drummer Gregg Gerson

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Hey All,

So here's what's coming up. The NAMM 2008, (www.thenammshow.com) is just a few weeks from now. January 17-20, 2008 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. I'll be at the Avedis Zildjian Company Booth: 2940 Location: Hall D, on January 18 & 19 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 signing so PLEASE come by and say hello!!!

I’m also scheduling shows with Alexander Markov and Ivan Bodley for 2008 playing the “Rock Concerto” throughout Europe and will post them all as they are finalized… This is something that you will want and/or need to see and hear to understand how amazing this production really is live. Alexander is still working on finalizing a deal with Carnegie Hall's production coordinator in New York for this year, 2008. That will be a show of shows!!!

As always, I’ll keep you all posted and do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.

Have a great winter. I'm looking forward to seeing and meeting you all at NAMM!!!
Gregg

01/08 – 02/08


Hey All,

So here's what's been going on. I'm back and forth between coasts, east and west playing live and recording. I've just returned from playing a series of shows with fame R&B blues guitarist Johnny “V” Vernazza, (www.johnnyv.net) ... Johnny "V" himself has played live and recorded with some of the worlds greatest blues and pop artist such as, Luther Tucker, Sonnyland Slim, Chuck Berry, Steve Miller, Gregg Allman, George Thorogood, Charlie Daniels, Commander Cody, Norton Buffalo and Elvin Bishop.Johnny V. Vernazza Band, Gregg Gerson
The most resent line up of players with JV’s Band has been, Mark Bentley, vocals & keyboards, Val L'Heureux, electric bass, Johnny “V” Vernazza, vocals & guitar and yours truly on drums. It is one great band live. Our show is a total powerhouse from beginning to end. We recently played a show opening for The Doobie Brothers that was a show to remember according to Pat Simmons of the Doobie's. Johnny ended the Doobie’s show that night by being invited up to play the Doobie's last song with the band.


Cash'd Out with Gregg Gerson on Drums
Also, here is a photo above of something I was doing and had a blast doing it! I had NEVER done anything like this before. Most of you don’t know this but I have always been a huge Johnny Cash, (www.johnnycash.com) fan from way back. A few months ago, I was invited to play with Cash’d Out, (www.cashdout.com) which is a tribute to Johnny Cash’s music. It's a great show to see and hear if you love the music. Douglas G. Benson is brilliant up front! I had more fun playing Johnny Cash music then I can explain. Seeing and hearing us play was the only way you could truly comprehend how good this show was!

I’m also scheduling shows with Alexander Markov for 2008 playing the “Rock Concerto” throughout Europe and will post them all as they are finalized… That is also something that you would need to see and hear to understand how amazing this production really is. Alexander is still working on finalizing a deal with Carnegie Hall's production coordinator in New York for 2008. That will be a show of shows!!!

I will be at NAMM 2008, (www.thenammshow.com) in Anaheim, CA and will be at the Zildjian booth signing so come on by and say hello!!!

As always, I’ll keep you all posted and do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.

Have a great Winter!!!
Gregg

10/07 – 12/07


Hey All,

So here's what's been going on. I'm back and forth between both coasts, east and west playing and recording. I just finished recording a record playing drums with the band, Temple of Heads (www.templeofheads.com) in late February 2006 with producer Mark Wolfson (www.reelent.com) and engineer/guitarist/composer Neil Citron (www.guitar9.com/absolutenc.html) who's been engineering for Steve Vai these days. Do keep an eye out for these guys, Temple of Heads as they are slam'n and so is the record!!!

Meanwhile, I'm heading over to Turkey once again on March 27, 2006 to play a series of concerts with my dear friend, the brilliant violinist Alexander Markov (www.alexandermarkov.com) and the great bassist Ivan Bodley (www.funkboy.net) on bass guitar and keyboards. We will once again perform the "Rock Concerto." This trip brings us together with The Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra as well as The Eskisehir State Symphony Orchestra with The Bursa Chorus... We are hoping to film these concerts for a DVD that will be available later so we can share the experience with all of you. It's quite spectacular. Imagine, an electric band with a full orchestra and vocal chorus behind you. There's about 100 people on the stage surrounding both Alexander, Ivan and Me... What I can tell you is, it's extremely fun!!!

