Hey MD kids, Jimmy Keegan here with a short Spock’s Beard update. As some of you may know, Nick D’Virgilio has decided to stay fulltime with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. If you get the chance, definitely go see it. The show is great, and Nick is brilliant as usual. In the meantime, I have assumed the drum chair in Spock’s Beard, and the fantastic Ted Leonard (Enchant) is the new singer. As I type this, I am listening to mixes of the new CD. Rich Mouser, our engineer, never ceases to amaze me, and the songs sound incredible. The pre-sale has begun for this new disc, and there are many options available besides just the CD when you order early. A simple digital download (with songs the general release will not have) is available, as well as the Tama Starclassic Bubinga kit I used for the recording, Paiste cymbals, drum rack, Speed Cobra pedal, and more.
Spock’s has a long history, and Nick has always been a drummer to look up to. It was a task to keep the integrity as high as possible, but there is no copying going on here. The guys let me be me, and I’m having a blast so far. A tour is being planned starting in Europe this April, with North American dates to follow. We are talking about getting over to Japan, as well as maybe South America. Fingers are crossed.
Thanks for reading, and thanks to Modern Drummer for just kicking so much ass!
To check out clips of songs from the new Spock’s Beard album, Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, visit here.
For more on Jimmy Keegan and Spock’s Beard visit spocksbeard.com.