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John Pierce (bass player for +Huey Lewis & The News​): I first got to know the guys through Bob Brown. Enough that in 1986, when Mario (Cipollina) had a hand injury, they called me up.

Cris: You were with them on the road for like a month while he was healing?

John: That's right. And they were at their peak. And I had one day to learn the stuff. Literally one day. Mario actually had cards that he would hold up on the side of the stage with notes.

Anyway, as you can imagine, it was ridiculously fun. And I remember … I think we were in Springfield, Kansas. (After healing) Mario had done a show or two. And I was still there just in case. But he was okay. And they were like, “OK, John. That's it. You're done. Thank you. You can go home.” And so we are at the airport and the band leaves. And all of a sudden, it's quiet. The whole party went away. I mean, that was such a bummer. It was just so fun.

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In the world of social media, most bands only seem interested in acquiring new followers, not in taking care of the followers they have. The result is either very few followers or a large number of followers, but still few people going to their concerts. 

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If you are a band or an individual musician and your only posts are sales pitches, you are doing it wrong.

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Cris: When you did the Keith Emerson '3 Fates' album, that was some seriously busy playing.

Troy Luccketta​ (drummer for Tesla): Ain't that a beautiful piece of work? I'm so proud of that. You know that's where my technique really came into play. So thank goodness I have enough of that. Cause I never did the full on college thing. I never went to North Texas or Berklee or anything like that. I was always playing. Since I was 23 until now I've been busy thank goodness. I didn't have an opportunity to just take off and put all of this time into studying. 

So it has just been over the years, listening to records. And its continued. I got up this morning and I was going through Rich Redmond's workouts. I take as much information as I can get and I apply it over a period of time. I'll absorb it kind of slowly, but it's being absorbed. And it can naturally come out in my playing and get used when necessary. 

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+Sean Paddock (drummer for Kenny Chesney): There was kind of a life-changing moment for me in terms of drumming. In the early 90s I went to a Steely Dan concert and Peter Erskine was playing with them. This guy was playing this material so smoothly. His hands were like butter. And he was commanding this band. He's been doing a lot of jazz playing, but his rock playing was so on the money. And I thought, that's what I need to look like.

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Taylor Dayne​: There are artists who are just prolific artists. No matter what they do, they create every day. Those are the artists that I so emulate and admire. 

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Everyone I know fast forwards through commercials. So why, when bands have their own channels in the form of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., do so many artists only post commercials? I see numerous band pages where the only posts are: 
> Buy this album
> Buy this shirt
> Buy tickets for this show

Should that be part of your social media? Yes. Should they be the only posts you have? No. I don't know anyone who would subscribe to the All Advertising Channel.

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Rob of Big Head Todd and the Monsters​: We have been fortunate enough to have a similar taste in music, a similar vision, and a fear of getting day jobs.

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Jonatha Brooke​: I'm a truth teller. But I'm also a storyteller. So I've learned which parts of the truth to tell.  

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Cris: You guys play large venues, where you could argue, depending on how good the sound engineer is, most of what people hear from you are the quarter notes. And yet a lot of this stuff that you are studying … you have a lot of the ghost notes and such. Do you still throw those in during live performances?

Ben Sesar (drummer for Brad Paisley): Oh yeah! Cause I can hear it. It's not my problem if you can't hear it. And that's just part of my playing, naturally. The ghost note thing. I have always just been a fan of that sound because it makes it feel otherworldly, like there's more people playing. Keith Carlock is a great example of that. It sounds tribal. It's very rhythmic and it's cool. And even if they are not heard, but felt, it's helping me subdivide. It's all part of the time keeping. 

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Client Taylor Dayne shaking things up on Fox Business yesterday.
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+Daniel Glass​: I had an early proclivity for the drums, banging away on pots and pans like so many other kids. When we used to go to Chinese restaurants, I am proud to say that my chopsticks would be confiscated within 30 seconds. 

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