Old drummer is back and badder than ever.

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Axtman, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    The BL replaced our drummer (that's another story) and asked our previous drummer to rejoice the band. He was super enthusiastic. Well we rehearsed yesterday for our gig on Saturday and he was bad. When I say "bad" I mean as in "bad a##". Usually I have to give the drummers directions, but not this guy. He nailed every song. He even played, or did not play, the breaks that we forgot to clue him in on.

    At one point he disagreed with the BL about one of her songs. Well we played her CD and sure enough he was right! He knew the singer/songwriters songs better than the singer/songwriter! So we fired him. We can't have him showing us up. Just kidding. He's a keeper.

    My bass playing dramatically improved with his great timing and playing. Needless to say I am a happy camper.
  2. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014

    Glad to hear. We’re quick to say “Fire the drummer!” on TalkBass but when you find a good one they’re solid gold.
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Absolutely nothing better than grooving with a stud drummer.
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  4. El Güero

    El Güero

    Oct 5, 2015
    From another thread started on August 6:
    This is the drummer who's back?

    What about the "disturbing information from a reliable source?"

    Inquiring minds want to know.
  5. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    This is interesting.
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  6. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    No. Overplaying and rushing the beat was the most recent drummer that was let go.

    The drummer we got back used to play with us but had work conflicts until recently when his work schedule got adjusted.
  7. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
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  8. The drummer in the two bands I'm playing in (same drummer) is absolutely killer. Doesn't hurt that he can sing rings around anyone else in both bands. :thumbsup:
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  9. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    New TB meme:

    DON'T fire the drummer!
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  10. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    I have a similar experience. Our current drummer had to leave our group 5 years ago for work related issues. We struggled through 3 years of poor timing, rushing, inconsistent kick patters and really stiff groove. Well, we fired that drummer and our old drummer was able to rejoin us for the last year. He is absolutely awesome! And a good human. On top of that he has booked us 5 gigs in Hawaii for next June! What a guy!
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  11. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Oh no. We can’t be having that!
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  12. turcmic

    turcmic Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    You Sir deserve to be banned. Firing the drummer is a golden rule.

    Tolerate the drummer would be more accurate. We gotta stay united... and make sure that the drummers keep themselves alert :thumbsup:
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  13. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Mind blown. :wideyed:
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  14. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    I worship the ground that good drummers walk on. I have met only about 6 out of 60+ I played with
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  15. SaxBass

    SaxBass Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2003
    San Diego
    Typo or not- it seems to fit real well! :)
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  16. It's either "Fire the drummer!" or "The drummer is fire!". No middle ground.
  17. Bassmann79


    Mar 7, 2015
  18. sludgetail


    Feb 26, 2018
    Orange, CA
    I initially read this as he's back and BALDER THAN EVER!!!

    I was like, man this has to be a hard Hair Metal Band posting this! Then I re-read it :)

    Right on man, and good luck!!
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  19. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Yes he is bald. If a guy is already bald can he get balder?

    Yes typo but "rejoice" fits!

    We played a gig with him last night. It was the best that we ever played....and we only rehearsed with him once! He knew the BL's songs but not the new cover songs.

    People came up to us on breaks and told us how well we played.
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  20. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Yep. I'm blessed to know a few of these, and they are rare.
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