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Intermediate Member
Username: willie

Post Number: 142
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 12:57 pm:   Edit Post

I am going to see Stanley Clarke at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA on Monday 6/21/2010 and wanted to try to get my S.C. type bass autographed by him. I sent a message on Twitter and Facebook asking if he would do that. The people at the Keswick said I could only bring the Bass in if I had permission from him ahead of time. Anyone have any idea on how to get this request to him before the show?
Advanced Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 221
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 4:23 pm:   Edit Post

You can try here;

although I believe that a couple of members here are also members of his interactive blog which was recently redirected from the original.

Hal (jester) is a member so is serialnumber12

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4470
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 5:28 pm:   Edit Post


You might just remove the back plate and have him sign that. You should be able to get the plate into the venue in your pocket, I would think.

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1070
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 6:02 pm:   Edit Post

Yes , I like the back plate idea too, because that way if the signature ends up being a "hideous scribble" you have ultimate control to decide if you really want to keep it ! Options !
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1989
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 11:54 pm:   Edit Post

I took off the backplate of my SC bass when I went to see Stanley Clarke in London a few years ago but that night he wasn't interested in signing autographs or really talking to anyone. He came out and virtually ran through the small waiting crowd of us waiting inside with a comment that he would be back in a short while.....

I'd decided anyway to have the autograph on the inside of the backplate instead of having it visible on the outside, that way it would have been a personal thing for me.
Alas it never happened.

I hope you have better fortune.

Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1260
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 6:01 am:   Edit Post

Stan is one on my heroes..most probably the only one with Mark King being second(as he is from the UK)
I bet in the early days he would willingly sign anything but as time goes on and fame increases I have the assumption that they forget about the people who put them on that pedestal in the first place.
It take about 1 second to sign something, if you cannot take that small amount of time to do that then you need to re think your values to the people who bought your albums and paid to see your shows.
The backlplate is the better idea and I hope it happens for you. Keep us posted
Intermediate Member
Username: willie

Post Number: 143
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 7:38 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll bring my backplate and see how it works out. Its alot easier to carry thats for sure. I'm in the 9th row so maybe I should make a sign asking him. But I'll just see after the show if there is an chance but if not oh well. I have an autographed copy of East River Drive.
And I wish Mark King would come play in the States, I'd like to see him live. I have a couple DVD's of him and Level 42. You can see why he puts tape on his thumb.
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1173
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 7:49 am:   Edit Post

Hi Willie,
July 24, 2010 is Level 42 (with Mark) also at the Keswick. Enjoy the shows!
Here's a thread discussing the US leg of their tour.
Best, Art

PS: tickets, as of this post, are still available at ticketmaster ;)

(Message edited by artswork99 on June 18, 2010)
Intermediate Member
Username: willie

Post Number: 144
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the heads up on the Level 42 Show.
I will defintely try to get tickets to that.
Wow, not only in the U.S. but the Keswick, thats not far from where I live, can't miss that!
Intermediate Member
Username: willie

Post Number: 145
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 11:23 am:   Edit Post

Tickets for Level 42 with Mark King are ordered
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 17
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 5:07 pm:   Edit Post

I am no longer a member of

After mentioning Monk Montgomery, Stanley deleted my blog.

Monk was running flurries on the upright and electric bass before Stanley Clarke was born. In fact Monk was the first professional electric bassist to play an electric bass, when everybody else was playing the upright bass. Monk is the God-Father of the Electric Bass. So much on educational exchanges with Stanley's website... it's now just a commercial "buy my new CD" site.

My new blog is here...

Although I lost all my writings from, I'll re-post my work over the Summer to the said site.

Peace and love,


(Message edited by toma_hawk01 on June 18, 2010)
Username: svlilioukalani

Post Number: 72
Registered: 6-2008
Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 3:05 am:   Edit Post

I saw Stanley at Jazz Alley in Seattle 6 months ago. He invited the whole audience back to the dressing room to sign autographs. He is a very kind man. And supportive of students of the bass.
Senior Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 1093
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 4:44 pm:   Edit Post

When my son and I saw RTF in June 2009, the entire band stayed onstage after the show, signing autographs, chatting and shaking hands for about 8 - 10 minutes. I took both of my Alembic control cavity plates to be signed. As Stanley was walking away I called his name. He looked over and nodded as he kept walking. Maybe if I had held up the plates and a Sharpie he would have signed them. I take the blame for not getting them signed, as Stanley and the others were there for quite a while.
My son did get Chick to sign his ticket, so it was worth the wait.
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1262
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010 - 2:16 am:   Edit Post

Jazzyvee Looks like he had a bad gig that night, it seems all other times he was very amicable
Intermediate Member
Username: willie

Post Number: 146
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 1:16 pm:   Edit Post

Stanley actually stayed and signed autograph's after the show. I got a copy of his new CD and a poster signed. When he saw I had an Alembic shirt on he said "Nice Shirt" and I told him about trying to reach him about getting my bass autographed. He said I should have brought it with me. He gave me his tour managers name and said for me to come see them in Central Park and find the tour manager and he would get me backstage to get the Bass signed. Unfortunately to to the recent sudden and tragic death of a very close friend I could not go to Central Park. I will try to contact him and see if there is another way to get it signed.
He couldn't have been nicer. He posed for pictures and sat there giving autographs to everyone waiting. Oh and his playing wasn't bad either.

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