By Aaron Hanania
On October 2nd,2014 I went to a Fleetwood Mac concert in Chicago at the United Center. We got there a good hour and a half early. So early that they had not opened the doors yet. When we got in, we of course bought a few souvenirs.
The souvenir I later got for free was the best one that they would never sell. When we were sitting waiting, I was thinking back to getting a guitar pick or drum stick, like the few lucky people who get the rarest pick.
My problem was we were not even facing the stage but on the far right side of it. So I thought that I could not get anything. That was until I wanted to stand down by the stage where the bass player went off the stage and changed guitars. and watch the guy with the really long hair tune the guitars. I also wanted to look at the band members little portable desk with pictures of their family.
I stood down there and watched the pre-concert preparations for a good 20 minutes. There was a security guy standing about ten feet in front of me. The curious me decided to ask him a question I was sure I knew the answer to.
I said, “Excuse me sir.” The man replied, “yes.”
I then asked, “Is there any way I can get a guitar pick from one of the people in the band?”
Remember this was before I really knew Fleetwood Mac, so I did not know who was who. The guy told me,” one second.”
He then turned to the man tuning the guitars and I think he said something like, “That kid over there is asking for a guitar pick.”
The only way I can assume that is because the security guard turned and pointed toward me. The tuner reached into his pocket and gave the security man a guitar pick. It was the bass guitarist, John McVie’s bass pick.
I never thought that it was that easy to get a pick. I never tried before either.
All you need to do this is to be a kid or have a kid with you, because they probably wouldn’t do it for an adult. A “cute” kid on the other hand is likely. Next time you go to a concert with a kid you can try this technique and see what happens. I wish you best of luck when you try.
The worst thing that could happen is that you might not get one. But having a young kid ask increases the chances that you may walk away with a very valuable item.
This proves that not only people with good seats, expensive backstage passes and large baskets to catch a pick, can get one but anyone who thinks creatively can.
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