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"Celebrities" at Burning Man

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Spotted this year:
Confirmed:
Joan Baez
Larry Hagman
Matt Gonzales
Paul Oakenfold
Tiesto

Unconfirmed:
Bono
Sting
Gwyneth Paltrow

What is your reaction to celebrities coming to Burning Man?
Indifference? Anger/Opposition? Acceptance? Excitement?

Of course, the most high-profile individual of them all this year was Dicky.
Does Burning Man create its own celebrities? (example: David Best is now a household name among burners)
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    Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Fri, September 9, 2005 - 11:18 PM
    My reaction is (and this goes for anyone that goes to burningman) …if you are cool enough to go with an open mind and an open heart to burningman and you are not there to ridicule, belittle or berate anybody…well then enjoy! And if you happen to be famous … or almost famous…or famous in your own mind…or whatever…and you “sneak in” to be anonymous and are there to experience the BRC community and leave that “Do you know who I am?” attitude somewhere around Reno…well then I greet you with open arms and I consider you one of my dust covered brethren just looking to share an incredible experience.

    And I have to say that if somebody like sting, bono or even britney spears is willing to leave all of the glam behind…then I would even have to say that is pretty fucking cool.

    -peas out!
    • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

      Sat, September 10, 2005 - 1:10 PM
      "and leave that “Do you know who I am?” attitude somewhere around Reno…well then I greet you with open arms and I consider you one of my dust covered brethren just looking to share an incredible experience."


      And if these celebrities have ever experienced San Francisco attitude (which a lot of Burning Man people have, since they're from SF), then they're definitely not going to get the star worship treatment. In SF, Robin Williams shops at the Marina Safeway and nobody particularly cares unless his shopping cart is in their way.
  • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Sat, September 10, 2005 - 1:17 PM
    I don't count musicians who are performing at BM as celebrities. Unless they just go, not because they are performing.

    Last year, Heather Graham was eating dinner at my camp. An acquaintence spotted her and mistook her for someone else she knew, and started reminiscing about old times. Sghe felt like an idiot when she found out who it was.
    • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

      Wed, September 14, 2005 - 2:22 AM
      yeah I saw Heather on TV talking about what a great time she had!
      • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

        Thu, October 6, 2005 - 6:54 PM
        Rainie isn't crazy at all. I also met Heather Graham in our camp that year. I had no clue it was her, until campmates mentioned it late Sunday, after she had already left.

        She seemed cool, from the brief moment I met her, just a regular Burner. I'd guess most celebs who go are the same.
  • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Sat, September 10, 2005 - 6:57 PM
    Sting is confirmed.
    • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

      Sat, September 10, 2005 - 9:40 PM
      we heard How-weird stern was there.... but... I didnt see him, though I made the people that said they saw him take me where they said they saw him... oh well... maybe next time...

      ...B
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        Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

        Tue, October 4, 2005 - 10:40 PM
        "we heard How-weird stern was there"

        That might have been "Howard" (not THE Howard Stern). A long time burner who looks like HS and in past years was associated with Alien Love Nest and then Arson Isle villages.

        Sas
      • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

        Tue, October 4, 2005 - 11:19 PM
        Howard Stern is confirmed. Him and most of his crew.
        • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

          Tue, October 4, 2005 - 11:39 PM
          Even if I came across a celebrity on the playa I probably would never know who it was or even recognize them, basically because I'm not really looking for it out there I guess.

          If you're not looking for something gemerally it will pass right by you.

          What is it the big mountain theory or pink mountain? i don't know I don't remember anymore.
          • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

            Wed, October 5, 2005 - 2:08 AM
            CTP~Franti is with Spearhead. I think they're popular here in the Bay Area. I've been hearing his name bounced around a lot lately.

            My fave celebrity of 2005 I didn't have the pleasure of bumping into?

            Petite Beagle!

            But I did have quite a good time with Bacon and PBR...

            *snicker*
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              The rummor was running rampant again this year that Paris Hilton was there with a double decker pink bus. Matt Gonzales isn't really a celebrity.

              So far I think I like all my friends and the people I meet on the streets better than anyone in People Magazine. I felt bad in retrospect for breaking his temporary anonymity.

              My friends and I later discussed that BM probably is one of the best places for a wildly famous artist to come and mingle as an equal in a large community of unfamous artists.

              He didn't bring his art with him, but some of us know and love what he has put out--mostly the early stuff.

              So for a brief time he got to be a citizen among many artists. Must feel nice from his perspective.

