Horror: Night of the Living LaBelle

Scene 1: Setting a Happy Mood

It was going to be a great night. My live-in girlfriend at the time was a beautiful Brazilian woman named Ana. I had a lot of Brazilian friends back then during those heady New York days, and I loved the Brazilian people and their culture. Tonight was going to be special. The famous Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil was performing downtown and we were going to see him. The proverbial electricity was in the air as we got ready for our evening out. It was going to be special. Little did I know that it was the... Night of the Living LaBelle! (A woman's scream is heard in the distance.)

If you don't know who Patty LaBelle is, that's good. Stop reading now, go away, and hug your children. For those who do know, you may remember her two, #1 hits, Lady Marmalade and On My Own, a duet with Michael McDonald. What some of you may not know is that during the finale of Live Aid, she purposefully upstaged everybody, singing so loud that at times she was the only voice that could be heard. She was also accused of taking the spotlight from Diana Ross during a performance that became known as the infamous mic toss as revenge for a rumored rivalry. Often accused of grandstanding, she later defended herself, saying in typical LaBell fashion that she has a big voice and people have to be aware that she is going to use it. Ahh. I see a pattern.

Scene 2: Meet Our Protagonist Lovers

We arrived at the club early to purchase tickets to the 11:00 show, Gilberto Gil's second performance of the evening, The first show was in full swing and I stuck my head inside to get the lay of the land. The situation looked good. There were plenty of tables spread around the vast space and we had lots of time, so we purchased our tickets and made our way to a nearby restaurant for cocktails and appetizers.

We must have appeared like the two young lovers we were, leaning into each other closely, whispering, laughing, and occasionally sampling an oyster on the half-shell or a bit of crab dip. We were young and in love and our whole lives spread out before us like a golden road laid down only for the special few. No roadblocks would stop us, no highwaymen maul us, no snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night would stay these lovers from their appointed glory. That's how we felt. The strength of two as one. Of course, that was before. Before we knew it was the...Night of the Living Patty LaBelle! (A woman's scream is heard, closer now.)

Scene 3: The Set Up

We came back to reality, paid our bill and arrived back at the club thirty minutes before show-time. We were 10th in line and with all the chairs and tables available I knew we would have no trouble getting a seat up close. Finally, the doors opened and the once organized line collapsed into a rush cramming into the entryway. We were still in front as we entered and...what? Where did all the tables go? There were now just a few tables and chairs up around the stage and most of those were filled already. Where did those people come from? No matter. I grabbed Ana's hand and pulled her forward rapidly, just managing to get two seats at one of the long communal tables just as every remaining seat in the house was filled.

I looked around perplexed, unable for the life of me to figure out where all the tables went, and there they were, stacked willy-nilly 30 feet high in every corner of the club. Clearly they were going to cram as many people in here as possible. Standing room only. Thank heavens we got a seat. The man sitting across the table from me picked up a card from the table. “This seat is reserved,” he said. All of us picked up the cards in front of our seats. It was true. Each of us was sitting in a reserved seat, and we were not the reservees.

The guy across from me threw his card under the table and all of us followed suit. We tried to act in a nonchalant fashion, but I for one was contemplating what uncomfortable scene lie ahead. If worse came to worst, I would demand they get one of those willy-nilly tables from atop it's 30 foot perch. I'd be damned if I was going to stand in the back for two hours with the other sardines. It would be Ok, I decided. Everything would turn out fine. But that was before I knew that it was the...Night of the Living Patty LaBelle! (A woman's scream is heard, this time right in my ear.)

LaBelle wearing a clever disguise with her snakes tied into a bun.
LaBelle wearing a clever disguise with her snakes tied into a bun.

Scene 4: Showdown With the Scary Head

I became aware of a rather large woman with a bizarre hairdo hovering around our area of the table, staring at us. It was a large and strange hairdo and I imagined Medusa-like snakes hissing and flicking their sandpaper tongues at us. She was followed by some type of gang, but the ominous group disappeared into the crowd. In short order the harried waitress was at the table, looking like she had just gone a round with Ali. “Where are the cards,” she cried. “There were cards! Did you move the cards!” She looked frightened. I felt sorry for her in that instant, but...”What cards? I didn't see any cards, did you see any cards,” we all said over the top of each other. “Nope. No cards here. Definitely no cards.” As the waitress stormed off I saw a tear in her eye. She was gonna get it.

In a flash the gang was back and this time they meant business. Their leader was the large woman with the giant weird hair with the snakes in it. Oh my God, the snakes.

