gets old after awhile to have people in your face constantly. You may not understand till you are in they're shoes nd probably never will.

With my profession I work with the public on a daily basis and I am no where the stature of those guys. I get people coming up to me in public. It usually does not bother me , but at times, enough
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Let these artists be. I know it comes with the territory, but come on, have some respect and let people live in peace.


I think that's what it boils down to. They want to left alone. I remember the painful look on look on Marc Ford's face as he shook my hand... man was he pissed I came over and said hi. David Gilmore saw me recognize him and shot me the most ferocious look, like "don't even think about coming over here" and I didn't. I won't mention my profession but I deal with many people as well. And I don't have the balls to turn my back on someone while they're talking to me. Never again. At least my crew had to be picked up off the floor they were laughing so hard.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2014 at 08:22 PM
I think it depends upon the setting - and the person. If someones in a restaurant, or, as in my case, a museum, they are "private citizens"
at a show is a different story.

I just remembered one time I was in Vegas and wound up standing in a bar next to Jackie Mason. I left him alone. My wife said that he looked at me funny and was a little aggravated that I didn't start talking to him.

I dunno.
I have more important things to worry about.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2014 at 08:45 PM
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Saw Chris walking around Wanee. Been listening to his music for 20 years, I thought I'd say hello. He nodded and turned his back on me ..... my friends died laughing watching me get snubbed by Chris Robinson..... they are still laughing about it. Some folks are fan-friendly and apparently others are not. That is last time I approach anyone to say hello.


I don't think it's fair to judge Chris by that one incident. As others have mentioned, they get it all the time. Try to remember, too, that Chris is a very brainy dude.............just look at what he's done between two bands. Who knows WHERE his mind was at when you approached him. Or it could be anything else............had to take a sh*t.......stars do that too, y'know...........or maybe just not in the mood at that particular time.

25 years ago I was standing next to Jerry Rice in a nightclub in San Jose. I didn't even act like I had noticed him at all. Some ass made a complete fool of himself, "Oh My GOD, you are SO great, I've been following you for years!", you know. When he left, I turned to Jerry and said, "I noticed you right away. I figured, hey, he gets it all the time." He flashed me an appreciative glance and said, "That's true". I think they appreciate being left alone.

Another time I was going into a health food store in Santa Cruz and Kenny Loggins and his wife got out of a van only a few yards away from me. He saw that I noticed him and was waiting to see what I would do. I turned like he was just another nobody and walked in the store. I'm sure he was relieved.

Then there was the time I ran into Jack Nicholson in the parking lot at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood probably 32 years ago. My buddy had gone up to the box office to buy some tickets; we had two girls in the back seat. I hadn't even noticed Jack, but one of the girls did. I had a six pack sitting on the floor in front of me (32 years ago it wasn't a big deal to do that). I was in the front passenger seat, and Jack was standing RIGHT next to me talking to some other man. I cracked open a brew and said, "Hey Jack, I'd really like to say I had a beer with you." He completely ignored me so I left him alone. I sure wasn't going to be aggressive about it, I was laid back.......he was arm's length away so I didn't think it was much of an imposition. After another minute or so he started walking towards the club, got about 20 yards away, looked back and said, "You can say I did, alright!" I thought that was really cool and I'll never forget it.

I saw Nicholson a second time at the Roxy probably within a year of the first time. It was inside the club this time for a Warren Zevon show. Jack just didn't give a sh*t, he was walking around inside the club mingling. I could hardly believe it. And predictably, as with Rice, some guy comes up and goes "You're Jack Nicholson!!!" Jack got right in the guy's face, "YEAH, MAN, THAT'S ME!!!" I almost died. I think he's just so out there that he decided, look, I'm gonna have a good time too, why let someone else ruin it? He just threw caution to the wind, and not only that, called someone's bluff if they wanted to make a big deal of it. Quite admirable, I say.



