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Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 16

Hello Everyone. The moment I dread has come as my ten year passport and three year US visa ran out within days of each other so it is the usual early morning two hour schlep to Grosvenor Square W1, to the US Embassy with my second passport to apply for another 3 year visa. This […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 15

Vintage DrumYard Blog Audience

Hello everyone,

Back again to my usual spot at Heathrow Terminal 5 for my flight to Vienna for some shows with Axel Swingenberger, Ben Waters, Dave Green and Charlie Watts, also known as the ”ABC&D of Boogie”. Time for a cuppa with the boys before heading into the unknown.

Arriving in Vienna we are […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 14

Gadd's Kit

Sorry everyone but I am a bit behind at present with Part 14. In February we began preparing for the Eric Clapton/Jeff Beck Tour of the UK and US.

Rehearsals started with our usual tech day to set up the stage and soundcheck the PA and monitors so that the band fired up upon arrival […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 13

Charlie Watts

Hello all,

I am still in the shop repairing and re-wrapping.

Our first job is to reduce the depth of two Tama toms and wrap a 14 x 7.5” snare for former Badly Drawn Boy drummer Alex Thomas.

The original wrap is still on the toms so we overcut the depth and trim it up […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 12



No touring this month as I have retreated (for tax purposes) into my shop instead of going to Dublin for 6 months (wishful thinking I believe you call it?).

There’s plenty to catch up on as, for instance, we have added to our Hire range of snares this month, a Drum Paradise ‘Hitmaker Stealth’ […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 11

Van Morrison's Music Stand

Hello All,

Having returned from the US, I am due to cover for my son Martin with Bat for Lashes for their festival show on the Isle of Wight, whilst he swans off to his mates wedding. Scott, his childhood friend, has always been a bit flash, so there is no surprise when I hear […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 10

Van Morrison WMP Kit


Where was I?

Upon my return to the UK my first job back in the shop was to prep our black Rogers kit for use by Placebo’s Steve Forrest in their new video for ‘Ashtray Heart’ shot at a ‘secret’(ooh, the mystery!) location in London.

We used the same kit for ‘Control’ The Story […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 9

Clapton Winwood Poster

Hello again!

Following the London run of shows we flew to New York for a week of rehearsals for the forthcoming Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood US Tour. It gets no better than Steve and EC together onstage- the very best at their trade.

Upon arrival at our New York studios, we bump into old […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 8

Steve Gadd

Hi All,

Sorry for the delay in writing but my Mac laptop crashed followed by the purchase of a new Acer laptop which also crashed after just one week of use. Apparently as I do not have a permanent US address (being a traveller) I have voided the warranty – a new rule that they […]

Diary of a Drum Tech Pt. 7


Hello all. Well, well, what’s been happening you ask?

My first role has been organizing the promo tour for Annie Lennox –The Collection CD. This involved TV shows for Annie in the US and UK with a concert from St Lukes with the BBC Concert Orchestra followed by BBC Radio 2, live with Ken […]