Just wanted to give a little update here about some of what I have been up to since the last time I posted!
Back in November/December, I was on the road with Japanese rock icon Eikichi Yazawa in Japan. The sold out tour culminated with a five night stand at the historic Budokan!
I have been doing shows in the US with Go-Go's front woman & solo artist, Belinda Carlisle. We just got back from a short US run including a couple shows on "The 80's Cruise".
I was in the studio with the legendary rock group Foreigner recording drums for the song, "Flame Still Burns" for their latest release.
Last year I recorded drums on former Men At Work front man Colin Hay's new record, "Fierce Mercy", The album will be released next month, (March), on Compass Records. Last July and August, I joined Colin and his band on drums for an east coast and European tour that include a four night stand at New York City's City Winery for a two week run in Scotland at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
I have a been performing around LA with John Lloyd Young (of Jersey Boys), Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams, and Crown and the Mob.
I had a lot of fun recording the drums for the Madden NFL 17 spot featuring Rob Gronkowski. (Check out the clip below!)
Thanks everyone! More to come!
Update! Japan, Australia, more! - April 20, 2016
Greetings from Tokyo! Just a quick check-in here! I have been in Japan the past few weeks rehearsing for the sold out KYOSUKE HIMURO #LASTGIGS Dome Tour. In just a couple days we will play the first of two shows in Osaka. We then go to Fukuoka, Nagoya, and culminate with 3 nights at the Tokyo Dome. I am happy to announce Himuro's latest record, "L'EPILOGUE", which I played drums on, is the number one album in Japan! Thank you Himuro for including me on the journey!
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Just a week before I flew to Japan, I was in Australia on tour with the great Colin Hay, (of Men at Work). We had a fantastic run of shows, including headlining the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival, shows at the Melbourne Zoo and Sydney Zoo, Lizzottes in New Castle and many others. I hope to return to AU soon! Also, we have been in the studio working on Colin's next record. Below is a clip of the drum solo and last chorus of the Men at Work classic, "Down Under", live in Australia from our recent tour. (If you look closely you may see a little dancing from Colin!).
Here are a few other things that I have been up to recently:
I spent some time at Ocean Studios in Burbank with Austin based singer songwriter, Shawnee Kilgore and Writer/Director Joss Whedon, (The Avengers/Buffy the Vampire Slayer), on a colborative project they are working on. Great to lay down some tracks with them and my friend Eric Holden on Bass. Sara Watkins is featured on fiddle and vocals on some of these songs. Excited to hear this one!
In February I was invited to take part in the 25th anniversary concert of Cecilia Noel & the Wild Clams at Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. I consider The Wild Clams a musical institution and feel it's an honor to perform as a part of that ensemble. Musicians performing that night included, Jimmy Earl, Mitchito Sanchez, Alan Deremo, Jeff Babko, Toshi Yanagi, Kevin Ricard, Cleto Escobedo III, Munyungo Jackson, Richie Gajate Garcia, Bernie Dresel, Greg Bisonette, Fred Kron, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Motejo....just to name a few! A great night!
I continue to play around LA with Tony Award winner, John Lloyd Young, (Jersey Boys). I always look forward to playing John and the band which consists of the monster duo of Tommy Faragher (Musical Direction and keyboards) and Davey Faragher on Bass.
Speaking of Tommy, I had the pleasure of recording drums for a movie he scored, the animated short, "Follow You Heart". Included on this soundtrack is a song featuring Lucinda Williams, "It Hurts Me Too". Davey Faragher played bass and Marcus Watkins played guitar. "Follow Your Heart", is curently being screened at various film festivals right now. Thank you Tommy! Below is a teaser for the film.
Back in February I hit the road with Men at Work frontman, Colin Hay. We played a multiple night sold out run at each of the City Winery venues in Nashville, New York and Chicago. (Thank you City Winery!). This tour was in support of Colin's latest album, "Next Year People", check it out if you get a chance. Here is a mini documentary on the record and the City Winery tour:
A little while back I was asked to be a part of a project titled, Stars Beyond, featuring Gary Beers (of Inxs) on Bass, Cirian Gribban (of Inxs) on Vocals, Alain Whyte (Morissey) on Guitar, Michael Krompass (Smash Mouth, Nelly Furtado) on Guitar, Mike Farrel (Alanis Morrisette, Richie Sanbora) on Keys, Heather Jeanette (Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez) on Vocals and myself on drums. We recently spent some time in the studio and shot a promo video at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles.
John Lloyd Young
A few months ago I accompanied Tony Award winning singer John Llyod Young, (Jersey Boys), as part of an amazing trio with musical director Tommy Faragher on piano and the mighty Davey Faragher, (Elvis Costello/Cracker), on bass. We will be performing again August, 10th at Sterling's Upstairs in Los Angeles.
I just completed recording some drum tracks for Kenyan singer-songwriter, Eric Wainaina. These sessions were produced by my friend Will Kennedy. We recorded these at Dave Bianco's studio "Daves Room".
Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams
I have been recording and playing around Los Angeles with Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams. This band is an honor and thrill to be a part of. Her line up often includes musicians such as, Albert Wing (from Frank Zappa's Band) and Jimmy Earl (Jimmy Kimmel Live/Chick Corea), as well as my fellow Colin Hay band mates, Yosmel Montego and San Miguel Perez and host of other talented musicians and singers. We will be playing at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, Friday August, 14th.