We're also doing the "Rock Concerto" with The Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra (http://www.bridgeportsymphony.org) here in the States on May 20, 2006 in Bridgeport, Connecticut at the Klein Memorial Auditorium... For more information, go to TheaterMania.com...

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.

Have a great Spring!!!
Gregg

4/06 - 5/06


Hey All,

So here's what's been going on. I just got back from Tel Aviv, Israel on Easter Sunday. The night before, Saturday March 26, 2005, I played a concert for the International Spring Festval Rishon LeZion 2005, with friend and brilliant violinist Alexander Markov (www.alexandermarkov.com) and great Ivan Bodley (www.funkboy.net) on bass. We played the "Rock Concerto" with the Israeli Symphony Orchestra... They, (the orchestra) were amazing!!! So was the audience!!! It was also my first time in Israel... but not my last. It was an amazing experience being there!!!

I'm now back in New York City for a while. On April 7, 2005, I'm playing a show called, Remix LIVE, Volume 2 for the Institute of Audio Research. I'll be playing with following artist, DJ Yonny (Black Eyed Peas) * Hilary Kole (Singing Astaire) * Steve Rodriquez (Alicia Keyes, Beyoncé) * DJ Shorty (KRS-1) * Mark Berman (Aretha Franklin)... This event will be held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but you must reserve a seat to attend this event. To reserve a spot, call 212-777-8550. (Directions to the venue can be found here...

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.

Have a great Spring!!!
Gregg

4/05


Hey all,

So here's what's been going on. I left New York for LA / San Diego in the beginning of February and got right to work. I did a bunch of gigs throughout the Los Angeles area with my friend, singer songwriter Bobby Syvarth, www.bobbysyvarth.com playing flute. I even put a peddle board together for the killer sounds!!!

Then I played drum tracks on the new Luke Neeley record down in San Diego. I then met up with singer songwriter Lee Nestor, www.leenestor.com back up in LA and had the opportunity to play with her at the renown Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood with Jason Page, (One of the best singers on the planet) playing Bass and Tommy Andrews on guitar. Tommy and I did the Belinda Carlisle, (The Go Gos) and Steve Jones, (Sex Pistols) tours together in the past. It was good fun and Lee's brilliant!!!

While in LA, Steve Stevens, (Guitar virtuoso w/ Billy Idol) and I got to spend a lot of time catching up with each other. He's one of my closes friends in LA today without a doubt. He's in Studio now with Idol working on a new record. I'm sure it will be great!!! I even met up with one of my oldest friends, Russ Irwin, (Keyboards w/ Aerosmith) just before he went out on tour. It seems as though all my friends have moved to LA?

So here's what May looks like, but first, a little history. Last month (April), while I was in LA working, I get a call from Will Lee (Bass Player) of the fame David Letterman Orchestra. He asked me if I could do a gig in Turkey with rock / classical violinist Alexander Markov, www.alexandermarkov.com and of course I said yes. Will told me he'd love to do this gig but couldn't leave New York for a week to play the gig. Will also contacted bassist Ivan Bodley, www.funkboy.net who's without question one of the best bass players here in the city of New York. Also a dear friend...

So, I'm flying to Izmir, Turkey on May 18 to perform for a crowd of 6,000 people with Alexander Markov. It's an original piece he's written called "The Rock Concerto" in four movements for 6-String Electric Violin (played through a Marshall amp), Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and a Rock Group, somewhat similar to what I did with The British Rock Symphony, www.britishrock.com with Roger Daltrey of The Who. There's even a drum solo at the end of the third movement. It will be my first gig in Turkey.

