i've met him a couple of times (even sang on stage back in '87) and he was always pretty polite, if not engrossed (which is pretty much how i think i would be). but being a hero of mine, i think i got weirded out around him. c'est la vie.
i found tim to be friendlier which is strange if only cos several people i've spoken to have had different experiences.
creme de la creme though was Eddie. a class act all around and he spoke to me backstage in '84 as if the pimply 16 year old that i was were as important as a rock journalist. good guy extraordinaire.
WARNING: the story that follows i did NOT see with my own eyes.
i once met a guy at a party and through talking, it came up that i liked split enz. he told me that he saw split enz play in northern queensland in their heyday and that after the concert a pretty big group of people was waiting around backstage for them to come out. he said that at some point Neil and Tim came out and told everyone to "f*ck off." he didn't say it with any venom or anything, just as a matter of fact. now that's WAY out of keeping with any of my own experiences or anything i've read here or elsewhere and, like i said, i never saw this with my own eyes so feel free to question it's accuracy. it always stuck in my head though and, like i also said, i don't think this guy had any reason to concoct it but who knows. IF it were true, i think it's no big deal - who knows how fried they were, they're allowed to get pissy every now and then. And PG knows him better than anyone else here and has a positive opinion of him so that's a more indicative character analysis in my opinion.
(i ummed and ahhed about posting this for a couple of days cos (a) i didn't see it with my own eyes and (b) it's such a negative story. i figure that it would at least be interesting to most of you and you can decide how much credence you give it. sorry if i pissed anyone off, i'm not trying to be Albert Goldman.)