I had to line up for 2 hours beforehand and then it took another hour for them to finally let me in, but I got to see them so I shouldnt complain....
They said we could only have 2 things signed as it was taking too long, so I had to limit my signings from all the albums plus the video cover to just the video cover and the new album, but when I met Tom, I shook his hand and he signed both of them, and I couldnt think of anything to say, it was TOM ARAYA! (I know, I sound like Im 10, but you just wouldnt understand unless you were there!)
He saw all the other album covers in my hands and he said "Do you want me to do them too?" I said yes of course, if he wouldnt mind, and he said no problem, whatta guy
Then I snapped out of it and asked him if they were going to do much new stuff tomorrow night and he was about to say something, then he said "well, you will just have to wait and see..." he had a big smile on his face when he said it, so I presume they will. Which is good, because their new album id their best one by far IMO
I brought the forbidden album cover as well (thats Paul Bostaphs old band for anyone who doesnt know) and Tom was looking at it, surprised, then a VERY nice lady there told me she would take photos of me with the band, so she took a photo of me and Tom, I think Tom pulled a face, but im not sure, Ill find out when I get the photos back about midday. Tom is a legend, and a very laid back guy, he gets my man of the year award
So then I got to meet Paul, he was laughing that I brought the forbidden thing, and he started going through it pointing out where the photos were taken, and saying they must have reissued the album as he hadnt seen that one before, he was saying that some of the pics were taken at Dynamo and Tom was looking and laughing, then he signed my other stuff and I said thanks and and got my pic taken again....
Good old Kerry was next, he was wearing sunglasses for some reason. It was night. Indoors too. Strange. But anyway, I got to shake his hand and got a pic with him too.
Then I got to meet Jeff, he was wearing sunglasses too, but I think he was hungover, or trying to get drunk again, i wasnt sure which, he was drinking at the signing table too (A VB for those who care
) The woman after me got the beer bottle from him, signed and everything (DAMMIT!!), I should have asked him for it, he finished it right in front of me, but I wasnt really thinking straight unfortunately, anyway, he signed my stuff and I shook his hand as well. Ill never wash my hands again
Then I stood there taking photos until they threw me out for staying too long (Just as I took the last photo in the roll, talk about good timing!)
Ill post the pics later, the lady was really nice who took them as she had to do it 4 times, I must have thanked her about 20 times, as I wasnt sure how I was going to get pics done as I was by myself! Though I think im going to look like a dickhead in them as usual, as I didnt have my hair tied back and it was blowing a gale and raining before I got in there so I looked a right mess to say the least.
That was my Slayer odyssey, I felt like I was 10 again when I met them, it was really wierd!
Ive said it before, Ill say it again, Slayer RULE!
Now, im looking forward to tonight
(Apologies if there are any spelling/punctuation mistakes, I dont have time to look check it all!)