You think this kind of comradeship exists on a guitar forum?
Cool post.I wouldn't have met Andy, his lovely wife Yvonne, Bo, Bermuda, Ian (DrumEatDrum), Caz, Simon Phillips, Mendozart, Grea, Henri, Duncan, Madge (Magenta) and her husband Glyn, Ben Riley, Yolanda Charles, Dave from Amedia Cymbals, David Floegal, I wouldn't have seen Tommy Aldridge and Dennis Chambers eating breakfast a few tables over.
I wouldn't have gone to England (twice) and Wales. I wouldn't have jammed in Wales with Madge's friends. I wouldn't have witnessed Andy tell JoJo Mayer to F off at the London Drum Show in 2013. (that was epic for me)
I wouldn't have the best drums in the world. I wouldn't be Uncle Larry. I wouldn't have gotten to stay at Andy's home for a few days. (What a treat!) I wouldn't have stayed with Madge for a few days (Another treat!). Madge took me to 3 actual castles (Ah-mazing OMG wow speechless). I wouldn't have seen thousands of sheep with dayglo paint on them wandering the countryside. I wouldn't have seen England's gorgeous hedgerows from the sky. I wouldn't have witnessed real live actual gypsies and their funky horse drawn carriages in England. I wouldn't have had a chance to walk a mile or so through the streets of London from Heathrow Airport to the Drum Show. I wouldn't have had the best meal in my life (That Andy made at his home). I still remember it. I wouldn't have seen a house with a real, four foot thick, straw thatched roof. I wouldn't have eaten lunch in a million year old Wales Tavern with old gnarly floorboards that were walked on by who knows how many historical figures. Just the age alone of these structures conjures a sense of romance and war. I wouldn't have had real English fish and chips. I wouldn't have seen the Tower of London (Thanks Andy that was so cool). I wouldn't have conversed with a Beefeater. I wouldn't have gone to NAMM in Anaheim (Thanks Bo) I wouldn't have seen the Pacific Ocean (Thanks Bo) I wouldn't have witnessed how narrow some English backroads are. I wouldn't have the sense of wonderment, history, and fascination about that part of the world.
That's the short list. I'm sure more things will occur to me.
Bernhard, I'm in your debt. Thank-you.
Yes, Wales. The castles all have spiral staircases it seemed and I got dizzy by the time I got to the top. The stone walls were so incredibly thick, like 8 feet. What a Herculean effort that must have been to construct. Skinny little windows for the archers. Absolutely life changing. We are so soft compared to the people back then. I instantly fell in love with the whole package.
I wish I had more pictures. As most meet ups were around shows, I was usually running around doing stuff.Really digging the pics Duncan & Andy.
Or my place (well, two end gable walls are double brick cavity, the rest are mostly oak beam frame + lime plaster panels).Every structure was made of masonry as far as I could tell. Maybe not the thatched roof house.