Performs at the Woodstick 2010 Drum Festival
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.
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!!!
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...
are a few videos...
2010 K.K. Ryder, w/ Steve Moore (The Mad Drummer)
Moore (The Mad Drummer) Solo at Woodstick 2010
Portnoy Uploads "Hangin With Steve Moore"
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.
was kind enough to upload a few seconds of the video on
Youtube for everyone to enjoy.
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...
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
people deserve props...PERIOD!!!
only getting better...
- Practice Pedals
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.
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!
How do you get fast?
Answer: You PRACTICE!
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.
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!
do you thank someone for that? Honestly!!! How do you do
told a few close friends, "It's not about getting
free cymbals...it's about Mike Portnoy respecting
me." All my years of struggle and hardship, are
beginning to payoff. And it simply feels FANTASTIC!
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.
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..."
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!
Mon Jun 7, 2010 2:34pm PDT by Lyndsey Parker
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
Kiko Martinez San Antonio Current contributing writer
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
Drummer is at the Wrong Gig” has received nearly
1.6 million views (as of June 6).
who calls himself the Mad Drummer (www.maddrummerinc.com),
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.
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.”
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.
Interview: Steve Moore A.K.A. The “Drummer At The
Wrong Gig” Guy
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 "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
Moore is an endorsed musician, professional teacher,
and recording session artist.
Mad Drummer | NBC San Diego
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.
he's dressed in what looks like one of The Beautiful
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."
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.
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...