Sunday, September 17, 2017

MARK BECKETT-LIVE WITH OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN-CHICAGO-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14....

The end of August I found myself back in Chicago for a show that I have been looking forward to for quite some time. Mark Beckett was coming through town with Olivia Newton John, and this is a show I have always wanted to see. Mark has been enormously supportive of Beier Drums, and we have spent a lot of time talking and corresponding over the last three and a half years. And to note as always, and as noted in Modern Drummer...He is the reason I manufacture the 1.5 Steel--4 x 15. It was his idea, his design. and I just make it....

Mark has numerous snare drums from here, but he primarily uses his 1.5 Steel--4 x 15 & 5.5 x 14 live, and in the studio. Along with being Olivia's live/studio drummer for many years, he is a Nashville icon, and carries enormous respect within the music community. He is a first-call session player (Nashville Sessions), and is one of two house drummers for The Grand Ole Opry. The other drummer is one of his drumming heroes, and one of the top session players of all-time-Eddie Bayers Jr. (Eddie also uses a 1.5 Steel--4 x 15, 5.5 x 14, & 6.5 x 14).

It is really hard to describe what watching a show with Olivia Newton John and her band is like. When something is as good as they are...You almost find yourself at a loss for words. She is a timeless legend, and is as powerful a performer as she always was. And backed by this band, and the level of talent they have...It was something I will never forget.

The first four pictures are from that show, and the rest are a selection from over the last three and a half years. The seventh picture is a recent pic of Mark with Pat McDonald, a player considered to be a monumental talent by drummers from...Anywhere & Everywhere. Pat introduced my gear to Mark initially, and he as well used a 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 & 5.5 x 14 as his mains for years with Charlie Daniels. 

Thank You Mark Beckett for an amazing and fun evening, your inspiration, and for your constant use of my gear Want to send out a Thank You as well to Dane Bryant who is Olivia's music director, and keyboardist for the band. I really appreciate your comments about my drums. It is always interesting to hear from band members about my gear, and it was truly appreciated....





















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