              I loved the way they did Paradise city sans Guns and Roses. At any given moment on the Playa every single one of us is a Celebrity.

              Larry Hagman is less of a celebrity than Gary Coleman. Larry Harvey was at the CT afterparty.

              String Cheese Incident plays a jam session nearly every year, unannounced at whatever stage they feel like.

              And I have to say that if somebody like sting, bono or even britney spears is willing to leave all of the glam behind…then I would even have to say that is pretty fucking cool.

              “Do you know who I am?”Has any one else heard this or was another altered state of reality?
    • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

      Mon, September 12, 2005 - 9:04 PM
      Met Sting with some of my friends at the Pinchbeck lecture at Snowflake camp (a lecture on psychedelics, wink, wink). I'm with the Space Virgin camp, and we were having our party that night, so--like the starfucker I am--I handed him our dogtag swag invitation and he actually put it on. Didn't show up for the party, but it was nice of him to pretend he would.

      I felt bad in retrospect for breaking his temporary anonymity. My friends and I later discussed that BM probably is one of the best places for a wildly famous artist to come and mingle as an equal in a large community of unfamous artists. He didn't bring his art with him, but some of us know and love what he has put out--mostly the early stuff. So for a brief time he got to be a citizen among many artists. Must feel nice from his perspective.
  • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Sun, September 11, 2005 - 1:47 PM
    Am I the only totally clueless person that would not recognize someone famous? I doubt even my favorite movie stars would register as who they are in person... I guess I am just not looking, hoping to bumb into someone famous... i prefer to take each person as an individual and go- wow- then find out who they think they are... give me a dready boy or a playa angel any day... and if they happen to be an artist or performer or life-lover to any degree, yay for them and yay for me.
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      Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

      Mon, September 12, 2005 - 10:29 AM
      Often the hardest part of recognizing a celebrity in person is that you're seeing them for the first time ever in three dimensions. Photos and film all flatten everything down into 2-D and make it that much harder to recognize somebody when you see them in person for the first time. (This advice is applicable to internet datings as well.)
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    Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Sun, September 11, 2005 - 2:23 PM
    Um,
    Matt Gonzales isn't really a celebrity. Gavin Newsom is barely a celebrity.
    Nobody outside of the bay area would recognize either of them, unless they were serious newshounds, or really paid attention during Newsom's wonderful Gay Mariage moment.

    Larry Hagman is less of a celebrity than Gary Coleman.

    None of the "Confirmed" people are big enough deals to be even remotely distracting. It's not like the Queen showed up, or Brad Pitt or something.

    On the playa, Dicky is more famous than all of them.

    My reaction: indifference. I will be indifferent until some hot shot shows up and recieves special treatment.

    As for well known musicians playing sets at Burning Man: Yes please! They're well known because they're good, usually.
    • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

      Sun, September 11, 2005 - 2:57 PM
      "As for well known musicians playing sets at Burning Man: Yes please! They're well known because they're good, usually."

      Unless we're talking about Britney Spears.
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        Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

        Sun, September 11, 2005 - 3:07 PM
        The Drummer from White Zombie was there. He talked me into going!

        Howard Stern? Really?
        • I thought so...

          Sun, September 11, 2005 - 4:40 PM
          I thought that was 'Sting' but until it was mentioned I couldnt be sure.
          I was sure that I interacted with Angelina Jolie... but I could be wrong.
          L

          ...I should have looked for her tatoos...
          • Re: I thought so...

            Mon, September 12, 2005 - 12:04 AM
            the beatles reunited and played a show out by the porta-crappers near the temple on wednesday night, but i am sure that is old news by now.

            they played an ok set for the most part, but when they came back and did an encore of "paradise city", oh man! everyone went nuts!
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              Re: I thought so...

              Mon, September 12, 2005 - 10:32 AM
              I couldn't believe that they got Slash, and Axl Rose to stand in for the dead Beatles! I loved the way they did Paradise city sans Guns and Roses.
  • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Mon, September 12, 2005 - 10:17 AM
    At any given moment on the Playa every single one of us is a Celebrity. I know I was a rock star 5 of 7 nights. I bet those people that are famous in the default world realize that they are blessed to be surrounded by us. It may even be some of the only times they get to tap into being equal with the community.

    I saw lots of celebrities this year. I don't know your names, but I saw it in your eyes.

