Started playing drums in 1989, I was 23 at the time, a late bloomer indeed. I dunno, I guess it was in the genes. My late father was a drummer.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue/Waysted – The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa. Sunday, 1/15/84. I went with my friend from high school Bill. Well, we stood outside in 15 degree weather for 5 hours waiting to get in! These were the days of general admission concerts. What else was memorable? Look at the line up! Oh, and for fellow drummers, this was one of the shows Carmine Appice played drums for Ozzy.
What gear do you use?
A 70's made in Taiwan special! Ignitor or some shit like that. I got a killer snare though (cripes, I can't even remember what kind! Some friggin' drummer huh?). Usually when I play out I just bring my snare, cymbals, kick pedal, throne, & sticks and use the house drum kit. I'm not friggin' picky! My favorite piece is my DW double chain kick pedal, I don't leave home without it! ;)
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Led Zeppelin, 'coz they rock, mainly because Led Zeppelin II was the soundtrack for the summer of '79.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Yes, The Sheckies, Pop Punk/Punk, Known Andy since '93, met thru my old band Black Friday. Yup, we still play shows, not nearly as much 'coz Andy lives in Arizona now. I also play in PBK, more a classic rock band playing just for the fun of it. Mainly covers with a twist. PBK is stuck in the basement! LOL!
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Cripes, I dunno! Let's just say I wish I could get in the wayback machine and wind up in the late 60's/early 70's. I'm sure I could get in some good jams then! ;)
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Geez, I guess that would be WDOX Rockfest, Wildwood, NJ in 2004. I dunno, several hundred. Smallest was in West Reading, PA. Played for 3 paying customers! Most memorable? There's been a lot. I guess Insub Fest was a good one. We actually won a few PPMB people over at that one! LOL!
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?