Whew! What a week it has been! I sit here, at ddrum's offices and am trying to find a way to properly convey all the things we have seen and done, over the past seven days. I suppose I shall start from the beginning, and see where that takes us.
Thursday, October 28th:
Arrive in Los Angeles, 9pm their time. Sit on the tarmac way longer than expected. Grab a cab and head straight to Sunset. Drop the bags off, and text Tim Yeung. Tim is the drummer in Devine Heresy, and recently of Morbid Angel. I am also convinced, he is the mayor of Los Angeles, since he seems to know everyone there. We hit up the Rainbow for dinner and drinks. The funny thing about LA, if you see someone that reminds you of a famous person, there is a better than likely chance, that its actually the famous person in question. This proved to be the case, when I thought I saw Brent Smith of Shinedown. A few minutes later, I saw Eric Bass, and realized, it really was Shinedown, in the corner booth. Meanwhile, at the video poker machine, none other than Lemmy Kilmister, of the legendary Motorhead. We spent some time with Tim, there were drinks, and the rest of the night is a blur…..I did manager to find my way back to the hotel room, for a couple hours of sleep.
Friday, October 29th:
Show day! Lots to do, but first, breakfast at the legendary Mel's Diner, and a quick trip to Melrose. Luckily, I couldn't afford anything. While shopping, we run into Eric Bass and his wife, also doing some shopping (Dean artist relations, Josh Maloney was there too). We head back to the hotel and grab some dinner, then check in at the Dimebash sound check. First person we see, none other than Dave Lombardo. We had seen him earlier, in his custom 2010 Mustang GT. We spent a little time talking muscle cars, and then he jumped on stage to sound check. Drums on this date, are a black double bass dominion kit. A pair of 20x24 cannons, 12/13/16/18 toms. Dave allowed all participants to use his personal set of Paiste cymbals. The green room was a veritable who's who of rock and METAL. Ddrum trigger endorser, Joey Jordison, as well as ddrum acoustic artist Jeff Fabb, of In This Moment. Next thing you know, it's ShowTime! The list of legends gracing the stage at this point, almost too big to list. They each tore thru either Pantera songs, or played some of Dimebag's favorites. The absolute highlight of the show, in my book, was Dave Lombardo, and Kerry King from slayer, joined by Chuck Billy of Testament, and Tony Campos, played the Slayer classic "Raining Blood" . I have said in this blog before, and will say again, Dave is an absolute MACHINE, on the drums! Relentless double kick, and blazing tom fills, and once again proving why he is a true legend of metal. It was an evening that Dime would have been proud to be part of.
So, there you go….two days of crazy in LA, any questions?
PS....MORE TO COME.....