In an on-going effort to ensure that I don’t actually sleep, on Friday night I played drums with Phoenix (you might remember a post last month about my all-day rehearsal with them in Orlando).
Well, here’s the back story on all this; Phoenix was my first “real” band, which we formed back in high school, and this weekend we reunited to play at the 30-year high school reunion of the keyboard player, bass player, and guitar player (who were seniors, while the lead singer and I were still juniors, but at the same school). We played a bunch of Classic Rock songs, ranging from The Doobie Brothers to Lynyrd Skynyrd (yes, we played “Free Bird”), to Grand Funk to The Eagles to Bad Company. It was incredibly loud (just like the ol’ days), but we had a blast.
Some photos from “the gig” are above, taken by NAPP’s own Larry Becker. (Pictured top to bottom: Me on drums; The back of rhythm guitarist Dean Erskine and our lead singer Joe Mathein; Bassist Tim Colton; Lead Guitar player Tony McMahon; and lastly Keyboard player Tayloe Harding, also affectionately known as “Tay Buns” by cruel band members like me).