Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Local Celebs Who LOVE Star Wars!
With Legoland having unveiled its new Star Wars display, and the Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga, it’s a good time to be fool for the Force.
"She purrs and sabers light, I thought of you, we breathe from the same mask." -- Pinback, "Victorious D"
"Help me OB1, me and the Rebel Alliance need your help." -- Thingy, "O.B.1"
"Jedi will crush the Sith, no surrender to the Dark Side." -- Rob Crow, "Jedi Master"
"Release them now [in 3D]! So, please, Lucas I'm waiting." -- Other Men, "Anaglyphic"
In addition, his band Thingy has an instrumental song inspired by Star Wars called "Kessel Run," which, according to Wookieepedia, is "an 18-parsec route used by smugglers to move glitterstim spice from Kessel to an area south of the Si'Klaata Cluster."
Crow's memorabilia collection reportedly includes a working R2D2 robot, comic books, a Super-8 film reel with scenes from the original movie, and an array of toys that extends to the main tool of his trade: he customized one of his guitar rigs to look like an X-wing fighter.
Nickel Creek co-founder Chris Thile brags about meeting Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher.
"We were at a bar in San Diego," he told starwars.com, "when low and behold, Carrie Fisher appears accompanied by two of her friends. It turned out that she had been invited by a buddy of mine, to whom I let slip, trying to express the depth of my Star Wars fanaticism, that I could play 'Princess Leia's Theme' on the mandolin.... I found myself kneeling down in front of her playing.
"She had a kind of distant look on her face at first, but after 15 seconds, a smile (of reminiscence, I think) was added. At one point, one of her friends leaned over and asked her what I was playing, to which she responded, 'It's my theme!' I finished and launched into another round of apologetic prostration, but she silenced me by thanking me and -- oh, how I'll cherish this memory for the rest of my life -- feeding me a piece of bread. 'Nobody's ever done that for me before,' she said. Ms. Fisher, should you ever read this, I can now die happy."
Singer/guitarist Chris Leyva is yet another local devotee: “It had that whole Caligula vibe, with the slutty princess and the hint of incest between Luke and his sister.”
But singer/guitarist Sean Siever may out-geek them all, having grown up on the same block as Luke Skywalker!
“Mark Hamill lived two doors east of my home at 5964 Castleton Drive in Clairemont. He went to Hale junior high and he used to jump our fence and swim in our pool.”
“My brother -- who was Playgirl’s Mr. June in 1980 -- said that he knew Mark before he moved onto our street, and Gary Steele [M&Ms] across the street was another friend of his. Mark had a mask and sci-fi and horror collection in his bedroom, and it was an honor to be invited to his room. I’m 44 now, and I remember saying goodbye to his family when they moved. My folks have told me stories about his parents...I don’t think either is still alive, but I wouldn’t repeat [the stories] unless I knew both were dead.”
“I’ve said it before; Clairemont was an incredible place to grow up.”
Siever has been recording for a new project. “I finished eight tracks for my solo thing, but I’m really unhappy with them. Very overproduced and busy. One of the early concepts was that I’d have friends, acquaintances, and idols join me, like asking Gary Heffern [the Penetrators] to sing on something, John Lowery of Hatful of Rain, Mark Loomis of Chocolate Watchband, and Ron Griffiths and Bob Jackson of Badfinger…but the logistics may be too much.”
“So I’m beta testing a virtual drummer and thinking about doing everything on my own. I may call the solo album Single and release it on my 45th birthday, kind of an homage to George Harrison’s 33 1/3. I know, such a dork.”
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