“You in our seats,” the thing said to all of us.

“No were not,” I replied.

“Those our seats,” the thing said a little louder.

“No. These our seats,” I said, mocking her and matching her tone. Her eyes grew a little wider.

“I'm Patty LaBelle!”

“I don't know Patty LaBelle,” I shrugged. And it was true. I didn't. Never heard of her.

It's eyes grew even larger, bugging out from her chubby face. “I tole you I'm Patty LaBelle!” Now she was beginning to draw attention to us.

“How do I know you're Patty LaBelle? Lemme see your driver's license.”

Apparently, that was enough to send Ms. Thing over the edge. Her eyeballs popped from their fleshy sockets, shooting rays of hate and bile. She spit venom from her puffy mouth, venom probably from the Medusa-like snakes living in her hair. I'm pretty sure her brain actually caught fire because you could see the smoke coming from her hairy ears.

“I...I...I,” she stammered. She was vibrating with pent up hate and arrogance. And then with a voice bigger than the building, she boomed, “I get on that stage and start singin' and you know I'm Patty LaBelle!”

Gilberto Gil / Photo: Rodrigo Sa - flickr
Gilberto Gil / Photo: Rodrigo Sa - flickr

Scene 5: The Moral

She had the rooms attention now. She continued her self-aggrandizing. boorish diatribe, “I'm Patti LaBell and I'm famous and those are our seats and we're gonna sit in 'em cause I'm Patti LaBelle and who are you to tell me...” and on and on, but I did not hear her, for I looked at Ana. She had slunk down in her chair. She wanted the evil, large woman with the funky snake infested hair to just go away. But I knew the thing would never go away. The things never do. Get rid of one and there are more things waiting, just waiting for their chance to tell everyone how important they are and eat us alive.

I asked Ana quietly if she wanted to just go. If we stuck it out, I told her, I was pretty sure we would end up with a table. She didn't, she said. If the thing won't leave, then it would have to be us. If we had to sacrifice to stop the thing for the benefit of mankind, then so be it. We moved to the back and stood with the other sardines. It wasn't fun at first, but Latin music gets under your skin and before you know it, you're tapping a foot, then swaying a little, and finally you're dancing in the streets. You can't help yourself.

I only have one bit of advice to the survivors I left behind: Please don't feed the snakes.

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

LOL...Never, ever meet your heroes...especially ones you don't know! Many stories like this exist....I lived in Nashville for six years and boy did I get an ear full of run ins with egotistical celebrities. A little boy in a wheel chair asked a celebrity for his autograph...the celebrity replied,"I don't have time for this shit!" and walked away.

Great hub Christoph! :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Tom. Don't I know it. i have a buddy who has been screamed at by Bob Gibson 3 times just for asking for his autograph. He keeps going back for more! Ha, ha. thanks for the comment!


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Patti LaBelle sounds like an egomaniac but she was in the right. She just didn't have to state her name like it was a badge.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey, Dork. I don't think famous people should take it upon themselves to do that stuff. Her problem was with the club, not us. The club is guilty too, for removing tables to cram us common folk in while stars don't have to deal with it. Far as I'm concerned, I paid for a ticket and I deserved a seat as much as anybody, especially an arrogant and poor excuse for a human being, who deserves nothing. Thanks for the comment.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Good point. Instead of arguing with you; she should've went to the manager.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

That was funny. LOL. I had a good brush with fame. Before AC/DC were famous, Bon Scott asked if he could kiss me in public (so he could look good!)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

That's what I think. Then he could have come to us. i should point out her name wasn't on the reservation cards. All tables were just being saved for "the beautiful people." and since we were clearly the beautiful people...wtf! Ha! got a story out of it anyway! Have you done your rescheduled ghost hunting yet?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi jewels. Um...you didn't finish the story. So...did you kiss him?


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

That's funny Jewels -- the same thing happened to me with Elton John!


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

CR - we just had a meeting tonight. Nothing this weekend but we should have something next weekend.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

And me with Amy Winehouse! She was drunk though.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I'm glad you listen to your gf, and joined the rest of the sardines. I just hate the fact that some celebrities would act so selfish and demand to have everything done at once. I love how you described her medusaness. ;)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks May. I appreciate your comment. How are you? Ok I hope. Thanks for coming by!


