I won a radio contest in Europe back in 1994 to meet Nirvana at their last concert. I did not care for Dave or Krist, though they were super nice. I was annoyed that Kurt did not make himself available until after the show. He invited me and my friend into his staging room and apologized for being a “dick” and not meeting us earlier. He was very cool, but I could totally tell this guy was burned and stressed out.
It was in 1987 and i was hanging out with a friend at her place. We were listening to the radio and the DJ came on saying he had tickets to a concert. I called and damned if I didn’t win. The concert was the next weekend, they said they were doing a remote out of the hard rock cafe that day and that i could come get the tickets there.
Ok, cool, we’ll get the tickets, grab lunch and then kill some time till the concert starts. We head down there at the appointed time, go in tell them why we are there and they lead us off to a side dining room and sit us down. They say we get lunch too and hand us a menu. As we are ordering other people come and sit down at the table with us. They look like typical ’80’s headbangers, then I realize they have British accents. I do a double take and think, damn, that guy looks like Joe Elliott, I glance around the table and seeing Rick Allen, confirmed it, I’m sitting at a table with fucking Def Leppard.
They were pleasant, although really, really tired, maybe hungover. They didn’t act aloof or like they were being taxed by doing it and were actively conversing with a couple of star struck teenagers. Overall, it was pretty cool. They gave us Vinyl albums and autographed them, gave us shirts and all sorts of other stuff. Definitely a good memory.
Won a contest for a private fan interaction with Booker T and Gail Kim when they were promoting TNA. Great experience. Both were really cool to us, signed autographs, took pictures, and gave each a bag of TNA gifts.