My Celebrity Moments – Updated Sept. 1, 2012

My Celebrity Moments – Updated Sept. 1, 2012

Woo! So, I wrote this article in May of 2010, and I’m happy to report that since then, I’ve crossed out two of the guitarists on my “guitarists I’m determined to meet” list, plus I’ve met a few others πŸ™‚ Dreams DO come true in a world with no limits…

Anyway, below is the original article with a few updates. Also, I added some super famous non-guitarists to the list, too. Enjoy!


I don’t mean to brag (well, just a little bit), but I’ve met some pretty amazing guitar players – the kind of guitar players you’re likely to worship and have a poster of in your room.

Below you’ll find a list of all the amazing guitar players I’ve been fortunate enough to meet. You’ll also find a list of guitarists that I’m determined to meet in the future.

Share your stories with me! Let me know whom you’ve met and whom you’d like to meet.


Guitar Players Famous People (Mostly Musicians) I’ve Met

  1. Joe Satriani – 4th & B concert in San Diego and again in G3John Petrucci
  2. Steve Vai – National Guitar Workshop Clinic in New York in 2009
  3. Yngwie Malmsteen – G3 in San Diego
  4. Joe Bonamassa – Backstage in Riverside concert 
  5. Joshua GoochAt the King of The Blues Guitar Center competition in Hollywood, & in Riverside.
  6. John Petrucci – At Humphrey’s By The Bay in San Diego, and in the NAMM Show in Anaheim
  7. Paul Gilbert – At Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles
  8. Pat Metheney – At a yearly classical guitar festival in Tijuana (as a spectator, not performer)
  9. Richie Kotzen – At a House of Blues concert in San Diego
  10. Sergio Vallin – At the NAMM Show in Anaheim
  11. Frank Gambale – At a concert he gave in Tijuana in 2003
  12. Derek Trucks – At the 2010 King of The Blues Grand Finals
  13. Sir Angel Romero – Small world! We met in San Diego
  14. Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) – In the band’s tour bus during the 2011 Mayhem Festival. Also met the singer, Matt Heafy. With Alice Cooper in his Christmas Pudding event in 2011
  15. Phil Collen (Def Leppard) – At the Fender Visitor Center in Corona, Calif., while he was painting a gigantic guitar for charity. Nicest guy ever.
  16. Tony Franklin (Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) – Tony (a.k.a. “The Fretless Monster”) is a dear friend and an amazing bassist. First met him at the 2010 King of The Blues Grand Finals.
  17. Phil Demmel (Machine Head) – In 2011 at the Mayhem Festival and then again in August 2012 at the Fender Visitor Center.
  18. Eric Johnson – Woohoo! Croosed him out of my wish list. Met him at NAMM 2012 and then again at the Fender Visitor Center in August 2012.
  19. Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) – In 2011 at the Fender headquarters and several times after that in other places. Possibly the nicest man on earth. 
  20. Mike Dirnt (Green Day) – Super chill, down-to-earth guy. Met at NAMM 2012.
  21. James Burton – Talk about a legend. Met him at the Fender headquarters early in 2012.
  22. Brian “Head” (Korn) – Majorrrrr moment for me, as I was really into him while I was a teen. Contrary to what you might think, he’s a sweetheart of a guy. Met him in Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding concert in 2011.
  23. Kip Winger – Also met him in Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding in 2011.
  24. Alice Cooper – Woo! Super awesome dude. Met him as his Christmas Pudding event in 2011.With Emilio Estefan in Miami, Fla.
  25. Emilio Estefan – Amazing human being. So humbled and honored to have met him. It happened at the Hispanicize 2012 event in Miami, Fla. 
  26. Orianthi – YAY! Another guitarist I was able to cross off my wish list. Sweetheart of a girl… met her at NAMM 2012.

27. David Davidson (Revocation) – Seriously out-of-this-world guitarist who happens to be super cool and very well-spoken. LOVE his wicked chops! Also met the band’s drummer Phil Dubois.

