When did your love affair with the drums begin?
I don’t remember ever deciding to play drums. I was always interested and drawn to the sound of them as far back as I can remember.
Who were your heroes growing up and do you still listen to them?
Earl Palmer – though I did not know it was him at the time Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, Ringo, Keith Moon, John Bonham – English Invasion guys
Tony William, Elivin Jones, Jack deJohnette –
Just to name a few – and yes I still listen to them
What was your first full kit?
My grandfather bought me a snare and bd at age 6 and every year added a drum – so I had a full set by the time I was 9 but it was a mutt of a set
Did the playing the drums come naturally to you or does one have to work hard at it to get to your level?
It came pretty naturally but when I work at it it pays huge dividends. There are periods in my career when I practice more than others and that always pays off.
What’s your kit of choice these days?
I endorse Yamahas – they are very consistent and good. I don’t use the same set up each time – especially in the studio – and enjoy changing the configuration to suit the music or just give myself a different perspective on things
What is the greatest drum track of all time?
Impossible to answer but anything by Tony Williams
I also love Mirolslav Vitous’ version of Freedom Jazz Dance – Jack de Johnette is the drummer
What’s your favorite thing about being in the “The World’s Most Dangerous Band”, and now The CBS Orchestra for all these years?
Steady work with great musicians and guests, high visibility, great hours – a dream job and life changer
Is it me, or is Dave even more into your musical guests these days than ever?
Dave is a very keen listener and appreciative of the music. He is very supportive of our band – which is great for us
You guys are also the house band for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, any favorite magic moments so far?
It’s always great playing with the originals. You see how good they are up close and why they were groundbreakers and have endured through the years
You’ve worked with Ace Frehley as far back as 1978 when you played on his first solo album, did you guys have fun getting back together to track Anomaly in 2010?
I love that first album and have worked with Ace and maintained our friendship over the years since then. It was great to be back in the studio with him again. It’s always good to see him. – ANTON FIG
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