Saturday, August 31, 2019

FLASHBACK FEATURE: Doll Skin "Frontchick Sydney Dolezal Gets Psyched About Sophomore Set"

FLASHBACK FEATURE
Doll Skin
Frontchick Sydney Dolezal Gets
Psyched About Sophomore Set
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A popular Internet entertainment
news site I wrote for extensively
over the last couple of years
ceased operations recently. As a
result, in the next few weeks,
I'll be re-posting some of the best
features and reviews I contributed
to that magazine. Here's one of
'em — from the summer of 2017.
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Not since Guns N’ Roses dropped Appetite for Destruction back in 1987 has a band delivered such an authentic and irresistible collection of rib-cracking, street-wise, arena-ready anthems. But while Sydney Dolezal seems genuinely bowled over by recent comparisons between Doll Skin and an array of rock icons, the 17-year-old frontchick also is clearly psyched about the release of her band’s 11-song sophomore set, Manic Pixie Dream Girl. In fact, during our recent hour-long conversation, there wasn’t mention of a single track from the new record that didn’t elicit her contagious enthusiasm.

“The ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ is more of a concept than a person,” Dolezal stated, regarding the record’s intriguing title. Remaining humble and objective, she added that although MPDG represents an enormous musical progression from their 2015 debut, In Your Face (Again), she expects the band will cover even more ground with future efforts. Dolezal further revealed that musically, the songwriting process for the record was a group effort, while drummer Meghan Herring contributed the lion’s share of the lyrics. Of the many highlights, Dolezal counts the record’s opening track and lead-off video / single, “Shut Up (You Miss Me)” as one of her personal favorites.

Sydney Dolezal onstage with Doll Skin
(Photo courtesy of band management)
The guitar-driven ear worm, “Daughter” is a lyrical partnership between Dolezal and Herring  one inspired originally from Dolezal’s revelation of how “we’ve done so much damage to the planet.” However, by the end of the creative process, the tale of Mother Earth had developed into a compelling story of a real life “abusive mother” who is “never pleased, no matter what.”

According to Dolezal, the origin of the turbo-charged “Road Killa” stems from radio reports the band heard of an Interstate shooter one afternoon while en route to rehearsal. Within minutes of arriving at their destination, Herring already had completed and presented lyrics to the band  and another fist-pounding, blood-pumping anthem is born.

Regarding the gorgeous, heartfelt power ballad, “Sweet Pea,” Dolezal admits, “I’ve always loved the sweetness of that song.” Conversely, while discussing the mosh-worthy “Punch a Nazi,” she commented, “It’s SO fun. It’s SO  punk rock!”

The long-awaited sophomore set
from Doll Skin arrives June 2017
A recent high school graduate, Dolezal points to the close relationship she enjoys with her supportive parents as the foundation of her personal life. Professionally, she gushes gooey sentiments of love for her bandmates  Herring, bassist Nicole Rich and guitarist Alex Snowden. “Even when we don’t get along, we do,” she offered with a chuckle.

Dolezal further counts director Cameron Crowe’s acclaimed rock-based drama Almost Famous among her all-time favorite flicks. But when it comes to what’s truly important in her life, she confesses, “With Lucky Charms, I only ever eat the marshmallows. But with Cap'n Crunch, I’m gonna eat the entire boxful.”

Along with the new record also comes a massive promotional summer concert tour  one that will take the scrappy Phoenix-based combo all across the U.S. (again). And as for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour, Dolezal refers to Doll Skin’s upcoming string of dates on the sweat-soaked traveling rock festival as a “dream come true” opportunity. “We’re just happy to be in a band and out playing our music.” (DollSkinBand.com)

-Christopher Long
(June 2017)



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Friday, August 30, 2019

FLASHBACK FEATURE: Belmont "Chicago Brigade Bounces Across America!"

FLASHBACK FEATURE
Belmont
Chicago Brigade Bounces
Across America!
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A popular Internet entertainment
news site I wrote for extensively
over the last couple of years
ceased operations recently. As a
result, in the next few weeks,
I'll be re-posting some of the best
features and reviews I contributed
to that magazine. Here's one of
'em — from the summer of 2017.
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“Our last one was a 1994 piece of shit,” admitted guitarist, Sam Patt, as we stood outside of Will’s Pub, discussing his band’s current transportation situation. “At least this one has A/C,” he added, pointing to the sleak-looking white stretch passenger van parked along Mills Avenue.