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

No I didn't kiss him, imagine my destiny may have changed!. I ate chips (fries) with two band members at a cafe, hours before they were to play. I was 14 years old with a school dress on and way too coy for that sort of thing.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ohhh. So he was a pervert. What a surprise. hahahahahahaha


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I'm so worned out and trying to catch up with the hub. Don't think I'll get any hub done any time soon with so much going on?! All the cool hubbers are on tonight!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

One day at a time, eh may? Just go with the flow!


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Well I had great legs back then, so yeah, possibly! lol


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Chris, I feel for you and Ana, what a brush with celebrity-doom! Wonder what would have happened if you'd stuck it out :-)


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

I think she would have hit him with her hair. Chris would have yanked it out of her head and Ana would have run for the door in embarrassment.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Wow! What a story. Never realzized Patti Labelle was so...so...arrogant. Never was a fan, but I would have known who she was and said...so?

Can't say I've ever met a rude famous person...but definitely eccentric ones. I remember Little Richard and his entire entourage showed up at a Denny's where I was dining at once in Nashua, NH....they took up nearly the entire dining room. Nobody dared to approach him because he was just sooooo....odd. But we all stared I'm sure. :)


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Jewels... what a picture you paint!! Laugh! Maybe it was best, then, that Chris and Ana just took their leave!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Hey CR, great story. If you and Ana had gone on to get married it would be one to tell your grandkids. They'd defintely be like, "Patti la WHO? Whatever!"

Seems karma eventually caught up with Ms. LaBelle. She collapsed onstage one night. That's how she found out she's diabetic. Now she's in some commercial for some product related to that. And she's "larger than life" (trying to be kind here) and still looks like Medusa!

This hub is something of a bummer, tho. I used to like "Lady Marmalade" but out of solidarity with you (and Ana and the rest of the displaced patrons) I will no longer claim it as a favorite. In fact, I will refuse to listen to any Patti LaBelle songs ever.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Wow!!! Chris...I always knew she was scary, but never that scary!! I think I might end up with nightmares of snake-haired women, screaming at me about how important they are. LOL!! Fantastic work, yet again!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

OMG!!! This was so funny, could visualize medusa like tendrils trying to grab you, "the thing", sounds like an appropriate name LOL!!! I love Patti Labelle's voice, but had no idea she was a scary-bears-ego maniac.

You are a fantastic writer; I learn from writers like you!


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

I too shall boycott Ms. LaBelle and her Medusa head!

This was a fascinating and hysterical read, and i also wonder what would have happened if you and Ana would have stayed at the table. At the very least it would have gotten Patty's panties in such a bunch that she might have collapsed right there. That would have been the real show!

I've only had two celebrity brushes, but not with fully inflated stars such as Patty LaBelle. Thank goodness! :)


pgrundy 7 years ago

LOL! Great story. I can just see you in that scene. I'll be you were magnificent. I would have liked to have witnessed it.

I worked at a hotel downtown in my twenties while I was putting myself through school. I worked in the restaurant there. I waited on Joni Mitchell's band (good tippers and nice people), and Red Skelton. Red Skelton handed $20 to a busboy, saying, "You remind me of my grandson." This pissed the rest of us off, since he wasn't even busing that table. Lots of mumbled "Don't I remind that ass of anyone? Ain't I good for $20?" He had a rep for handing out money that way. Kind of a jerk. I don't even remember what he tipped me. I'd recall it if it was nothing, so I guess he left something but honestly it was a nonmoment. Nothing as good as yours!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Elena: I wonder what would have happened. I probably would have ended up on my butt out in the street! Ha,ha. Thanks Elena!

Spryte: Howdy! I'll bet it was nearly impossible NOT to stare at little Richard. Always a pleasure to see your comment, and to have you publishing so much this week has been great!

Mighty Mom: Yes, I have seen those commercials. I was gonna make a joke about it, something about "you can see her now on commercials shilling for a genital warts product, an affliction from which she herself suffers, or something like that, I forget," but decided not to.

You don't have to change anything on my account. I was fortunate in that I disliked her before I knew who she was, but if you like that song, so what? Besides, I could be lying (not) or like Pest above, you may think she was in the right in the first place. I, for one, don't know how Lady Marmalade goes so I don't have to make that judgement. Thanks for your comment and I appreciate your solidarity!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Anna! Yes, I have bad dreams of snake-haired women still. Sort of like post-traumatic stress disorder! Thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts.

VioletSun: Thanks so much for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed it and happy you took the time to read it. Thanks, Violet!

Hi, Pam! Thanks for reading. Oh please, no boycotting on my account. I, however, cannot watch anything she is on or going to be on. She was once fired from her record label because of her arrogance, but the guy later had a change of heart and signed her again. Wimp! haha.

Who knows what would have happened in the end? But you're right, it would have been interesting whatever it was. We still want to hear about your celebrity brushes! Spill!

Hope you're well. Haven't talked to you for ages!

pgrundy: Thanks for coming by and the comment. As for Red Skelton, I'll bet the recipients of his largesse didn't think he was a jerk. Of course, if he wasn't tipping his actual waiters and busboys, that would be a major drag. Always great to see you. Thanks!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

The closest I ever came to a celebrity was sitting next to the fiddler from Alabama at a Teppanyaki table in Sacramento. We spent the whole meal talking about UFOs. My girlfriend was too star struck to eat. His girlfriend got bored. But the two of us had a lovely meal and conversation.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

That's nice. It's great when you meet someone like that and they are just a down-to-earth person. Thank you for reading and the comment!


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

never-been-nowhere-met-nobody. Well, George Best stood on my foot once at an airport, but you probably don't know who he is. This hub was hilarious -- but I did feel sorry for the waitress.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Teresa: Yeah. I'm sure the waitress had to take a truck load of it from LaBelle...like she had anything to do with the whole thing in the first place. It was just a bad set up all the way around. Thank you for the comment!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I have met a few celebs CR but they were all pretty nice. Except for Toby Keith who I didn't meet but my daughter was supposed to and well you know that story already. Tanya Tucker was all cracked out when I ran into her at a gas station in colorado. Bon Jovi was really nice, met him while cleaning hotel rooms one summer, his wife was n't nearly as nice. I met the Bellamy Brothers at one of their concerts. They were very nice. I've ran into Reba McIntire and her brother, both very nice. My sister insulted Shaquille O'neal once. She didn't know who he was and didn't think he could here her. Of course he wasn't very nice after that but really who would be.

Great hub CR. She sounds like a real bitch to me. Glad you still had a good evening and didn't let her ruin it for you.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Gwendymom! Thanks for the comment and your list of celebs! Glad you had a chance to stop by. Talk to you soon!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Aha, so this is the infamous Patti Labelle story. Wonderful!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks, Frieda! Appreciate the comment!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Another awesome flash from the past from you.  Full of young love, daring, and consideration for your lovely lady.  There was magic in those years...

Now, this story may predate you and Ana a little.  Back in the something decades, we friends often went off to the Village to hang out in one of the many coffee houses (where the folk stars were born).  One night we heard this guy singing his heart out, and busting his guitar string at the same time.  And replacing it in the middle of the song, without ever losing a beat.

Quiz time:  Who was it?

Clue: everything I know about D tuning I learned from him.

And, I will add, no roust-abouts at the venue, no waiting in line, and definitely no LaBelle.  It was a simpler time.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Until now I thought the term 'Labella' was coined by the fashion & cosmetic industry as it seems to be more in tune with style and exquisiteness. You showed me the other...the real side of it. So sad. I wish she had the 'grace' and 'poise' which her name carried. May be her hair would not have looked like snakes in that case.lol


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sally: Wow. That's a tough one. I'll give it a shot though. Let's see. D tuning was used by lots of Celtic guitarists, but I don't think you'd expect me to guess some obscure Celtic musician. I know your a fan of bluegrass, which is derived from Irish music, but can't think of any bluegrass people especially. There were several musicians of the time who used the open D a lot, like Duane Eddy, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman, Eddie Cochran, and Rory Gallagher to name a few. None of these is really making my "Spidey sense" tingle. Ok...I am ready with my guess: Is it...Leo Kotke? I know he was in New York beginning in '73 playing the coffee houses and he uses the open D. Plus, I think out of all those mentioned, he is the most likely to appeal to you. Definitely Leo Kotke.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Anjalichugh: Thanks for the visit! Actually, the snakes were the most graceful part of her. Ha! Thank you so much for your interesting comment. Thank you!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Christoph, you are a dear. It was before '73. And it was Richie Havens. As far as I know, he still incorporates that busted string into his performances. I think when I saw it those years ago, he had already mastered it.

I don't know Leo Kotke, but you bet your buns that I will look him up and see what's up.

Love your stuff.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Darn Spidey sense!  Must be on the fritz!  Thanks for the fun game! I'm not as familiar with Richie Havens as I ought to be.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Well CR I'm not going to have to take the fifth on this one when it comes to occurances with celebrities. I worked for a few years at a movie studio so I used to meet a lot of them and I would sometimes run into one at a club. I never met a diva type, never met anyone so into themselves, but maybe I just caught them when they were being normal people. I did hear things from people who worked with them closely and usually it was the low tiered stars that had the biggest attitude problems.

