Originally Posted by NUTHA JASON
i don't like him as a person....
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say, you've probably never sat down and talked to the guy, had a beer with him, watched a football game with him... or even met him for that matter. How can you judge his person on some limited interview situations or casual encounters? I'm an jerk sometimes... just ask my wife. I have bad days and treat others and myself badly and I also have good days. Statements like this are puzzling and seriously detract from the viewpoint of the fan vs. the artist. It is a shame when an artist is rude to a fan who pays their bills but it still doesn't measure who they are or what kind of person they are. Frankly there are times when I don't want to chat with people after a gig and I hope that doesn't mean "I'm a lousy guy" for it.
Originally Posted by fakeflyer737
I wish there where more Clinics and live stuff of Vinnie playing, it seems like I've watched everything on youtube. Why doesn't he do clinics anymore?
If you've read recent (in last 10 years) interviews with him, you'd know why. He's sick of the emphasis in modern drumming on "razzle-dazzle" and "OMFG CHOPS!" that all kids want to see. Honestly I feel the same way. I haven't attended a clinic in years because they really leave me empty and drum clinics are so out-of-context. What do they have to do with making music? The only exception is Bozzio because that's what he does... he makes drum music. Aside from that, they are essentially just a money gig for the drummer and basically porn for drummers. I'm not into that either. I totally feel his ire.
In fact, I love reading his interviews because it almost makes me feel guilty about that modern, short-attention-span way of thinking where everything has to be SENSATIONAL! Drumming, in terms of the "drumming community" has almost become an athletic event where people get to see a new record being broken or hot licks nobody's seen before. It bores the hell out of me. He is very deep in his concept of music and the "Guitar Center Drum Off" and "Gospel Chops" stuff really is wrecking the overall concept. If you play a gig with actual professional musicians, nobody wants to hear that stuff. I totally get where he's coming from.