On September 8, 2010 I got to meet the man! Not a penny was paid for this meeting it was all done through Twitter.
He is so kind, so gentle speaking and very generous. When the tweet came in that he was giving me a private book signing I nearly fell over! He signed my book, met my daughter and her boyfriend, answered a few questions for me and I asked him if he broke a stick could he throw it my way. Well he turned to his body guard and asked him to go get me a pair. When the sticks came to me he had also signed them.
I am adding the picture because I love it so much and want to share it with others who will understand. (Sorry about the red eye, I don't usually look like the devil!)
Rock on fellow drummers!