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bermuda 01-19-2013 05:51 PM

Ludwig makes the cake!
 
I recently coordinated a Ludwig factory tour for Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon) as a surprise for his birthday. Although a former endorser and out of the spotlight for some time, Ludwig was extremely receptive and excited about his visit, and even made a cake for him - note the blue/olive icing!

http://www.bermudaschwartz.com/images/cake.jpg

Classy and thoughtful, kudos to Ludwig!

Bermuda

Mendozart 01-19-2013 06:06 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Very cool and nice of you Jon!

bobdadruma 01-19-2013 06:08 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
----------Cool----------

brady 01-19-2013 06:47 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Very cool! That's really classy of Ludwig.

I wonder what Alan is up to these days.

I grew up watching him play with REO in the video we had of Live: Infedelity. (Actually on the RCA VideoDisc player if anyone remembers those). I played that thing over and over.

That and The Song Remains the Same were my first live drummer experiences as a kid.

If you see Alan again, tell him thanks for the inspiration.

GRUNTERSDAD 01-19-2013 06:50 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Save me a corner.............

larryz 01-21-2013 06:44 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Awesome. Great drummer and REO has been around so long because they're great at what they do. Nice guys who are appreciative of their fans.

Hi Fidelity is the soundtrack of most people my age who grew up in the late 70s/early 80s.
Drumming on Roll With the Changes and so many other hits is wonderful. Classy, those Ludwig people :)

8Mile 01-21-2013 07:21 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
That's really cool. The blue/olive icing really is the icing on the cake. (see what I did there?)

Alan Gratzer has always occupied a special place in my heart. For some reason, when I was a young drummer starting out playing along with records, Alan was the one drummer who I could always follow in perfect unison with. You could turn the volume down for 30 seconds and when you turned it back up, I'd still be playing along in sync. It's like we hear time the same way or something.

Anyway, this is a cool thing.

iamjohn 01-22-2013 12:56 AM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm cake.

bobdadruma 01-22-2013 01:51 AM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Perhaps now that they have had their cake they can get back to work and make the snare that I ordered 4 months ago that was supposed to be in last month.

Large 01-23-2013 04:22 AM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Nice, but maybe a little candy drums would be nicer L0L

Bo Eder 01-23-2013 04:27 AM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bobdadruma (Post 1101534)
Perhaps now that they have had their cake they can get back to work and make the snare that I ordered 4 months ago that was supposed to be in last month.

Complain complain complain.....

Midnite Zephyr 01-23-2013 05:01 AM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
I like cake! I like Ludwigs! It's all good!

The Old Hyde 01-23-2013 02:35 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
thats cool, i remember his double stacked toms on his bass drum.

inneedofgrace 01-23-2013 07:09 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
At first, I thought the cake had "Since 1909" crossed out, and then I realized they were drum sticks. LOL

longgun 01-23-2013 08:17 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Bermuda,

That was great of you to set that up....................I always loved REO's songs and Mr. Gratzer's drumming was the perfect fit.

I heard REO was back out touring.............is he not drumming for them anymore?

larryz 01-23-2013 08:24 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by longgun (Post 1102366)
Bermuda,

That was great of you to set that up....................I always loved REO's songs and Mr. Gratzer's drumming was the perfect fit.

I heard REO was back out touring.............is he not drumming for them anymore?

No I believe Bryan Hitt has been their drummer since the early 1990s.

longgun 01-23-2013 08:46 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by larryz (Post 1102368)
No I believe Bryan Hitt has been their drummer since the early 1990s.

Yep, looked at Wikipedia right after commenting.............looks like Mr Gratzer still is a "guest" once in awhile

Otto 01-23-2013 09:35 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
Did he wear gloves when he ate it? ; )

Shows the class of Ludwig to treat him with honor after such a long time away!

Must have been great to be there...

rmandelbaum 01-23-2013 11:35 PM

Re: Ludwig makes the cake!
 
I got to see them with both him and Gary, theynwere awesome!


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