Hug a Drummer - Greatest of the Greats

When asked if you could be in a rock band what instrument would you want to play? My answer would be drums. I never got to see some of the greats live: John Bonham, Keith Moon, Moe Tucker or Ginger Baker. Yet, I have been lucky enough to see Max Weinberg, Chad Smith and Travis Barker and quite a few others.

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If you ask me who is my favorite drummer? Hands down it would be Brad Hargreaves. When it comes to heart and style there is nothing more exhilarating than watching Brad. I have been fortunate enough to meet him on numerous occasions before and after shows.

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My first time I was too star-struck to really say anything but “Hi!” Later that night we were on an escalator in a casino with Brad and Stephan and my friend kept pushing me forward, but all I could do was get the setlist signed. My next time was less awkward and I was impressed with how kind and generous he is. I told him about my friend, Laurie, who suffers from RA and that she's a big fan and he threw her the stick in VA Beach, but a big guy tackled it out of her hand. He signed a pic and personalized it for her and made sure I got the stick that night to give to her. I have been the recipient of many of Brad's drumsticks, which have a place of honor on my rock wall. He said I have too many sticks yet he seems to know when a show is special to me and still throws me one!

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Brad always just makes you feel so comfortable and at ease. We had already done multiple shows on Dopamine Tour which we had VIP. I told him we don't have to keep doing pics. He just looked at me and said ,"Yeah but we change outfits!" I laughed and now it's just old hat to get a pic with Brad almost every show. Let's just say it's a “Rite of Passage!” When we were at the Myrtle Beach show he took his generosity to another level and actually let me take a pic sitting at his drum set!

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One of my best Brad moments was at the Philly show and Jaime (his wife) had come to watch soundcheck. She was due in about another month and a half. I told Brad how cute Jaime looked pregnant. Brad turned and looked back at where Jaime was sitting with a perfect smile and gleam in his eye he said, "Doesn't she?" That night was my last show of Dopamine Summer Tour. Brad caught me tearing up a bit and threw me his stick.

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Is it any wonder why he is my absolute favorite drummer and all-around great guy! Keep being you Brad! You’re perfect! (Even when you laughed when I fell ass first on the stage in Kingston, UK!!!)

Courtesy: Donna Smits