Thought I'd share a recent experience with y'all...
A few weeks ago, a good friend (and client) of ours invited us to go out with he and his wife to watch a rock show at a small local venue here in Houston. He's usually vague about the details of stuff like this and we always have a good time with them, so we accepted.
As the story goes, we met them and some other friends and headed out together to pick up another "friend" of theirs they met on the KISS cruise last summer. They said we'd really like the guy as he was a musician, and had a lot of stories to tell. I'm asking my friend who it is and he says its a surprise. I ask who's playing tonight, and he says "Tom Keifer", but is being mum with the details, as usual.
For those not immediately familiar, Tom Keifer is the lead singer/songwriter from the band Cinderella, who has been touring in support of his new solo album: "The Way Life Goes". Anybody who knows Cinderella knows Keifer has that awesome high falsetto voice that is unmistakable. Needless to say, I'm was stoked to see him perform again because he had suffered from vocal cord nodules which caused him to bow out of the touring scene years ago. As it turns out, we were not disappointed, as he is allllll better now. But here's the cool part...
So, we show up at this rock bar and after a few minutes a dude hops in the Tahoe and starts shaking hands and making acquaintance with everybody. I'm taken back a bit, as we are now in the same vehicle with none other than Paul Taylor, keyboard player for Tom's band, and founding member of the band Winger.
Now, again, for those who aren't aware, Paul Taylor was in Aldo Nova's band, toured with Alice Cooper, and was best buds with Kip Winger (who also was in Alice's band). Since all his hair band touring days died down, Paul has co-written songs with Steve Perry (Journey), and produced for several Nashville-area musicians and up-and-coming talents over the years. A really cool and down to earth guy that just happened to be on MTV about 10,000 times. Needless to say, he can jam on the piano.
We went to a Japanese Hibachi steak house and ate, got to BS with him about all kinds of stuff, drank some Japanese beers, then headed to the show as his guest, (with backstage passes, of course). Got to meet and chat with Tom Keifer and other dudes in the band after the show. It. Was. Awesome!
Here are a couple pics of Paul with the ladies. (Mrs. HH is on the far left)