Posts by Metal Mel

    Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one that hasn't heard back from the photographer! I've tried a couple of times, too and no luck. I hate to say it, but I just hope he didn't delete them or something!!! I'm willing to pay for them, too--I understand this is what he does for a living. I'm just kicking myself for letting my camera battery die!

    If anyone hears from him, please post it on here what he wants us to do to get the photos!

    Wow! What an amazing experience! I got to the Emerald around 5pm. I saw a limo & 2 buses behind the rear stage door. No one was around, so I walked to the front to see if anyone was there yet. There was a couple from New Hampshire waiting! They flew in for the show--big Glenn Hughes fans! Then the soundcheck started, we got to hear like 5 or 6 songs. Two more guys walked up during soundcheck and they were from South Carolina! They also flew in to see Glenn! Awhile later, an Emerald employee came out & said we could wait up in the Rock Room bar. By now, there was like 20 more people. We all went into the Rock Room to warm up--it was really cold outside & a huge winter storm was on it's way. After about a half hour, they let us enter the Emerald. Most of us went directly to the front of the stage. We had to sit thru an opening act. Then after they were done, a guy from the Rock Dog Productions came & hollered that if you won the meet & greet contest, that you had to go over to this side entrance. I entered the contest, but thought they were going to announce the winners from the stage, but they didn't. So I figured I didn't win. A few minutes later, this woman came running up to her husband & told him that he won the contest. His name was on a sign by the front door. I thought I'd better go check the sign, being that they didn't announce the winners. Sure enough, my name was on the sign! I went running back to the side entrance & told them that I won. They made us wait in the hall a couple mins. Then they escorted us upstairs. A guy came over and said that Glenn & Chad were running late, because they left the building after soundcheck & now were stuck in traffic, cuz the roads were bad. Apparantly, the winter storm had begun (forecast said 9 inches of snow!) Then the guy proceeded to pass out an autographed drum stick from Chad! Thank you Chad!!! He said the meet & greet would take place after the show now. Someone asked if we had to stay upstairs & watch the show, and the guy said, no, you could come back up after the show with your pass. We told him that we never got passes. He told us to go to the will call window & pick them up. So, we all ran down & got our passes. It turned out to be a cool laminated backstage pass! I chose to go back up & watch the show from there, cuz I would be closer to Chad. Plus, when's the next time that I'll watch the show from backstage?

    The show was awesome! I was lucky enough to go to their show in L.A. at the Whisky-A-Go-Go last June, so this was my second time seeing them. They played for about an hour & 1/2. If they ever come to your town, definetly go check this show out! Chad's a monster on the drums! My favorite songs were: SOUL MOVER, ORION & DON'T LET ME BLEED.

    After the show the Rock Dog guy told us there would be a limit of 3 autographs per person and that the photographer would take our photos with Chad & Glenn. When it was my turn, as I walked up Chad was talking to a roadie , so I said hello to Glenn & told him what a good show it was. He was very thankful. I also told him that I saw their show at the Whiskey last June. He said, "Chaddy, she was at the show in LA at the Whiskey." Chad, still talking to the roadie, looked at me & said, "Oh that's cool" He then looked away, and then did a double take and said, "I know you!" I re-introduced myself. I have met Chad about a dozen times now, but the last was about 4 years ago, so I wasn't sure if he'd remember me---but he did!!! I'm leaving our conversation out of this, but I got to talk to him for a few minutes. The photographer took 2 pics of us together. (As of now, I'm still waiting to hear back from him on how to obtain the pics) Chad kissed me on the cheek & I got a hug, too!! I left soon after. The next I'll see him is when he comes back for the second Toby Redd reunion show in June! I can't wait till then! I put some pics from the show in my album called, "photos by Melanie". Check them out at www.myspace.com/swellmel