Started playing drums and singing when I was 9 years old. My good friend's big brother taught me how to play drums and gave me my first lessons....It's all history from there....
What was the first concert you ever went to?
My first concert was KISS in 1977 in Columbia, SC on the Destroyer Tour....Went with the same friends that were in my first band and my brother (who was the bassist in my band). It's probably still one of the top three shows I ever saw....What a great first concert to attend.....
What gear do you use?
I play Ludwig drums but I also have a Premier kit.....My first kit was a Ludwig so I historically I'm very fond og Ludwig drums. My favorite live mic is a wireless Sennheiser unit but I love my wired Shure Beta SM-58 for shows abroad.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
My biggest influences on drums were Neil Peart (Rush) and Steve Smith (Journey). I discovered these bands very early on in the 70s through great friends. I studied these guys profusely and played along with their albums to try to cop all their licks.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Currently I am in my own band called CircleIICircle. I formed this band in 2002 after singing in Savatage for 9 years from '92-'00. I also sing on albums for Trans-Siberian Orchestra. CIIC plays shows all over the world currently.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to jam with Iron maiden they historically have been my all time favorite band.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The largest audience was in '97 at Wacken, Germany with Savatage - 80,000 people. Second largest was with Savatage at Monsters of Rock in Brazil in '98 - 65, 000. The smallest audience was probably in Rio De Janeiro in '08 - 75 people ha ha.....
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
I would say Operation Mindcrime - Queensryche. First heard this album in '86 when i was in college. I think it's one of the all time greatest rock concept albums ever made.