I was a MAJOR fan of the Police while I was growing up. Andy Summers was a huge influence on me. After the Police split up, Andy went in an instrumental jazz/fusion direction - which also majorly influenced me. in 1990, he released a CD titled Charming Snakes. THAT is what I wanted to do. I was so inspired, I actually called my band Charming Snakes. Somewhere in the mid 90's I was at the NAMM show in LA. I was walking around with Randy Allar (a good friend and DJ at WCSB in Cleveland). While at a booth, who ends up next to us but Andy Summers. It was just the three of us. I politely introduced myself and told Andy how much I loved his Charming Snakes CD. Unfortunately, Andy was a in a particularly sour mood that day and barely let out a "Thanks." I then asked, "Andy, would you mind a photo?" His response was akin to telling a child he can have ice cream only if he finishes his broccoli…basically "Ooooookay…uggggh." Thinking quickly as I was as put off by his reaction as he was to being asked for a photo, I handed HIM the camera and had him take a photo of Randy Allar and I!!…which really threw him for a loop! Haha. Randy still brings it up whenever we speak on the radio. It's cool…everyone has bad days.
Fast forward to a few years ago, Fender announced they were doing a limited run tribute of his famous Telecaster…which I always drooled over. I had to get one. Then, at some point after I got one, he was doing a book signing at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. I took the guitar along and had him sign the back of the headstock. This time he was in a very good mood…totally redeemed himself. It's a great guitar!