Boneheads Gigs

Always carry around a bass drum mic, just in case

Last night one of my bands was playing a show in a dive bar.  I was horrified to find that the sound guy had a Sure SM57 microphone for the kick drum.  Anyone who has used even radio shack microphones knows that 57’s are for snare or guitar, and would totally suck for miking a kick drum.  When I asked about the mic he said,

That’s what we always use.

Fortunately for me, I always carry round some mics in my hardware case for my drum kit.  I was able to whip out a great kick drum mic and a stand for it, and the sound of the kick drum through their system was far better than it would have with a 57.

Always carry around a bass drum mic, just in case.

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Scorpions to retire after this album and tour

Important Message to our Fans

It was always our pleasure, our purpose in life, our passion and we were fortunate enough to make music for you – whether it was live on stage or in the studio, creating new songs.

While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was – and how much fun we were still having, in the process. But there was also something else: We want to end the Scorpion’s extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely grateful for the fact that we still have the same passion for music we’ve always had since the beginning. This is why, especially now, we agree we have reached the end of the road. We finish our career with an album we consider to be one of the best we have ever recorded and with a tour that will start in our home country Germany and take us to five different continents over the next few years.

We want you, our fans, to be the first to know about this. Thank you for your never-ending support throughout the years!

We uploaded the very first snippets from our new album for you.

And now… let’s get the party started and get ready for a “Sting in the Tail”!

See you on the world tour,



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Funeral for a not dead friend

Played a strange gig tonight. It was a fundraiser for a guy who is close to dying. He’s on oxygen, 20% lung capacity. He’s broke and the show was intended to raise money for this guy’s funeral. Brutal.


This guy is only 56 and he looks baaaaad. He really does look like he’s about to die. He’s damn near white as a ghost. No skin color. Then I realized why while loading my gear. Here’s this guy with 20% lung capacity, on oxygen, coughing his guts out… while having a cigarette. Amazing.

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New Bowling For Soup Song! My Wena

My golf buddies Bowling For Soup have a new video!  Cool!

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Saddened by death of Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle

My rock & roll band covers many Ventures tunes like “Hawaii Five-O” and “Walk Don’t Run,” “Wipeout,” “Penetration” etc.  There are no tunes more fun to play than those classic Ventures surf tunes.

Tribute to Bob Bogle

Bob Bogle, guitarist for the Venutres, died yesterday at 75.  Hats off, wine glasses up to you man.  Your plunky, reverberant guitar style is classic and influenced many guitar players.  And your sound with that Fender Jaguar guitar through a Fender Reverb Amp is one of the best guitar tones in the history of rock & roll.

My Ventures memory

Years ago my band opened for the ventures and the coolest club in town.  The place was packed and we had a GREAT time.  It was an honor to share the stage with such legends and to meet them.

It was hilarious during their rendition of Hawaii Five-O when the drummer was doing his solo on his gigantic kit with his black gloves.  The bass player’s amp went down and they were trying to figure out how to get it running again.  The drummer kept soloing and soloing.  He’d anxiously look at the bass player, who would throw his arms up in the air.  The drummer got the most classic looks on his face because he was shot but had to keep soloing…  Classic.

During that show I didn’t sit in the audience.  I sat on the stage, with Bob Bogle’s guitar amp sitting next to me.  I absolutely loved it.  Every time he’d do one of those plucky riffs where he slid down the neck of the guitar made me a giddy as an elementary school girl.