Have a great Spring!!!
Gregg

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.

5/04


Hey all,

First, let me start by wishing you all a Happy & Healthy New Year!!! Sorry I haven't kept you all up to date with my happenings during this past year. I've been busy working with an assortment of different new artists and truly didn't have the time to send all my current information and update photos to my Webmaster, Pam Gore I might mention that Pam is quite the brilliant Webmaster at that!!!

So, my apologies for a year of absence regarding my current news etc.

Okay, so now let's get down to the business of what's been happening...

Jason Mraz and I, at this point in time are not playing together. It's all cordial between Mraz and myself, I promise!!! I did tell you all that Jason was going to break out big and of course he has. I wish him continued success in 2004! I might also add that, all of us being such good friends, that at some point, we'll all play together again, that I'm sure of!

For now, I'm working with another fantastic artist that you don't want to miss. His name: Bobby Syvarth! (www.bobbysyvarth.com) Bobby and I have a blast playing together. Some how I just luck out by finding these brilliant guys who can play, write, sing and touch your soul. Bobby's one of these guys. We will be doing duos together this winter throughout the west coast, from San Diego to San Francisco. Go to Bobby's site for updates on these shows for January and February. I do hope to see you all at our gigs! By the way, I'm playing electric flute with Bobby at this point, but will later switch to drums once we have the ball rolling with a full band.

I will also be at NAMM this year and hope to see some of you there!!!

Have a great January!!!
Gregg

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.

1/04


Hey all,

Sorry I haven't kept you all up to date with my happenings. It's been a difficult six month period for me. After recovering emotionally from the work I did down at Ground Zero as a welder / iron worker, I went to San Diego / Los Angeles right after the new year (2002) to work / play with a brilliant artist named Jason Mraz, (go to www.jasonmraz.com). I can't express to you all how much fun it is to play with this guy!!! He sings like no one. He's effortless in his singing and playing guitar. A great writer of song!!! When people ask me what genre of music it is we do / play, I have a difficult time explaining it, so I don't, I just say, "Come and hear for yourself." Where ever we play, you can count on that the venue is filled to capacity. Sometimes, people are turned away at the door due to the fact that there's no room... It's a great gig!!! Hope to see ya all there, and by the way, I'm playing flute as well as drums...

Have a great Spring!!!
Gregg

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.

Click here for photos of me... dressed and ready to go to ground zero!

4/2002


9/2001

To Everyone,

This current news is in regard to my personal experience of the attack on my country and fellow New Yorkers, so I will share with you what I've been up to.

First off, I woke up at 8:50AM, September 11, 2001, to the yells of, "Oh my God, Oh my God" from my bedroom window. I turned on the radio and heard. The first attack on the North tower was at 8:42AM... Then I threw on clothes and went out side. I stood on Bleecker & Thompson Street, which is around the corner from where I live. I saw the second tower go down right in front of my eyes. It was surreal. Like nothing I've ever seen. Watching as the tower fell. It looked as though it was falling in slow motion. I cried tears like a baby as it went down and fell to my knees in disbelief...

For the next four days in lower Manhattan. The streets were barren. The lights from the emergency vehicles flashing. It had now become a war zone here where I live. I could once see the towers from my bedroom window. That vision from my window, is only but a memory today. Only military helicopters and fighter jets are in our air space over the city.

The day of the attack, I couldn't stop my tears... I had gone to the hospital to give blood, but was told, "we have enough right now, come back tomorrow."

I, like so many, felt the need to help our cause. I went down to the Salvation Army the night after the attack and signed up for duty. I unloaded trucks all night and reloaded them with water, and all sorts of supplies... The next day I was scheduled to work at Saint Vincent's Hospital on the morning shift doing what ever was asked of me. And so there I was. I got into a supply fire van headed down to the area near ground zero to off load all the supplies. I had done that twice, but after the second drop off, I stayed. I then went into the supply building and changed into safety gear, hard hat, rain gear, breathing apparatus, boots, gloves and a shovel and began walking to the base of the devastation and found a team of men with shovels. I just joined them and never left.

