Originally Posted by DogBreath
That's really too bad. He may not come across as a type of guy that you'd like to have a drink and watch a game with (Bermuda, Dom Famularo, and Joel Rosenblatt immediately come to mind), but I found him to be extremely polite and professional, especially considering the circumstances.
I could have gotten in touch with his publicist and scheduled an interview, but instead I approached as just another fan during a break at a show. He had just finished the first half of a gig thirty seconds before and was walking towards the back door to take a much-needed breather. I asked him if maybe at some point that night he could take a moment for a quick chat, and he said, "Sure. How about right now."
He's been a highly successful musician for 35 years, and I'm sure he's had to endure this type of interaction thousands of times. I've been a fan of his music since I was a kid. This event cemented my admiration of him.
Back on subject, I have a huge amount of respect for drummers who have mastered the small kit but it's no secret that I love big kits and the musical and percussive opportunities that are unique to them. Terry's message is not the same as the message of small kit masters, and there's no reason that his mode of communication should be the same as theirs.
The first time I met Terry Bozzio was at a PASIC convention in 1986 or so. I had written an “ask a Pro” question to Modern Drummer and figured if I had a chance to talk with him I’d let him know I sent it in. He had a great clinic this was when he was just starting to do this after Missing Persons breakup. After the clinic I went up to talk to him and asked if he would be willing to sign and autograph on the “Ask a Pro” section. He asked “are you the guy who sent this in? “ to which I said “yes”. He replied “thanks man! “ and shook my hand and signed it. I also got to talk with him about project ideas he was having at the time. He had been thinking about doing a Solo Album and he told me about various people he wanted on the album Adrian Belew, Patrick O’hearn were a couple he mentioned.
The second time I met him was after a Jeff Beck show on the Guitar Shop tour. A Friend and I were hired as ‘temp security’ for the show. Afterwards we snuck down a stairwell to see if there was anyone there to talk to or meet. When we got to the backstage area the Real security saw us…and so did Bozzio ..I had a Drum magazine with an article in my hand and when he saw that the guy was going to have us removed he “called off the dogs” and came over to talk with us for awhile. Again really friendly or cordial. He signed some stuff again. We also talked with Stevie Ray….it was a double header show.
I tried unsuccessfully to try to talk with him at a recent ZpZ show last November but he had family visiting him. No luck this time… I figured I would say something about winning the contest and thank him talks drums etc etc…the stage manager people were kind of rude about things…
Anyway I guess my point is in the times I actually did get a chance to talk with him and not stage handlers….he has been pretty cool.
I suppose anyone can have bad days though and not want to talk. I met Buddy a couple times and he was …let’s just say a little rough and dismissive at the time.