Band trivia – My audition in July 1987 included a couple of their own songs like ‘Restless’ and one cover – Black Rose by Thin Lizzy – nothing like an odd time meter and change of time signature to catch out a drummer’s time keeping.
The hard work began from that moment on because school band was definitely not rock band gigs!
Apart from a couple of breaks away as a globetrotting backpacker; I was with Tour de Force/ The Promise from July 1987 through to the 1995 Gods of AOR gig and release of the band’s first album – of which I was extremely proud of – and all of our achievements along the way.
Audition 1987; Runrig support gig 1988; Big Country support tour 1989.
The recording/ release of all the Tour de Force EPs (thanks to Niall Mathewson at The Mill Studio for turning a school drummer into a recording drummer)
Hearing our music on the radio! Huge thanks to all at Northsound Radio Aberdeen for their support of the band.
The recording/ release of ‘The Promise’ album (thanks again to Niall Mathewson and The Promise for getting the best out of me)
You all made a young kid’s drumming dreams come true.
So many, but favourite bands/players through the 80’s/90’s – Bon Jovi (Tico Torres), Dio (Vinny Appice), Toto (Jeff Porcaro), Journey (Steve Smith), Marillion (Ian Mosley) and lastly, Hal Blaine – studio legend.
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