Hey kids! I’m having fun shooting various videos for a new series on my social media accounts called “Name That Tune” – which has started to air already. Some will be easy to guess, some hard. They’ll be recognizable beats and drum fills from famous artists – either one beat per episode, or “medleys” of beats. Either way, lets have fun!
This past weekend at NAMM was a blast! Just the fact that for a few day I escaped the freezing cold of Western NY (only to return to it afterwards…) was a bonus. It was great to meet up with my sponsors and musical buddies that I haven’t seen in months, or in some cases since last year’s NAMM, as well as meet a bunch of the musicians that I admire. Catching a couple of shows and socializing at the Hilton Hotel with all of the musicians is a given tradition that we all do. A special bonus for me was to hang with my fellow Lou Gramm bandmates Michael Staertow and Scott Gilman – I miss playing and hanging with those guys now that Lou retired his band. NAMM has successfully charged up my batteries for 2019 – I’ve had some talks with people about various projects – and we will see what the future brings!
It’s that time of year again – time to head to Los Angeles/Anaheim to be a part of the biggest and baddest show in the music industry. I’ll be stopping by the booths of all of my sponsors, with a special shout out to Regal Tip, who hooks me up with my pass each year. I’m also looking forward to catching up with friends in the biz that I haven’t seen in a while. A great way to start off 2019!
Hey kids – back in the fall of 2016 we (Lou Gramm and band) re-recorded some of the iconic classic Foreigner hits and put them into a juicy medley. This medley was recorded for promotional purposes to be used in advertising upcoming Lou Gramm shows. That medley is now available to listen to in the music player on the Home Page. Enjoy!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope we all move upward and onward this year. 2019 will start out for me in January at the 2019 NAMM Show – I’m excited to once again be a part of such a great event! As for gigging in 2019, I have decided not to join Liegelord after all. As fun as it sounded, after careful thought, it didn’t make financial sense to do so. I wish my buddy Joe Comeau and the guys luck in their endeavors. A couple of other projects are being considered for 2019 as well, but I’m keeping my options open for the new year as of now.
On a personal note, since a new year always brings resolutions, plans and commitments for most of us, for those of you looking to either get out of a rut in your life or expand your thoughts and consciousness, I’d like to recommend some material that I’ve been listening/reading/watching over the last few years. I’m not going to describe theme here – I’ll let you explore them yourself if you wish to do so. As I recently heard one person say: “You may not find the material – it finds YOU”. Check out material by Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jeremy Locke, Richard Wetherill, Ned Burwell, and Mark Passio. There are many, many others who can guide you to a new way of thinking. All of these guys have either great books, videos, and podcasts (or combinations of these) to keep you busy for hundreds of hours. You may not subscribe to everything each person says, which is ok. Take from each what you wish. Good luck!
Here’s a picture of Lou and I at the first show I played with him on July 4, 2009 in Big Bear, CA. Since 2004, I’ve recorded Foreigner songs with him (twice- in ‘04 and ‘16), been a fill in drummer for both practices and shows, and then a permanent fixture for the last 3 years. It’s been a blast looking out from the drums and seeing one of the best singers that ever existed right in front of me. Over those years, we played with Bad Company, Loverboy, Dennis DeYoung, Pat Benatar, and more. Anywhoo, Lou has now retired his band – and what a band it was. It was an honor to play with those guys – we had half of the classic Foreigner ‘90’s line-up, and I dare say we gave the current version of Foreigner a run for their money. So- enough rambling! BIG thanks go out to Lou and my bros in the band, the crew, all of the fans that came out and saw us play, and my family for putting up with me being gone. I hope to see everyone soon!
Check out the latest addition to the podcast/ interview page – I was recently one of the guests on the “Carnival of Randomness” Podcast. I appeared with some old high school buddies and a couple other friends – talking seriously, but mostly just plain silly, as we talked about my years with Lou Gramm and reminisced about our high school band, Gothic Toad, among other stuff.
Hey kids – I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining up with my old friend Joe Comeau (Annihilator, Overkill) in 2019 drumming for Metal Blade artists Liegelord. We’ll be doing a limited amount of shows, starting in March in Athens, Greece at the “Up the Hammers” festival – co headlining with Armored Saint. Other shows planned are scheduled in Germany as well as some U.S. dates. Some of you may remember that I did a short stint in Liegelord back in 2000/2001 when we played the Wacken Open Air Festival, as well as recorded a killer version of the classic song “Too Scared To Run” by Uriah Heep on the tribute album “A Return To Fantasy – A Tribute To Uriah Heep” on Century Media Records – check out that song on the audio page of this website. I’m looking forward to playing some METAL in 2019!
I’m happy to announce that I’m now on board with the fine folks at Big Fat Snare Drum! I’ve been playing around with “The Original” model on my 1983 Tama Rosewood Superstar snare drum (my all time favorite!), and boy does it really give me that “Big Fat Snare Drum” sound when I need it! Go check them out at http://www.bigfatsnaredrum.com!
Hey kids – I’m excited to announce that currently I am getting involved with a great new organization, Rock Your Business (www.rockyourbusiness.com), which brings world class talent into the corporate world by providing exclusive team building and leadership workshops. This is a business that’s related to the Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp organization that I participated in back in July. Can’t wait to get started! Also, this fall I have ramped up my private teaching – so if you or someone you know wishes to learn and talk drums, check out the lessons page on my website, http://www.robmount.com!