Chicago May 14th…

So I arrived in Chicago yesterday in preparation for the 25th annual Chicago Vintage & Custom drum show. I believe this is the largest and longest running drum show of its kind in the world, and i’m both honoured to be invited back and excited to be here. Who wouldn’t be? 3 days of the best vintage and custom drums currently available in the world packed into 2 huge halls, plus clinics, masterclasses and presentations from leading specialists and world class drummers.

This year one of the focuses is on ‘The British Invasion’ so it seems apt that I’m here with a lovely late 60’s Premier set and half a dozen choice English vintage snare drums. I’ve brought along a couple of artist signature snares by British drum builder Alan of VK Drums – it’ll be great to have them on display alongside my vintage gear, all made in the UK.

After just a few hours sleep following a really full on day yesterday, I’ve just sat and enjoyed a hearty 3 egg country breakfast at the Colonnial Diner next door, and am now preparing the last of my gear for show set up this afternoon. It’ll be great to catch up with Andy from UK Custom drum company Liberty Drums, who’s exhibiting for the first time, along with various other friends from many countries who are flocking to this area this weekend for their annual fix of serious drum sniffing!

Yesterday I popped in to see Steve Maxwell’s new place, as he now has two shops near Chicago. The one was stuffed with vintage Rogers, Gretsch & Slingerland kits with a nice selection of vintage snares and cymbals. The second, his newest place, was a mixture of kits half vintage/half Craviotto. I bumped into┬ásome friends there and had a catch up, which was great and felt really homely – just an hour off an Atlantic flight, and already in a vintage drum shop hanging out a chatting with guys who I met for the first time a year ago. I spent the rest of the day with my friend John who received my shipment last week and is helping out on my stand this weekend.

If you’re coming to the show, come say hello. If not, I’m planning some live video feeds for the show, so keep your eyes on my Twitter and Facebook; if you’re not on social media, my twitter feed is on my website so you can see updates as well as recent pictures posted on Instagram.

Have fun, I am ­čÖé