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Posted 28 February 2006 - 11:16 PM
I was fortunate enough to get to see the original members of the Beach Boy's perform in 82 or 83 in what must have been close to their final tour with the original line up... Dennis played opened handed and was extremely solid and a master time keeper. An excellent book to get for an insight into the band is "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by Brian Wilson...
Posted 28 February 2006 - 11:49 PM
Posted 01 March 2006 - 01:12 AM
I saw the Beach Boys in February of '65 when Glen Cambell was filling in for Brian who was sick or something. Dennis played a set of Rogers drums and was more than up to covering the parts. His style made me wonder if he wasn't left handed on a right handed set.
I guess you could say Brian was sick. He was homesick, the guitar amps would hurt his ear (had nerve damage that left him 96% deaf in his right ear), even had stagefright to the extreme that he said he needed to drink a bottle of wine before shows just to get the courage to go onstage. Glen Cambell filled in temporarily, then Bruce Johnston joined permanently (he was from the Rip Chords ["Hey Little Cobra"]).
Back on topic, when I was researching what brand of drums Dennis played, I discovered that he used pretty much whatever was put in front of him. He wasn't technical at all, was basically self-taught, and really only played just to have an activity with his brothers, and was another great way for him to meet girls. I have a DVD of them playing in England in '81 or '82, the last time the original group ever played there. Dennis looked like he had to have been on something (and probably was). He looked to be in his fifties, although he was only 36. On the drums, he was pretty decent, but really stole the show when he sang "You Are So Beautiful," which he helped co write with Billy Preston. His story is definately a sad one, and a damn shame and waste of a genuinely nice guy with great talent. Another good book, for those interested, is "Heroes and Villains." Although it was written in 1986, it has information from all the closest friends the Beach Boys had.
Posted 01 March 2006 - 07:10 AM
Hmmm...Dennis looks like a kid who is playing drums for the first time . Playing the HH and ride with the left hand and snare drum with his right .
Dennis was a "lefty", I have always thought that lefties had a natural advantage, don't know why but I always think they do. Yes I tried turning a right handed set to left and see what happened, PFFFTTT nothin'. That bass drum just friggin thumps.
Ringo, also a lefty did some wild tom work with that left hand too. Maybe that's why his seemingly simple fills are not so simple for the right handed.
I also saw the Beach Boys early on, around 66-67 I would say, Dennis had a Camco kit that was white moire with slight blue and red varigations in it. Must have been a special wrap as I had never seen it in a catalog or anywhere before. His Gretsch kit is at the Rock Hall of Fame, they don't bring it out much and it pristine.
Posted 01 March 2006 - 07:31 AM
He might actually be playing along, but he is playing the hi-hat during the instrumental break, while the drum track is playing a ride cymbal.
If you watch close, he does go to the ride, just slightly out of sync. The dead giveaway is the mistake Carl makes at the beginining and you can see the bass drum head moving. Listening again, that snare sounds sweet too, my Camco snare never sounded like that.
Posted 01 March 2006 - 08:54 AM
Posted 01 March 2006 - 11:00 AM
I think all of the acts that played the Ed Sullivan show were live... One incident that proves that is when Mr. Sullivan and CBS insisted that The Doors change the wording in their song Light My Fire from "girl we couldn't get much higher" to something else...of course Jim Morrison promised he would comply but didn't.
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