The drumming world lost its Global Ambassador today, the one and only Dom Famularo. He shared his love for drumming for over 40 years, becoming one of the world's most influential and beloved drummers, teachers, and motivators.
His was only the second drum clinic I had ever been to.. the first being Liberty DeVitto at the local college. I had seen Dom's name in issues of Modern Drummer and decided to take a chance and drive the two hours to Houston and see him at The Drum Keyboard Guitar Shop. It was held in a smaller room in the back of the store, and there may have been 25-30 people in attendance. He was a great player, but my takeaway from that afternoon wasn't what he played but was from what he said. His remarkable enthusiasm for drumming, music, and the industry was so infectious that it was the first time I thought I could be a part of the drum world that I only read about. I didn't have any plan at that point, but his words got the ball rolling... and I got to thank him much later at a NAMM Show in the '00s.
Thanks for your perseverance and dedication, Dom... you really made a difference.
Sweaty performances are expected with outside gigs but this one was a drencher! A river of sweat dumped in both eyes during the delicate outro aaaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!
Used the production company's house kit for the show in IA... very nice of them to put my initials on the bass drum head😁 I usually have a left 14" and right side 16" but this kit was a left 18" and a right side 16"... a REALLY liked having the 18" so that could change things.
Happy 36th Anniversary to Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS... the book that changed Batman and comics forever.
Here's the picture previously used for my Bio page... an homage to the original DKR cover.
Paulie Carrizzo was one of the absolute best in the industry and I mean as a person and drum tech for Todd Sucherman (and many others) throughout his long career.
I was shocked to hear about his passing today and immediately thought about the absolute immense loss that his friends, family, and the Styx camp must be feeling... Paulie had a larger than life presence.
I’m an analytics nerd so I’m doing a Top 9 even though I haven’t seen another one posted yet… #WhattaRebel
Drums & Batman…?!? what a shock😏
No spammy Top 9 apps were used… all natural and organic legwork for the stats for me thank you very much.
You play as a drummer moving to a new town in this game. You play through levels of poorly attended cajon gigs as you undercut fellow new drummers in price while searching for the key to unlock drumset abilities.
Level up by complimenting vocalists and MDs until they bring you into their circles or banish you for not knowing their personal bossa arrangement of "American Pie". Watch out for hurdles including backstage deli trays, gross hotels, and drunk patrons dancing too close to your kit.
While each gig has a different layout, gameplay is extremely repetitive as you spend a lot of time gaining experience to play huge shows only to then perform the same small collection of songs over and over and over again because the audience demands it.
Here's the full artwork...
I've always been a fan of the classic Atari 2600 painted covers and this is an homage to those...
Which one was more uncomfortable?
Here's Mal Evans with his tambourine from The Beatles GET BACK documentary... this takes place before the 'Instant Karma' video.
FINALLY... my first theater show in over a year!! Here are some highlights from my recent trip to Arkansas with the fellas in Shawn Gerhard's Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience.