fun gus wrote:
At the end of the day your responsible for your own actions is what it boils down to. Power corrupts most people but you alone can let all the variables( like people bowing down to your every need, having all ye s men in your entourage,living like a king) and that can lead to person not knowing their true self. How many people have we seen at the top only to fall all the way down the ladder and broke? They lose themselves in the process and don't know what their values are because of the corruption. Michael Jackson case in point only wanted yes men and I think ultimately paid the price with his life.
Since I'll never be in the situation where I am treated like a king it's hard to say what an individual might do if presented with such optiions. I think the best thing is to live in moderation ,always watch your back and you have a hand in everything (finances being the biggy). People change around you thinking your all great and can't do any wrong but you need to keep your guard up at all times. There are alot of swindlers out there that want you r time and money. It all still comes down to the choices you make and seeing the forrest from the trees.
This might help.
Heard a story about Macartney when he was in town 2003 or 04...I was still in radio, and my old lady is a HUGE fan. This has been verified.
He was checking back into his upper Buckhead luxury hotel room, and they told him it would take about 10-15 minutes to get his stuff up there via bellhops, please have a drink at the bar or he could go to a separate 'private' area. This guy went to the regular bar and did 20 minutes at the piano for the lucky bastards there! AFTER a concert, he did 20 minutes for the people in the lobby and bar. Un freekin believeable.
Now, I'm sure hopalong ex-slutty ( as my wife termed her ) might disagree. But, I have to respect that. This really happened. He tore off 20 off the cuff for people waiting just like him, when he didn't really have to.
THAT's the kinda famous I would hope to be.
But, I'm shallow. I wouldn't marry Linda or Stilty.
That's a good story Fun Gus. Not all musicians.actresses, actors,athletes aka celebs are selfish and money hungry and to those people they are a credit to society. Power can be used for good and bad in the world. A few years ago the Jerry Lewis telethon was on and while you would think powerful people would go on there to help money for free it was reported some celebs only show up if you pay them.I thought what kind of crock is that here you are a rich and famous celeb and you don 't want to give just a little free time to help raise money for Jerry's kids.
Here's another story Paul Anka the singer I used to have respect for since he had a great voice and seemed to be a decent guy. Well, one of the brass players in his band brought a tape recorder to rehearsal and Paul really dished it out to the musicians. He was telling them they sucked and your not going to work in this town ever again(Vegas).He said your lucky to be in my band.I could call any number of musicians to replace just like that and you better get your act together because you sound like sh&t. I mean Paul went off on the musicians and they constantly had to put up with that stuff from Paul. He did pay the musicians well but I think that tape got out to the public(I heard it myself) and I have lost respect for Anka.
I guess some people think their bigger than everyone else which is to bad. Some day the man upstairs won't take kindly to that trashing of other people.
Wow, I am going to have to look for that online
Kinda like that one where Casey Kasem goes nuts.
when I was @ 680 lots of famous people would come through the door.the year Patrick Kearney was injured he came in alot to get his chops up with Jamie Dukes, and I heard him telling him off air he loved singing karaoke. Especially Manilow! So, during the break I went into the prod studio and got online and found a karaoke version of copacabana, and had Rude sandbag him to sing it live, on air with no bouncing ball. The SOB did it, and did it okay for a jock. I always appreciated that.
That, and the time Smoltz complimented me on my accordion playing almost made getting up everyday @ 4 am worth it.
Course, there were some pricks too. Mostly comedians blowing through town getting up early to promote thier show at the gigglehut.Joe Rogan was a jerk, and that older female comic with the accordion was kinda bristly....