Where did the idea for a spot of double drumming in the show come from?
Steve: “Last year Jay was playing a bit of tambourine on an acoustic song and he said he wanted to learn drums, so I planted the seed. I told him for the arena tour he should get a kit and do it.
“The lads are big Coldplay fans and we do a Coldplay medley so it seemed right for Jay to play on ‘Fix You’. He comes out of the stage on a lift and he absolutely loves it. It’s a great moment for the fans, one of their idols comes out of the stage with a drum kit!
“He’s great as well, he’s definitely got natural rhythm. And at 41 I want to get some boy band lessons from him so maybe we could just swap!”
Jay: “All the lads play [an instrument]. We’ve been together two years and I was always the one that didn’t play anything. I felt like I was letting everyone down and then last year seeing Steve on our theatre tour, he is incredible. He is genuinely inspirational. I think a lot of fans were surprised at the quality of our band, they really are top notch.
“Steve suggested maybe getting on the drums and I thought, ‘Why not?’ It fits perfectly. I’m really glad how it’s gone and hopefully it’ll get better and better with time. I know Steve is really excited to watch me get better. It feels good.”
You’ve got a cajon as well, Jay.
Jay: “There’s a bit in the show when I do a little bit of rhythm percussion stuff to Coldplay. At first I was god-awful, but I use Steve as a visual aid. While he’s doing something complex he’s still giving me pointers. I can’t believe how talented he is and doing a pop show. He makes it so much more than that.
“Recently we were in America but the band were back here crafting it. They make the show musically what it is. We had these guys on the theatre tour and they’ve got the skill to do it on an arena tour as well.”
Now check out Rhythm’s current Issue 203 for interviews with Butch Vig and former G N’R sticksmen Steven Adler & Matt Sorum. Or subscribe to Rhythm here for a monthly dose of new gear reviews, kit buying guides, pro drum lessons and all-star interviews.
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