From MySpace Blog: Wednesday, March 15, 2006
For those of you that don’t know about my day job, my work at the radio station has exposed me to a string of minor, up-and-coming and pseudo celebrities and rock stars. The notable include Rob Thomas, Korn, Joe Satriani and Breaking Benjamin (see my photos). The not-so-much pile consists of Playboy Playmates, various Howard Stern cast members and alternative knock off bands (anybody remember Earshot? Sounded like Tool? No, not Chevelle, but just like that…)
Today I met (albeit briefly) an honest-to-goodness Red Carpet type: Jada Pinkett-Smith. Yes, the accomplished actress and wife of Big Willy himself. She was in studio to support her band Wicked Wisdom (yes, she is the vocalist for a heavy rock band) and their local concert with Sevendust.
I relate this not to impress (I know it’s not a big deal), but rather just to point out how cool she was. Very approachable, friendly and quite funny. Her interview on the Thom and Jeff show was pretty humorous, as she struck up a fine banter with co-host Jeff Burton. She had her ridiculously adorable daughter, Willow, with her, and their interaction was endearing as well (her roadie/body guard Mike also seemed to have a great relationship with the little one). And, as we exited the building at the same time, she held the door open for me. I know that’s not a huge thing, either, but even here in the midwest people don’t do that for others much anymore.
I didn’t have any real preconceptions about Jada, so I was happy to find her pleasant and seemingly genuine. In the past, personal meetings have really soured me on various artists. Others have changed the way I looked at their music by being really cool (I hated Shinedown’s music until I met them; they were such fantastic guys that I had to give their stuff a second chance. they’re second album is pretty good). Even bands like The Donnas, whose music I think is wretched, impressed me by being approachable and good humored (except the bass player). And though I’m not a huge fan, I got a real kick out of having pizza with Jonathan Davis of Korn and talking about how silly Godsmack is…
/// Watching “Ultimate Avengers: The Animated Movie” (which is lousy)