[Edited on 4/15/2014 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 4/15/2014 at 08:09 AM
First off, the CRB is for lack of a better description, boring as I have ever seen. Just not my thing at all. We stayed for a a couple tunes and then over to Matt Scofield at the Mushroom stage which rocked. Just before TTB, CR was wandering around and we got the opposite. He was quite animated and chatted with us for a few minutes. We weren't trying to get pics with him or anything like that, whcih may have had something to do with it. He was rocking large when TTB was on, dancing side stage enjoying it all.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2014 at 10:00 AM
Regardless of fame, nerdiness, being psychedelically induced, etc; no person (of fame or not) should ever turn their back on you, unless perhaps there is some security issue. If a person turns their back on u in a 'snub' way, they should be accountable for their action(s) and at least from me will possibly hear a verbal response. If they have a problem w/ that then they can get a lesson someone obviously never taught them. I will also stop supporting them.
Some of the nicest folks that first come to mind that I've met are Sam Bush in grocery store a couple times, Marty Stuart, Archie Manning; the friendliest being Farmer (guitar tech)..randomly met him at grocery store and we talked for 30min, he told some funny Woody stories. Perhaps the nicest guy in the world.
The worst that come to mind are Jeff Fisher (coach) on barstool next to me, the lead singer for yonder mt(don't know his name) in a beverage line, and Jerry Joseph.
Talked to Oteil a couple times and he has either been extremely friendly or very quiet. Always pleasant though.
I try to never bother folks unless it happens naturally. Have seen some athletes shun some kids and that's just messed up, if u don't want the fame don't play the game, regardless of your profession/skill.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2014 at 02:17 PM
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If a person turns their back on u in a 'snub' way, they should be accountable for their action



What exactly is the punishment for this alleged crime?

 

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  posted on 4/15/2014 at 02:46 PM
i would rather speak to Brooks Robinson!!!
 

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  posted on 4/15/2014 at 03:10 PM
WarEagle, me telling them they're a rude piece of $#;! hah
 

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  posted on 4/15/2014 at 07:20 PM
This chaps my a$$ man. where would chris robinson be without his "fans"???. flipping burgers or homeless thats where. willie nelson is 81 years old, he still has time to greet people and sign autographs after his shows. [and if you are lucky, he'll invite you on the bus for a toke] F#ck chris robinson.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2014 at 08:03 PM
I didn't take it personally, nor will I judge him based on one incident. But it was incredibly rude and I know now, leave these people alone. It was my tenth year at Wanee and I've run into a number of musicians there and all them were incredibly nice. Not so much this time around.
 

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  posted on 4/15/2014 at 08:32 PM
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This chaps my a$$ man. where would chris robinson be without his "fans"???. flipping burgers or homeless thats where. willie nelson is 81 years old, he still has time to greet people and sign autographs after his shows. [and if you are lucky, he'll invite you on the bus for a toke] F#ck chris robinson.


This is a little harsh, but I had the good fortune to meet Derek and Susan in Allentown last year. Better people you will not find. They both took the time to talk to me and their responses were genuine. I tend to seek out people I care about to see if they are whom I think they are.

In their case, they exceed expectations. I don't believe in this whole I don't want to bother them belief. I've met many famous people over the years', and I've always found that if you treat them normal and just speak to them like you would anyone else, they usually respond positively.

Sorry lost my point a little here. I don't really care for the ignore position that apparently was offered here by Chris. Certainly not what I would expect from him.

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  posted on 4/16/2014 at 01:09 PM
I'm with rationalrebel. He would have definitely gotten an earful from me if he did that. I think Chris Robinson is a punk. Anyone ever see the youtube video of him hitting a fan in the face with his mic stand? Yes the fan jumped on stage, but did CR hit him because he felt threatened or did he do it because he is a punk that wanted to hit one of his fans in the face with a mic stand?

I have met Warren and Derek before. They were both very nice. I bumped into Warren one morning when he was fixing his coffee in a shop (it was an ABB gig at a casino). He had obviously just gotten out of the shower because his hair was wet. Obviously, he was not looking to meet with fans, but he graciously put his coffee down, exchanged a few words with me and my friend, and shook our hands with a smile. That's class.

