Buddy rich - stick it

In 1973, PBS broadcast and syndicated Rich's February 6, 1973, performance at the Top of the Plaza in Rochester, New York . It was the first time thousands of drummers were exposed to Buddy in a full-length concert setting, and many drummers continue to name this program as a prime influence on their own playing. [17] One of his most widely seen television performances was in a 1981 episode of The Muppet Show , in which he engaged Muppet drummer "Animal" (played by Ronnie Verrell ) in a drum battle. [18] Rich's famous televised drum battles also included Gene Krupa , Ed Shaughnessy and Louie Bellson . [18]

Here is the classic big-band drummer at the helm of an all-utility-player cast. This 1972 date features effective arrangements that reflect the times in various ways, from jazz rock stylings on some tracks to material like “Bein’ Green”, from Sesame Street. The band is tight and the soloists effective if not outstanding. Rich is musically intelligent as well as powerful, and if you enjoy focusing primarily on the drummer, there’s plenty to like here.

May 18, Kingston

The first leg of Stick Men's Prog Noir tour has finished, and it was quite exciting musically.

I took a little break from road diaries, because more tours are coming up, and also I expect to have a re-design of this site pretty soon.

Lots coming up, but excitingly, King Crimson have just added more dates to our Fall tour - including Italy, where we haven't played in some time.
They're below, and I'll update as things become confirmed. (And, yes, soon I'll take down the Stick Men dates we've just finished!)

(update: removed the old dates, and there are now new Crimson shows in Monte Carlo, Marseille and Paris)


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 North America Tour 2016

June 21   Nationwide Arena/ Columbus, OH
June 23   Verizon Center/ Wash. DC
June 24   Jones Beach / Wantagh, NY
June 26   BB&T Pavillion / Philadelphia, PA
June 27   Madison Sq. Garden / New York
June 29   Air Canada Centre / Toronto, ON
June 30   Palace of Auburn Hills / Detroit, MI
July 2    DCU Center / Worcester, MA
July 5    Bell Centre / Montreal, QC
July 7    Festival d'ete, Quebec, QC
July 9    United Center/ Chicago, IL
July 10   Summerfest / Milwaukee, WI
July 12   Pepsi Center / Denver, CO
July 14   SAP Center / San Jose, CA
July 15   Harvey's / Lake Tahoe, NV
July 17   Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA
July 21   Key Arena / Seattle, WA
July 23   Scotiabank Saddledome / Calgary, AB
July 24   Rexall Place / Edmonton, AB

with KING CRIMSON   Europe 2016
Sept 4    Waterside Theatre / Aylesbury UK
Sept 5    Waterside Theatre / Aylesbury UK
Sept 8    Beethoven-Saal / Stuttgart
Sept 9    Beethoven-Saal / Stuttgart
Sept 11   Admiralpalast / Berlin
Sept 12   Admiralpalast / Berlin
Sept 14   Forum Karlin / Prague
Sept 15   Forum Karlin / Prague
Sept 17   House of Music / Zabrze, Poland
Sept 18   House of Music / Zabrze, Poland
Sept 20   Natnl Forum of Music / Wroclaw
Sept 21   Natnl Forum of Music / Wroclaw
Sept 23   Falkoner / Copenhagen
Sept 24   Falkoner / Copenhagen
Sept 26   Sentrum Scene / Oslo
Sept 27   Sentrum Scene / Oslo
Sept 28   Sentrum Scene / Oslo
Sept 30   Filadelfiakyrkan / Stockholm

with STICK MEN   Europe 2016
Oct 12    Paradox / Tilburg (NL)
Oct 13    Nieuwe Nor / Heerlen (NL)
Oct 14    Alte Schmeize / Wiesbaden (DE)
Oct 14    Kulturzentrum Linse/ Weingarten (DE)
Oct 21    Blue Note / Nové Mesto Nad Váhom (SK)
Oct 22    Usti Nad Labem Jazz Fest / Usti Nad Labem (CZ)
Oct 23    Sono Centrum / Brno (CZ)

with KING CRIMSON   more Europe 2016
Nov 2    Stadsschouwburg / Antwerp
Nov 3    Stadsschouwburg / Antwerp
Nov 5    Teatro degli Arcimboldi / Milano
Nov 6    Teatro degli Arcimboldi / Milano
Nov 8    Teatro Verdi / Firenze
Nov 9    Teatro Verdi / Firenze
Nov 11    Auditorium Concilazione / Roma
Nov 12    Auditorium Concilazione / Roma
Nov 14    Teatro Coloseeo / Torino
Nov 15    Teatro Coloseeo / Torino
Nov 17    Opera Garnier/ Monte Carlo
Nov 18    Opera Garnier/ Monte Carlo
Nov 27    Le Silo/ Marseille
Nov 30    Museumsquartier / Vienna
Dec 1      Museumsquartier / Vienna
Dec 3    Salle Pleyel / Paris
Dec 4    Salle Pleyel / Paris


Here are some of my tour blogs from the past year. (all tour pages are in the Archives linked at page top - there are a lot more than these!)

Europe, Canada and Japan     King Crimson 2015 Tour
Latin America:     Stick Men Spring 2015 Tour
Berlin:             Writing trip
Europe:             Peter Gabriel's Fall 2014 Tour
.                 King Crimson Elements Tour
England             King Crimson Rehearsals
Europe              Peter Gabriel's Spring 2014 Tour
Caribbean Ocean      Cruise to the Edge rock cruise
Europe, Russia         The Crimson ProjeKCt Europe Tour, Spring 2014
Europe              Peter Gabriel 2013 SO Tour
.                Stick Men Deep Tour USA 2013
Japan               Buddy Rich Band June 2013
.                Stick Men Tour Spring 2013
Japan              The Crimson ProjeKct Spring 2013
Anaheim          NAMM 2013
.                  Peter Gabriel SO Tour
Big Indian, NY    3 of a Perfect Pair Music Camp


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