JP Meet & Greet Manchester 19/4/17
First of all,i would really like to thank Andy and Robin at Strings & Things
Over the years i have heard a lot of nonsense talked from various reps about arranging meet and greets,which have come to nothing
These two fine gentleman went out of their way to make sure my friend and i go to meet JP
Robin even phoned us from his car on his way home to make sure we were on the guest list,which was a little frantic,and a few little squeaky bum moments,but it all turned out fine in the end
Big thanks to you both for making a dream come true!
The gig itself was just incredible..JP’s playing was as ever phenomenal..His outro solo on Take the Time,was jaw dropping..Mangini is an incredible drummers,he has his critics,but the man is like an octopus,and to say he plays with no feeling or groove,see him live,he might make you change your mind..Everytime i see his videos,he always makes me want to take up drums!
Anyway concert over,and we sat for 10 minutes,and Brad comes out..Must be part of the tour management,and we went down to the catering room,which was a little like the kitchen in the shining.haha
Then JP comes in,and he is a lot smaller than i expected,obviously not in the arm department,haha
To be quite honest,i have become a little cynical with life in the past 6 years..I lost my aunt and then my dad to cancer within a year of each other,and i’ve never really recovered
Meeting JP was the lift i needed..He is truly a wonderful,lovely and humble human being..I spoke to him about his new boogie,and i asked if he would sign my three scratch plates,which he did without hesitation,and when i told him i had three guitars,he was genuinely happy,and thanked me for buying them,which blew me away
We were talking about how light and resonant the majesty is without plugging in,and i get the idea that i could easily have talked to him for hours about guitar and his music..
He mentioned his guitar camp in august,and its his 50th,and his daughter is graduating,so he just wants to take it easy for a while
I am still on a natural high from meeting such a great man,who is as inspiring as a human being,as he is a musician and guitarist
People often say they are buying into a brand,when they buy a guitar,but with musicman,from the top,to the artists and the suppliers,there is still that family side to the business,the personal touch,which i feel is severely lacking in other guitar brands,and i know,because i work in a guitar store
John is a great ambassador for musicman,and yes that why i have bought into the brand,because its not just take the money and run,its that personal touch,old values and traditions,that i admire
That wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for Robin and Andy from Strings & Things,and lets just say this very cynical person had his faith restored in people