'70s - Terry Bozzio [Drum Legend!]
'The Beat Goes On'
Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson with “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” coast-to-coast North American tour!
During the course of this tour, Terry Bozzio will hit over 40 cities from San Diego to Jacksonville to Montreal to Vancouver to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation.
It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together for the first time in seated venues across North America.
In other news, over the last four decades drummer Terry Bozzio has built an extraordinary legacy based on his unique approach to rhythm and the diverse and acclaimed recordings to which he's contributed.
On April 18th, 2014 he went beyond those genres into new mediums with the release of an art collection titled [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH]. Available exclusive at www.terrybozzioart.com, the collection is a fusion of artwork crafted over the last three decades mixed with new abstract visuals made from capturing rhythm.
Chatting recently with the man himself Terry Bozzio, and knowing he was celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson by going on this 3-month North American Tour, I first asked him to tell me more about this very first drum lesson he'd had back in 1964. "Double and single stroke roll, 5 stroke roll, basic beats. And reading rhythms! I was into it! Todd Fleicher was an educated percussionist and started me off on the right foot. I was lucky to have him as my first teacher."
Had you always felt the passion to be a drummer since you were a child, or was there another musical instrument you thought you might like to master? "No, it was always drums. I took 6 weeks of guitar, but didn't like it because it hurt my fingers. (Still does)!"
These upcoming "An Evening with Terry Bozzio" tour dates will hit over 40 cities from San Diego to Jacksonville to Montreal to Vancouver to Los Angeles and (seemingly) everywhere in between! As you are no spring chick any more, how will you prepare yourself fitness wise to endure such a 3-month skin-bashin' road trip? "I have learned to plan & pace myself so that it's comfortable to travel. And playing the drums the way I play is not skin bashin' all night long!"
Is there ever a point on such a long road trip, given that they are nights of solid solo drumming where your arms are just lead and moving on auto pilot, perhaps? "No, that has never happened to me. Once again pacing and playing musically."
You will be performing using the World's Largest Drum and Percussion Set on this tour so that begs the question: Where did you find this set or did you have it made? "I've built maybe more than a dozen big kits with my sponsors DW and Sabian. I have 3 big kits right now. One in Japan one in Europe and one in the US. I've been developing my concepts over 25 years in pursuit of making music on the drums."
You've stated that these your nights are not a clinic or a workshop - so, what are they? "A solo performance that will take you on a time travelers journey through rhythm melody harmony and different influences like classical music, ambient film score music, improvisation and ethnic percussion from all over the world in a theater like setting decorated with my artwork."
Indeed, you recently released an art collection entitled [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH] so please do tell us more about that "The concept uses long exposure camera settings filming me as I play with various types of light emitting drum sticks. The sticks make fluid patterns. The. The photos are electronically enhanced and tweaked in a computer. And finally combined with abstract paintings or sketches I have done over the last 30 years."
It has also been made known that there are 12 different works featured within this new collection, with a limited number of each piece - numbered and signed - being sold to the public. What made you want to do this for your fans and what prices do they start at? "I don't know about the price, but the SceneFour art team contacted me about it through a friend (drummer Stephen Perkins) who had also done a similar project w/ them."
You once said, "I just want to make music on the drums," so having seemingly done that now for many years, when drumming is done for you (for whatever reason) what will be the next evolution of Terry Bozzio? "Why would I ever stop drumming? If I could not play drums I'd still compose write and do artwork. If I could't do the latter I'd probably be very near to death!"
I mentioned above that your upcoming "An Evening with Terry Bozzio" tour dates will hit over 40 cities, but sadly not us here in Detroit, MI! Why leave us out the drumming extravaganza loop, my friend? "My booking agent just gets gigs where people want me. I love Detroit and have played there many times. I guess he just could't find an interested promoter or venues this time."
Finally, we here at Exclusive Magazine love Penguins so we were wondering if you did also or if you had any funny stories about them? "No, but I have seen the movies about penguins and have a healthy respect and regard for them!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
If you would like to win an AUTOGRAPHED DRUM HEAD from Terry Bozzio, just answer this question about the great man himself: In 1968 Bozzio attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California, where he received a music scholarship award, and later went on to the College of Marin. During this time he played Bartok-Dahl-Cowell & Baroque chamber ensembles with which two-named Symphonies?!
Send us your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win an AUTOGRAPHED DRUM HEAD from Terry Bozzio! Just send us an e:mail here before September 1st with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: SIGNED TERRY BOZZIO DRUM HEAD to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Bozzio Doing His Thing @ Gear Fest 2013!
An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO North American Tour Dates:
Aug 15, 2014 - Mexicali, BC, Mexico - Lob Bar (Bol Bol)
Aug 17, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ - MIM Music Theater
Aug 23, 2014 - Denver, CO - Soiled Dove
Aug 26, 2014 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
Aug 28, 2014 - Conroe, TX - Dosey Doe
Aug 29, 2014 - Fort Worth, TX - McDavid Studio
Aug 31, 2014 - Austin, TX - One World Theater
Sept 04, 2014 - Orlando, FL - Plaza Live
Sept 05, 2014 - Largo, FL - Largo Cultural Center
Sept 10, 2014 - Washington, DC - The Hamilton
Sept 11, 2014 - Wilmington, DE - World Café
Sept 13, 2014 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Saint
Sept 14, 2014 - New York City, NY - Iridium (2 shows – 8pm & 10pm)
Sept 15, 2014 - New York City, NY - Iridium (2 shows - 8pm & 10pm)
Sept 16, 2014 - Stafford Springs, CT - Stafford Palace Theater
Sept 19, 2014 - Richmond Hill, ON, Canada - Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Sept 21, 2014 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzches
Sept 24, 2014 - Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley
Sept 26, 2014 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival
Sept 30, 2014 - Little Rock, AR - Juanitas
Oct 05, 2014 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs
Oct 06, 2014 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs
Oct 14, 2014 - Calgary, AB, Canada - Orpheus Theatre
Oct 16, 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Imperial
Oct 17, 2014 - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada - Tidemark Theatre
Oct 19, 2014 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
Oct 20, 2014 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Oct 23, 2014 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi´s
Oct 25, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Catalina´s
Oct 26, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Catalina´s