IMAGES"What a ride so far. I should really call this page My Scrapbook. Great memories. More to come I hope. And more to post. I am thankful." ~ David
Out in our yard with my new TOCA congas! Thank you to Mark Petrocelli from TOCA and of course Sully Erna for making it happen! These are awesome!
On tour with Sully Erna's Avalon.
The Avalon set list.
An Avalon tour.
Sully Erna's Avalon. My amazing kit with my percussion/hand drum setup to my left. Sweet Zildjians all around.
Filming Avalon in Los Angeles.
Filming Avalon in Los Angeles.
Always great shows with Sully!
With Sully in Europe. Sofia, Bulgaria.
A Sicilian and an Italian walk into a band dressing room...
What a crew!
With Sully during a rehearsal.
On our bus.
My safe spot.
We toured all over Europe with Sully in 2017. Tim Theriault and myself in Hamburg, Germany, wondering in the Reeperbahn as we stand in front of the famed Kaiserkeller. “Mak show, Beatles! Mak show!”
In front of the famed INDRA Musik Club in Hamburg. Beatles!
We called ourselves "The Walkabouts". Every day, be it a day off or before soundcheck on a show day, we would search on foot, the areas around our hotel. Historic, cool spots in Europe. Tim Theriault, Lisa Guyer, myself, and Chris Decato.
Check Point Charlie.
In Europe! Our dressing room somewhere. That's Alien Ant Farm bassist Tye Zamora who joined us for this tour! Freakin' awesome!
I took this photo of my shoes at this plaque which shows where The Wall once stood in Berlin. The wall divided the country in an attempt to keep so-called Western “fascists” from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state.
Timmy, Lisa, and myself at the memorial. They left a section of the wall as a reminder. See how that works?
Russia. Red Square.
Peter Wolf and the Houseparty 5
Rehearsal with Peter Wolf. Early on. My Sonor kit.
With Peter Wolf at Kook's barn in Lynnfield, MA. Many a rehearsal held there.
NEVER take your eyes off Pete when kickin' it live. I can tell this was during Pete's famous "Musta Got Lost" intro. Stephen Jo Bladd style.
Wolf took us to see The Stones. WOW!
Just as this shot was about to be taken I said softly "I had no idea there would be so much bottled apple juice backstage.". Mr. Watts laughed. My life is complete.
George Thorogood, Wolf, Me, Jimmy Rip, Johnny A, and Jeff Golub at one of the many shows.
The "Woofa Goofa Mama Toofa" in action!
Pete, Brian Maes, and me after another 3hr PLUS show.
Always a blast!
Tim Archibald on bass. The best!
Wolf doing his "Raputa The Beauta!" rap. Me doing my best "pit drummer" sound effects.
After Wolf and the HP5 played at The House Of Blues, we got to meet many of our heros that came to see the show. Here are Brian and myself with the late, great, Danny Federici from Springsteen's band.
Pauly Shore loved the Sunset Strip House Of Blues Show we did! He grew up just across the street.
The House Of Blues on Sunset Strip. Faye Dunaway came to the show and visited after. I was just off stage when this photo was taken and I was kinda sweaty. Yikes! Faye was extremely nice and stressed that she really enjoyed the show. Her and Wolf were married at one time.
In NYC before a Wolf-HP5 show with Doug Dube and the late, great, Bobby Chouinard.
Wolf knew I was a big Woody Allen fan. Before our South Street Seaport show in NYC, Pete called my room and asked me to come to his room. I walked in to greet John Doumanian who was visiting Peter. Ha ha ha!
From the Uptown Horns! Arno Hecht! Great tenor player who sat in with us whenever he could. The Uptown Horns are a J Geils Band favorite.
Many times it was the only way to get him to end the show! No lie.
Peter Wolf and the Houseparty 5. An amazing live band of which I will be forever grateful to have been a part of. Tim Archibald, Me, Peter Wolf, Johnny A, Doug Dube, Brian Maes.
One of my notorius cartoons I drew while on tour in Japan. Yup, that's Pete jumping through the ceiling.
With our AMAZING crew on the way to Japan! Scott Mitchell, Zeus, Tim Coakley, and Carl Gagnon.
The fantastic people of Japan are some of the most intense music fans on the planet. The NICEST folks as well.
Nihon no subarashī hitobito ni kansha shimasu!
Club Quattro in Japan. There were Club Quatto's in many of the major cities in Japan. We played a bunch of them!
Japan. What a fantastic place.
Amazing people in Japan.
The Beloved Few
The Beloved Few. Michael Troy and David Stefanelli. Our first promo shot. My sister took the photo.
Myself, Michael, and engineer David Leftkowitz working on The Beloved Few's debut CD at Studio Public Alley 440 in Boston.
The great Anthony Resta helping us out with his amazing creativity.
Anthony Resta getting his sounds.
We LOVE this lad! That's Robert Holmes from the band 'til Tuesday cracking us up in between amazing guitar tracking.
Michael Troy working on The Beloved Few's debut CD at Studio Public Alley 440 in Boston.
No idea! Maybe I lost my note.
The master! Bob St. John mixing our music. There is NO ONE better than this guy!
RTZ - Tim Archibald, David Stefanelli, Brad Delp, Barry Goudreau, Brian Maes.
I took this photo of Barry and Brad at Barry's home studio. This is an early shot when Brad started visiting and helping with singing and writing. Early 1980's.
At Brad's home studio. Professional models.
