Wow, John! You've had quite a career! I loved your blog!Johnny D said:Great thread and some nice pics of Charlie! Looks like the Vintage Venue is where all the action is!
For anyone interested, here's my blog on my visit with Charlie when the Stones came through Boston in June, as well as knowing him during my 24 years at Zildjian... http://johndechristopher.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/after-50-years-the-stones-are-still-rolling/
Needless to say, he's made a huge impact on my life as both a drumming hero and dear friend... I love him.
Here's some more reading about Charlie http://johndechristopher.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/the-sunshine-bores-the-daylights-outta-me/
Better yet, check out my entire blog! http://johndechristopher.wordpress.com
I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to put an excerpt from it re your interaction with Ringo over on the Ringo thread:
"In July 1995, I had the honor of meeting Ringo for the first time and it was an experience I will never forget. He was very warm and gracious and really funny! ... We then went up on stage behind his drums and showed me his cymbals. At that time, he was using two old A. Zildjians (I believe 20″s) on his left and right and some old 14″ A. Zildjian hi-hats. He said, “These two cymbals are from the mid 1960s and the hi-hats are from 1960.” I said, “So these hi-hats were used on-” and Ringo said, “They were used on all the records.” It’s widely believed that Ringo played 15″ hi-hats on at least the first Beatles record, but these hi-hats were definitely 14″s and he said they’d been used on all the Beatles records, so again, who was I to argue with a Beatle!"