Relationships. I waxed long about them in this usually quick-bite blog yesterday.
But, it’s so true.
Our trip to DMAI/Las Vegas this week began just as serendipitously last Sunday afternoon as we waited for our flight in the insane fail that is MSP’s newly designed Concourse G.
I first met Robin Zander in the mid ‘80s (click image to enlarge) at an album release event at a major record retailer in Chicago. My radio station was the host as his band signed LPs (big CDs for you younguns) for the fans that streamed into the store.
I next hung with him (quite unexpectedly) when my event manager and I were tooling around Madison’s Capitol Square in a golf cart, overseeing the evening cleanup of the 1991 Taste of Madison. That event manager was none other than Kirk “Wheel” Dyer...the former Road Manager for one Cheap Trick (and “the voice” the opens the classic “Live at Budokan”).
And, who jumps aboard the golf cart with us for the rest of the evening? Robin Zander.
As the three of us, thrown together serendipitously in Concourse G began a conversation, Robin offered that he was in “a little rock band.” Which I absolutely loved.
I chuckled and said, “Robin...I know who you are. We met years ago in Madison. And, how’s Kurt?”
I reminded him of our shared evening on the golf cart and we laughed, remembering that silly night. He confirmed that Kurt, who has had a rough number of years medically, was doing much better...they had just talked by phone the week prior. And, that's joy to my ears.
And then, a magical thing happened. He started asking Terri and me about our business. Our industry. Our personal relationship. Every time we turned the conversation back to him, he’d flip it back to us.
Which is so what most would not expect from one of the biggest rock voices of a generation. But, that’s Robin.
And, y’know...it's pretty much true of a lot of name musicians I’ve had the pleasure of which to hang. And, after a ten year stint in rock radio, that was a fair number. Many are some of the most engaging people you will every meet. Often, much more real than the phony balonies you call your friends.
In fact, the only true asswipe I ever met during my tenure in radio? Conway Twitty. Go figure. You probably don’t even know the name. But (he thought), he was a big deal in the ‘70s.
Damn...another long post. I guess spending a week in Vegas does that to me.
For this Music Friday...there’s a couple directions we could go. We already featured one of my all time Cheap Trick faves, “Tonight it’s You.” And, there are so many more on YouTube...and a bunch of Robin's solo work, too.
For some reason, I'm veering to a Cheap Trick track that got little traction upon its release in 1990...but it's another personal fave: "Wherever Would I Be."