Vinnie Colaiuta

LiveandDangerous

Junior Member
Vinnie is one of my favourite drummers, I don't think it can be overstated how how versatile he is and how good his chops are. I had always wanted to see him live and this year I saw the best concert I've ever seen in my life thus far, Jeff Beck with Vinnie on drums, it was like every Christmas and birthday at once! Has anybody else caught Jeff and Vinnie on this tour?
 

Alain Rieder

Silver Member
I've seen him live many times since the first time with Zappa.

I caught them one month ago in Vienne, France. That was the first time I saw Jeff Beck !

Great concert !



Vinnie is one of my favourite drummers, I don't think it can be overstated how how versatile he is and how good his chops are. I had always wanted to see him live and this year I saw the best concert I've ever seen in my life thus far, Jeff Beck with Vinnie on drums, it was like every Christmas and birthday at once! Has anybody else caught Jeff and Vinnie on this tour?
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
OMG you guys have seen Vinnie with Zappa and with Beck!!! Goodness gracious I think Im floating above me keyboard right now, lol. Im a Vinnie freak, cant help it, just found this video and hadnt seen some of the clips in the compilation....I watched it last night on good sound system and was bouncing around the room.....REAL. NORMAL. DOUBLES. AT. THE. END.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnqNbKNGPXU
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
Vinnie is one of my favourite drummers, I don't think it can be overstated how how versatile he is and how good his chops are. I had always wanted to see him live and this year I saw the best concert I've ever seen in my life thus far, Jeff Beck with Vinnie on drums, it was like every Christmas and birthday at once! Has anybody else caught Jeff and Vinnie on this tour?
No I have not, I will promptly check the schedule....didnt know they were touring, this would be my dream show to see!!!! Share anything you want about the show, I am so jelly roll right now Im about to jam all over your toasts. Sorry Vinnie is like what drumming is all about to me....he is my deity.
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
Ah omg hes in my area this weekend and my buddies are in town and finally convinced me to go to a Phish concert! I fought it for years but they all love and live for phish so I said yes this time and look what happens. Phish is ruining my life, noooooooo lol wtf I wish i hadnt looked at this thread ignorance would have been bliss

Ok, Im better, had to vent a lil. Im really missing Jeff Beck and Vinnie to see Phish. I can deal.
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
This Sunday Jeff Beck plays in NJ with Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson um whoah is it def Vinnie on drums? Gracious thanks for this heads up. Im trying to get to this Sunday show. Im 100% if its Vinnie can anyone confirm?
 

LiveandDangerous

Junior Member
No I have not, I will promptly check the schedule....didnt know they were touring, this would be my dream show to see!!!! Share anything you want about the show, I am so jelly roll right now Im about to jam all over your toasts. Sorry Vinnie is like what drumming is all about to me....he is my deity.
Well, it's difficult to know what to say without descending into being a babbling fanboy. Suffice to say, whatever expectations I had about Beck and Vinnie, they were met. Exceeded, even. Beck did things with his guitar that made me weep, and I;m not exaggerating. I have never done that at a concert before. It sounds cheesy, but the music really seems to touch something deep within you. And Vinnie was insane. I don't know the technical drum terminology for what he was doing, all I know is it was f*cking awesome. Fast, fluid, and fitted every song. One particular tune, Nadia, gave me goosebumps. It's an Indian flavoured piece written by Nitan Sawhney, where Beck makes his guitar sound like a sitar, just beautiful.
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
You are fully preaching to the choir my brother! I get it. Nadia was amazing on the Ronnie Scott dvd, I can only imagine live! The dvd made me declare.....this guy, this guy plays guitar like I want to hear it. And as Jeff Beck describes in his dvd interview, Vinnie rips and rolls and always hits the bulls eye on the target (referring to being on time, nailing transitions etc), just all that action and its dead on precise, to me he's on a whole other level than even the best guys out there. He does the impossible with style and grace and an elegance that makes it mind blowing. Vinnie has brought so much joy to my life I should send him a muffin basket or something. Im so glad you went and enjoy it the way I do.....awesome, thanks for sharing. If anything pops into your mind that you want to share, please do. I wont be at this show this weekend as Ill be at Phish fml.
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
Yea just another Vinnie/Steve Gadd duet.....whoah!!!! And thats not Steve Gadds clone flown in at triple scale no less! Thanks Odd

Vinnie dressed as Batman is just too much man!!! Love it
 
Colaiuta is a great drummer, a legend....but i wonder why, with all the young talented drummers available in the world (especially in the States) Herbie Hancock insists on calling him for his tours.
 
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J-Boogie

Gold Member
Perhaps because they are relative contemporaries Herbie trusts in his knowledge and familiarity with a multitude of past and contemporary styles, and has developed a comfort level working together. Colaiuta is a great drummer, a legend, imho is a huge under sell for Vinnie. To me, he can pull off just about any style, make it look easy, and execute on a mind boggling level. He's able rip and hot dog, express any and every musical idea in a way that makes me jump and shout, and then he can do his metric modulation and just make the hardest most complex music seem like a walk in the park. Few guys can legit jazz, pocket funk, slam rock, seal call drum solo, etc etc as proficiently as Vinnie....Id say very few. I gotta check out some of your Deantoni vids man, thanks for posting those and kicking off more Vinnie talk.
 
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