The Macy’s Gipsy King

I just wanted to share with you an interesting little story that happened to us the other day.

A few days back my wife and I were in Macy’s in Union Square shopping. We were lined up to pay for a jacket when nature came knock knock knocking on my door. When I returned she was chatting to another guy (called David) who was also lined up. Apparently the guy asked her about me being English and they got chatting. When I returned he said “are you a rock star?“. Somewhat amused I jokingly said yes and laughed it off. He then told us that he was one of the managers for the Gipsy Kings and pointed to the lead guitarist who was buying a stack of clothes at the checkout.

We carried on chatting about music and he told us that the Gipsy Kings were playing the following night in San Francisco. He then asked me to call him the next day and he would try to hook us up with some free tickets. The following day, not expecting anything, I called him and told him that I was “the english guy from Macy’s“. It turned out he had managed to bag us some free tickets and to pick them up at the box office before the show.

We headed into the city, parked and went to pick up the tickets. Lo and behold there were were two tickets for us, complete with passes to the aftershow party. Not only that, he had got us reserved seats at a table in the venue. We were stunned. I saw some other folks buying the tickets on the door and the cheapest ticket was $70. Wow x 2.

We got into the venue and sat down. A little later David walked over to say hi and we shook his hand and thanked him for the tickets. The show kicked off and we had a great time. Although, I was little surprised at one point when he come over and asked if I wanted to get up and play bass on a tune. I smiled and said that it would probably not be such a good idea. I am pretty sure that the Gipsy Kings are not familiar with Angel Of Death by Slayer.

Towards the end of the show we were chatting with him and a few other guests of his from The Four Seasons hotel (where the band was staying). We went backstage to chat some more.

What a strange and bizarre evening. David, if you somehow manage to stumble over this: thanks for your incredible generosity. And the moral of this story? Shop at Macy’s!!

  • Peter Oliver

    You have a wife!?

  • jono

    Yep, I got married very recently. A post is forthcoming… :)

  • ethana2

    Good for you :) How’s it feel to not be all alone? I’m very much looking forward to it..

  • jono

    Hang in there buddy, there is the perfect person out there for all of us. :)

  • nixternal

    Oh my! I saw the Gypsy Kings many years ago when I WAS married :) Interesting event it was, both the concert and the marriage :p

    And Macy’s? You will never catch me dead in there! Nope, I will always be alive when I am in there. To bad they don’t make clothes for real men. I can’t wear them little school boy outfits like you wear. What was the ‘Bacon Community’ shirt size again? Extra Small? Jeesh!

  • Vadim P.

    Moral of the story would be to worship the Luck gods more! 😉

  • Nacho

    Well, moralB of the story: try and listen to Paco de Lucía and some decent flamenco guitarists, for god shake xD You’ll like it!

  • Ian McKellar

    Hey congratulations on the concert! And the marriage :)

  • Fabian Rodriguez

    Well… do any of them use Ubuntu ??? :)

  • Matt Asay

    Um, no, Jono. That’s not the real moral of the story. The moral isn’t to shop at Macy’s, but rather to impersonate a British rock star like yourself!

  • jono

    Heh, I think “rock star” may be pushing it, Matt. :)

    Heck, I think “British” might be pushing it too! :)

  • Paul W. Frields

    Congratulations on the nuptials! Coincidentally, I went shopping at Macy’s the other day and got propositioned by a very flexible acrobat from the local Cirque de Soleil troop. Being married myself, I knew that wouldn’t go over too well at home, and the performer wasn’t too happy when I asked her for tickets instead. I think people underestimate how tough life must be for rock stars.

  • Dave Ewart

    “Dude, you’ve sold out, man!” was my initial response to this. Then I found that I didn’t have a second response. Oh, well :-)

    Congrats^2, too.

  • jono

    The worst is how red carpet scuffs shoes. Doesn’t that just frustrate you?

  • Simon Allen

    Hahah, he gave you tickets because you were british? Now that is just kick-ASS.

    Sucks, every time I try a British Accent my native Australian tongue sneaks in somehow.

  • jono

    I am not entirely sure. I suspect they do. 😛

  • jaduncan

    So when do we hear that you’ve hooked up via their promoter for a tour?