In the UK I was just an ordinary guy from South London doing the 9-5 grind and spending the weekends nursing hangovers.
In Brazil though it seems that I’m something pretty special. Celebs seem to wanna hang out with me every week.
For example, two weeks ago I went to see Grunge legend Mark Lanegan and he decided to do a meet and greet after the gig.
Probably because I was there I imagine.
Thankfully, I played it cool and I totally managed to get this cool photo taken with him.
Wicked, that captured the moment perfectly.
Then, last week some dudes from Brazil’s biggest TV Network Globo invited me to their premier Saturday night TV Show Altas Horas (think of it as Brazil’s Saturday Night Live). As part of the deal they said I had to bring all my gringo friends from university with me.
They told us Seu Jorge was going to be appearing so I just assumed they’d heard about the days when I used to rock out with my band Lethal Methane and they wanted me and Jorge to jam or something.
And they also made it clear that they wanted to get the gringos involved but I guessed what they really meant was that they probably just wanted to interview me and Seu Jorge after our gig.
Cool, no problem, I’m pretty much fluent in Portuguese now anyway.
So anyway, today was the day of the recording and of course the university organised a VIP coach for me to get there – as there was so much free space I let the other gringos come with me too.
Then when we arrived and as I had expected they gave me the best seat in the house.
However, being the humble guy I am I suggested they should probably give it to Seu Jorge instead and I’d just sit behind him, then they could just talk to me casually later on.
Shortly afterwards the show started and the host Sergio Groisman introduced the guests:
Zeca Pagodinho the samba singer/songwriter who played most of the music. He also downed about 8 beers during the recording. Legend.
The actress Débora Nascimento. Very tall, beautiful. Stars in Novelas. Asked one of the Chinese students whether they eat dogs.
Andres Sanchez, the President of Corinthians. People have told me that he “talks bollocks” but he said that despite “some problems” he has complete faith that everything will be ready for the World Cup in two years time. I can’t see what those people are talking about.
The journalist Poliana Abritta of whom they showed a clip reporting from Iran. Zeca nearly spat his beer out when she said its “complicated” for men and women to openly socialise there.
And, of course, my jam partner Seu Jorge, a man so cool that when I once saw him play in London he wore sunglasses on stage – even though it was November. And the gig was indoors.
It kind of all went to plan (apart from the unfortunate dog eating moment) though Seu Jorge must have got confused because he chose to do an impromptu version of Mina do Condominio with one of the other gringos instead.
I did get interviewed though. Sérgio asked me where I was from but I guess time was short as he had to move on very quickly after that.
However, I think Seu Jorge eventually realised his mistake because when I was having a photo taken with another gringo friend he suddenly noticed…
And demanded we take another one so that he could have one taken with me!
Of course, I told him that I’d send him a signed copy in the post.
The show will be on Globo this Saturday night. Watch out for the pasty gringo sitting behind Seu Jorge.