I once played football in Mickey Thomas's back garden, it was a flying visit as my mate who knew him was delivering his newspaper.
I shook (held gently) Princess Diana's hand when the newlyweds paid a visit to Rhyl High Street in the early 80's.
I stood next to and spoke to Paul Newman on holiday not knowing who he was until my Nan told me after picking herself off the floor gob smacked.
At 14 I met John Craven on holiday, he was doing a kids quiz and asked me to film it on video camera, we both reviewed and watched the recording afterwards (which was embarrassingly shit).
I famously met Sammy Lee, Bruce Grobbelaar, Phil Neal, and Kenny Dalglish at Anfield after they'd just won the European Cup for a 4th time. I had photo's holding the cup with the players, and King Kenny said those fateful words to me when I asked for his autograph...."I haveny got a pen!" ........Classic.
I pulled George Best's (lot) younger sister whilst on holiday with the lads in Corfu. She didn't advertise it, her mates told me later with evidence to prove.
Played a 'Live' Radio 1 Session on Mark Radcliffe's show with Sons Of Selina (shat my pants!) I've never been as nervous of playing live since.
I'll try and remember more as my whole life has been a plethora of famous mingling!
I met Pete Postlethwaite tonight, he was absoluty fucking hammered, shame really, he was talking to a room full of people and didnt care he was shamelessly 'cunted' he had a masssive beard and long hair and looked like a right tramp! I presented him with a bottle of whiskey and a few cds, all he sed was "What the hell are you giving me these for?!"
Is my cock big enough, is my brain small enough, for you, to make me, a star?
I won second place in 'National Youth Cartoonist of the Year' in the 80s and met Timmy Mallet.
I hung around with Lawnmower Deth at Wrexham war memorial hall one evening during the 'Oooh Crikey Tour' - They signed an Argos Lawnmower catalogue for me.
As a teenager I used to hang around backstage at venues and attend signing sessions. Got to meet Iron Maiden, Faith No More, Megadeth, Annihilator & Wolfsbane. Sadly, Motorhead never showed up.
Whilst working in retail down here in Kent I served Vic Reeves on no less than 3 occasions. He's REALLY tall and a bit of a grumpy sod off camera. I remember he bought a 'Scritti Politti' album.
Met the drummer from one-time NME/Kerrang! favourites Raging Speedhorn and had 'quite an interesting chat 'at Ozz-fest in Milton Keynes - I was encouraged to go there by selected members of Fubar before anyone questions anything. Years later, the vocalist turned up at a Skinflick gig at TJs in Newport (his girlfriend's band were supporting us).
Nigel Wingrove did the artwork on Skinflick's 'Two Ton Loser' single when I was in the band. He also works for Cradle of Filth and is the man behind the 'Jesus is a Cunt' T-shirts. He's a respected campaigner against censorship (see his interviews on the 'Box of the Banned' DVDs). In the flesh he's not unlike Hannibal Lector, but he videoed one of our gigs in London (which no-one has seen to this day).
Peter Hook from Joy Division/New Order listened to one of our demo tapes when I was in Mucus and sent back a list of instructions for the next one, claiming there was a chance of getting signed to a label he was involved with called 'Sub Sub' (shortly after the Hacienda closed down). Sadly, me and Dan went off to university in different parts of the country and the band split.
I tried unsuccessfully to have a drunken conversation with Jon Balance from Coil when Skinflick played at a festival in Liepzig, Germany. He had a voice like Ben Kenobi. Sadly, he fell down the stairs two months later and died.
I went to school with Aled Jones. He was in the year above me. Allegedly, one of my school mates walked/minced past Aled in the corridor singing 'I'm walking in the air' like a homosexual and Aled kicked the shit out of him.
I once sat on a wall in Nottingham for about half an hour next to the percussionist from Mr Bungle. As the band all wore masks I had no idea who he was or why he was surrounded by people. I had a conversation with Jack Sharp for the whole time.
Astrology nut-case Russell Grant used to come into Tesco, Bangor for milk and stuff when I worked there.
I once appeared as an extra in a program called 'Rhinocerous' with that bloke from 'London's Burning' - Robson Green? or was it Jerome something or other? He wasn't very friendly in any case. My scene was cut.
There's tons more irrelevant bits of trivia. I'll be sure to post my stupid ramblings/anecdotes here if I think of any more.
