Obviously you have no clue what he's doing with them. This is like fusion nothing for you to see here, move on.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've seen Bozzio play many times, going back to Frank, and with Beck's Guitar Shop. I preferred him in those scenarios. He is nowhere near my favorite drummer, but I absolutely respect his musicianship and that he pushes the envelope for our instrument compositionally, which is why I went to see his SOLO TOUR last year. The set he played was much closer in size to the one up for sale than the little Gretsch Round Badge kits I play, but he played the whole thing. In the Q&A on the break he answered a lot of questions and explained much about the elements of the set and how he uses them. He is going for it compositionally and technically. That's just the instrument he likes to play. Me, I'm more of a 'Levon guy," but I dig the work T.B. has done on and for our instrument.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 have questioned Bozzio's use of numerous bass drums simply on the basis of frequencies and a PA's ability to transfer those frequencies is truly distinctive ways. Low end frequencies lose distinction in simple percussion instruments like bass drums close in diameter. Having owned 20" to 28" bass drums of varying depth, I know it comes down to actual feel than frequency that makes a dramatic difference. That said, Bozzio also hooks things up to his bass drums, like bells or something to produce individual personalities. Without that, things can get kind of mushy sounding kick to kick unless you are going 20 and 26. I used to play a 20 and a 26 and doing dble bass was virtually unnoticeable. Owing to what he actually does with percussion compositions he creates, he can inject frequencies that can hold their own, and it's his gig so ...
Same with cymbals. Bozzio has his own mindset where they come in. My own set has around 50, half of them are splash and accent cymbals, and various hat combinations. Everything has a point. Like a piano, nobody plays all 88 keys in one song but, they are certainly nice to have if you want them. And it depends on the music, as well. I have played music where all the tones can be used. Where they couldn't, I left it home.
I don't own a boat. I've been on plenty of them. The bigger the vessel the more friends and family you can have aboard, if that's your thing. I'm certain there are those who think a bigger boat makes a bigger impression, etc. just like some Rock drummers have had huge sets just for show. I don't believe Bozzio is anything like that type of person when it comes to his drums and cymbals and percussion instruments.
Jazzers back in the early 20th century had all kinds of things in their sets, and had it all on racks. There will always be players that like lots sound variations and find ways to hook it all up and use it.
That sounds like fun and funny! Man enough to play with a bikini kit.We all approach this differently, which is why this forum is so interesting to me. Playing a big kit is just what Mr. Bozzio does and God bless him for it.
I've told myself that if I can ever get proficient using my one rack tom and one floor tom, then I'd reward myself with a second floor tom.
For the last 15 years, in different bands, I'm done rehearsals with a bikini kit. I've even done gigs with a bikini kit. It's the best bikini in the harbor. Barely enough there to cover my imperfections.
With so many hours of playing with just kick and snare, when I do bring toms to a gig, my bass players--both of whom are women--have watched me setting up and commented: "Hey, Curt. Nice rack."
Umm...no. What I DID see was him playing the set a couple of times. It was far from an over-the-top visual display from the man who not only played with Missing Persons but for whom Frank Zappa wrote “The Black Page” and other musically challenging drumset pieces. What he did with that set was very creative and could not have been done on a smaller setup.Anybody else see it as a bit try-too-hard? We get it, Man, you have a really big drum set!
It is funny when people look at your large kit and always make comments about how they wouldn't want to move that kit. Surprisingly, not everyone wants to gig. Been there done that. Not my thing anymore. The guitar players I play with are of the same mind. We get together to jam and write music. Guess what. We still have fun.Clearly if you play a set even a fraction as large, you either have roadies to load-in/out or you don’t gig.
I was lucky enuff to play this mammoth setupJust saw this and thought it was nuts. It's for sale! Thought you guys might like to see it:
View attachment 439636This enormous one of a kind drum set was exclusively created for and played by Terry Bozzio to kick off the 'U.K' 2012 Reunion Tour. The set debuted at the Victoria Theater in Chicago on May 1, 2012.www.ebay.com