By Chris Shapiro / September 2012
I’ve done interviews with rock stars before. Air Supply, George Thorogood, Lita Ford and Curly Smith of Boston are just a few of the artists I’ve had the opportunity of interviewing. While each interview was exhilarating for me, being a diehard fan of classic rock, they were conducted in a mutual meeting place. They were done in a press room, side of the stage, or over the phone. Yet, when I interviewed Eddie Money on Labor Day at Conneaut Lake, the interview experience expanded into a new realm of major importance.
Rock legend Eddie Money
The window of opportunity for my interview fell between 7:15pm and 7:30pm. Money had a meet and greet at 7:30pm and would take the stage at 8:00pm.
At 7:00pm, I tried calling the promoter, Eddie Panuntti, to see if the interview was still a go. His phone was off. I tried again at 7:15pm. Pannutti answered and told me he would call back in five minutes. Sure enough in five minutes my phone rang and I was told to meet Pannutti backstage next to the tour bus.
“He’s getting ready,” Pannutti told me. We talked a few moments about the summer and other concerts. He then disappeared into the bus to check on the status of things. He reappeared seconds later waving me toward the bus.
“This him?” Lee Beverly, Money’s bass player, asked as I approached. Pannutti nodded and Lee extended his hand.
“I’m Lee,” he introduced himself.
I shook his hand and introduced myself. I didn’t look back as the bus door closed behind me but I could sense the feeling that I had just broken through a barrier. When my feet arrived at that top step, I knew I had left the fan world behind and entered into the world of Rock ‘n Roll. (more…)