Although Belmont’s world certainly is becoming a brighter place, Patt further revealed that his band still hasn’t yet graduated to “motel status.” “We never stay in motels when we tour,” he confessed — the five-piece combo opts instead to crash at the houses of friends and fans who live in the cities where the band performs.

Belmont guitarist Scott Miller
(Orlando, FL - 8.8.17)
As for tonight’s show, 200 faithful followers packed the popular Orlando venue. Enthusiastic teenagers huddled at the front of the stage — ducking from getting smacked in the face by frontman Taz Johnson’s erratic onstage kicks, while fist-pumping to Brian Lada’s psychotic drum work, and singing along to every word of such staples as “731” and “Overstepping,” as well as the soon-to-be-released tracks, “Water Weight” and “Step Aside.”

Belmont guitarist Sam Patt and drummer Brian Lada
(Orlando, FL - 8.8.17)
“It’s really cool to see people ‘getting the music,’ word of mouth,” Patt offered thoughtfully, as the band prepped the following day for the next show in Jacksonville. Reflecting on where Belmont is currently, he added, “It’s growing faster than we expected. We’re living the dream.”

The Belmont story is playing out quickly, for sure. In fact, Patt was a mere senior in high school when the Chicago-based combo signed to Mutant League Records a little over a year ago. And since then, the band members, whose average age is a ripe old 20, have seen the release of their acclaimed 2016 debut EP, Between You & Me, and have traveled seemingly countless miles while on various U.S. tours.

Belmont members hangin' out with fans
(Orlando, FL - 8.8.17)
A banner year, 2017 saw Belmont touring extensively in May and June. The guys then locked themselves away for the month of July in a New Jersey studio with Real Friends guitarist, David Knox, to begin writing material for their next record — an as yet untitled sophomore slab that Patt expects to arrive in the spring of 2018. The band’s current tour will culminate with a string of high profile dates in Puerto Rico. “We don’t think we’re anything special,” Patt concluded humbly. “We’re just doing our thing.”

-Christopher Long
(August 2017)
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BELMONT ONLINE
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

FLASHBACK FEATURE: Jule Vera "Licensed to Chill"

FLASHBACK FEATURE
Jule Vera
Licensed to Chill
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A popular Internet entertainment
news site wrote for extensively
over the last couple of years
ceased operations recently. As a
result, in the next few weeks,
I'll be re-posting some of the best
features and reviews I contributed
to that magazine. Here's one of
'em — from the summer of 2017.
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Ansley Newman doesn’t sweat. She doesn’t perspire either  not the least little bit. In fact, from the moment she steps off her jet black tour vessel at the concert venue each morning, until she rolls off the property each night, her immaculate, china doll-like presentation remains un-smeared, un-smudged and un-blemished. Even onstage, the 20-year-old singer is seemingly licensed to chill. In the topsy-turvy world of show biz, maintaining such pristine perfection is paramount. And when you’re the face of one of America’s most promising up-and-coming music acts, the ability to appear cool at all times is particularly important  especially when said combo is one of the marquee names criss-crossing the country currently on this summer’s sweat-soaked, 90-troupe Vans Warped Tour.

ANSLEY NEWMAN
Photo Sara Taylor @ TheAmericanPit.com
But for Ansley and the members of her band, Jule Vera, surviving sweltering conditions while traveling on grueling concert tours is “no sweat” at all. It was during the scorching summer of 2015 when the Auburn, Alabama-based ensemble first rose to prominence while on the road promoting their acclaimed debut record, Friendly Enemies. And in the last two years, they’ve continued building a loyal global fanbase the old fashioned way  by working hard, touring relentlessly and  writing great songs.

WILLIAM STACEY
Photo Sara Taylor @ TheAmericanPit.com
The result of the latter is evidenced in the glossy grooves of the group’s just-released sophomore set, Waiting on the Sun. However, when 21-year-old guitar phenom Jake Roland first eluded earlier in the year to the band’s songwriting “development,” eyebrows were raised over whether a stylistic “detour” would send Jule Vera spinning in the wrong direction. But the creative “recalculation” proved the smart play, as Waiting on the Sun is being hailed as a delightful and hypnotic pop / rock hybrid.