Spent an hour or so backstage with Killing Joke post gig. We tucked into their rider, tried to make conversation with a virtually passed-out-japanese-girl surrounded-Geordie and listen to Jaz tell us about Curry (i think)
Landed a massive greenie on Captain Sensible's kilt, then, gate-crashed The Dammed's after show party. They acted like twats, Dave Cox totally ignored the band and made a b-line for the buffet on entering the party and we shouted abuse at their tour bus as it left the venue.
Smoked a couple of spliffs with "A" on Llandudno promanade not knowing who they were.
Spent an awkward couple of hours backstage with GBH before supporting them. No conversation, very boring and strange. They then went onto to make racist remarks onstage about immigrants.
Drunkenly sang US Bombs songs at skateboarding legend and US Bomb's frontman Dwain Peters, he just stood there grinning and shook my hand.
Met Lars Frederikson of Rancid a few times, on every occasion he was a cunt. Tim Armstrong yanked my flopped mohawk in Jillys Rockworld after a Rancid gig. Didnt have a clue it was him at the time only on recollection, watched Lars dance like a girl to his own band being played.
There's a load more punk type people i could list but cant be arsed.
Met Michael Crawford after being dragged to a pantomine at a very early age, he signed my butty box.
Briefly met Neville Staples wandering around Rebellion in Blackpool.
"Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather."
I saw Roy Castle live in Llandudno when I was about 7 - He played a trumpet. Earlier in the same evening I was dragged on stage with a balloon modeller in some bizarre 'audience participation' which has left me mentally scarred.
Got told to 'get the fuck out of my way' at a league of gentlemen show in mcr by 'vicram' off of corrie.
told all three members off biffy clyro that i much prefered mclusky to them.
my nan worked with kelly 'stereophonics' jones' dad in the valleys isnt it butt
one of my french ancestors, 'francis de salle' is mentioned in victor hugos' 'les miserable'
But my favourite claim is, Andy Falkous of Mclusky dedicated 'who you know' (mcluskys last ever song @ a carling festival) to me and my girlfriend at the time and i quote 'this ones for chloe and her fella' followed by me grabbing random people and shouting ' thats me!!! im chloes' fella muthafucker' in their slightly scared faces.
also one of my closests friends father was in the 1970's bands DARTS!
and there was a infamous incident at a stooges gig @ bimbos in 1974, where iggy was standing on the crowd whilst having his dick sucked.......i was said sucker!
1) Once got Rhys Mwyn to sign me into an event he had organised at Bangor SU for free. I told he I knew the people doing the sound (I did)
2) Sat next to Betty (of Bettys Hot Pot Fame) in a restaurant in Beaumaris
3) Wore Aled Jones' old choirboy kit when I was a chorister at Bangor Cathedral
4) Bumped into Jamie Redknapp at Knutsford Services after an Everton v Chelsea match. He was buying Ribena and so was I. We told me Everton didn't play well. Richard Keys was with him. Strangely Keys disappeared around the back of the service station. Presumably to 'Smash It'
5) Got all the members of Dog on a Rope up to dance when the band I was in did a gig with them at Bethesda Cricket Club.
6) Spotted Shane Richie, Anthony Costa from Blue and Steve Brookstien all on the same day.
7) Made the front page of the Bangor and Anglesey mail when I won the eisteddfod for singing about a Fine Hare when I was 10.
8) Helped the Marquis of Anglesey open Bangor pier when I was 10. The plaque by the pier says opened by the Marquis of Anglesey on 7th May 1988. It should say opened by the Marquis of Anglesey and a little blonde kid on the 7th May 1988. I was standing right by him and he asked me to help him with the ribbon. I actually did more than him.
9) My great uncle is Phillip Hughes who played Stan Bevan in Pobol Y Cwm. Also the Welsh master in Jabas and some bloke in Rownd a Rownd.
10) Once sat in the Belle Vue in Bangor whilst a mate of mine had a half hour conversation with Gruff from SFA only for me to ask 'Who was that bloke' when he left.
saw that tosser that plays les battersby in coronation street on the train gettin off in conway once, when me an pat were poppin round a few pubs there. i said "hey your grant mitchell arent ya?!" he looked well pissed off! get in!
saw him later that night shouting across the pub askin the landlady if the change machine accepts 50's... what a tit!