Oh my gosh!
Paul had a crazy couple of days!
First he had a chance encounter with Mel Gibson, which in and of itself is crazy, but he got to meet Garth Brooks but missed Iron Mike Tyson! Doh!
Crazy times in this hobby I have to tell you! You never know what’s going to happen in the City of Angels!
Check out Paul’s recap after the jump!
Hey alright this week has been a very strange!
Tuesday the legend Mike Tyson was appearing on a local talk show with Linkin Park & Steve Aoki as the musical guest
so I arrive at 2pm expecting a huge crowd only to to discover a handful of regulars are the only ones there which is fantastic I think
So we are hanging out and all of a sudden this small guy walking down with a small girl and a bodyguard appear and the two pap pals of mine start shooting like crazy the guy starts walking right past me and looks down to see who is on the show (I had my photos ready for Tyson) and I say “hey Mel” and his reply while walking “how’s it going” I have personal rule I don’t ask for anything if they have their children with them plus it’s not the first time I met Mel Gibson but he was pretty cool considering the circumstances (certain car camera fumblers were left out on purpose) shortly after that Chester from linkin park came out and walking past us and stopped and signed everything and took pictures and was totally a great guy
right after or before I couldn’t remember I saw Steve Aoki and a grapher buddy helped me call him over (been suffering from a sore throat) and he signed my edc program I was the only person there for him which is not surprising.
ok then about 5:30 mike Tyson arrives and goes straight in so does Casey afflack the only people there there for Casey were a family of tourists with Hollywood postcards
So we wait another hour before mike leaves to go to a book signing at the portal to hell as a friend loving calls it the b&n at the grove which happened to be at 7pm he took pics with a family that had their kids dressed like him with the face tattoos and gloves it was very cute but he didn’t come over blah so I left after right then because he was gonna be on extra at city blah (first time going to that)
Ok day two I show up at universal blah around 11am expected a stupid crowd for both Tyson and garth brooks but again to my surprise only a handful of people so I end up trying to find a meal for under $10 that won’t make me sick (I have food allergies). I end up going to Johnny rotten rockets and spend $8 on a cup of coffee and fries (next time I’m bringing outside food) alright so after walking around a bit I walk over to extra and see the host Maria getting ready and she is super sweet and chats with everyone. Mario shows up right before the taping and likes to wink and point at fans I found it amusing but the taping was pleasant except for overzealous securitas minimum wage security guards but thanks to certain bloggers I was warned in advance about these clowns so I challenged this guy by pulling out a blue sharpie for Tyson to sign with and the guard rushes over to me “black or silver only” and I’m like “ok why?” The guard then goes “the guests prefer those colors” I respond with “I’ve been been doing this for about 5 years and they really don’t Care”
That guard then backs down but gives me stink eye the rest of the day because I to quote Eric cartman “didn’t respect his authority” so Tyson pulls up and is late 30 minutes
There are a healthy amount of fans there they do the interview and mike walks down and stands in front of the crowd he looks exhausted and decides if he wants to sign so he starts signing and the dealers start shoving and acting stupid so he signs a about a dozen things and since security is more concerned about pens than doing their job he is diverted by Mario Lopez to his escalade and signs a few more (not mine bah) then leaves to do another talk show but a pal of mine gave him a photo she took a few years ago which is awesome.
Next we wait for garth brooks who is scheduled at 4pm
Now I grew up in the late 80’s in central Washington state and garth brooks is a god in that part of the world so I was very excited and had a personal story involving him about how my mother threw him out of the emergency room at 1am when his bandmate broke his arm because it was past visiting hours and she had no clue who he was and didn’t care (she’s a hardcore bowie fan & now running the Glendale philharmonic shameless plug) so upon Garth’s arrival he shook hands with everyone in the front and chatted including me who got to tell him the story and he remembered her!
So the interview started and it was much fan friendly than Tyson then garth got off stage and started signing then realized how big the crowd was 100+ people and unexpected he went around the barricade and got in the crowd and started signing for everyone and being amazing I loved when dumbass guard said no pictures and only one thing and he laughed at the guard.
Garth was super awesome and I got my press photo of him being interviewed by magic Johnson signed and several pics super class act (for the record names were left out on purpose).
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