JAKE ROLAND
Photo Sara Taylor @ TheAmericanPit.com
Jule Vera also has been generating intense heat this summer on the Warped Tour’s prestigious “Journeys Left Foot” stage. Focused fully on moving forward, the band’s daily 30-minute showcase is comprised completely of the hookiest highlights from the new record  from the mid-tempo set-opener, “Can’t Help” to such popular YouTube singles as the electro-fueled, “Lifeline” and the show tune-sized “Something Good” to the super-infectious fan favorite, “Bad Company.”

KYLE HORVATH
Photo Sara Taylor @ TheAmericanPit.com
While they could be perceived as one of Warped Tour 2017’s “square pegs”  a happy, shiny lifeboat sailing a soulless sea of vomit-spewing metal bands, one thing is certain  the throngs of fans packing in at the stage each day indicate that Jule Vera is gaining enormous momentum and is a band destined for success far beyond the current 40-city excursion.

-Christopher Long
(July 2017)
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JULE VERA ONLINE
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

STICK FIGURES – PART TWO: Tris Imboden (Chicago)

STICK FIGURES – PART TWO
Tris Imboden
(Chicago)
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Stick Figures is a continuing series
featuring personal interviews I’ve
conducted with drummers who I
believe to be among the most
exciting players on today’s rock
scene. Some of theses artists will
be members of iconic, platinum-
selling bands, while others will
belong to exciting new bands.
Either way, I think you’ll find
their stories to all be fascinating.
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*This interview appeared originally on MuenMagazine.net in October, 2017.

It was a fantastic face-to-face conversation  my recent interview with Tris Imboden. For more than an hour we sat at his hotel, discussing an array of topics including surfing, surviving and the sweet sounds he has made over the years with various chart-busting acts.

“I love everything about this band,” Tris stated passionately of his current 27-year gig with the iconic rock band, Chicago. Brimming with vim, vigor and vitality, and glossed with genuine humility, the legendary drummer added, “It’s such a privilege to get to do this.”

The mere mention of Tris’ first drum kit back in 1964 elicited a huge roar of laughter from the acclaimed musician. “Oh, my God  that’s SO funny,” he began. “I was probably about 13 when I got my first set. I’d had a snare drum before that, and a practice pad first, which I got when I was about ten. My folks went kicking and screaming to acquiesce to get me a drum set. They didn’t want the noise, and I had younger brothers and sisters. My first set so funky. It was new, but it was so cheesy that it was affordable, and my folks said, ‘Okay, you can have a three-piece set.’ It was red sparkle and it looked like someone had taken Elmer’s Glue, put it all over the shell, and then taken some red glitter and thrown it at it. It had a rack, kick, snare, and it had a ride cymbal. Finally, there was a guy in town who was a pro drummer and came to assess my playing, ‘cuz my mom wanted to make sure I could play. And he said, ‘Oh, Tris is ready for a hi-hat!’ (more laughter) So, I got a used hi-hat with used Zildjian cymbals. And gosh, I was stoked. I was playing  just listening to records — early rock and roll records and R&B and surf music too. Instrumental music around that time was a big thing where I grew up in Southern California.”

And it was the Southern California surf scene that would affect Tris’ life almost as much as the popular music of the day. “I started surfing when I was eight or nine,” he recalled fondly. “It’s been a big part of my life  my whole life. There was a dark period when I sorta fell victim to ‘sex, drugs & rock and roll’  probably mostly through the ‘80s, when I’d surf only a couple of times a year, ‘cuz I was up all night raving. I was such a knucklehead. I got way back into surfing in the ‘90s, and I moved to the island of Kauai. I never surfed professionally, but I was sponsored as a teenager by a couple of board manufacturers. I was on the team  I had the team jacket and I got my boards at discounts. About 2004, I won the nose riding championship on the north shore of Kauai in Hanalei Bay, at the Pine Trees contest, which is the longest standing longboard contest in Hawaii. I’ve actually been on Billy Hamilton’s team. I’ve know Billy for years."

