posted on Oct, 1 2019 @ 03:39 AM
Over the years I've been to so many live performances and concerts but one of the most incredible things I ever saw in a concert was a Tommy Aldridge
drum solo. I - think - it was on the Diary of a Madman tour, but I saw Ozzy numerous times in the early 80's and Google isn't helping me pin the exact
I - think - that Slade opened for that show.
What I do remember clearly is the venue, the Cow Palace, and that it was the Diary of a Madman stage. The one that moved Tommy's kit up and down
during the solo.
What stands out to me about the solo is that not long into it Aldridge stood up, threw his sticks into the crowd and then proceeded to throw down a
Neil Pert worthy, incredibly technical and fast solo - using just his hands. No sticks. Just slapping and punching the drums.
Somewhere in the multiverse a half drunk, possibly chemically enhanced, fifteen to seventeen year old version of me is still standing in awe in
that crowd - watching the master work his sorcery.
Honestly... Thinking back through all of it only two drum solos stand out at all, the one I just described and another a long time later when I went
to a The Mars Volta show... And the second pales when compared to the first.
Oh, and of course I'm leaving Pert and Portnoy out of the discussion for the sake of fairness.