Who would have thought that a guy like me, a professional drummer, a musician, would not only get down to ground zero with shovel in hand, but to find my self with a demolition company working 12 hour shifts from 7PM to 7AM... We are the men right on the front lines cutting away at the great steel girders 4 and 6 inches thick with burning torches.

What choice does one have but to do what one feels he or she must do. I myself needed to be right there, in it. It's my nature. I'm honored to be there, and at the same time, my heart is broken. We are slowly picking away at what's left of the World Trade Centers. I myself was assigned to the WTC 7 building at the end of Greenwich Street. I saw President Bush at ground zero personally, which brought tears to my eyes as he spoke. I felt a sense of pride indescribable.

We're all doing our part... We're proud. Proud Americans! Proud New Yorkers! I'll do what's ever necessary to save lives and help in what ever way I can...

God Bless America!!!

Regards to all,
Gregg Gerson

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.

Click here for photos of me... dressed and ready to go to ground zero!


8/2001

It's been another busy summer with recording sessions and gigs. Summer 2001, ya got ta love it!!!

I just recorded tracks on the new, Michael Moog record soon to be released on Strictly Rhythm Records, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers...

I've been working with this artist and producer for years... He's one of the most talented people I've worked with yet, and good friend as well... Keep an ear and eye open for him... Buy this record!!!

I just got back from Woodstock where I did a gig with the Dharma Bums, featuring Garth Hudson of The Band... I had a blast!!! Garth is one of a kind!!!

It's all good!!!

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.


5/2001

Hey All,

Well, the summer 2001 is just about to hit here in New York and all is good!!!

About three weeks ago, I got a call from contemporary jazz great, Michael Griot, a very dear friend. I've recorded with Michael, and have played many live gigs in the North East corridor with him as well.

Sooooo... He called me up, as I said, and asked me if I was interested in meeting and playing with this new artist named Jorge who he had just started working with. I told him simply, "sure." (Already knowing anything Michael was involved with was going to be nothing less then great!)

Anyway, later on that same night I met him at New York's Euphoria Studios, which, in my opinion, is by far the best rehearsal studio in NYC without question...

I was the first to arrive at Euphoria. Within minutes everyone was there, and we started right to work... It was effortless as every player was great. Jorge goes by his first name only... "Jorge".

His writing is awesome!!! He himself, is, without a doubt, as charismatic as I've ever seen... The same people that love Seal or Terence Trent d'Arby or even maybe Maxwell, will LOVE Jorge!

We did three rehearsals within a two week time span, and then played Arlene's Grocery, (a New York club on the lower east side of Manhattan) in front of a packed house... and I mean packed!!! The set was completely flawless!!! And from that show, much talk within the music community of NYC is now happening... I haven't felt like this in a long time, but this is gonna go, as there's quite a buzz here in the city with Jorge!!!

I'll keep you all updated as it happens, and it seems as though it's going to!!!

It's all good!!!

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.


1/2001

Hey All...

Well, I'm hoping the holidays this past December were good for all of you as they were for me... It's a time for family and friends... Sorry I haven't kept you all up to date... The fall has come and gone... And now it's officially winter here in North America... It's definitely winter at home in New York City ... (COLD!!!)

I'm writing this news letter here in San Diego, California (WARM but rainy!!!) where I'm working/playing with Jason Mraz... I left New York City right after the new year...

The other night (1/9/01), Jason, myself and our friend Toca (an amazing djembe player!) played in Los Angeles at the Kass Bah in West Hollywood in front of a packed house... It was a really good time!!! I'll be playing with him (Jason) for the whole month of January here in the southern California area... Then, come February, We're planning to start recording just outside of Philadelphia, PA in Doylestown, PA at the LRG Studios doing preproduction/recording... That's gonna be fun... I look forward to sharing this with all of you once released...

