A Billy story:
This has nothing to do with how great Billy is or is'nt, but back in '81, I had gone to hear Billy at a little music club in Greenwich Village, New York, called THE BOTTOM LINE.
Billy was to go on at 9pm, but I'd gotten to the club a little early.
Strains of loud music were emerging through the doors of the club, as I walked up to the counter clerk.
" Who's opening for him ?" I asked him.
" Oh, some band called Police or something.. from the UK" he replied in a sleepy voice.
" what kind of music? " I continued, trying to decide if they were worth a listen
..... "Some punk BS" he said.
I decided to kill a half hour walking around the neighborhood, and returned to the club after a chilidog & diet coke, to the closing strains of Roxanne.
A few months later, you could hear nothing else on the radio.
Oh, and by the way, Billy blew my mind wide open that night, and I still have'nt fully recovered.
http://www.billycobham.com/html/index.phpWhere does one go now to find information about BC: concerts, clinics? His website has been down for the longest time.
Thanks Mr B. Loved the interview. I've always been fan of Billy's drumming - it seems he has a great attitude too.
I beg to differ about the underrated part. I think Billy has reached that echelon where it is just assumed he is one of the greatest. Like Buddy Rich, even if he's never mentioned, he's still there as one of the bars to reach for. It's like saying Tony Williams, or Max Roach, or Papa Joe Jones....Yet, he seems strangely under-rated and doesn't get too many namechecks in drum magazines and forums etc
Flip through Modern Drummers of the late 70's and early 80's and he's pretty much on every page.Yet, he seems strangely under-rated and doesn't get too many namechecks in drum magazines and forums etc