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  • Back from Mexico!!, and I still have my kidneys! Had a great time..met some really nice people, and learned some things. The people down there are some hard workin fools. I did check into trying to get booked down there for a possible week getaway, but dont think thats going to work there. They have a few nice clubs that could hold us, and a nice theatre! During our stay we listened to a duo, that had been playing there for eight years, a guitar player and a keyboard player, using drum tracks. In te main theatre, full band including a horn section. The full band had players from mexico, cuba, russia, chile and im sure other places. A resort big wig told me they hire individuals only..not groups. Although I could see a group being a big addition to theyre late nights, I also see theyre setup being a much easier one to keep in line. Came home to find out we got our gig canceled on the 13th due to,,,,"its been slow!" The other members of the group, dont want me to even attempt to book this place again as it was on the books for over 6 months. I tried to meet the drummer of the main theatre but never got the chance. I was lining up a translator as he didnt speak english. I wanted to ask him about his kit...mainly about his crash cymbals. The two in front of him were broken in the exact same way...looked to be a crack about 3-4 inches straight in and then a 90 degree turnand around the cymbal about an 1/8 of the way around...dor people do that on purpose.....they sound like doo. But maybe it was a sound thing in the theatre....gotta a couple of pics, and video I may try an find later.,,,oh and MJ is living in Mexico!







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    • Im gonna paddle boat over.....and live with you a while DW......great view....you like to cook...and you gots drums......think I might wanna marry ya....just sayin.






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      Played at the Blue Angels reception last night, at the Officer's Club at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. They had us set up on the pool deck:









      Somewhat later, I got this shot of the view off the deck:









      Nice thing was, because we set up so early for our performance, they let us partake of the food and drink! I love this kind of gig!




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      • Got an unexpected e-mail monday. I have some friends that play for a living, mostly doing the Casino circuits, but from one coast to the other. They were in need of a drummer for a 4 day gig, wednesday thru saturday, in Michigan. I would have been able to kinda living a dream for a week as a road player, but had to pass. Not only my day job is there, but also our regular band has a gig that weekend. Its nice to be regarded as good enough to do such a thing. I am very humbled. Cant express enough to the youngins out there, associate yourselves around good people and make yourself known and good things can happen if you push yourself. Nothin wrong with still dreaming is there........
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          Im gonna paddle boat over.....and live with you a while DW......great view....you like to cook...and you gots drums......think I might wanna marry ya....just sayin.




          I'm pretty sure you're not exactly my type for that marriage thing.


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          Some of the best players that I know really can't play the drums well, but they play music superlatively well. - Jim Chapin

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          • lol...jazz does that to me also..........haha....you look like youve found an inner peace....oooohhhmmmm......oooohhhmmm.

            Ive felt that same way at some of the old country music shows we did over the years.
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            • At the Wednesday night Jazz gig. Can you tell it was a late night gig?











              Good playing can hide a crappy drumset, but even the best drumset can't hide crappy playing.

              Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it.- Salvador Dali

              Some of the best players that I know really can't play the drums well, but they play music superlatively well. - Jim Chapin

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              • I have a gig with a group of guys on the 19th. It's mainly going to be a jam session since none of us have played together yet except me and the guitarist. Our work schedules won't allow for any practice and its a private party with all of our friends. We already established that it won't be professional by any stretch but that it will be a lot of fun.
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                • Played a private birthday party Thursday night.

                  Was anticipating mega-challenges and/or problems, because they rented an art gallery that was all exposed brick walls and hardwood floors...and in tight quarters, that generally means no matter how much you try to keep it under control, someone will say 'it's too loud'.

                  Reality is that 2guitar amps, bass and an acoustic kit are going to throw off a minimum level of volume., right?

                  They had us set up facing across the width of the space, which was the smaller dimension...we were against a brick wall in a roughly 20w x 12d performance area facing another brick wall maybe 12 more feet away...



                  Plus, we knew the place charged the client for use of the space by the hour, and so we would be rushed for set- and tear-down time. While we were in the midst of setting up, the event lead from the gallery came by and said "you know you need to wrap up playing right at 11 PM, right? [Yes, we know what time we're contracted for]. And then you need to be loaded out in half an hour, right?", to which we didn't say anything, because there's no way on earth we can be completely packed up and loaded out in 30 minutes...not when we're providing lights and PA in addition to our back line gear, in-ear and sequence rack, etc.



                  The client had also asked us to learn a specific song, which does fall right in our very specific genre/era wheelhouse...but he came up while we were setting up and asked about it, then started giving us the 'I used to manage bands, and this is what I'd have them do...' talk.



                  Things looked like they could go VERY off the rails, or at the very least, make for an unpleasant night.



                  Fortunately...it was aces all around.

                  Client and his wife were ecstatic about us overall, especially the 'special' song, event/site coordinator kept saying how great we sounded, they manned the freight elevator for us during load-out so we could focus on getting gear taken care of (and we only took 45-50 minutes to get totally out), attendees were really into it, especially a batch of songs towards the end of the first set where we had people of all ages up and dancing and cheering for 5-6 songs straight.



                  Only bummer was getting home and only getting about 4 1/2 hours sleep before having to head to work on Friday.
                  For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!

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                  • A couple weekends ago Leaves Russell played our last gig of 2012. We took the 2.5 hour trek out to Bend, OR for the Bend Fall Festival. This was also the first time we rented a van and had all band members in the same vehicle for the trip. That made for a lot faster and enjoyable ride. The morning of the event, it was 28F. It didn't feel much warmer in the afternoon.... BUT Bend has a 5:1 female to male population, so we had a good time enjoying the local fauna.

                    The gig was pretty fun. We played tight, and the crowd seemed to really dig it. That always surprises me because I really don't think of us as a festival type band. But we sold a bunch of CDs! The event company, C3 Events, always treats us well too. This was the fourth time we've worked with them in Bend and it's always fun. Plus the events coordinator is a very attractive, voluptuous Latina.

                    Stage sound was great, but god damn did it sound horrible out front. Both the band before us, and the band after us had a horrible drum mix. All other instruments were well balanced, but the only bit of drums that came through the system were the hi-hats. From what the other bands said, our set was no exception.



                    Anyway, here's some pictures.



















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                    • Nice pics Gremson! Looks like a nice stage. What happened to your kick reso head, or is that one on a different kit. Good to hear you guys sold some Merch!!
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                      • You mean the Fibreskyn with the band logo on it? That was on my fiberglass kit with a 22" kick, this bitch has a 24" kick. I didn't want to put the band's logo on the new head since I still do fill-in gigs once in a while.

                        The logo head is currently being used as a sign by our merch case.
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                        • Hey Grem, I love the band photos in that they're casual and show the band doing what they do besides making music. I always found that fans appreciated casual pics of the band so much more than "yet another stage shot of how much we rock." Y'all look like a fun group of guys.
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                            This should be your new avatar!


                            Good playing can hide a crappy drumset, but even the best drumset can't hide crappy playing.

                            Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it.- Salvador Dali

                            Some of the best players that I know really can't play the drums well, but they play music superlatively well. - Jim Chapin

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                            • here you go!


                              Good playing can hide a crappy drumset, but even the best drumset can't hide crappy playing.

                              Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it.- Salvador Dali

                              Some of the best players that I know really can't play the drums well, but they play music superlatively well. - Jim Chapin

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                                here you go!




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