Interview in BEAT Magazine

I recently did an interview for a new magazine in London, UK. I've copied the interview for you to read. 



Steve Performs at the Woodstick 2010 Drum Festival

Last week I had the honor of performing at the 2010 Woodstick Big Beat event, with 402 drummers! A exceptional amount of money was raised for both Camp Korey and Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Some of the other drummers included, Thomas Pridgen, Kenny Aronoff, Alan White, Frankie Banali, Bryan Hitt, Tony Coleman, and Jeff Kathan.

I'd like to thank Kevin Packard (Ludwig Drums) and Donn Bennett for including me in this amazing festival. The amount of love and friendship surrounding this event was life changing for me. When I stepped off the plane, the only two people I knew were Bryan Hitt, and John Aldridge. It always gives me a little "charge" to see them, as they were responsible for my Ludwig Endorsement. However, by the time I left, I had dozens, and dozens, and DOZENS of new friends. That's the best feeling in the world!!!

I would also like to thank all of the celebrity drummers listed above. They welcomed me with open arms as if I were one of them. This was my first drum festival, and I was scared to DEATH! These guys are legends, and I was on the same stage as them, playing a solo. Without their kindness, I simply would not have made it...

Below are a few videos...

Woodstick 2010 K.K. Ryder, w/ Steve Moore (The Mad Drummer)


Steve Moore (The Mad Drummer) Solo at Woodstick 2010

Mike Portnoy Uploads "Hangin With Steve Moore" Video!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see Mike Portnoy again. However, this time he was performing with Avenged Sevenfold in Charlotte NC. It was the best show I've seen in 20 years! After the show, Mike invited me backstage to hang with the band in their dressing room. When I arrived, he insisted that I play a little on his backstage practice kit.

Mike was kind enough to upload a few seconds of the video on Youtube for everyone to enjoy.

I've been very fortunate in this business, and had the opportunity to meet some great people. However THIS moment, was very special for me. I even had the opportunity to show Max (Mike's son) some tricks behind the set. Little Max was killing my moves in 10 minutes. LOL He's going to be a great drummer...


Interview with The Black Page Drum Magazine



Radio Interview on The Bob Rivers Show



Interview With WWS Magazine



Steve Finally Meets Mike Portnoy!

For years, I have idolized Mike Portnoy (drummer for Dream Theater). Before the video went viral, Mike posted it on his Facebook. Just a few days later, it had over 3 million hits.

Mike was kind enough to send me an email, to tell me how much he enjoyed my playing. We both agreed to find a time and place to meet. Schedules lined up perfectly, as we were home for two days, and Mike was playing in Pitt. PA.

July 14, 2010, is a date that will remain at the top of my list forever! It does not signify a goal that was finally achieved or the end of dream...instead, it signifies a beginning!

Mike Portnoy is regarded as one of the finest players in the WORLD. He has played with the best of the best. His achievements are nothing short of ridiculous. To gain the approval of a player like that, is the greatest thing I could ever hope to achieve.

I've said it before, but it deserves saying once more: "Too many times your heroes disappoint you..." This is not the case with Mike Portnoy. He has already done more for me than I can tell you!

Good people deserve props...PERIOD!!!

It's only getting better...


HansenFutz - Practice Pedals

I've signed on with HansenFutz. I have messed around with bass drum practice pads for YEARS, and never been happy with any of them. Even if you're lucky enough to find a pad that feels good, and stays in place, you still have to lug it around WITH your bass drum pedals.

I spend most of my time on a bus or in a hotel room. So HansenFutz are perfect for me. I carry a small duffle bag with a snare pad, throne, two HansenFutz Pedals, a metronome, and a pair of sticks. I take them out of the bag, drop them on the floor and I'm ready to go!

Question: How do you get fast?
Answer: You PRACTICE!


Steve Signs With Evans Drumheads

A few years ago, two of my good friends (Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, and Steve Salter) turned me onto Evans Drumheads. I liked them right out of the box, and have been using them ever since!

I'm happy to announce, that I am now officially endorsing Evans Drumheads. The folks at Evans have been great to work with, and I'm thrilled to be aboard

You really need to try these heads. I basically get them finger tight, then go one full turn, and I'm done. I can then concentrate on something eating a Reese's Cup!

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Steve Moore Posted On Drummerworld



Sabian Endorsement

For anyone that has been following along on this crazy adventure, you know that one of my all time heroes is Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). After Mike watched my video, he immediately posted it on his Facebook Page, then was generous enough to drop me an email. I honestly would have been happy enough...with just that.

However, he went a step further and put me in touch with the folks at Sabian. Long story short: I signed the contract and faxed it to them today. I'm very pleased to announce, that I am now a Sabian Artist!

How do you thank someone for that? Honestly!!! How do you do that?

I've told a few close friends, "It's not about getting free's about Mike Portnoy respecting me." All my years of struggle and hardship, are beginning to payoff. And it simply feels FANTASTIC!

I spent about 3 hours on the Sabian website last night, listening to different samples. AMAZING sounds!!! And the artist rep (Chris Stankee), really knows his product. He's going to be a blast to work with.

You can visit Mike Portnoys site at:
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Steve On Modern Drummer Blog

"When I was told that Billy Amendola from Modern Drummer was looking to get in touch with me and wanted to ask about my thoughts on this phenomenon, I was floored. It’s not every day that Modern Drummer sends you an email inquiring about your playing. In the past week I have..."



Steve Moore On Ludwig Drums Homepage

I am very proud to announce Ludwig Drums featured me on their homepage this month. I have visited this page many times over the years, idolizing my heroes. To be interviewed by Ludwig was indeed a childhood dream, and I thank you for that!



