Re: Pat Petrillo here!
I'm finding the whole DVD really useful.
I got an electronic kit for practice not long ago, so I'm getting stuck into to all the exercises and I'm able to play along with the CD files.
Got to admit, I went straight to the Gadd/ratamacue stuff first as it's had me scratching my head for years.
The sticking and foot combos are relatively straightforward but sound amazing once you've got them nailed.
As you rightly say though, they need to be used 'musically'. I played with my bar band the weekend gone and just managed to resist throwing them in just for the sake of it!
When I was a kid back in the 80s I played in a cheesy covers band and would throw the Bonham triplets thing into Sweet Caroline, just because I could. It must have sounded terrible.
I suppose it proves I've made some progress as a musician!
Do you know your UK itinerary yet?