I did receive an e-mail from Steve Stevens last week. He's in Japan working/playing... I don't have all the details regarding his gig there right now, but we are planning to meet up and catch up... Who knows, maybe he and I and who ever else, might get together while I'm out here on the West coast and do some playing...

I'd like to also remind all of you that the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show is about to commence for the week, starting on the 18th of January in Anaheim, California... I'm most definitely planning to be there to say hello to all my friends, fans and sponsors like Zildjian, Pearl, Vic Firth, REMO and Rhythm Tech, sooooooo, if you do see me standing by any one of these exhibit booths, don't hesitate to walk over and say hello...

It's all good!!!

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.


11/2000

Hey All,

Well, as expected, this Fall has been another busy season for me. With recording sessions here in the city (NYC) and local gigs in the surrounding area, I haven't had much time to update my current news as much as I'd like to... So, my apologies for missing last month!!!

I just got back from Woodstock, NY where I did a show at the Joyous Lake venue... Let me give you a little history about the Joyous Lake... The Joyous Lake is a very well known venue in Woodstock where many great artists have played through out the years... Anyway, I played there on Halloween night and had a blast!!!

I did a show with Phil Hemley's "Dhama Bums" which was a collective of players from "The Band" and other great session players from the New York area and upstate. Mean while, while up there, I had the opportunity to meet up with the great, "David Sancious" who was the original keyboard player in Bruce Springsteen's "E Street Band"... David has gone on to play with greats like Stanley Clarke, Jack Bruce, Bryan Ferry and many others... Anyway, he told me he was getting ready to start pre-production for the next leg of Eric Clapton's tour coming January...

Well, as it turns out, Phil and David are very good friends and have done some recording together. Phil asked me if I'd work/play on a track they started on... And of course, I said yes!!! I'm definitely looking forward to that!!!

If any new stuff comes up, be sure I'll post it up right here!!!

It's all good!!!

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.


9/2000

Hey All,

It's been (as usual) another busy summer with recording sessions and gigs. Summer 2000 has been just great!!!

A few weeks a go, I did a concert with Jason Mraz at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. opening for Dido which ended up being a blast!!! It was real good fun!!!

As it turned out, her drummer & musical director, Alex Alexander is a very dear friend of mine and also a fellow New Yorker too... We all had a really good time, before, during and after the shows, their's and ours!!! Their show was great ... But I must say, Jason was, (in my opinion) rare form with a more then special performance himself!!! We all played well that night!!!

I also played the Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with Bobby Syvarth which was also great... It's one of the biggest music festivals in the United States I'm told...

Mean while, I just finished recording with Paul Fairall on his debut album with record producer/engineer Mike Kline... That too was major fun!!!

It's all good!!!

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.


7/2000

Hey All,

It's the July 4th weekend and I'm recovering from a barrage of gigs, sessions and none stop playing here in the New York City area. I'm flying out to San Diego next week to start pre-pro for a showcase scheduled in Los Angeles on July 15th for the band, "Earl's Son" (based out of SD) which will play a major showcase for the president of Virgin & other assorted record company's that are bidding for this band. If all goes well, they'll start recording there debut record immediately.

It's all good!!!

Here's the news from last month (June 2000) to give you an idea of how crazy my schedule has been lately...

Now, like I said, My apologies! I haven't been able to give you updates sooner, I've just been as busy as I've ever been with tons of rehearsals, sessions & gigs. I'll give you a for instance.

Last weekend, I got up at 6AM, took a car service to JFK airport and flew to Las Vegas. Got to the Hotel Rio around noon Vegas time and met up with Carlos Olmeda. Both he and I had a mini rehearsal at the hotel in the room, and then left for "The House of Blues." We did a sound check. Later in the evening, we went on that stage and rocked the EAT'M Conference! It was a great show!

The House of Blues in Las Vegas has one of the better stages for sound I've played on in quite a while. It's sonically, a great stage! You can here everything. It was a lot of fun.

Right after the show, I took a car service right back to the airport in Vegas and flew on a red eye back to NYC. I landed at 6AM in Newark and was back in my apartment in the Village around 7AM and went right to sleep. I had to play another gig in the city that night. It was a long 24 hours...

In the middle of July, I get to do it all over gain with the band "Earl's Son" Where I'll fly in, do the gig in Los Angeles and leave right after the gig for the Burbank Airport to fly back to NYC. Just another day at the office...

This week, I did a rehearsal with "The Up Town Horns." It was great! (The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, The B52's, James Brown, Robert Plant), There list of credits goes on and on. That, was really fun and they all played great. Looks like I'll be doing some gigs with them as well.

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible.


3/2000

Hey All, well it's now mid February and I'm back from the west coast. Sorry I wasn't able to give you an update sooner, but I just got back and I've been really busy!

As always, I'm playing gigs, & sessions all over the city (New York). I'm also back doing the Blues / R&B gig every Monday night at The Lounge, located at 158 West 72nd Street here in Manhattan, with New York's finest musicians! It's good fun so come on by and say hello...

Anyway, I spent most of my time in San Diego with this new project "Earl's Son", but did make it up to Los Angeles to NAMM for a day. Unfortunately I didn't bring a camera to document all the friends I saw, but did see lots of friends. Namely Eric Singer (drummer, KISS, Brian May) who is an old friend from way back and Kenny Aronoff over at the Vic Firth booth where I was also able to catch up with Vic himself, and also Marco Soccoli who is now the head of artist relations for Vic. I've known Marco forever...

I did make the rounds to all the people that support me, like John DeChristopher (Head of Zildjian's A&R) and Jim McGathey, his assistant, (Jim's the best!) and Ann Marie, the heart of Zildjian. I also stopped by and saw Mike Farriss (Head of A&R Pearl Drums) and Terry West. The Pearl Drum Company & Zildjian Cymbal Company have been strong supporters of mine from the very beginning of my professional career. Also Bob Yerby of REMO and Paul Hichak (aka Sheckie) of Rhythm Tech. Just one big happy family...

I'm now back in New York City but before I left SD, contact was made with Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots. There had been talk of us possibly doing something together with Terrence Trent Darby. Stuffs always brewing.

There's also another band based out of that area called "Unwritten Law" that I might be working with on their next record. Let's just see what happens with that...

Mean while, As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mails as quickly as possible. I promise!


12/99

Happy New Years & Millennium to all,

This has been the busiest December playing drums I've had in years. I'm playing gigs, & sessions around the city everyday. I've gotten little to no sleep at all this month.
(Am I complaining? Nahhhhhh ;-)...

I'm still doing the Blues / R&B gig every Monday night at The Dark Star Lounge, located at 158 West 72nd Street here in Manhattan, with New York's finest musicians!

It looks as though I'll be flying out to San Diego in mid January to do a record with this new band "Earl's Son" signed to Interscope/Third Level Down Records.

That's about it for now but stay tuned for more updates. Things can change in an instant.

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's as quickly as possible. I promise!

Once again, I'm looking forward to seeing all of you into the new millennium!


Winter '99

Hey everyone,

As a result of my producing Sheelah-Na-Gig's CD, mp3.com's John Diaz contacted me in regard to the band (Sheelah-Na-Gig) doing an opening slot for the Goo Goo Dolls and The Gin Blossoms! (Seems the Sheelah-Na-Gig's music is experiencing large volume of downloads and is really popular on mp3. In other words, the band is doing great!) Mp3 is sponsoring these Goo Goo Dolls and Gin Blossoms shows. Now take note, I am not in this band, I just produced their record. In fact I didn't play one note on drums. I did, though, play all keyboards / B3 Hammond on this record. But now that the band has just invited Paul Morris of Richie Blackmore's Rainbow, there's no need for my keyboard skills at this point. Paul is in one word "brilliant." JJ Dyer played all percussion on the record, and a fine job of it, he did.