Tris Imboden with his wife, Mary
Tris’ professional music career was kickstarted early, when he got his first big break in the late ‘60s, playing for the band, Honk. “Those guys were heroes of mine,” Tris recalled. “It was the first band I was asked to join as I was graduating from high school, AND they already had a record deal. So, I was going, college, or record deal, college or record deal  uh, I’ll go with the record deal. We went on to be kinda famous in California and Hawaii, and a few other places. We had a #1 record in Hawaii for a couple of months and we’d done a soundtrack for a surf film. We weren’t a surf band but it was a great band. We were eclectic  everything from straight ahead jazz to rock. It was really good training for me, for things to come. It taught me so much about the recording process. We still get together once in a while and do these live (reunion) shows. In fact, this year, I got to do one in June. It was so much fun.”

Of his experience getting the “dream gig” playing for Kenny Loggins during the ‘70s, Tris remembers, “Kenny had seen Honk and loved the band, and loved the vocals. When I auditioned, I was amazed I even got the gig. First of all, there was 130-some-odd other drummers who were also auditioning. And I already had a gig with Iain Matthews, getting ready to go on the road opening for Little Feat.  So, I kinda reluctantly went. And I thought, What if I get this gig? I’m gonna have to tell Iain that first of all, 'I’m bailing.' That gig really put me on the map, ‘cuz I did all Kenny’s hits. ‘Whenever I Call You Friend’  that was the first bona fide hit I ever had  it was Top 5 I think. Then we did an album that to this day I’m still so proud of, called Keep the Fire. That’s the album that had ‘This is It’ on it. And I did my level best Steve Gadd impersonation on the intro to that. Michael Jackson sang background vocals on the song and Michael Brecker did the sax solo.” Over the next couple of years, Tris would also go on to record with Kenny Loggins on two of the ‘80s most recognizable pop / rock classics  “I’m Alright” (1980) and the #1 smash, “Footloose” (1984).

But Tris’ story has not been filled entirely with tales of studio sessions, concert tours, hit records, hangin’ ten and groovy parties. In fact, his recent charity work reflects his personal brush with near-tragedy. “This is a whole lengthy chapter,” he revealed thoughtfully. “I’m very, very involved with the American Cancer Society. Actually, my involvement was thrust upon me. In 2008, I was diagnosed with stage 3-A Squamous lung cancer. I was a smoker, but I’d quit 12 years earlier. The thinking used to be that after a ten-year period, your lungs would regenerate  but that’s not the case. Doctors know that now. Needless to say, receiving that diagnosis was like getting hit in the head with a 2x4. I thought I was a goner. The cancer was detected during a CT angio scan. They’ve got these CT scans now where they can look at your heart and check coronary arteries. I’d had some blockage they discovered two years earlier. So my cardiologist said, ‘We should have another look. You’re probably okay  but.’ Stage 3-A, if it’s operable, is considered the last curable stage. And there was only a 14% chance that I’d make it to five years. And now, here I am at eight years. So, man  I am SO grateful. I had incredible treatment at Vanderbilt in Nashville. My doctors did an amazing job. I’ve lost two-thirds of my right lung, but I’m still doing everything I used to do. I’m surfing, I’m playing drums  taking an extended solo. It’s like, goddang  I am SO grateful to be here. And as a result of all of that, I wanted to find a way to give back  or at least to inspire hope in others. Hence, my involvement with the American Cancer Society. And the band has been very supportive of my efforts.”

Tris Imboden onstage with Chicago
(Melbourne, FL - 10.26.17)
Currently, Tris is out on tour with Chicago, celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary  a “golden” anniversary in more ways than one. “DW Drums has created a one-of-a-kind, gold-plated kit, made just for me, for our 50th anniversary,” Tris expressed with pride. “They took great pains to do this. The process involved 19 different drum shell coats. So, when the light hits them, they look like solid gold.” A longtime “Paiste man,” Tris confessed, “Those cymbals  I’ve loved ‘em forever! I’ve always loved that glassy shimmer Paiste has, and the Swiss precision. He also points to Vic Firth’s wood tip, Extreme 5-A’s as his current “weapon of choice.” Given his powerhouse reputation, the 5-A’s might seem like a surprising choice. However, Tris addressed his need for a lighter stick. “I was playing 5-B’s for years,” he admitted. “But I’ve also had carpal tunnel since before there was a name for it.”

