Tommy Rickard (Vain, Linda Perry, Eric Martin, Ronnie Montrose, Scott Weiland) was recently in Las Vegas for a set of gigs, and as he told me…he would have his 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 14. It was great to see him with it playing with Dee Snider, Keisha, and others on that run….
I really appreciated this for several reasons: He is an amazing drummer, has been great to deal with, and he absolutely loves that drum. That drum as well, like so many these days out of here, was sent out with Aquarian Heads. I have become a big fan of them as well over the last year, as well as becoming a big fan of his playing.
The clip with Dee Snider is a must watch. Thank You Tommy Rickard….This was very much appreciated here…
Last month brought The Outlaws to town, and like always…They were incredible live, it was great to see them, and it simply was a great time.
Monte Yoho had his 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 as he has for a long time now. That is his main, and has been almost since the day he got it. He also uses a 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 14 as an auxiliary, and used that as his primary initially. David Dix has also used one of my earlier drums live as well.
It has been some time, and it was so great to David Dix again. He is back with the band, and him and Monte are dual-drumming. Dual drumming is something that goes back to the early 20th century, and these two have produced some of the greatest clips of that in music history. Modern Drummer pointed this out as well in the February 2007 Issue including them in a list for their work on The Outlaws 1978 live album “Bring It Back Alive,” on “Stick Around For Rock & Roll”. This article was also republished in the January 2012 digital issue.
I am not going to say I was happy, but I will say I was ecstatic to hear they have a new live album coming out this Fall, and Monte used his 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 on the entire record. I love all of their studio records, but they are one of those bands that even shine brighter live. The Allman Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band….Many, especially from that time, were like this. And bands like Blackberry Smoke, along with many others today, keep that tradition alive.
I included a couple of pics I just received from Steve Markowski. Steve is a Connecticut based drummer who performs regularly, and also is a huge fan of The Outlaws. He really has taken time out to study and watch clips of Monte Yoho’s playing as well, & recently picked up a 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 from Forks in Nashville. Thank You Steve!
Look forward to seeing you all soon….Thanks Again for everything….
Wanted to send out a really big Thank You to Mike Shawcross at Long & McQuade-Edmonton North. He recently did a clip on his Go Pro from the store with the 1.5 Steel–4 x 15 that they have in stock. I cannot tell you Mike how much I appreciated that. Great job! It is ever-interesting to me to see how you guys use my drums, tune them, and hear your thoughts on them. You have all taken time out for me and my gear…And I could not be happier to be represented by Long & McQuade in Canada.
Looking forward to staying in touch….Thank You Again for everything….