But I can see it all very clear and I think you did the right thing, Patti Labelle is always scary to me.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

Please grant me permission to link to this Hub from my LaBelle Space Haridos Hub!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Goldentoad: I know what you mean. Just from having worked in show business, I have heard lots and lots of stories, but haven't experienced them personally. Perhaps I should also do one on great encounters with celebrities too, because there is probably more good stuff than bad. Hmmm. Not a bad idea. Thanks for the idea and the comment!

Patti: Of course you can! I didn't know your hub existed. I searched and searched for those type of LaBelle pics and couldn't find any, so well done on that. I am linking to you right now. Thanks so much!


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

About the coolest thing I have seen is Garth Brooks getting picked up by a small sized limo(ordered by the studio), kicking the driver out and telling him, he felt like driving, and for the driver to just to hop in the back. The driver didn't know what to say but everyone around was laughing and Garth even opened the door for him and kept saying, "C'mon, get in." Sheepishly the driver obeyed.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Cool story. I can't think of any off of the top of my head.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I don't know why that always pops in my mind first, it was at his peak, so I guess it was just unexpected of him or anyone getting a limo to do that. I've smoked with a couple of celebs, but that didn't make them cool. drugs don't make anyone cool.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Isn't there some saying or song that goes "It's the singer, not the song?" Well, I have found a way to still enjoy Lady Marmalade that doesn't break my vow of LaBelle silence. Here is a very cool cover with Christina Aguilera and some other foxy ladies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ioiFrFFF70

I've had very limited celebrity sightings in my life. In the late 80s I was out with some GFs for a night on the town in Boston. Stepping off a curb right next to us was Gene Hackman. I was so awestruck I couldn't say anything. He's adorable!

Once on a cable car in SF I saw the psycho chick from Play Misty For Me. Jessica something -- reddish brown hair with a widow's peak.

And closest encounter of all, was dining out here in Sac when my Hubby discreetly pointed out something shiny at the table next to ours. I subtly turned my head and saw the biggest diamond I've ever seen. In the ear of Barry Bonds!


jjrubio 7 years ago

WOW...I know quite a few celebs myself and those ones aren't MISS THANG over there. She must have been one piece of work. Well if it makes you feel any better...her first song she sang that made her famous was about a teenager getting knocked up..LOL HAVE I SINNED...So she isn't little miss perfect now is she!!! LOL

I HATE DIVAS...its another word for BEEEEOOOOOTCHHH!!!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Oh. How could I forget this one? It's 1984. I'm living in Boston. Working very late because I'm leaving early the next morning to attend my sister's graduation from nursing school in LA. I hear all kinds of honking and cheering. The Celtics have won the pennant! The next morning, sitting in Logan Airport, I look up and see someone tall. Very, very tall. "Hey, that looks like Kareem Abdul Jabaar." I think no more about it until the plane lands. There is a cheering crowd with signs, screaming. Wow -- I should come to LA more often! Seriously, I was on the plane with the LA Lakers. At the time I had a huge thang for James Worthy (Don't ask me, no accounting for taste, I guess). wish I chould have gotten closer to him, but it was a thrill nonetheless!


jjrubio 7 years ago

oohhh. thats cool M.M.

I partied with Cypress Hill, Warren G, even ate chilli cheese dogs with Snoop and his Entourage in Imperial Beach summer of 2000 when he was touring the UP IN SMOKE tour. I have so many stories..... They were all cool as HELL!!!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Hey Ms. Rubio -- Now THAT deserves its own hub:-). Or are you sworn to secrecy? LOL.

The vast majority of my celebrity interactions were on the local scale. One day I picked up the lead singer of a band called The Rings (can't find them on YouTube -- sure they have been defunct for decades) on a bus in Cambridge, MA. He, my girlfriend and I went and had drinks, but that's as far as it went. Similar pickups for other local band hotties from Skin and Beat Surrender... back when "Miranda" was my dominant personality. LOL.


jjrubio 7 years ago

yeah...maybe I should. It will be like Almost Famous but the GHETTO version. LOL

I have kicked it with alot of people because of the business I was in Modeling at Car Shows and Singing back up for Rappers. It was a fun but wild life.