Possessing an impeccable past, Chicago also is a band looking to the future, as several exciting new projects remain on the horizon. One such endeavor includes a recreation of its landmark 1970, Chicago record (aka Chicago II). Proving to be a musically eye-opening experience  even after a near 30-year tenure with the band, Tris commented on the particular challenge of performing “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon,” the record’s 13-minute opus. “It’s a bitch to play  still to this day, he confessed, with considerable conviction. “If you ‘space’ for a second, you’re done,” he added, with a chuckle.

“It’s gonna be SO cool!” Tris proclaimed, regarding Chicago’s upcoming Vegas residency at The Venetian Hotel. “When we first started playing in Vegas for more than one night, it was back in the days of the original Caesars shows,” he recalled. “We’d stay for a week or two  it was a blast. We’d play four nights a week and we just loved it. We’re gonna be there for most of the month of February (2018). I think it amounts to three weeks or so. I’m hoping it might be a trial, and maybe we’ll make that part of our year. ‘Cuz I love Vegas. It’s just so much fun.”

Hanging out with Tris Imboden - October 2017
Our concise 30-minute appointment had evolved quickly into a mammoth 60-minute session, and with the obvious tour schedule commitments we finally had to wrap up our discussion. Despite the overall spirited tempo of the dialog, I was impressed most by Tris’ final comment as we were shaking hands and moving on for the day. “To get to do this my entire life,” he offered warmly. “Geez, I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

-Christopher Long
(October 2017)



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Monday, August 26, 2019

STICK FIGURES – PART ONE: Tommy Craig (The Pat Travers Band)

STICK FIGURES – PART ONE
Tommy Craig
(The Pat Travers Band)
__________

Stick Figures is a continuing series
featuring personal interviews I’ve
conducted with drummers who I
believe to be among the most
exciting players on today’s rock
scene. Some of theses artists will
be members of iconic, platinum-
selling bands, while others will
belong to exciting new bands.
Either way, I think you’ll find
their stories to all be fascinating.
__________

*This interview appeared originally on MuenMagazine.net in October, 2017.

Simply put, when opportunity knocks, you gotta be ready to answer the door. For a professional musician, that often means being ready to pack a bag and hit the road  immediately. And despite his various indie project commitments at the time, that’s exactly how Florida-based drummer, Tommy Craig responded when he received a “knock” from his childhood rock hero, guitar legend, Pat Travers.

“The first one that did it for me was Phil Collins, 'In the Air Tonight,'” Craig confessed during our recent conversation at his private beachside rehearsal studio. “That was the first song when I pulled out the pots and pans and the pillows. Another drum song that spoke to me when I was a kid was ‘Desert Plains’ by Judas Priest, off the Point of Entry album  that one was like, WOW! Then, I heard Tommy Aldridge. I’d flip Go for What You Know over in my Walkman  Side A, Side B, Side A, Side B  the same with Heat in the Street and Crash and Burn.” Craig couldn’t possibly have seen it coming during his tweenage days, listening to those classic Pat Travers cassette tapes, but his future professional story was destined to take some rather ironic and unexpected twists and turns.

Born in California in February 1968, Craig grew up as a military brat. His Irish father had become a U.S. citizen in the 1950s and he soon joined the Air Force. As a result, Craig’s family moved a lot first to Miami, then to England, then back to the States in 1979. And it was while his dad was stationed in England during the late ‘70s, when Craig first was turned on by his older brother to such legendary rock bands as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Kansas, Ted Nugent, and UFO.

Teenage Tommy onstage.
(circa 1987)
“Coincidentally, my first concert was Pat Travers, at the Orlando Tangerine Bowl in March 1982.” Craig recalled his earliest live concert experience at age 14 with vivid clarity. “It was the day after Randy Rhoads died. Ozzy was scheduled to play at the show, then Pat took his place at the last minute. I was insanely bummed because I wanted to see Tommy Aldridge, who was playing drums for Ozzy by that time. But UFO was already playing, and I was a huge UFO fan. Pat played that day with Sandy Gennaro on drums  who I replaced years later, and who is also a good friend and an amazing drummer. It was a great show. UFO kicked ass. Bryan Adams actually opened the whole thing  and he was fantastic. I remember, my friends and I were chewing tobacco and getting paranoid that we were gonna get in trouble, or arrested. We were just stupid kids, so when Paul Chapman came out onstage with UFO, we thought he was Ozzy  ‘cuz Ozzy still had long hair, and Paul had the same hair. But I was very bummed that I didn’t get to see Tommy Aldridge play that day.

