Caught in The Act
Styx Live At The City National Civic in San Jose, Ca 3/17/2016
Styx is an institution as well as a helluva band. The group, which started in Chicago in 1970, had its first big hit in 1973 with "Lady." But its heyday began in the late '70s as they reeled off a series of Top Ten singles, all in a style that mixed '70s progressive flourishes, hard rock, pop, and theatrical lyrics into a meld that was all their own. Superstar drummer Todd Sucherman joined the band in 1996 after the death of original drummer John Panozzo and he has been a mainstay of the group ever since. DRUM! caught the band and Todd during a recent show in San Jose, California on St. Patrick's Day. The band swept through their serious songbook of hits like Genghis Khan sweeping across Asia, taking no prisoners. The volume and energy was high, and they played some obscure tunes as well and included tributes to David Bowie and Keith Emerson, both recently passed. Stux stays on the road much of the year so you might want to catch Todd in action when he gets to your city.
Todd's office with furniture by Pearl and Sabian.
Original bassist Chuck Panozzo showed up for a few tunes with guitarist James Young.
Who says Tommy Shaw has lost his rock star moves?!
Though not exceedingly complex, Styx songs are arranged with grandeur and built from cyclical structures that include A,B,C,D, or even E parts, and sometimes multiple soloists. Todd keeps them on track and on time.
Cherisse Osei And The NY HLAG Fest
The NYU Day of Percussion was produced in conjunction with KoSA on February 13, 2016. This year's theme of Hit Like A Girl was a celebration of female drumming featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Cherisse Osei, and 2015 Hit Like A Girl winner Lindsay Artkop, among others. Hat's off to NYU for a great event.
Cherisse, who plays in Brian Ferry's band in the UK, knocked the crowd out with her hard hitting and enthusiasm.
Cherisse with Lindsay (left) and Terri Lyne (right).
Kim Thompson And The Hit Like A Girl Fest
The Hit Like A Girl Festival held February 6, 2015 featured Kim Thompson, Emmanuelle Caplette, demos from various companies, a panel featuring Samantha Maloney, Kiran Gandhi, Val Sepulveda, and Alicia Warrington, and even a performance by the great Gina Schock of the Go-Gos, playing with a young band from the School of Rock. Kim's clinic was notable for the way she wove the history of jazz into her playing and shared musical concepts that all ages could understand, all while blazing away on the kit.
Photos by Phil Hood and K Angonio.
Kim Thompson's performance was powerful, both in terms of her playing and the ideas she imparted..
Beauties and the beast. DRUM! Publisher Phil Hood with (l to 4) Mona Tavakoli, Kim Thompson, and Emmanuelle Caplette
Gina Schock with the School of Rock band.
The panel on women in the music business.
Hit Like A Girl Contest co-founder David Levine.
Former Hole and Motley Crue drummer Samantha Maloney is now Vice-President of A&R for Warner Brothers Records. She shared her insights from multiple positions with in the music business.
Emmanuelle Caplette At The LA HLAG Fest
Emmanuelle Caplette was one of the headliners at the Hit Like A Girl Festival in Los Angeles on February 6, 2016. Performing at Swing House Studios the Quebec-based drummer wowed audiences with the cleanliness of her singles and awesome technique in a solo clinic and a duet with Kim Thompson.
Photos by Phil Hood and K Angonio.
Work hard, play great, and one day Evans will make a logo head for you, too.
Steve Smith performs at the 2015 Chicago Drum Show. Photos by Michael Hacala.