When the Vultures first talked about touring, Dave didn’t have a kit to take out on the road, did he?
“No, and I wanted to surprise him so I called my friend, Scott Donnell, at DW. I wanted to combine all that we’d done in the studio into one kit. We decided on DW’s Jazz Series shells; old technology, new design, and my favourite drums being made today."
"They have 7-ply shells; 2-ply North American hard rock maple inner with 3-ply gumwood middle - to enhance low-end frequencies - and a 2-ply maple outer. They have a warm, open sound, with real character and the softer ‘Butter Edges’. At that point I didn’t know exactly what I was going to need, so we made a 24" bass drum, 12", 13" and 14" tom-toms, 16" and 18" floor toms and a 20" gong drum."
"Dave had used a gong drum on ‘Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up’, and it became an integral part of the kit."
Pelham Blue finish
"For the finish, we decided on the same Pelham Blue as Dave’s Gibson DG-335 Trini Lopez guitar. I knew either way Dave was going to love the gesture of us doing the kit for him, and he was so excited when he first saw it."