Now, as far as playing goes, I've been so busy here in New York City, that all I have time to do is eat, sleep and get to the next gig. It's all good! We like that! I am doing lots of gigs playing around the city and studio / recording sessions practically everyday. I'm also doing a blues / R&B gig every Monday night at The Dark Star Lounge. People like Julio Fernandez, guitarist for Spyro Gyra, comes in almost every week to sit in. Also visiting every week is tenor sax player, Richie Cannata from Billy Joel's Band.. an amazing player. Another steady to sit in is Eric Udel, bass player for The Blues Brothers when Duck Dunn's unavailable. Eric has been playing with The Blues Brothers for about seven years now. The list of great players to come down to sit in just goes on forever.

The NAMM show in LA is just around the corner. Well, I came up with this idea to put a presentation together for the show. So I got on the phone and started to contact all the companies that I'm affiliated with in the drumming world who are sponsoring events. I then began to call some of my friends who I love playing with. Steve Stevens, (who I'm sure you all know). Larry Mitchell, another guitarist extraordinare / guitar hero, Mark Epstein (bassist for the Johnny Winter Band) and Diane Lotny who sang for Dr. John for years. (Go to All-Music Guide to lookup everyone he's played with.) Diane (in my opinion) is the most soulful singer I've ever worked with in my entire career. To hear her is to believe it.

So that's the scoop. Stay in touch for any and all updates right here.

As always, I'll do my best to get back to all your e-mail's to me as quickly as possible. I promise!

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you into the new millennium!


Summer '99

I just finished producing (and writing most of) Sheelah-Na-Gig's two new singles... Click here to check 'em out!

1999 has been a great year for me so far, playing some great music with some great, great musicians. That's a lot of great! We like that!

A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from one of my oldest friends and one of today's greatest contemporary guitarists ever. I'm referring to Steve Stevens. He's been in Hawaii mixing his new record. It's a recording of flamenco. Steve told me he love's this record more then words and wanted to know if I'd be interested in touring with him. "Absolutely not, sorry pal... Of course I'd love to do this with you!" He also mentioned opening for one of the biggest music artists of today. I can't tell you all who it's with yet, but when it's official, I'll make the formal announcement. I'll keep all of you informed of what's happening with this as I find out myself.

In the mean time, I'm here in New York City continuously doing sessions and gigs around town and staying quite busy.

I also have been answering lots of fan E-mail's from you all. I'll do my best to answer them as quickly as possible, I promise!

I'm looking forward to seeing you all this summer of '99...


The last half of '98 has been spectacular!

Just home from a summer tour with Roger Daltrey of The Who, I received a phone call from David Fishof (a well known Promoter/Producer). He had formed this amazing collective of musicians, including Peter Frampton, Phoebe Snow and Roger Daltrey... all lead by the "GENIUS" of Keith Levenson (Conductor/Arranger). The Orchestra was formed by graduate students from The London Royal Academy of Music.

David called this amazing collection The British Rock Symphony. He (David, that is) asked me if I would tour with it for 4 weeks. My response was, YES! It was great fun being part of the Electric Band and playing with a full Orchestra. Then in November, I flew to Australia to do it again for another 4 weeks. It was quite amazing to say the least! Me with Eric Burdon from The Animals, Thelma Houston, Glenn Shorrock from Little River Band and CDB (who are four young amazing singers from Australia, not to forget to mention that they are four really nice guys too!) ... What a line-up!

I am home now... "enjoying" the cooold NY weather (a definite change from Australia... where it is summer now!), playing around town and getting ready for my upcoming dates with one of the great guitarist of our times, Larry Mitchell. Then off the the NAMM show in LA. I'll see you there!


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