Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen tracked down his man — the mysterious figure who stands up and dances at so many live music performances around town that he showed up in "Shut Up and Play the Hits," a documentary on the band LCD Soundsystem. He's Howard Mordoh, he's 61 and he lives in Woodland Hills. And he goes to a lot of concerts. So much that he has become an inadvertent celebrity of sorts.
From Allen's column making its way around the LANG newspapers:
He might have been the oldest fan at last weekend's Hard Fest, an outdoor festival in downtown L.A. of electronic music acts.
"People want their picture taken with me," Mordoh said. "One of my favorite comments is, 'I want to be like you when I grow up.' "
He takes that to mean that they want to retain their youthful passion when they're older. He certainly does.
"Music pretty much controls my life, I guess. It's not my job. I worked in a medical lab for 20 years. But my passion is music," Mordoh said.
For concertgoers around Southern California, Mordoh is a well-known unknown person, if that makes sense. He's easily recognized, and yet who is he?
"People come up to me at shows and say, 'I've seen you at shows before' and just start talking to me. It's a weird kind of celebrity," Mordoh said.
"I never got this kind of attention when I was younger. It's only when I turned gray, I guess."