But as he began blowing up on Florida’s famed rock club circuit, playing in his own bands during the mid ‘80s, comparisons were made quickly between Tommy Craig and one particularly well-known Tommy. And much to Craig’s chagrin, it wasn’t his drum hero, Tommy Aldridge. “Tommy Lee just came out,” Craig began  rolling eyes. “And there I was, 6’3', weighing a buck-ten, with long-ass hair. My name was even Tommy. So I was gonna get compared to Tommy Lee no matter what. But I wasn’t trying to be Tommy Lee  I was trying to NOT be Tommy Lee. Then it was like, fuck man  what am I gonna do? That’s one of the reasons I inverted my cymbal stands  to have hanging cymbals. All of my boom stands had my cymbals hanging. Then I was thinking, you can only do so much. Tommy Lee’s got a double bass kit, two toms  so yeah, I fell into that with Tommy Lee.” However, Craig is quick to point to his true influences of that day  all-star players including Steve Smith from Journey and Frank Zappa / Missing Persons drummer, Terry Bozzio.

Making the jump from indie-level session guy to a major national gig is no short leap. And Craig credits his longtime friend, former Pat Travers bassist, Rodney O’Quinn for helping to make his chance-of-a-lifetime become a reality. Currently the bassist for Foghat, O’Quinn had invited Craig previously out on several of Travers’ road excursions  affording Craig an opportunity to build solid relationships within the Travers organization. As a result, when Sandy Gennaro left the band in 2016, Craig got that call.

The Pat Travers Band - Live
Pat Travers, Tommy Craig and David Pastorius
(2017)
Could the 13-year-old Tommy Craig have ever imagined stepping into such a situation? Craig still can hardly believe where he’s arrived as he ponders his impressive procession of predecessors. “There’s Tommy Aldridge, Nicko McBrain, Sandy Gennaro, Michael Shrieve, Carmine Appice  all the cats who have played with Pat over the years  and here’s me. It’s unreal."

So, what’s it like following in those enormous footsteps? “I’ve had positive feedback from Pat’s hard core fans  the reviewers and what not,” Craig commented. “I’ve just had a couple of guys talking smack,” he added. “‘You’re no Tommy Aldridge’  I get that a lot,” Craig confessed. “Well of course I’m not Tommy Aldridge,” he added with a laugh. “NOBODY’S Tommy Aldridge!”

As for his personal approach to playing Pat Travers’ music live, Craig says, “Pat doesn’t want the classic material  “Makes No Difference,” “Heat in the Street,” and “Gettin’ Betta”  all of those songs  he doesn’t want ‘em sped up the way they were on the live album. He wants ‘em more, almost like middle of the road  between the original studio recordings by Nico McBrain and the live versions by Tommy Aldridge. Pat calls the Go for What You Know era his ‘cocaine years’  hence the speed of those songs on that record. Pat likes ‘em played more like the traditional records  which is cool ‘cuz they’re great recordings. But we obviously still rock ‘em up. 

I was thrilled to pick up a few pointers from
Tommy Craig during our 2017 coffee conversation.
Having now experienced the unique challenges of life on the road, Craig’s equipment expectations and requirements have evolved in the last couple of years. “I play Drum Workshop, although I’ve really been diggin’ Ludwig lately,” he admitted. “But no matter what, I will ALWAYS play Drum Workshop hardware  the stands, the pedals  it’s the best stuff in the history of the world.” A bold endorsement, indeed. “I fell in love with Ludwig when we played a show in Ottawa last year, and the backline company provided me with an AMAZING Ludwig kit. I used to have a Ludwig kit when I moved back to Florida from L.A. a few years ago. But with Drum Workshop, ya got nothing to worry about.”

After serving a near-two-year run with the band, Craig hints to the possibility of creating new music with Pat Travers. “I’d love to do a full-blown album with Pat  we’ll see.” Revealing that the group already has been in the studio working on new tracks, Craig mentioned further, the talk of a possible European tour.

“I’m just stoked to be playing with Pat Travers,” Craig concluded humbly. “And I’m honored to be following in the footsteps of my idols.”

-Christopher Long
(October 2017)



SUPERSTAR -
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SHOUT IT OUT LOUD -
(2014)
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C'MON! -
(2012)