Stanton Moore, the great New Orleans drummer and cover artist on our upcoming January 2008 issue has sent a plea to music fans around the world about drumming great Johnny Vidacovich, a New Orleans legend as a player and teacher. Here's what he has to say.
I'm writing to you to ask for your help in helping out my mentor, teacher and good friend Johnny Vidacovich. Johnny and his wife Deborah's house is in need of major repairs and they are in need of financial help. To compound matters, Johnny is developing arthritis in his right thumb. I want to keep him from having to play every single gig that comes his way so that the arthritis doesn't get worse. This is the house that I learned my most important musical lessons in. This is also the house that Kevin O'day, Brian Blade and many other great drummers learned in. Johnny is one of the most unique drummers in the world and is a New Orleans treasure.
So I want to help them in as many was as I can by letting as many people as I know that: