Are You Into Fitness?

I just got home from subbing for the Yacht Rock Revue’s drummer extraordinaire Mark Cobb during the birth of his twins. We were booked for the Weezer Cruise, from Miami to Cozumel. It was quite the adventure: I’ve never had to manage tempos and arrangements as the stage moved underneath me. Quite the challenge… There were 17 bands on the boat, including Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Free Energy, The Waves, Ozma, and of course Weezer. They all sounded great, but our seats for the Weezer show we were able to attend were so far back that I couldn’t see they were swapping out drummers. Imagine my surprise when Josh Freese (NIN, Paramore, Sting, Devo, etc) walks into the photo shoot/meet n greet. Imagine Josh’s surprise when I asked “so what have you been up to?” He was polite yet nonplussed, a reaction I am familiar with. When he realized I was playing drums with YRR he said “I never do this, but do you guys play Steely Dan? Can I sit in?” Pretty amazeballs. Josh handled himself well on a chart he had admittedly never played. (Don’t worry Josh, the video will NEVER see the light of day). Many lows of human behavior were observed throughout the cruise, but the highlight of depravity was Weezer’s unfortunate encounter with YRR guitarist Monkeyboy and his trigger word “fitness”. This word, combined with the victim’s assumed unfamiliarity with Monkey’s particular form of neurosis, will trigger the following scene, starring Monkey and Weezer and about 800 guests of the cruise during Weezer’s Q & A session: Monkey: “ Hi I’m Monkeyboy from North America....

Tony MacAlpine European Tour Announced

Agent Cooper has been chosen as main tour support for Tony MacAlpine’s 2012 European Tour: From tonymacalpine.com: January 7, 2012 We are pleased to announce that Agent Cooper will be main support for Tony MacAlpine’s “Dream Mechanism Tour – Europe 2012″! Atlanta based Agent Cooper is a Southern Prog Rock band formed in 1998 from the remnants of Atlanta progressive rock bands Salem Ash and Rain. With two albums to their credit released on ProgRock Records in the 2000′s, most of the band spent the decade recording and touring with Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. Most notably, the band was called together to record and tour Rich Ward’s major label solo release “The Duke: My Kung Fu Is Good”. With industry forces frustrating “the band that could have been”, guitar instrumentalist Mike Martin was added as a permanent fixture in the Agent Cooper lineup to capitalize on and advance with “the band that is”. Agent Cooper is Doug Busbee, Eric Frampton, Sean Delson, Mike Martin and Ganesh Giri Jaya. Tony MacAlpine’s Dream Mechanism 2012 Tour Dates can be found here. Tony and his solo band will be performing a headline set featuring songs from his new album and a selection of his past classics – including a performance of the entire Edge Of Insanity album as part of the set. Tony MacAlpine Band is: Aquiles Priester – Drums (Hangar, Angra) Bjorn Englen, Bass (Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth) Nili Brosh –...