    Rock on!
    • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

      Mon, September 12, 2005 - 10:25 AM
      i think it's awesome that celebrities go out. why not? in fact, i would think it's a PERFECT place for celebs to be mostly anonymous and be able to really hang out, relax and let loose with like-minded artists. most of them ARE artists, remember. i mean, it's easy to not look like yourself out there and most celebs could easily disguise themselves and have a great time being freaky like the rest of us.
      • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

        Mon, September 12, 2005 - 10:36 AM
        I camped next to Perry Ferrel one year. Wow! I know.
        • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

          Tue, September 13, 2005 - 2:44 PM
          He kicked me in the head that year. It was way back when there was the spiral thing you climb through that gets smaller and smaller. The guy in front of me was getting claustrophic, and the next thing I know I hear a clamour behind me, and Perry is climbing over everyone to get through. More punk rock style than obnoxious trying to go first. All in good fun. I think he even helped the stuck person through.


          On another note, I once did get chewed out by Robert Redford after I asked his wife for her pass to get backstage at the bridge school concert. She was about to give it to me, when he came up and lectured us both.

          So far I think I like all my friends and the people I meet on the streets better than anyone in People Magazine.
  • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Mon, September 12, 2005 - 10:40 AM
    celebrities rock...especially the biggest of them all...ronzo. my favorite burner celeb is paris who everone loves to wine about. can't we all just get-a-long and burn together...dicky rocks...
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    Mon, September 12, 2005 - 9:11 PM
    Madonna was there too - yes- true story ...my friend saw her on Sunday - or rather...Monday morning - early at around 2am or so - she waved and Madonna winked back.

    Hey - I'd be going every year too - celebrity or not...there is no place on earth ....
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    Michael Franti

    Tue, September 13, 2005 - 6:52 PM
    ...or his dead ringer double at the Angel of the Apocalypse on Thursday night...

    **SWOON**

    I walked right past him and couldn't even speak - I should've said "hi" and found out if it was him or not (if not then dragged him off to Newt's Bar or something -- I understand Michael Franti is not available and standard married)
    • Re: Michael Franti

      Tue, October 4, 2005 - 7:41 PM
      'twas him indeed. he stopped by while i was working on my sculpture and talked to me... i was so focused on my work that i didn't recognize him at all! a guy hanging out next to us said after he left "um, that was michael franti!" duh. he came back later and gave me a hug.
      oh, and he was with a gorgeous woman.. can't remember her name.

      most importantly, though, is the above mentioned point that celebrity stature becomes null and void out there (or it should, anyway), because we are all communicating on a higher level. we are all celebrities or there are no celebrities.
      • Re: Michael Franti

        Tue, October 4, 2005 - 10:24 PM
        uh...who is this Michael Franti guy anyway?

        (yes, CTP is too fucking lazy to google or wiki it tonight...maybe tomorrow)
        • Re: Michael Franti

          Thu, October 6, 2005 - 4:31 PM
          brief but probably not complete career of bay area musician michael franti:

          the beatnigs
          disposable heroes of hiphoprisy ("television... the drug of the nation...")
          spearhead

          spearhead is his current band and they have been for some number of years now. conscious hip hop would be the umbrella i'd label it, but generally just "damn fine r and b" would also suffice as a label...

          some of it a bit too redundant to hear night after night (it ain't a band to tour with like the grateful dead or something... i did "official" ie inside vending on the tour this summer and it got old quick)... but i'll give the guy props, to be sure. he walks his talk... from brooklyn to baghdad to berkeley to black rock city. a definite "warrior" in the power to the peaceful movement.
  • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Tue, September 13, 2005 - 11:39 PM
    If you care about "celebrities" then as far as I'm concerned you really don't understand Burning Man.

    JR
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      Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

      Wed, September 14, 2005 - 2:26 AM
      What I *thought* I saw was someone who *looked* like Michael Franti. Then I got off the Slug and went for a 3 hour walk along the trash fence, counting shooting stars (about 1 every 6-10 minutes) and got back to Newt's Bar at 4:00 AM... and someone told me that Michael Franti had played at HeeBeeGeeBees on Tuesday... so I was sure the beautiful person I saw was not entirely a figment of my imagination.

      *still* swooning....
  • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

    Wed, September 14, 2005 - 6:02 AM
    "Celebrity"?? Maybe, but it was the second year in a row that I camped next to ben from Ben & Jerry's. I keep telling him to bring the ice cream to the desert and THEN i'll be impressed!
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    Mon, October 3, 2005 - 5:56 PM
    I saw the Energizer Bunny's older brother at the Temple!!
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      Mon, October 3, 2005 - 9:13 PM
      I caught a glimpse of Michael Franti as well, after friends indicated
      he was there. Though, my favorite bit involving him was when an
      art car cruised by with him singing...

