- Nov 21, 2022
- Reaction score
- Venice, CA
Vinnie Colaiuta is an otherworldly, amazingly talented drummer.well...I was told that Vinnie showed up to play the New Orleans Jazz Festival with Sting expecting drums to be there provided by Ludwig.
VC went to the gig site only to find NO DRUMS waiting for him.Why? I don't know...but it was a BIG SCREW UP on Ludwig's part.
Sooo...Vinnie ended up "renting" a kit in Kenner Louisiana that would meet his needs.HE paid for it.I guess the drums were picked up or returned afterward.
So VC called Ludwig and asked that they REPAY HIM the $ for the rental.Ludwig,in a word,refused.
END of relationship.
However, if this story is true, is it possible that he pulled a diva attitude by expecting Ludwig to provide drums at the jazz fest? How open was the communication? I wonder if his contact at Ludwig was a friend or just a business associate. Most great companies will bend over backwards to provide the best customer support they can especially today when everyone gets an online review. Mix-ups happen and if Vinnie was cool about it, rented the loaner and then asked for reimbursement for the rental cost since Ludwig dropped the ball with a smile and a joyful attitude, if I was the person making the call at Ludwig I would reimburse him without question. If the artist is a continual thorn in the side and a huge squeaky wheel maybe they were happy to be rid of him regardless of his talent. I'm totally speculating since I don't know anything. It's just that I've been on both sides as I'm sure most of us have. If you're pleasant to deal with especially in the mix-up situations people are more inclined to help.
I'm of the opinion that musicians should play an instrument that makes the sound they are chasing. When a musician jumps from brand to brand as an endorsee it seems to me it has nothing to do with whatever the brand's instruments actually sound like.
Vinnie Colaiuta is technically a better drummer but I prefer Stewart Copeland with Sting. Stewart Copeland has a signature sound.