I even dated an actor once...he was in NEXT FRIDAY...see which one of the JOKER brothers it was......guess!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

IDK. Would it be Jakob Vargas by any chance?


jjrubio 7 years ago

Nah....LOBO he is the buff one! he is also in Ghost of Mars and 187....Those were the days. My sister went out with Noel Gugliemi and he was in Training Day and Bruce Almighty ( the one who gets the monkey out the ass) LOL!!! I have stories to tell about that guy. HE IS NOT A CHOLO...NEVER WAS...


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Stories! I love stories! Hope our friend Christoph has inspired you. Go for it, GF. Spill!!!


jjrubio 7 years ago

well...I should tell you in an email..its pretty bad...Ooh Ooh I have some dirt on SF Giants famous player Barry Bonds but that is soooo gross. I'll have to email that to you too!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Those are great stories. JJ, if you send those stories to MM you have to send them to me too! After all, I started it so you owe me at least that much!

I met a lot of music stars when they came to perform at Six Flags. Kenny Rogers was really nice. He asked me for barbeque, so I went and got him some, and then he signed a plate for the barbeque stand cause they asked. He was cool, but the guys at the barbeque stand taped the signed plate to the wall and the bosses saw it and fired them for giving Kenny Rogers a free plate of their crappy barbeque. Talk about cheap!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

And you'll appreciate this MM.  My wife has met a lot of celebrities and one day her job was to squire Gregory Peck around town in a Limo.  She said he was the nicest man she ever met.  A perfect gentleman, gracious and refined.  Just what you would expect and hope for.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

JJ and I are plotting to see how she can dish her dirt without incurring the wrath of the HP police. I'm sure she would be up for emailing you the details. Right now she's at work, tho.

That story about Kenny Rodgers is insane. You would think the BBQ owners would be psyched to have their food "endorsed" by such a cool celebrity. They weren't very good businessmen, were they?

And as for Greg Peck. Thank you for preserving my image of him. Everything I've seen and read of his life supports his being a gentle gentleman. They just don;t make them like him anymore, do they???


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

MM: I should point out that the BBque stand was part of Six Flags. so it was the Six Flags supervisors . I forgot that my boss got in trouble too. But your right, that plate saying how great their food was was worth far more than the retail cost of $5.00. Crazy.


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Florida Keys 7 years ago from Jewfish Key Florida

JJ...e-mail your story to R. Blue...he can take it and "Please" and "Thank You" right past the HP gestapo...


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Christoph I'm still in the dark here do you not like Patty LaBelle? (Haha) just kidding I'm surprised that she could be your fave singer after that kind of ordeal. Still just kidding.

This story was a hoot and to be honest I would have stubbornly dug in my heels and stayed where I was. Did the rest of the table clear out too?

As always an enjoyable hub

regards Zsuzsy


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

ZsuZsy Bee: Yep! PaBelle is my Fav! And she's so charming, too! Actually, I have no idea what happened with the rest of the table. I have always been curious about that. Thanks for the commet!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Wow an uplcose and personal encounter with a diva! Did you have nightmares after? :D


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I Cris: I still have nightmares to this day, but now when the evil Medusa comes, rather than cower in fear, I slay the beast. Thanks for the comment.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hahaha I can just visualise all this Christoph, if I had been your date I would not have slumped in my chair,

I would have stood by your side and matched every single one of my claws with hers. I would have said,"Hey big momma sure you are Patty LaBelle well I am Donald Duck"......Then proceeded to give her a 678Code RF karate chop.

Then after I had knocked her out stone cold, we could then have been the backup act and brought the house down with our performance on stage....

A big Happy Easter to you Chris...........that little bunny better have come seen you or I will have something to say bout it.xox


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi, BP! I'm sure you could have taken her with one arm behind her back, no doubt! A-one and A-two and she's down for the count! Ha ha!

Happy Easter to you too. I told the Easter bunny to skedaddle over to your place pronto! Or he'd have to answer to me! ha!

Happy easter and thank you!


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Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

Christoph Reailly, sometimes disappoinged, never disappoints, REALLY.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I just had to come back and check up on ya! Can't believe you are still staying mighty strong and confident with that woman?!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Benson: Thanks Benson. Nice of you to say. Appreciate your comm!ent, kindly!

maymong: Thanks for checking up on me, may. You never know, I may have become weak and changed the whole thing! I owe it all to you, may! Thanks!


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

I totally enjoyed it, but it must be terrible for you and your GF. I have heard of Patti LaBelle, but she's never been a favorite.

Nice hub, Christoph.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Melody. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked it. Obviously, she's never been a favorite of mine either! Thanks for the comment!

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