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  1.  
    I'd say I was slightly obsessed with Wire, but no more than most people visiting this site. I've often wondered how the band members feel about interacting with the true fans that frequent this site when they are on tour. Wire is coming to my city (Detroit) for the first time in many years. I realize they're seasoned tour professionals and have been around, yet I still have a desire to roll out the red carpet for them when they come to my town. Somehow I sense that keeping to themselves and their touring party, is probably more likely with the limited time they'll have here.

    I'm about the same age as Colin, Robert and Graham and I know they're not driving around North America in a little mini bus looking to make new friends for a place to flop each night. So I wonder, do they still understand what it's like to be in our shoes wanting to meet some musical heroes? Or, is it just too much bother to constantly be introduced to people you have almost nothing in common with for a few hours before moving on to the next city.
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    Shouldn't be too hard to find out who's the one in the band who tends to socialize most ;-)
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    I've never understood the appeal of those structured 'meet and greet' sessions where you get a VIP pass and pay to press the flesh and take your photo with the band. Something very awkward and forced about them.

    Wire are an approachable bunch, and certainly Graham and Colin seem happy to mingle with the fans before and after gigs, they tend to be front-of-house ( or in a nearby watering hole) most times I've seen them play so you've a good chance you'll be able to say hello if you want to.
    I would have thought if you're driving around with the same people in a van for several weeks you'd be more than happy to meet some new faces each night.
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    My wife (55-years-old) and I (60-years-old), fans since 1978, met Graham after the concert in DC two years ago. He was very approachable. I suppose that was made easier because our birth dates are one month apart and as it turned out, we have a mutual sound artist friend. Colin also was spending considerable time with other audience members. I never managed to introduce myself to Colin because we spent nearly an hour speaking with Graham. I had the opportunity to thank Robert and Matthew for their performances before they left however, and they were also very gracious. Never for a minute did I feel uncomfortable them and they seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. Musicians are people too.
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    Graham in particular makes himself available before and after gigs for a chat and a pint. I've had several long chats with him over the years on numerous subjects. A dam decent geezer as well as a top muscian and song writer imo.
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    I'm an ex-Detroit native and had the pleasure of meeting Colin and Graham after their show at St. Andrews on the Ideal Copy tour. Unfortunately I didn't understand or appreciate the band's history at the time, I just knew and liked their new record. After the show me and my buddy were out on the street and happened to notice Colin with his back to an open window upstairs above the theater (it being a warm summer night). We yelled "hey Colin, can we come up?" and he turned to us and said "What??" We repeated, "hey Colin, can we come up?" and he said "I can't hear you, come up here!" We were thrilled of course. There were maybe a dozen people up there milling around. Colin was very gracious and polite despite me saying typical idiotic fanboy stuff, and Graham asked us to sign his book (??), some kind of diary / memento he was carrying around.

    I say give it a go! They're nice guys.
  7.  
    nah, we are all as miserable as sin :)
  8.  
    Thanks for all the comments. I've met a few bands that have come to town over the years and most are as accommodating as they can be, and quite friendly. Some have even helped create some great memories (an all-nighter with Kevin Shields comes to mind). I'm glad to hear the gents from Wire are all approachable except for that swimhq guy. : )
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    Miserable as sin?! They certainly are in their promotional pictures!

    Seriously, I had a very pleasant Wire experience in Edinburgh in 2004 on the first leg of their triptych gigs (the Scottish play etc). I had tickets for the glasgow gig but went through to the capital on the day of the concert and headed straight to the Liquid Rooms to try and get a ticket. When I turned up at around 4.30 Wire were just winding up their sound check (mr marx's table).

    I then had very nice chats with messrs Gilbert, Lewis and Newman as they all filtered out one by one to the tour bus. Mr Grey alluded me, as I began to worry that I was taking on stalker tendencies.

    A lovely down-to-earth bunch of fellas. Mr Gilbert didn't even let on that he hated playing live by this point.
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    In 1987, my favorite WIRE moment was at Peabody's Downunder, in Cleveland, Ohio when I was invited to sit with Gilbert and Lewis and have a beer with them. They were very nice and approachable. What was really surreal though was listening to the opening band Ex-Lion Tamers play the Pink Flag album in its entirety! Strange to say the least!