Altho I have met and/or opened shows for many famous people in my career, the most memorable has to be opening the show for George “The Possum” Jones in 1985.
His legendary “He Stopped Loving Her Today” album had just been released and was doing very well in the charts when I got a phone call. It was about 6:30pm. “Hey Randy, this is Dave Friday at Big Reds, how would you like to open the show for George Jones tonight?,,,,,,pause,,,,Randy?,,,,,hello?,,,,” I was already on my way !
Soon as we got there, I was asked by who I thought was the head roadie if we had an amp the fiddle player could play thru as theirs had stopped working. So, I got to use my amp to play thru then the fiddler used it. Then a little short guy who we thought was another roadie came up and said “Hey, I`m, George’s drummer! Who’s your drummer?” Then we knew that these previously thought roadies were in fact The Band ! Very nice guys, and despite being a bit nervous, we did very well.
It was a sold out packed crowd. Soon as the MC announced us and we took the stage, I couldn’t help but notice at the foot of the stage below me at one of the few tables there (the rest was seating only, obviously an expensive ticket) was my girlfriend’s father, and it wasn’t her mother that he was with !!! Could have knocked him over with a feather !! After our show, we got to sit with George’s brother, his wife and some other crew and drink all the free beer we wanted while we enjoyed an excellent show that he DID show up for! It is a memory I will never forget.