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Feb 2 2004

Preserve The Hotness

Alright people....We are going to celebrate my last proper week in NYC in style here at information leafblower. Who knows maybe I will keep the whiney, self serving posts to a minimum now that I've got them all out of my system. Fucking kicker. He's a free agent you know...
On Friday I will reveal my Top 15 Celebrity Sightings In NYC and reminisce on some of my better days and nights in the Big Apple. Leading up to that I will drop the hotness on you all in the form of some pics I found while I was packing/cleaning up for the move. Enjoy.
For Day 1 of Getting The Fuck Outta Dodge Week (I know, I have a potty mouth) I give you a pick from what was one of the greatest nights of my life. Seriously.


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THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURE:
The Date: October 10, 1996
The Place: Backstage at Hammerjack's; Baltimore, MD
It's been seven days since the release of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? and to promote it, Epic Records brings The Greatest Band On The Planet (Radiohead has yet to take the mantle from Oasis at this point) over for a short tour to promote the album. They are still playing medium size clubs (remember this is pre-Wonderwall) and I have the hook up from the label as I am employed as Music Director of WZMB, ECU's own radio station. The gig is on a Thursday and I have an exam the next day. I know that if I drive from NC to Baltimore, I won’t make it back in time for the exam. I don't think twice about skipping it. I had just broken up with my girlfriend at the time so I rope my cousin Bryte (pictured above) into making the trip with me. She happily agrees and offers to pay for the hotel room in B'more. Done!
We make it up there and see a very raucous gig with the band in top form. They are brilliant beyond words. I bought 3 shirts that night and still have two of them. After the gig, I went about looking for the regional Epic rep who would be our ticket backstage. I found him, dropped the appropriate names and he told us to wait around and he would be back.
15 minutes later he returned and told us it was on. I nearly jumped out of my skin. I had met Liam and Bonehead in Virginia Beach on the last tour (I cancelled my Spring Break trip and went to VA Beach to see the group by myself) and was excited beyond words at the prospect of meeting Noel. So Mike, the Epic rep, led us upstairs into the dressing room to meet the band. There were about 10 of us going backstage and we all lined up so Mike could introduce everyone to the band. When he came to me, I shook Liam's hand and told him I had met him on the last tour, he looked at me and said "Oh yeah, I remember." "No you don't", I replied. "THE FUCK I DON'T!", he screamed at me. I was shocked. Did I really piss him off within one sentence? Then Liam burst out laughing, slapped me on the back, handed me a Corona and told me to make myself at home. Wow. Intense.
I went around meeting Bonehead, Alan Whyte, and Scott McLeod, the bassist who was filling in for Guigsy who was home in the UK with a bad case of nervous exhaustion, until i finally got to meet Noel. I shook his hand, blathered something about Slide Away being the greatest song ever written and he just kinda grumbled. It was easy to see he wasn't into the "meet n greet" phase of the night. I tried not to take it personally.
The band signed some autographs for everyone and then we took some pictures. I tried not to freak out when I was positioned next to Noel for the photos. As soon as we were done, Noel dashed off never to return. I stayed and chatted with Bonehead and tried to get some liners for the radio station but they all kept telling me to ask someone else. It must have been how they dealt with radio people.
Before I knew it, we were ushered out of the room and had to make the trip back to the hotel. I walked out of that club on air that night. I literally could not have been more excited.
As if that wasn't enough, getting the picture proved to be quite a task. Mike ended up moving a few times and packed away the pictures and couldn't seem to ever find them. Then I went to NYC the next summer to intern at Epic Records (little did I know the one and only Jen Chung was interning at Epic at the same time, only in a different department) and I asked him about my picture every week for three months. Finally on my last day at Epic, it showed up. I am not the most photogenic of people and was very apprehensive to open the package, lest I look like a complete idiot and have my one chance at photo stardom ruined. When I saw how the picture came out, I literally jumped out of my seat. I stared at it for what seemed like hours. In case you were wondering, yes, I am a huge dork.
It was only then that Mike told me the story behind the meet n greet from that night. It turns out that was the only meet n greet that Oasis did on that tour and the only reason they did it that night was that Mike had bought them a pretty large amount of cocaine in return for their guaranteed participation. Sweet.
That made me like the band even more.

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Comments

dude, that is a CLASSIC story! and aside from the Stussy hat (not even really forgiveable even at the time), that photo is super mega tigs! who's the hottie on the left side of the photo? buzz!

i had almost forgot about Bonehead ... SO BEST!

Posted by: Uncle Grambo at February 2, 2004 5:20 PM

I seem to recall you wearing an ATARI t-shirt in a photo on your site so let's not be so quick to cast the first stone shall we? :)

Stussy was as cool as it got in NC in the mid 90's. Obvs.

Posted by: information leafblower at February 2, 2004 5:43 PM

I only met Tom Morello when I was at Epic. He was hot, though.

Posted by: Jen at February 2, 2004 11:00 PM

Wow, great story. It's nice to hear some Oasis-love for a change instead of the usual bashing

Posted by: Matt at February 3, 2004 10:32 AM