I'd gone to see Ugly Kid Joe
at Nottihngham Rock City. As I didn't have an Ugly Kid Joe t-shirt, I went in my Van Halen
During the after show party, the D.J. kept giving out Marillion prizes. Eventually, he announced that Marillion were upstairs, signing copies of their Afraid Of Sunlight album.
I rushed upstairs to meet them. I shook Steven Rothery's hand (guitarist), and was talking to him as he just turned away and blanked me and started talking to the singer, H (Steve Hogarth). As they were talking, H pointed over to my t-shirt with a look of disgust on his face. I couldn't hear what they were saying, and so I asked what the problem was. They just continued to blank me.
Anyway, they'd signed my copy, and as they just continued to blank me, I just moved on to the drummer, Ian Mosley. I had thought of calling Steve Rothery a fat bastard, but I hadn't got Ian's autograph yet, so let it go. I asked Ian what the problem was, and he just shrugged and laughed. But he continued to talk. Ian Mosley was one cool chap. I thanked him for all of the music, and he seemed genuinely pleased.
We chatted a bit more, and then I buggered off back downstairs.
To this day, I don't know what the problem was.
I mean, they were there unannounced, so it wasn't as though I was wearing a Van Halen t-shirt to their gig. Also, I was attending an Ugly Kid Joe concert, so if they thought it was inappropriate, then they could have said. Well, they could have said anything, to be honest...
Anyway, later that night, I won tickets to see Marillion up at Leeds. It was during my exams at University, so I passed them onto my brother. My brother was at the front whilst watching them. He started shouting to his mate, "Isn't Steve Rothery a fat b*st*rd now !!!?" However, he'd only got the first word out when the band finished the song they were playing at the time, leaving him to yell out, "...Steven Rothery a fat b*st*rd now ?!!!" at the band during a period of utter silence. So in a way, he got them back for me.
Anyway, these guys have written some great tunes, that I still love to this day, so I was gutted to have pissed them off. But it leaves me with a sour experience of meeting them, and I'd still love to know what the issue was, but Ian Mosley more than made up for it.
However, my older brother met Thunder once, and asked the guitarist what he thought of Eddie Van Halen. It was met with a very pissed off response. Maybe it's just the mention of Eddie or anything to do with him over here that just pisses people off, I don't know. Anyway, Luke (the guitarist) wouldn't talk to him after that, so he ended up talking to the singer (Danny) for the rest f the night instead.
VanMan has met H out of Marillion, and says he's cool. I still believe he is, but he has a problem with Van Halen t-shirts !