Last week we all had a good laugh when we found out that White House gate crasher/reality star Michaele Salahi left her husband for Neal Schon, lead guitarist of Journey. I gotta tell ya….this can happen to ANYONE!
It’s 1989 and I’m a hot rocking, flame throwing night-time DJ in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was dating this girl for a few weeks and I was going to impress her by taking her BACKSTAGE at the RATT/Cinderella concert. I know ladies….how could this NOT be anything BUT impressive. So….concert ends…we’re backstage…the bands are there…I am very impressed with how impressed my date, Dawn D., must be with me. I AM Danny Impressive. All hail ME!!!!! It’s now time to leave as the stage is being broken down so I look to find my date. Hmmmmmmm. No sign of Dawn. I corner a stage guy and asked if he saw the girl I was with. He said “Oh yeah…she and Freddy really hit it off..she left with him.”
LET ME CLARIFY THIS: Freddy is Fred Coury the drummer for Cinderella. He doesn’t commute. He is a drummer in a rock band that is on tour so basically my date dumped me and went on the road with Cinderella. As I drove home……alone….I told myself, “She’s in for a load of heart ache and STD’s. She’ll be sorry one day.” Years later I found out that my “date” ended up MARRYING Fred Coury and they have two great looking kids.
I learned a couple of things about myself that night in Grand Rapids. Number One: Stop trying to impress everyone and be yourself. Number Two: Never take a date backstage.