Special Thank You this morning going out to Jules Radino of Blue Oyster Cult. Last month the band was featured in the AT &T Audience Network Concert Series, and they performed Agents Of Fortune in it’s entirety. Jules used his 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 which has been his main snare on the road for several years now. He has also performed live with Blue Oyster Cult and his additional projects with his 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 15 & 4 x 15.
I got to know Jules through long time supporter and pal-Monte Yoho of The Outlaws. Have had a lot of good times with him and the band. I always look forward to seeing them because it is such a guaranteed great time. And, as this clip illustrates, they unfailingly show why they are one the greatest bands in Rock history.
See you soon Jules!
Country artist Shane Gamble released his new record “American Heart” worldwide on June 14th. I had been waiting for the release, and picked this one up right away. Mike Dawson used his 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 15 on it, and I really have been looking forward to the record coming out.
Shane & Mike selected that drum after going through a whole array of different drums, and that to me…..Was the greatest. I have listened to it many times now, and it is one that will always be in rotation here. From start to finish, it is a true Country record that is well produced, thoughtful, and has stellar musicianship & songwriting all the way through.
Additionally, I just had to add this as well. I was on the road this last weekend, and had a lag time after the sound check and before the show. It was a really hot day, so I grabbed a seat under the stage and checked into Facebook. Shane was live with the band at the “Rally In The Valley” in Frederick, MD., and he was doing a live stream. I have not seen them live due to the distance of their shows. I just shook my head, and could not stop watching and listening to this. They were incredible. And so incredible…I would say they are one of those bands that are even better live than in the studio. That is rare, and always has been. It reminded me of bands like The Outlaws & Blackberry Smoke to name a few. Those bands have always produced great records as well….But they truly soar live. The third and fourth pic are from the show this last weekend.
Mike Dawson was also using a 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 15 for this show which was great to see….And hear! That drum will be in Modern Drummer in an upcoming issue, and am really looking forward to it. Congrats to all of you in this band…..Your great.
Wanted to issue a big Thanks to Damian Figures out of Madison, Alabama. Damian is responsible for publishing the “Snare Of The Day” for Forks Drum Closet in Nashville, and has selected three of my drums since they started this a short time ago. You do a great job on this Damian, and it is always really appreciated here.
As one of the premier drum shops in this country, Forks Drum Closet has been hugely supportive of Beier Drums. They always keep a full range of them in stock, and my drums have done extremely well there. I am always sending them replacements for sold items, sending special order items, etc.., From A-Z….The whole organization is so well managed, it is easy to see why they are at the top of their game.
Thanks Again Damian & Fork’s Drum Closet…..
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….
Chad Melchert has been busy as always with sessions, and live with Gord Bamford…
The band recently filmed the video for the song “Breakfast Beer”. Thanks Chad for the great shot from the set (first pic below), and for using your 1.5 Steel–4 x 15. He also used that same drum when they performed recently at the halftime show of the Edmonton Eskimos in Clarke Stadium, & will be using the drum on more tour dates in July. The band will also be touring Australia in October 2016 on the This Crazy Life Tour. He will be using a 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 for that tour.
This story will be updated as the video comes out, & more tour dates are added. Thanks Again Chad for everything….!