'Neon Kraze' featured Vince Schaefer drumming on Rogers drums and Zildjian cymbals!
Neon Kraze Band, was after the RX Band in
my career, and
had a fully sequenced show, which was done by Chad (the keyboard player)
and me. (mostly me) That was the day of the DX-7 keyboard, and we had enough modules
to do 32 tracks, as well as an array of keyboards, drum machines, and
Simmons electronic drums. Other members included Pike Baytos (Jon Pike) on guitar and Wally
Yates on bass with Billy Mancini up front. Also had two female back
ground singers to enhance Billy's vocals.
The Neon Kraze band was a lavish stage production with Mancini changing clothes often and a full array of lights, effects, and flash pots. Billy had two original songs which he had made for him, though the band played anything that was on the radio or requested. It was the largest set up, as far as drum microphones that I had ever used live. (at that point in my career) The PA was three way, and we had the best monitors, for that time. The whole production was to a click track to stay with the sequenced music and light show. At that time, my only electronic sample enhancement was 2 Simmons 1's, I used for a clap, and for triggering the snare drum of the acoustic kit. I was using an eight piece version of my 8 ply maple Rogers drum set, with Zildjian cymbals. Evans hydraulic drum heads along with a Remo Pinstripe on the snare, and a Remo Starfire Chrome Pinstripe on the bass drum, were the choice while playing with Mancini. The snare was a handmade maple drum fitted with triggers and switches, which was my creation, and sounded great!
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