 

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I'm with rationalrebel. He would have definitely gotten an earful from me if he did that. I think Chris Robinson is a punk. Anyone ever see the youtube video of him hitting a fan in the face with his mic stand? Yes the fan jumped on stage, but did CR hit him because he felt threatened or did he do it because he is a punk that wanted to hit one of his fans in the face with a mic stand?



Heard it here first folks!! Chris Robinson is a punk and owes all of us something regardless of his mood or what he may or may not be doing in any given second. He's a punk, end of story.

Get real man.....anybody who is going to "give them a piece of their mind" probably has no business being back there in the first place. Let people live their lives....just because you dig their art doesn't mean they owe you anything. There's literally a million different circumstances that you could walk into in any given moment....don't pass judgement on people because they don't wash your feet.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2014 at 01:42 PM
You obviously did not read my post. I'm not judging him based on one act. You get real, any human should not turn there back on someone greeting them, regardless of status. Business being back where? He said he was walking around Wanee, not backstage. Why not stay backstage if you are too cool to say hey man or just smile when someone greets you? Do you think he really thought that he would just go hang out with the crowd at Wanee and no one would recognize him and want to say hello. The only thing he owes anyone is decency, and turning your back on someone that greets you is being a punk.
 

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  posted on 4/16/2014 at 04:23 PM
I don't care if you're in the kitchen of Bob's Country Bunker or giving a speech at The White House. You don't turn your back on someone like that. I sure as hell don't care how popular you are in your circle of civilization. Done.
 

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  posted on 4/16/2014 at 04:30 PM
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[/quoteor did he do it because he is a punk that wanted to hit one of his fans in the face with a mic stand? ]



when his band played knoxville last year, chris tried starting a fight from up on stage....

granted it was with the boyfriend/husband of a lady who jumped up on stage.....

it was by far the most funny thing ive ever seen a singer do from the stage.........

didnt miss a stride in the song they were playing, as he waited til a solo then went to lip of stage to berate the girl, and when the other male went to help her out---chris made the motion of wanting to start something....


 

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  posted on 4/16/2014 at 04:39 PM
If he was milling around in the crowd, he should not have expected for fans to NOT approach him. Kind of a fan-tease on his behalf, it seems. A smile and a handshake takes about 3 seconds and creates a life-long fan. It's his call, though.

Though I've never been, from what I understand Wannee is one of those "experience" events - like a blues-cruise or something. I've seen photos and heard stories of musicians showing up at the campfire jams - doing all sorts of "fan-friendly" stuff. Evidently, not Chris' kind of thing.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2014 at 06:51 PM
I got a good one. Va. Beach Amphitheater in either 2001 or '02. I had just walked through the gate when I see Warren on a golf cart in the plaza area taking pictures and signing autographs. I approached, but I heard him say to the guy behind the wheel "last one," as he was signing something. They started to drive away when I shouted, "Hey Warren, sign my stub?!" He motioned to the guy to stop, and they turned around and Warren signed my stub for me. Class act, that guy.
 

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  posted on 4/16/2014 at 06:55 PM
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Get real man.....anybody who is going to "give them a piece of their mind" probably has no business being back there in the first place. Let people live their lives....just because you dig their art doesn't mean they owe you anything. There's literally a million different circumstances that you could walk into in any given moment....don't pass judgement on people because they don't wash your feet.


THANK YOU. I am with you about 500%, and I'll tell you why: Musicians poor their heart and soul out to us onstage; that is why we go to see them. They do not owe us ANY more than that!! Anyone who says otherwise does not understand the mental struggles just to go up on stage and perform while a crowd is staring you down. Not to mention the many, many tedious hours of work alone in a room with a musical instrument. I think we SO easily forget what it takes to be a performer. They are giving us everything they have, mind, body and soul, when they walk out on that stage. What right do you have to expect any more when they are NOT on that stage? They already gave you infinitely more than you are ever going to give to them. Anything beyond that is icing on the cake but not mandatory.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2014 at 07:30 PM
hey man it happens.... maybe he was just in one of those moods. People all get that way sometimes.

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