Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame Tribute Concert!!!!!



On my podium again, sorry!

Postby catmom68 » Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:03 pm

M;

I was told to stop working on a calander to be sold to the fanbase using the pictures that the fans provided and we were to vote on. (The money was for the Tribute we were planning in Memphis, 2009. (which the Rock Hall after being contacted by me, took the idea and came up with the this new Living Master's award). I literally have emails of correspondence where I told them they should quit having these Tributes for dead entertainers, because that person should be there to enjoy, not dead, ok?

The lawyers that are in control of Jerry, they own his rights, likeness, etc. That was it. When I responded back, no answer. And no calander, no Tribute in Memphis, nothing. They took everything we had planned, threw it together or outright copied it. I slept well at night, with knowing the simple fact that at least SOMETHING was being addressed.

The Cleveland after party was just like everything else the Rock Hall took from us. Two weeks prior they decided to throw a party and literally planned and called it the same thing. Not only that, they set it up exactly the same way, and made it mandatory for all the entertainers to be there. They paid them, and to be quite honest, it wasn't anybody's fault from our group, from Jerry's camp. It was blatantly the Rock Hall and they call themselves preservers of the music, blah blah blah. I see it a whole different way. We worked our asses off, went through the whole system, and at the last minute they took all of our efforts and AGAIN ignored anybody who didn't donate thousands to them. I only ask one question. Where do the fans fit into the whole picture, anyway? I mean, the public is the one that needs to be supporting these entertainers, right? Not in their eyes. I will never grace my foot across their threshold, without a pure public apology to the fans of Jerry Lee Lewis for their behavior and the way they mistreated the whole lot of us. I personally could have donated thousands, had better seats and pushed for private invitations, with little or regard for the fanbase. Not my cup of tea, I AM A FAN, OK? Not a stalker, not anything of the sort. However, if they continue to present this award to Living Masters, they better be prepared for the acitve living fanbases to be a part of the celebration. They were the ones who supported the chosen entertainers over the damn years. If they hadn't, odds are the chosen entertainer wouldn't be there, anyway!

I know I sound like a bitch here. I am not, (well, I guess if the moment calls for it, ok?) :wink: But, we were the first for this particular event. I would not be a decent person if I just let them keep treating future fanbases and their events in this manner. Without making them know how badly they behaved and treated those who are loyal. A word that somewhere has lost it's importance and meaning with the Rock Hall people at least.

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Re: On my podium again, sorry!

Postby martin bates » Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:02 pm

catmom68 wrote:
it wasn't anybody's fault from our group, from Jerry's camp. It was blatantly the Rock Hall
Love,
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thanks for that explanation & sorry to bring it all back ! from your previous comment it wasn't clear what had happened; some peeps could unfairly assume problems were caused by Jerry ,his 'management', Phoebe / Kay /other fans etc. whoever they may choose; I'm 'glad' it turns out it was nothing to do with them.I understand from prior comments (over many weeks & months!) you put a lot of effort into the calendar & organising things for fans travelling to Cleveland.

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It's ok!

Postby catmom68 » Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:25 pm

Martin;

I am fine, I just cannot believe the way some things have to be. I believe that everyone really has the best in mind where Jerry is concerned. I mean, the mere fact that all of us travel thousands of miles, spend countless dollars, hours on the internet and available vacation time to see him, has to put us up there somewhere between loyal and/or crazy...lol Although I must admit that I have met some great people, anyway.

I am sending some wine to the Lewis ranch for the holidays. I had planned on giving it to Cecil in Charleston to take back with them, but I couldn't go and then with Jerry so sick, I figured I'd just go ahead and mail it.

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Postby yappin*yappin*yappin » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:10 am

Marla is being way too nice about this...
Not only were both of us burned horribly by the Rock Hall literally taking her idea and running with it for this Living Master's Tribute, but they also burned us on the party she and I planned and she footed the bill. (She's going to be pissed at me for saying that right out loud, but she'll get over it.)

Marla and I spent a lot of blood, sweat, tears, money and time planning an event that was snatched away from the fans. (A fan-based event that we were ASKED to plan and that we THOUGHT we had permission to plan....)

Marla mentions her ability to retrieve emails that prove what she did send to the Rock Hall...we also have credible witnesses in the head event planner and audio/visual co-ordinator at The Peabody that we started planning an event so similar to the Rock Hall's Living Master's tribute. Hell, Peter Checksfield was even contacted by myself about handling the audio/visual portion of what we wanted to do for JLL in 2009. Peter had to decline since it was a misunderstanding on my part that he had audio/visual experience...when in fact, he was only experienced and interested in distribution. (I have a copy of the email he sent me back along with all the other event details in my briefcase. He was very nice about not being able to help us!) I was then instructed to contact Devin Miller, who can also attest to what was discussed well before the Rock Hall was even contacted. I'd be VERY interested to see the Rock Hall's internal memo's and computer activity of when their "people" came up with the idea to honor Jerry Lee with a Living Master's Tribute...

(LOL @ the "funny" that Devin made when we told him our plans were scrapped and that the Rock Hall was running with our idea: "Are they f*cking comping your rooms and tickets to their tribute?!" Marla and I had a BIG laugh about that one!)

A lot of people felt that the Rock Hall event was not planned very well and were not impressed with some of the entertainment chosen. Our event was being planned over two years in advance to make sure that all of the entertainers that we wanted included would be free to attend. Many musicians book a year and sometimes more than a year ahead. If you throw something together at the last minute? You take what you can get....

Make no mistake about it...it was an emotional night and I did attend. Jerry Lee will forever be the first person honored as a Living Master by the Rock Hall of Fame.

Should Jerry Lee and all future honoree's be thankful that at least the Rock Hall is capable of stealing an idea from a fan trying to plan a tribute and making that idea their own?

The after party still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Since the Rock Hall's head event planner had checked a two weeks before our party to MAKE SURE that the Rock Hall itself was NOT planning anything and assured us we were good to go...Marla went ahead and planned for at least 200 people to attend. Our Rock Hall contact asked on Monday Nov. 22nd that I send her an evite that she could pass around at the Rock Hall. She RSVP'd that same day for herself and one guest.

Welllllllll, lo and behold I believe it was on Wednesday Nov. 24th that our Rock Hall contact had to rescind her RSVP and we were told that all of our invitations to anyone from the Rock Hall or the entertainers would NOT be happening. This was after Linda Gail and (I believe) Mary Jean had already RSVP'd. I've also heard from a pretty reliable source that Kenny Lovelace was very upset that all of this happened and that the band had been told at the very last minute that they'd have to attend the Rock Hall afterparty instead of the fan-based party.

So, when I went to Cleveland...I didn't go tour the Rock Hall. Screw 'em. If they're not clever enough to think up their own ideas or at least give credit where credit is due....it's no wonder they're not doing as well as they could be.


As far as the people who did show up at the afterparty at the Wyndham...most people were so nice and it was so nice to see the couples who danced to Rockin Terry Lee...who is a very talented young man and nice to boot! However, there were a few people who were not happy with the party. Both Marla and myself were told that it was "overkill" and "too much." It was a slap in the face. It might have seemed like too much that night, but when it was planned? There were supposed to be 200+ people at the party.

The plans had already been made and the deposits made....it was something that could not be undone.

Oh. I just thought of this...Phoebe had been given three different dates in 2009 to consider for the fan-based tribute we were planning. She considered the dates and picked one. She saved that date on her calendar. Just another tidbit proving that we had gotten pretty in depth into the planning of our event before it was ripped away from us.

Well, I've learned my place. I'm a regular old fan. I'll check Jerry Lee's website for his tour dates and buy my tix and attend the concerts whenever I can. By the way, I have corresponded privately with some very nice people from both of these forums. I've heard some funny and freaky personal stories about the Killer from these people.

I recently turned down an offer for a backstage ticket for the Charleston show. The very nice person who offered could only get one ticket and there were going to be five of us attending. (I DID NOT ASK FOR THE BACKSTAGE TICKET AND DID NOT EXPECT A BACKSTAGE TICKET FOR MYSELF. THIS PERSON WAS JUST BEING NICE AND OFFERED TO TRY AND GET THE TICKET WHEN THEY FOUND OUT I WAS GOING.)
There was no way I would have left the rest of my group to go backstage and I also figure that Jerry Lee doesn't need another anonymous slobbering female fan telling him how much she just loves him to pieces!

I was also told to get in touch with another bigwig person when I got to Charleston and that this person might be able to get me backstage or WHATEVER. I told the very nice person to tell the bigwig guy to wave toward the balcony...that's where I'd be and where I'd be staying during the performance. If the bigwig wanted to talk to me? He could climb the steps to the balcony where us peasants sit.

I just hope that Jerry Lee knows that he does have a huge American fan base and that we are out here and that some of us have really tried.

LOL

ARRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby catmom68 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:07 pm

Laura;

I don't think I have to prove anything to anyone. As far as I am concerned, it's over and I am actually sending out the mailed Thank You notes with the subscription notices inside tommorow. I woul dhave gotten to them sooner, but I have had two folks pass away up here.

You never have to defend anything, Laura. We tried to to do the right thing, and anybody can say what they want about professional fanclubs, etc. It is NOT that way, and you and I both know it. Period. They are just active and know how to do things to make them work for their fans. That's all. I doubt Eric didn't know a thing when we were sent presale ticket offers three weeks before the 2007 Crossroads Fest (which is now on PBS here. The tickets went in like 7 minutes to the public. I know better and I will not argue with those who say it is not whomever's job. I have associated and dated people in the damn music industry. I have studio owners, photographers, agents, casino executives, and entertainers that I have known for a long time that I still communicate.
I am not bragging, but I am sure that they know what the hell they are talking about.

Your ass is going back to Arkansas. The Beale Street schedule for Memphis in May is getting started. The dates have been set for May 1,2,3 this year. No word on who's signed up yet, but I know Jerry plays it every year. That also means the American Blues Awards dates should be announced soon.

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Postby Piet » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:04 pm

yappin*yappin*yappin wrote: She RSVP'd that same day for herself and one guest.

Welllllllll, lo and behold I believe it was on Wednesday Nov. 24th that our Rock Hall contact had to rescind her RSVP and we were told that all of our invitations to anyone from the Rock Hall or the entertainers would NOT be happening. This was after Linda Gail and (I believe) Mary Jean had already RSVP'd. .
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Well Laura, please think about us, non Americans, when writing posts, I've just spending 30 minutes to find out what RVSP means and that while I'm on your site of the camp.. :!:

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Postby peterchecksfield » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:07 pm

Piet wrote:I've just spending 30 minutes to find out what RVSP means


What does it mean?
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Postby Richard Harvey » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:47 pm

peterchecksfield wrote:
Piet wrote:I've just spending 30 minutes to find out what RVSP means


What does it mean?


Isn't it 'reply si-vou plait' or something like that in French? Meaning 'please reply'.
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Postby Piet » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:48 pm

No, it means that you promise to come, little strange :?:
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Postby Piet » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:51 pm

If R.S.V.P. is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party

Sorry, forgot to paste it. :oops:

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Postby Tony Papard » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:10 am

Piet wrote:No, it means that you promise to come, little strange :?:


Repondez s'il vous plait - Please reply
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Postby Piet » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:28 pm

Image

As I remember this post was about selling T-shirts etc., this picture is taken is 1977 when Wim de Boer just had these shirts printed and he had them sold very easy to the fans so when the tour started he had no more left to sell at the gigs. (This were the very first shirts I know of)
He gave one to Linda Gail and she wanted a picture with us to show how nice it looked, I'm sure you'll recognice me and Els. (31 years ago).
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Postby Perk » Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:47 am

Piet wrote:Image

As I remember this post was about selling T-shirts etc., this picture is taken is 1977 when Wim de Boer just had these shirts printed and he had them sold very easy to the fans so when the tour started he had no more left to sell at the gigs. (This were the very first shirts I know of)
He gave one to Linda Gail and she wanted a picture with us to show how nice it looked, I'm sure you'll recognice me and Els. (31 years ago).


T shirts sure looked better back then, nowadays the picture is mostly in a square with sharp edges, looking real sloppy made. Those old ones had the picture melting more into the shirt.

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Postby martin bates » Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:22 am

Piet wrote:Image



well Linda & Els haven't changed much........

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Postby Piet » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:54 am

martin bates wrote:well Linda & Els haven't changed much........

Martin.


To be honest, we've all changed :lol:
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