Gretsch and Fernando drumkits, where in local Zildjian artists had an open drum jam. Present were Zildjian endorsers Mar Dizon, Mike Alba, Vic Mercado (Bamboo), and the two newest Pinoy Zildjian artists, Dindin Moreno (Parokya Ni Edgar) and Mark Escueta (Rivermaya). Even kid prodigy Arien Pulumbarit (one of Sir Jun Regalado's best students) joined the fun!
Well, I didn't witness a lot of that because I arrived around 5pm. But I was able to pass by and hear Mike Alba and Vic Mercado trade licks. They were burning, as usual!
I went straight to the Music Hall area, where I met up with good old drummer buddies such as Bennii Obana (Barfly), Gabby Abes (Manila Philharmonic, DLSU Pops), Relly Mangubat (Stonefree) and many more! I also met a number of Pinoydrums community members. While waiting in line, I enjoyed the drum chat with my peers.
It was already past 6pm when we were sitted, and the program didn't start on time, late as usual... Until finally, cutie host Dylan (Bennii said she's a DJ for this radio station... will confirm that) began her hosting duties. I think it was at least three times she mentioned that she's not a musician. She can't relate with some of the drum talk and drumming-related stuff. How we wished that she did a little more research before doing the hosting gig. Anyway, enough talk... Start the show!
|Mark Escueta's Gretsch/Zildjian kit|
After Rivermaya's set and before the main event began, everyone was treated with Mall Of Asia's fireworks display. It was timely, because it was a visual treat for this year's special guest...
And boy, he rocked really hard! He's one of the most solid and most powerful drummers that I've ever seen and heard. His cymbals were in full motion whenever he played it, and his drum sounds were thunderous, thanks to his beautiful Tama Starclassic Bubinga Omni-Tune drumkit. Kenny played along to various tracks that he recorded with artists like Alanis Morrisette, Alice Cooper, and of course, John Mellencamp (whom he played for, for many years), to name a few.
Besides his show of power and volume, I have no doubt that he's got plenty of heart and passion. And what I like the most is the fact that he plays for the music. He always thinks about four things, whenever he's working on his drumming and his drum parts for a song - time, the beat, the groove, and creative input.
Kenny's drum clinic performances were impressive, though in an educational point-of-view, I think his clinic is geared more for the beginner-to-intermediate drummer. I don't know if it's the weather or the sound system (which became faulty at certain moments) or just the overwhelmingly huge venue (which affected the acoustics), but I sensed that most of the drummers in the audience were expecting more. In fact, I noticed that some were feeling bored, and many thought that the clinic was too long (it ended past 9pm).
|Kenny & me: bald power!|
Lighter side of the clinic... During the occasional sound system malfunctions and his short break, Kenny was giving away candy to the crowd, either throwing it or aiming it with a toy tennis racket. Bennii was so happy yesterday because he was witnessing one of his drumming heroes doing his thing. In case you were there, he's that dude doing all that shouting haha... Rock on, Bennii!! And yes, my prized Tama Starclassic Maple snare drum just got another signature. Ah, another great day of drumming...
|Kenny's signature on my "Old Faithful" Starclassic.|