We have had fun here with the new "Famous People Gerry Has Met" category, getting a look at the interesting life Gerry has lived and the people he has met. I made a joke that I can probably count the famous people I have met on one hand, and of those famous people I have met, most aren't that famous to anyone outside of the fighting community. Did I mention that when I was little I met Colonel Sanders?
Anyway, driving to work this morning I was reminded of another relatively famous person I have met. She is the lead singer of the band Garbage, Shirley Manson. And I love her.
I was listening to XM Alt Nation and the new Garbage song came on, called Blood for Poppies:
Not my favorite Garbage song, but it is growing on me. Sort of a pop tune but I like it.
My wife and I were invited to a party by our next door neighbor at the time, who was a fitness instructor. We went to the party (this was at the height of Garbage's popularity, I would say 13 or 14 years ago) and we ran into our neighbor. I said hi to her and mentioned that the beautiful woman over there looked a lot like Shirley Manson.
For those who don't know, Garbage is (or at least was) based in Madison.
The fitness instructor said that yes indeed it was Manson and that she was one of her students in her fitness classes. Manson was sitting on a couch watching a hockey game of all things with a couple random dudes.
I sauntered over there and eventually found an opening and introduced myself. She was drop dead gorgeous and melted me with that Scotch accent of hers.
I wish to god I had a photo of that meeting but alas, no dice.
As a much less interesting side note, I have also met Butch Vig, the brains behind Garbage, and famous band producer. I am pretty sure he still lives in Madison as I have talked to him several times in bars around here. Of course I just want to be his friend so I can meet Manson again, but so it goes.