Time to get this off my chest
I have never met Neil, Tim, Nick, Paul, Split Enz or any of the artists and personnel who we discuss here on the Forum. I've had the opportunity to do it a couple of times, but never took the chance. Neil (for example)is well-known for being accessible and hanging around at the stage door afterwards to sign autographs, CDs, chat to fans and receive all the plaudits and adulation etc, which I've no doubt he quite enjoys. I've been to his concerts several times but decided to go home after the show finished rather than hang round waiting awkwardly for him to scribble something unrecognisable on a bit of paper and hand it back to me while I blabbed on about how I liked his new CD etc. Bet he's never had that conversation before
I have no desire to meet him or any of the artists whose music I like, simply I think that meeting them spoils the myth. I have an image in my head (gathered from years of listening to song lyrics, reading interviews) etc of what the stars are like and I've always felt that if I met someone and they weren't quite what I was expecting, I would be disappointed and a little bit of the magic and mystique would be lost because of it. He might be wondeful and charming, he might be a prat. I'd rather not know and keep guessing.
I like to think of him as the writer of all those terrific songs, and I don't want to be his friend or invite him round for tea. His autograph would mean about as much to me as mine would to him. Would he be excited about meeting ME? Don't think so. But why SHOULDN'T he be?
He owes me nothing. I owe him nothing. He produces music that I like and I liisten to it. I don't want to talk about his family life, his hairstyle, his thoughts, his fears etc because he's entitled to a bit of space to BE HIMSELF, not to be my 'hero'. I'm here just for one thing...the music. As long as he's producing it, i'll be listening but I won't be chasing after him after the gig. I don't think it makes me any less of an admirer of him for feeling this way, and yes - I do feel grateful to have HAD the chance when so many others haven't.
I'm not out to knock anyone (especially any Forum people) for being a fanatical fan, and this post is not meant to be inflammatory, it's just to see what opinions people have...I love anyone who has a strong interest in any subject. I'll just be at the back of the queue for webchats and smalltalk with the man himself. I do collect his music and videos, purely because I like his music, think he's hugely talented and deserves a wider audience.
Whew. Back to normal now. My first and probably last rant on this Forum.