Anybody else see it as a bit try-too-hard? We get it, Man, you have a really big drum set!
It's like the need some have to not only have the biggest boat in the harbor, but one that's two or three times bigger than the biggest boat in the harbor, even when having a bigger boat doesn't actually provide any benefit (aside from satisfying your striving ego)...... I really hate doing this but, I have to ask what you believe Bozzio is trying too hard to do?
I will add I had made comments about his rig on another forum and got shot down for it, though I believe I was misunderstood. I am just curious why you made the comment you did.
I'm a huge Bozzio fan. But not of his "big kit" era. I much prefer his playing from his days with Zappa, Brecker Brothers, Missing Persons, UK, Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson etc. His kit during those years was your conventional two bass drum 6 or 8 tom set up. But I will defend him with his massive kit set up because his approach to playing the drums completely changed to something that few, if any, drummers are doing or have ever done. Each drum is tuned to a specific note. So he's using his drums in a melodic way which is why he does his thing solo for the most part. I'm not a big fan of that kind of playing but I'm willing to give him credit for doing something innovative and extremely difficult to do well. So, while there are drummers out there who are as you describe, having a drum set that is massive just for the sake of being massive, that is not Bozzio's motivation. His boat is the biggest in the harbor because it has to be and without it, he'd be unable to do what he does.It's like the need some have to not only have the biggest boat in the harbor, but one that's two or three times bigger than the biggest boat in the harbor, even when having a bigger boat doesn't actually provide any benefit (aside from satisfying your striving ego).
Well, owning large drum sets all my life I believe I can say from my own experience Bozzio is not about impressing anyone with numbers of instruments. He is a connoisseur of percussion and sound. Aside from being a very gifted musician he is also a very knowledgeable one. The thing he has in common with many players is imagination: percussive sound imagination. They hear things and want to create every tone they hear in their mind. That requires space. While a synth of 88 keys can do an entire symphony orchestra and hundreds of other sounds in a 4-5' wide space 3-5' in height, drumists are not so fortunate.I’ve never had any complaints from the ladies I’ve had aboard!