Brad was into fist pumping this day!
Brad loved to visit filming locations for his favorite movie, The Exorcist. Here I am at the house used in the film. Brad took these shots while we were touring in Washington, DC. This is actually in Georgetown.
I'm on the creepy stairs from the movie, The Exorcist. Can you see me down there? Almost to M street. Oh GOD!
Recording the RTZ album in Los Angeles at The Village Recorder.
On the road.
RTZ on Lansdown Street in Boston.
RTZ got a ton of press.
Our live band with Patty and Mary on backing vocals.
My RTZ, Pearl, drumkit. ALL Zildjians...of course.
Robert Ellis Orrall
The earliest image I have of the Robert Ellis Orrall Band. Kook Lawry, Robert Orrall, Me, Don Walden and Doug Millet. 1981?
Recording Robert's album FIXATION at Studio B in Boston.
Another one from Studio B. I was 21 years old.
Robert Ellis Orrall at Jonathan Swift's in Harvard Square!
In the dressing room at the original Ritz in New York City. We opened for EVERYBODY there.
Kickin' it on stage at the Ritz in NYC!
Ha ha ha ha! Oh dear.
Puttin' on the Ritz. The original Ritz was a ballroom that early on was used to record big bands. There were OLD tie lines for microphones on the stage. Crazy looking things. History. We were there towards the last years of this place. We played there a lot. It really IS a wonderful life.
Eating crawdads in New Orleans. Well, everyone except for Kook. His saying is: "Nothing from the sea shall enter me."
Opening for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes.
With REO guitarist, Doug Millet.
In the window of Strawberries Records & Tapes doing an album in-store signing. This was for Robert's "Special Pain" album. There is newest member Brian Maes now joining us.
Don Walden, Robert, and Myself.
On one of our many gig trips to NYC. That's our pal and lightman, Jerry Antonelli with us. We are pretending to flag down a cab. Yeah right!
Inn-Square Men's Bar (Ladies invited!). It was a special place run by a special guy, Marshall Simpkins. We rocked that place and were always treated like kings by both the staff and our fans.
Inn-Square Men's Bar (Ladies invited!). An OLD school name for an establishment. Oh relax. It's funny!
Inn-Square Men's Bar (Ladies invited!).
Here is yet another person I will be forever grateful to. Producer Roger Bechirian. Roger had me drum on some great albums besides Robert's. I got to record at a bunch of famed studios in the UK. Roger began his career as an audio engineer and then moved on to becoming a producer. You can see his name and hear his work on records by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, The Undertones, Lene Lovich, Carlene Carter, Wang Chung, and Squeeze. He is amazing. Thank you Roger!
Behaving in London.
At the Prospect Of Whitby, Wapping, London. Having a half pint with Robert.
Wapping! East End of London with Russell Murch, Myself, Robert, and Don.
I ended up staying at a flat that the record company had for a few months. 6 floors up on the Thames. Just up the Frog & Toad from the Bow Church in the East End mate!
The East End. So young.
Robert, Myself, and Andrew Howell of the band Blanket Of Secrecy, in the Quadrangle courtyard of Rockfield Recording Studios in Monmouth, Wales.
At Rockfield in Wales. (L-R) Don Walden, Brigitte (staff), Sam (the wonder dog!), Karis (staff), Robert, Myself, Roger Bechirian (producer), Kook Lawry, Paul Cobbold (engineer).
Andrew Howell and Myself in the control room inside the Quadrangle at Rockfield.
Meal time at Rockfield.
Roger going over a drum track I just laid down.
At Rockfield trying out a Simmons kit. I'm set up where Roger Taylor recorded his drums for Bohemian Rhapsody.
Roger figuring out the one way to get me to stop.
Roger going over lyrics with Robert. HA HA HA!
At Rockfield with Robert Plant. We were all in the control room when the door opened and Robert Plant poked his head in. "Oh Hi lads. Sorry to disturb you but can I use your phone?" We immediately stopped what we were doing and ended up making tea and chatting with Robert. Look at my face! Ha ha! Another nice rock legend we got to meet. Wow!
I'm not sure the effect we were going for right here.
The great Nick Lowe, Myself, and Carlene Carter at a pub in London.
During a recording break my mate Russell Murch took me to where he worked at Pinewood Studios in London. He was in animation and worked for Gerald Scarfe at the time. Pink Floyd's The Wall, Gerald Scarfe! Im goofing off with one of THE cells from the movie.
Still like a dream. It's been more than 25 years now. Zildjian cymbals. Amazing. So many folks from this company have helped me. I'm forever thankful.
With Sarah Hagan and John DeChristopher.
Checking out cymbals in Zildjian's Drummer's Lounge. Can I have them all?
With the late, great, Lennie DiMuzio. Besides talking music we would cry laughing listening to his stories. Rest In Peace Lennie!
My first band. Zenophon 1974. John "Foot" Plaz on the left, Myself, and Steve Cox. My 1960's Rogers Holiday model kit. Still got 'em!
John Plaz on Bass.
David Stefanelli on drums and lead vocals. I was 14 years old.
Steve Cox on guitar and vocals.
A later version of the band. Steve Cox, Manager Frank Azzolino, Myself, Henry Cox (Steve's older bro), and Tom Shepherd.
Zenophon plays Jaspers in Somerville, MA! (Pre computers and Photoshop. Can you tell?)
Jack Griffin's Cambridge Music Complex. Zenophon moved into this awesome rehearsal complex in 1975.