I was 4 when we discovered that I was a product of experimental genetic engineering...against my families best judgement, I became a drummer.....
What was the first concert you ever went to?
LED ZEP!! Kezar Stadium 1973!! WE slept on the sidewalk the night before.....that was also the first time I saw The Tubes and Lee Michaels
What gear do you use?
I own 8 drumsets (ludwig and fibes mostly), over a hundred guitars and basses, and a recording studio. I LOVE my 1985 Ricky 360 12-string, my Green Ludwig Vistalite Coliseum Snare, and my Universal Audio 6176 mic pre and compressor....
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Benny Goodman with Gene Krupa, Elvis with DJ Fontana, Booker T and the MGs with Al Jack jr., and then OF COURSE, Beatles and Ringo!! THEN I discovered prog rock and jazz fusion!!
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am in bands, have been in bands since I was 9, still LOVE playing in bands, and continue to do over a hundred gigs a year....
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren. If I don't LOVE the music, I seriously don't care about the caliber of the musicians involved...for instance...not a big fan of Journey or Rush even tho I respect their skills....BUT, if I LOVE the music, like the music of Joni, Todd, or Stevie, THAT's when I feel like I am a part of something real.....
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The East/West game at Stanford for was the biggest audience, (60,000) and televised. Daddy-O (of which I am still a member of) and Johnny Baron assembled the largest cast of Elvis entertainers to ever perform 'live'.....as for the smallest? Easy...The president of A&R, Capitol Records in L.A.. That was a one-person audience and the MOST nervous I have ever been!
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
The first Group 87 album. It is achingly beautiful and cool at the same time. And since it has no vocals I could make up words and sing over the top of it!!