28. Intocable – Haha, yep… Norteño band Intocable. Met them in Ensenada and they’re all fine gentlemen. 

29. Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) – Met him in Burbank, Calif., earlier this year. Super chill guy!

30. Greg Koch – Met him at a 2011 Guitar Center clinic. Funniest person I’ve ever met.

My wish list:

Guitar Players Musicians I’m Determined To Meet

  1. John Mayer – Love his voice, love his licks… super talented, modern-day guitarist.
  2. Tom Morello – This guy reinvented guitar, seriously. What a performer!
  3. Jason Mraz – He magically makes a plain C chord sound heavenly.
  4. Slash – Do I need to explain? He’s a legend.
  5. Kirk Hammett – I secretly want to pull his curly hair (and Slash’s, too).
  6. Carlos Santana – His phrasing makes any atheist turn into a believer.
  7. Eric Clapton – He’s the man.
  8. John Frusciante – His chord inversions make me happy.
  9. Jeff Beck – Pfffft, in my dreams. Hey, I met the 30 guys above… anything is possible.
  10. Matt Bellamy – If Bach would’ve been a guitarist, this is what he would’ve sounded like.
  11. Orianthi – I’ve never seen anything like her before. Brilliant and beautiful! Woo! Met her already. 
  12. Ana Vidovic – Possibly the hottest, most talented classical guitar player ever.
  13. Eric Johnson – His music makes me want to skip, skip, skip to my lou. Met him already, too!
  14. Jorge Cardoso – He’s an AMAZING modern-day composer… he’s a doctor, too!
  15. Serj Tankian (System of a Down) – Love, love, love this band. As a matter of fact, I’m listening to them as I type this sentence. Would love to meet him… and will one day.
  16. I don’t want to marry you, I just want a picture with youuuu
    1. Chino Moreno (Deftones) – Oh God… I have an obscene crush on him. I’d probably just gawk at him if I met him (WHEN I MEET HIM!).
  17. Katy Perry – Ummm… what?! Yes… just look at her. The woman looks great, plays great, and has some serious talent. 
  18. Shakira – Loooove her. She’s been an inspiration to me since the early ’90s when hardly anyone knew about her.
  19. Juanes – I’m a huge fan of his fun/intrepid lyrics and his super awesome twangy Tele sound!
  20. Pitbull – I don’t discriminate, y’all. I listen to all genres of music, and Pitbull happens to be all over my iPod. He’s not bad on the eye either… πŸ˜€


7 thoughts on “My Celebrity Moments – Updated Sept. 1, 2012”

  • Hey, you left me off the list! Hehe, just kidding.

    Here’s a list of who I’ve met. I’ve probably forgotten some.
    Steve Vai
    Joe Satriani
    Tommy Emmanuel
    Dave Mustaine
    Max Cavalera
    John Petrucci
    Paul Gilbert
    Dino Cazares
    Mike Keneally
    Dweezil Zappa
    Marty Friedman
    Alex Skolnick
    Vernon Reid
    John McLaughlin
    Devin Townsend
    Jed Simon
    Marten Hagstrom
    Chris Broderick
    Kaki King
    Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree)
    Zakk Wylde
    J Mascis
    Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter
    Ace Frehley
    Warren DeMartini
    Bryan Beller
    Michael Angelo Batio
    Brendon Small
    Guthrie Govan
    Ronny North
    Rob Caggiano
    George Lynch
    Dave Wyndorf
    Al Di Meola
    Pete Steele
    Billy Sheehan
    Tony MacAlpine
    Dave Weiner
    Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie)
    Eric Johnson
    Nuno Bettencourt
    Trey Spruance
    Rich Ward
    Page Hamilton
    Rob Balducci
    Kerry King
    Rob Flynn
    Harry Shearer (Derek in Spinal Tap!)
    Steve Lukather

    Who I want to meet:
    Eddie Van Halen
    Tony Iommi
    Kirk Hammett
    Reeves Gabrels
    Sammy Hagar

  • haha!!! you totally raped my list….. IMPRESSIVE, peter!! You’re my favorite! high fives from afar….. come back to the US!!

  • Haha! I’ll be back in person to return that high five and hopefully add all of the ‘want to meet’ players to my ‘have met’ list in January!

  • OK, I’ll play. πŸ™‚ I’ve been lucky in that I’ve managed to meet (and in rare cases occasionally work for) quite a few of the guitarists that I admire and that have inspired me over the years. I imagine I’ll probably forget some, too.

    Eddie Van Halen (TOTALLY nice, dug that I was inspired to and still build mutt Strats because of him)
    Randy Rhoads (only met him for a second, but spoke to him briefly and) got his autograph as a kid. Still have it.
    George Lynch (cool, funny guy)
    Yngwie Malmsteen
    Joe Satriani
    Carlos Cavazo (one of the coolest bosses a fledgling guitar tech could have)
    Doug Aldrich (teched for him for a one-off gig, super-cool guy, and the most AMAZING Cameron-modded Marshall I’ve ever heard)
    Amir Derakh (he let me work on and play the Charvel "bomber" not knowing how I’d drooled over it as a kid)
    Rudolf Schenker
    Mattias Jabs
    John 5
    Lawrence Juber
    Tracii Gunns (who actually yelled at me to get back in a band after hearing me play at the guitar store I was working at…so I did…lol)
    Alex Grossi
    Zakk Wylde
    Mitch Perry
    John McFee
    Bruce Bouillet
    Warren Demartini
    Robbin Crosby
    Dweezil Zappa
    John Cucurullo
    Neil Spies
    Chris Hagar
    Mitch Perry
    Frank Gambale (cool dude, was lucky enough to get a one-on-one private lesson at one of his clinics)
    Ritchie Kotzen
    C.C. Deville

    Though I’ve yet to formally "meet" him, I’ve run into Jeff "Skunk" Baxter at my local supermarket…lol

    I’m sure I’m forgetting people, but there’s the guitarists I can think of off the top of my head (I worked in a guitar store for a couple of years too, if you counted all the guitarists I merely helped from behind the counter, there’d be tons more)…as far as all-around cool musician-types I’d add?

    Frankie Banali
    Rudy Sarzo
    Chuck Wright
    Sean McNabb
    Kevin Dubrow (R.I.P.)
    Paul Shortino
    Dave Alford
    Matt Thorr
    Troy Luccketta
    Billy Sheehan
    Nikki Sixx
    Mike Inez

  • Jay,

    WOW. Wow. All I can say is that I really wish I lived in L.A. Although I must say that I haven’t done too bad myself for being down in San Diego, no?

    I rubbed shoulders with Dweezil Zappa, Hubert Sumlin and Steve Lukather at the King of the Blues final competition in Hollywood, but didn’t engage in a conversation with them.

    I’ve met a ton of other celebrities (non-guitarists), some of them include:

    Jeff Bowders, Derek Sherinian, John Myung, Jordan Rudess, Mike Portnoy, Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes, James LaBrie, Tito & Jermaine Jackson, Mana, Alex Lora, Billy Sheehan, Ahmad Ahmad (the comedian), etc. I know I’m forgetting a bunch.

    Thanks for sharing, Jay πŸ˜€ Wooo πŸ™‚

  • Wow, I thought I had meet a lot of great players, but clearly I’m not in the same league! Still, I have met and spoken briefly to two on your wish list, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Jason Mraz is at an industry conference, here in HK, later in the month so we’ll see.

    Amongst the others I’ve met, Tommy Emmanuel and Robben Ford really stand out as nice guys and easy conversationalists. Both happily tolerated me degenerating into a fanboy and asking inane questions about strings and neck relief…

  • Does met by email count? no… ah ok.

    Well my list is pathetically short, these are the people I have actually talked to:

    Joe Bonamassa
    Joe Satriani
    Michael Lee Firkins

    I don’t get out much πŸ™‚