|Ten Years After:
Were on fire the whole set. Joe was playing his new
guitar, Leo was singing support vocals to "King Of
The Blues". Chick is Chick, clapping in support,
playing his air guitar during "I'm Going Home" but
most of all pounding out the most amazing keyboard
BUT....the real star of the show on this night
was RIC LEE!!!
Leo introduced Ric's "Hobbit" drum solo as "Ric will
now break the worlds speed record". With that being
said Ric took this as his cue, and off he went full
force - from Zero to 320 in the flash of a spot
light and special lighting on his drum kit.
From my point of view, Ric dropped his subtle Jazz
finesse based format and replaced it with solid rock
and roll drumming. Heart stopping rolling thunder!
Pounding the bass drum in rapid succession in a
continuous roar that would blow open all the doors
in the Tolkien Trilogy.
Ric was beating the drum heads to shreds, standing
up from his drum stool he continued whipping the
cymbals unmercifully. Ric Lee was attempting to do
the impossible, he was trying with all the strength
he could possibly muster to beat these inanimate
objects into submission.
Ric may not accomplished the impossible but he did
show that expensive drum kit just who was the boss,
as both master and musical instrument came to terms
through mutual respect.
Ric recreated God's thunder, but his power, passion
and energy, was the lightning that set this night on
His version/this version of "Hobbit" propelled Ten
Years Afters performance right over the top, the
rest of the set maintained the energy level but
couldn't surpass Ric's solo performance.