I have met a lot of famous musicians and quite a few film stars too over the years and as a younger man I was very disappointed with how I found some people I was a fan of to actually be when I met them.
The interesting thing about it is although I may have been very disappointed with them as people I still continued to be just as much a fan of their music.
Two examples are Captain Beefheart and Marc Bolan of Tyrannosaurus Rex and T Rex fame.
Back in the 70s I had paid to see Captain Beefheart playing at the Student's Union in Cardiff. I had first discovered his unique brand of psychedelic and surreal blues and experimental rock on the late great John Peel's show and was a big fan of his music.
However, as it turned out the audience were kept waiting well over an hour and I discovered why. Captain Beefheart was sat in the passage that led to the toilets and he was autographing anything fans brought him. By anything I mean anything - clothes, tickets, hats, bodies even. He was just making a squiggle with a felt marker pen and then it was the next one's turn.
To my mind we had paid money to see him on stage not doing what he was doing and it annoyed me. I could see the queue was long and that the wait for him to actually perform was going to be a long one. I got in the queue and hatched a plan.
When it was finally my turn I brought out a cigarette and said "Please sign this and then I'm going to smoke it in protest!"
"You can't do that," a girl said, "not if the Captain writes on it."
"Just watch me," I responded and when he scrawled across it, I immediately lit up and started smoking. "I came to watch you play," I said, "and this is what I think of the show so far," I added as I stubbed out the cigarette.
"You c**t," was all Captain Beefheart said. I sold my ticket on the door and cleared off to another venue having registered my protest. I wouldn't have minded if he had been seeing fans after the show but keeping us waiting like that wasn't what I had paid my money for. I still love his music though.