If you were expecting demonstrations of exercises that allow you to play different rhythms, without having to individually focus on each limb.. then you're very unfamiliar with my playing.😁
I'm talking about last weekend's gig with the fellas in Independence, KY to a little-under-10k-crowd...! It was a complete blast and everyone there was so incredibly nice... this won't be my last gig of the summer but most likely the biggest.
Thanks to the companies I use (and prefer)... Pearl Drums / Vater Sugar Maple Fusion Signature Drumsticks (the stick the saved my elbows from disintegrating) / Zildjian Cymbals / Evans Drumheads / Shure Microphones / Woodshed Stage Art / Reunion Blues Cymbal Bags / Big Fat Snare Drum / Ultimate Ears / and Roc-N-Soc (this gig was the introduction of the Red Throne). And of course, big sloppy X's an O's to Shawn, Sean, Joseph, Joe, Billy, and TK.
Being able to be completely comfortable on any type or size kit has served me well through the years. Sometimes you have to play an odd house kit or use a certain type of kit because of the visual aspect... but when you can dictate your own gear, ask yourself if the music really needs all of the voices you're bringing. This would also be a good opportunity to fill a space with an 'x-factor' voice that you usually don't use like a crasher, cymbal stack, cowbell, small tom/snare, etc. I promise you that your gig won't implode if you don't play that same 'falling down the stairs' fill every other song.😁
Will Hunt always has interesting kits but this one is a total work of art. It was tough keeping my reflection out of a Mirror Chrome kit with Chrome hardware AND Mirror Chrome reso heads😬😁a killer kit for a way killer drummer🥁🥁
Music City Custom
Reference Pure shell specs
Mirror Chrome finish
22x18 bass drum x2
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 VectorCast snare drum
10x8 tom w/ Tru-Trac drumhead x5
ICON Rack System 2019-spec
P3000C Demon Chain pedal x2
H2000 hi-hat stand
S930D snare stand
We just debuted a new video featuring Mike Wengren of Disturbed... these guys are living proof that hard work & dedication = success. He and the entire DISTURBED crew have been in our "inner circle" since the 90's... nothing but big respect for them!
Mike and I go back to the late 90's/00's and I knew the he and the band were something different from the start. They did all of the stuff you'd expect from an emerging metal band but they had serious focus when it came to the music.
I visited Mike and DISTURBED in Chicago during their recording of the follow-up the crazy successful 'Down With The Sickness' CD, Believe. Although I got to interview Mike and producer Johnny K, one of my favorite memories of that trip is riding downtown with Mike in his truck blasting System Of A Down's Toxicity with the windows down. He was showing me some important local spots, went to see a band (maybe Rob Zombie?), and just hung out afterwards... just low key. There are some other highlights that I can't get into details (Memphis, Ozzfest 2000/01/03, House Of Blues for NAMM 2000-and something) BUT it's funny how it has changed to us now talking about our kids and families.
Some artists transcend the roster to become people you connect with and care about... Mike is definitely one of those and I couldn't be more happier about it.
A tremendous show by KISS tonight in Nashville! They smacked us with 10 tons of hits, fire, and explosions... 💿🔥💥 I thoroughly enjoyed the show but the biggest thrill was the lil' one getting a picture with the favorite member... The Demon.
Thanks to Eric Singer (a standard for being a pro rock drummer decade after decade) for taking care of the Pearl Drums crew as always!😸
Happy Birthday to the late Jeff Porcaro... today would've been his 65th birthday and 1st eligible day for MediCare.
Do you remember where you were when you heard about Jeff's passing?
Fellow musicians... be mindful of mic stands, cymbal stands, and cameras when jumping on the drum riser... it could be bad for everyone.🥁🌎😉
Hal Blaine and The Wrecking Crew were the architects of popular music during the 60's and 70's having played on thousands of thousands of tracks. No doubt his drumming influenced a generation of players and will continue to heard for years to come.
If you have a favorite musician or creator, take the time to tell them how much their art has meant to you... most can even be reached through social media. Just a simple 'thank you' is good enough while they're still around versus waiting until it's too late.
I'm glad I reached out to Hal many many years ago and was so grateful when he took the time to respond... R.I.P Hal.