Being a drummer who's drumming on drums while talking to drummers who feel drummish in a drummingly way is something I do and talk about a lot. However, I spend an near equal amount of time with social media, web analytics, and digital asset management. How I came into that world (and brought Pearl Corporation along with me) is a much longer story so remind me to tell you about it when I see you. My relationship with Canto has been a short but enjoyable one as they have delivered on their promises. I was happy to accept their invitation to speak with their audience about our best practices on their platform.
Thanks to Leslie and everyone at Canto for the opportunity... I have to juggle a lot of data/content throughout the day and their platform is intuitive and consistently reliable.
Also, I exchanged the picture of me with something a bit more up to date... #egglife
I hit these for about 4 minutes and people in the room clapped afterwards. We did this for about 2 hours and then both decided to call it a night.
I was fortunate enough to work with Vinnie Paul during his time as a Pearl Artist. Some of the highlights include:
But the last time I saw him was during his surprise visit to Pearl. It was a normal day and all of a sudden a white cadillac pulls up and out steps Vinnie!
He just decided to pop in to say hey and hang out for a bit... no agenda. So we made the rounds and he took pics with everyone... just the classic overly friendly Vinnie that you know and love. Afterwards, we went back to my office and talked for a bit before he left. I’m so glad we grabbed a quick pic...
Vinnie was one-of-kind and definitely made his mark on music and everyone he met.
Rest In Peace... you deserve it.
Pantera in action so NSFW...
Todd Sucherman... truly the ‘Tom Hanks’ of the drum world. He’s seemingly been around forever, everyone loves him on & off stage, and he delivers astounding performances every... single... time. We've known each other since the late 90's and/or early 2000's and he continues to be a real treat to be around.
You’ll witness true musical magic whether it’s the first or forty-seventh time you’ve seen him.
Sorry to hear about the sudden passing of drummer Ben Graves. We worked together in the early 2000's when he was a member of Murderdolls... always pleasant and laser focused on his craft. R.I.P.
We only had a 'phone relationship' until finally meeting in person at the Winter NAMM Show mid-2000's. First thing I noticed was he seemed shorter on the phone :) Ben's 6'7" frame ensured his presence filled whenever room he was in... even the massive Pearl booth we had that particular year. We talked drums, music, and what was going on with him at the time... such a nice guy. R.I.P. Ben
How the heck did I not know this about Procol Harum drummer, BJ Wilson?!?