I was working at the Chanel cosmetics counter when I got a call from security saying Janet Jackson was in the store and was coming my way.
I was told not to fawn over her or ask for an autograph.
She was recording an album with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who were local producers who used to be in The Time in the ’80s. She approached my counter and I smiled and asked how I could help her. It was about closing time, so there were very few people around.
She didn’t have a weave or wig on, so her hair was very short and natural. She took out a list of some makeup she needed….and we were out of stock on nearly every item she wanted. As I searched in vain and broke out in a flop sweat, I told her I would look back in the stock room. She sighed and said okay.
When I came back, she was gone.
It was an New Years’ Eve all nighter at Brixton Academy and as our group assembled, post-cloakroom sack scrimmage, and worked out where we would meet up at random points through the night. My mate Jon pointed out Feargal Sharkey standing behind us.
Many hours later in the clubbing fug, I had lost everyone and was on a mission to at least find Jon. I finally spotted a familiar face so bumbled towards it.
"Have you seen Jon?"
Feargal had not seen Jon.
by Toby E
My family and I were waiting at Uruguay’s International Airport. My brothers came laughing at me and said “look, that guy looks like the singer of Metallica!”.
I looked at the guy in disbelief, saw him and told my brother (trying not to freak out) “That IS the singer of Metallica!”.
He didn’t believe me so I googled a picture of him. We laughed at the situation, and never even came near the guy.
I saw V Festival in 2008 with my mum. I was 14 at the time. Lenny Kravitz ran down from the stage during his set and hugged everybody he could on the front row before security stopped him, one of whom was me.
I was actually waiting for Amy Winehouse to come on and had very little idea as to who Lenny Kravitz was.
We went to see Robert Plant and Allison Krauss in OKC a few years ago. The next day we were headed to ACL in Austin. Shopping around town we ended up at Underground Records. All the sudden the whole store got quiet and looked toward the door. Turning around, I saw Robert Plant was right there.
I said, “I really enjoyed the show last night”.
He said, “Really, you got to see it?”
Then he moved on the back of the store.
It’s Toronto, 1984, and though we’re on holiday we’ve linked up with some friends who lived there.
The friends came up to meet us in our room and then the time came to go downstairs and go out. I said I’d follow them down. When I eventually got down to the lobby they were all over-excited as they’d been in a lift with Prince. He’s tiny, apparently. And to think, I stayed behind because I was fussing over my hair.
The next night, after we’d gone, they had drinks with Canadian singing sensation Lisa D’Albello.
I was in Koko in Camden having a pee and noticed a man with a long beard peeing next to me, realised it was Kerry King from Slayer, I watched him pee in silence and then had a photo taken of us in the toilet. You can see the urinal in the background.
by Peter McCormack
At the height of their commercial success, R.E.M. played two shows at the enormous Milton Keynes Bowl. I was lucky enough to be working with one of the bands who were supporting, and took full advantage of the generous backstage hospitality
I was wearing a turquoise shirt with the logo of the band Unrest in glittery letters, of which I think there were only two in the world. Michael Stipe drifted about, looking a bit awkward. At one point he wandered by and said “I like your shirt”.
“I think there are only two of these in the world”, I informed him.
He looked impressed, and moved on.