      I enjoy the random live music instances that have popped up over
      the years...

      -j
      • Re: "Celebrities" at Burning Man

        Tue, October 4, 2005 - 6:21 PM
        I camped next to a relatively big "name" actress one year. And no, I'm not gonna say who she was, because it's up to her whether she want's to reveal that she goes or not.
        She was VERY cool, laid back, etc., and was'nt there in a great big RV, she was just tenting it w/ her bf.
  • DJ Christ Superstar

    Thu, October 6, 2005 - 4:42 PM
    a few years back someone did a schtick called DJ Christ Superstar. i didn't see it, but in the years since, that's sort of the term i've come to associate with the whole buzz around who's playing what stage at what time, etc.

    a friend of mine who'd never been to burning man was telling me about bassnectar and i said i'd never heard of him. he said he was "the most popular dj at burning man." i was very amused. a friend who'd never been is telling me who the most popular dj is even though i'd been out there for, oh, six years at the time. (this was my seventh.)

    well, whatever... truth of the matter is, i hadn't heard of lorin's music, but now own his cd and really love bassnectar and have booked him for our halloween party in vegas this year. but the point wasn't to dis lorin or even my friend, but, rather, the whole thing about the "most famous dj at burning man."

    i admit i'm clueless where electronic music is concerned. i don't know all the hip bay area djs and all the hip new styles that come down the pike. i go to the burn, i stumble around, sometimes altered, sometimes just playafied, and i seek out the cool freaky shit. sometimes it's music, sometimes it's not.

    the whole buzz around the dj line-ups was very pronounced this year and seems to be part of a growing trend... get to the hip camp at the hip hour for the hip set with the new sound and then hop on your bike and roll to the other end of the universe so as not to mix the next "not to be missed" set...

    quite silly to me in some respects, but, then again, if i heard that bowie was playing a set on one end of the playa and pete townshend was playing a set on the opposite end right after that, i'd have my bike in good working order and be at both sets fer sure...

    the djs add a lot to our experience out there, to be sure. and they have to put up with the dust as much as the rest of us... more, really, because they have to tweak with finnicky equipment in harsh desert conditions. so provided they aren't demanding that they have an army of knaves to remove their green m&ms, i guess it's just part of the whole experience.

    i just get a bit, uh, glossed over when i hear the sort of dj superstar cultism.

    and, fuck it, i'm also a hypocrite. i'll probably go to lorin's cd release party in brooklyn tomorrow 'cos i'm now totally digging his music and loving supporting him.
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      Re: DJ Christ Superstar

      Thu, October 6, 2005 - 7:13 PM
      Paris was not on the pink double-decker bus (AKA Barbie's Dream Bus). There was a woman who looked like Paris and introduced herself as "Kiwi" to me - she was from N.Z. with a thick accent. If it was really Paris - I would have to re-assess my thoughts on her acting skills or wonder if I was on a really good contact high...
      • Re: DJ Christ Superstar

        Thu, October 6, 2005 - 9:09 PM
        I think dave grosh (foo fitghters) was on the playa to
        • Re: DJ Christ Superstar

          Tue, July 25, 2006 - 6:36 PM
          This bump is PURELY for the fun of it.
          • Re: DJ Christ Superstar

            Tue, July 25, 2006 - 6:47 PM
            thank you

            I think :)
            • Re: DJ Christ Superstar

              Tue, July 25, 2006 - 7:10 PM
              personally my celebrities on the playa are the tribe and mailing list super stars i see all year round croping up n my inbox

              I was super excited when someone said hey you should met nurse lisa

              the muse and bare i feel like i get extra coolness points because they know my name, lik oh my god they are frikkin royalty,

              every single person who i have to wai all year to see coz burning man wipes out my fundage to vistin the states more than once a year is a fucking celebrity in my book,

              if gwynnie or sting are there guys have a blast, if you pop by my camp i'll probably get you real fooked up on amy mopp cocktails, but if you dont bring a cup clearly i'm gnna fucking spank you regardelsds of who you are.

              this year madonnas costume designer from london has joined her camp

              dude i'm seriously playing dress up with his box of goodies

              I'd like tyo think of myself as a celebrity in my own little head trip

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