New Pintech Ad: Featuring Steve Moore
(July issue of DRUM Magazine)


Feature Story On Pro-Mark Website

Who’s that drummer everyone’s been talking about?

Steve Moore hit it big online these past couple of weeks when a video of his drumming on ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” went viral, but who is this guy? Well, for one, he’s a Pro-Mark artist!



Steve Makes The Front Page Of Yahoo!

Posted Mon Jun 7, 2010 2:34pm PDT by Lyndsey Parker in Video Ga Ga

There's an old saying: Behind every wedding band is a frustrated rock 'n' roll drummer with deferred dreams of Tommy Lee/Keith Moon-style stardom. Or something like that. That certainly seems to be the case with gold-tuxedo'd cover-band vets Rick K. & The Allnighters. Their clip of a performance of ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man," shot two years ago at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsyvania, has suddenly become a viral video sensation, thanks to beat-keeper Steve Moore's stadium-style, drumstrick-twirling, headbanging, face-pulling antics. As of this writing, the hilariously entertaining video (titled "Drummer Is At Wrong Gig") has received almost 2 million views on YouTube.



An Interview With Steve Moore, The Mad Drummer

By Kiko Martinez
San Antonio Current contributing writer

Drummer Steve Moore had no idea a show he performed at an amusement park in Elysburg, PA would resurface online two years later making him a viral video sensation. Since it was first posted on June 1, 2010, the video titled “This Drummer is at the Wrong Gig” has received nearly 1.6 million views (as of June 6).

Moore, who calls himself the Mad Drummer (, is featured on the video with his band Rick K and the Allnighters covering the ZZ Top song “Sharp Dressed Man.” Dressed themselves in glittery, mustard-colored tuxedos, the group doesn’t look much different than any other variety show band you would see performing in a bowling alley lounge or at a wedding in the 80s. Even for the first few seconds of the song, the Allnighters sound like a typical cover band channeling Billy Gibbons and his crew. Then something happens: Moore simply goes mad.  

Flailing his drumsticks around like a windmill on acid, Moore slams on his drum set without missing a beat. All attention is quickly diverted past his more traditional band mates and onto Moore who admits that long ago he “decided against the cookie cutter approach and tried to be as over the top as possible.”

During an interview with me, Moore, who has been playing with Rick K and the Allnighters since 1997, talked about his style of playing, where he pulls all the energy for his performances, and what he thinks about the online consensus that says he should find another band that matches his skill level.



Exclusive Interview: Steve Moore A.K.A. The “Drummer At The Wrong Gig” Guy

By now, you’re probably one of the millions around the globe who’ve watched the above video, featuring one of the more entertaining drummers we’ve ever seen (if not, drop everything and watch it now!). The band tackling ZZ Top’s “Sharp-Dressed Man” is the perennially touring covers act Rick K. and the Allnighters (”America’s Most Exciting Show Band”), and the drummer — who’s become an Internet sensation this week thanks to the power of YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter — is Steve Moore. Since the video (which was shot nearly two years ago at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA — about two hours NW of Philly) went viral last weekend, Moore’s been getting thousands of e-mails and Facebook friend requests a day. But this morning — on virtually no sleep — he got on the phone with us from the Menominee Casino in Wisconsin, where the Allnighters played last night, for his first official interview since becoming an online phenom:



The Mad Drummer Makes Local NBC Website

Recently, the Del Mar race track announced the acts performing at this year's Del Mar Summer Concert Series.  In addition to Weezer, Matisyahu, and B-52's, closing this year's line-up, Saturday, September 4th, blues / rock legends, ZZ-top.  Formed in 1969, the Houston trio featuring Billy Gibbons (vocals/guitar), Dusty Hill (vocals/bass), and Frank Beard (drums) is one of longest running rock bands to hold the same members.  That being said, ZZ-Top's Frank Beard should be afraid, very afraid, of Steve Moore, the mad drummer of Rick K. and the Allnighters.

Dubbed the "ADHD drummer" on YouTube, Moore is quickly becoming a viral video sensation with his mad skills and octopus-style of drumming.  After one viewing of Rick K. and the Allnighters performing ZZ-Top's "Sharp Dressed Man", his animalistic drum work had me in tears -- a la the wedding scene in Old School.  When he's not slaying audiences in West Virginia, Steve Moore is an endorsed musician, professional teacher, and recording session artist.

The Mad Drummer | NBC San Diego


Houston Press

Sure, there are great theatrical drummers in the world. The late, great Keith Moon for one. Budgie from Siouxsie and the Banshees or Adrian Young from No Doubt are certainly up there in terms of stage presence and watchability. But THE man, the king of all that is awesome in percussion, is a guy named Steve Moore from a West Virginia cover band called Rick K and the Allnighters.

Yes, he's dressed in what looks like one of The Beautiful Creatures' old Columbia jackets, and yes, he's in a classic-rock cover band. Even with those handicaps Moore stands head and shoulders above all other pretenders to the throne. Check out this video of the band playing our own ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man."

At first, it's nothing special, but just give it a few seconds and we DARE you not to experience the joy and wonder of Steve Moore.



Mike Portnoy Twitted About Steve

A friend of mine (Matt Woolsey) sent me an email to inform me that Mike Portnoy has just Twitted and posted me on his Facebook.

Mike said "O MY GOD.....This guy RULES!! I have a new hero."

He also posted a link to Robert Popper.



Steve Moore Goes Viral

On 7/14/08, someone videotaped a Rick K performance at Knoebels Grove, a amusement park in PA, performing the ZZ Top Classic "Sharp Dressed Man." Nearly two years later, someone posted it on YouTube, under the title "This Drummer Is At The Wrong Gig." For some strange reason, the video suddenly went viral. In just 4 days, it had received over 1 million hits. This began a chain of events...




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