Updated August 11, 2015
We have run some pieces before on the great Gregg Bissonette and you can read those below. However, we wanted to make special mention of Audix’ announcement that Gregg was joining the Audix family. What a great combination! Speaking for myself, Audix mics are superb. Take a look at the presser from Audix about Gregg. Good read.
Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor
Updated July 25, 2015
Well, a while ago I had the privilege to talk with the great Gregg Bissonette about his then new album entitled Warning Will Robinson as well his illustrious career. Our original blog appears below. Now, we are glad to report that Gregg is one of the featured players in a new rock ballet entitled Heart of Storm.
HOS can be described as part live rock show and part Russian ballet. The band itself is loaded with big time players which includes Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) (keys), Gregg (Ringo Starr) (drums), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) (lead guitar), Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) (fretless bass), Brent Woods (Warrant, Sebastian Bach) (rhythm guitar), and, Brandon Fields (Tower of Power, George Benson) (sax). Quite a lineup indeed.
HOS’ music is epic and will definitely be a music lover’s choice while the ballet is performed by fresh young Russian talent and choreographed by the gifted Stas Tsoy. Most importantly, HOS is making its U.S. debut this weekend at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.
Check out the trailer for HOS:
Good stuff Gregg. You’re still a “Starr.”
Ken “Bo” Biedzynski, Editor
GREGG BISSONETTE: DEFINING “ALL STAR/STARR”
I know it’s an obvious point, but, after speaking with Gregg Bissonette, it dawned on me why Ringo Starr calls his band the “All Starr” band. In Ringo’s own words, “everybody on stage is a star in their own right.” This description fittingly applies to Gregg. Indeed, this Detroit native and Dixon Drum artist is quite a performer.
Gregg’s career is all encompassing and impressive. Starting with his 1980s stint with Maynard Ferguson Gregg then went on to perform with many artists including Gino Vanelli, David Lee Roth, the Buddy Rich Big Band, Joe Satriani, the Mustard Seeds (with brother Matt), Toto, Don Henley, Santana, ELO, and even Spinal Tap. In addition, Gregg has played on a variety of TV shows and even put out instructional materials for drummers. The resume and playing ability resulted in one of the most versatile and sought after drummers that our generation has seen. So, it’s no wonder that this percussive chameleon is in high demand and also, the drummer who plays alongside the legendary Beatle, Ringo Starr. Indeed, he is an “All-Starr.”
However, I think what caught my eye about Gregg was his ability to master and perform a wide variety of styles at a top flight level. If you check out my review on Gregg’s album entitled, Warning Will Robinson, you will see that this quality is also what struck me with that record. There’s a lot to be said for a drummer who can master as many styles as Gregg can. Gregg’s versatility actually compliments (in a very positive sense) the word “arbitrary”; you just never know what you will get. It could be anything from jazz to hard rock. The one thing that you can count on, however, is that you will get best quality of performing. In my book, that equates to a professional. Additionally, anyone who knows Gregg knows that he reads and dissects tunes like nobody’s business. This makes for a very attractive musical commodity. So, I thought Gregg would be a fantastic guest for Beato’s Blog and I think after you listen to my interview with him, you will agree. Hey, I think we might have just defined “All Starr.”
Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski