Liberty DeVitto of the Lords of 52nd Street and the Slim Kings

Hey MD friends, Liberty DeVitto here “On The Beat.” I wanted to tell you a little bit about what I’ve been doing. After playing for thirty years with Billy Joel, you would think one would put down the sticks and retire. No way! Since parting with BJ, my passion for drumming has me working more then ever. I am the house drummer at Cove City Studios in Glen Cove, where I play with artists of all ages. One of my favorites is a young artist named Jesse Kinch.

Besides the studio work, I am performing with my band the Slim Kings. We just recorded our third album (soon to be released) at Diamond Mine Studios in Long Island City.

I have also been playing with former Billy Joel alumni Richie Cannata (sax, keys) and Russell Javors (guitar, vocals) as the Lords of 52nd Street. It’s the name our producer, the great Phil Ramone, gave us on the 52nd Street album we recorded with Billy Joel. We have been touring the country playing outdoor festivals and theaters. Everyone in the band has a connection with a former Billy Joel project. I’m still playing those grooves like the young kid I was and it’s a blast playing the drum parts I recorded and created more than forty years ago.

For gear, I play Promark 5A sticks, blue hydraulic Evans drumheads, and Sabian cymbals—21″ ride, 17″ and 18″ crashes, and 15″ sizzle hi-hats. My drums are made by Liberty. Don’t be confused—it’s not my company. It’s a company in England who reached out to me and I really liked their drums. My kit is a 24″ bass drum, 12″ tom, 14” tom, and 16” floor. I will be adding 8″ and 10″ toms as I want to go back to my original Billy Joel setup. Advertisement

Life has been good. I was proud to be part of the successful documentary Hired Gun and I have recently written a book (I’m in the process of looking for a publisher). Well there you go. I hope to see you on the road somewhere real soon. Thanks for reading and God bless!

Watch the Lords of 52nd Street perform “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”


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