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Posted: September 10, 2009

Tony: Back in the early 90's I caught quite a few shows where you would do an awesome drum solo at the end of Ridin the Storm Out. I haven't been to a show since 2000 due to economic conditions here at home, and was just wondering how come they stopped? I noticed with the shows in the latter half of the 90's they were missing. Don't get me wrong, the shows still rocked....just wondering why that was taken out of the set? I believe it to be a high point for many of the fans that get to see you live. Not to mention, I loved not being able to hear myself speak after the shows.

Tony, With so many songs it is hard to say which one we would leave out in order for a drum solo. We think the audience would rather hear one more “hit.”  Thanks for the question and for the compliment. Hitt ‘em Hard! Bryan

 

Posted: September 10, 2009

Lucas: Wat's up Brian. Just saying, I am only 11. I have a couple months of drums under my belt and I was just saying how big a fan I am of you REO and Styx. I was at your Can't Stop Rockin' concert in Ontario, California. It was awesome! I loved Can't Stop Rockin'. Anyway, I was wondering what your favorite song is to play by REO. And how much you practice a day. Thanks! 
  
Lucas, Probably my favorite song to play is “Roll With the Changes.” I practice on average 3 hours a day. I am on a roll right now (no pun intended) as I am getting ready to do a clinic for the Hollywood Drum Show on October 18th.  Thanks for the question. Hitt ‘em Hard! Bryan

 

Posted: September 10, 2009

Lauren: Hey Bryan, I'm 13 years old and I am THE BIGGEST REO Speedwagon fanatic ever!!! I know the words to EVERY song (litterally). Anyway your Can't Stop Rockin tour is almost over and the rest of your shows arent near NC so I was just wondering if during  2010, will you have meet and greet tickets on speedwagon.com for shows when its just REO and no other band???? I love you all sooo much you rock!!!!!!! 

Lauren, You must be referring to the “I love all access” tickets that the CSR tour did. I don’t know if REO will do something like that on our own but I will throw it out to management and the guys. You never know. Hitt ‘em Hard! Bryan

 

Posted: September 10, 2009

Anthony Finocchietti: In your bio, it is noted that you played with Dave on an "AMBUSH" LP(record). Do you know the name of the LP that they played on together?

Hi Tony, I don’t recall Dave & I playing together on an AMBUSH LP, but I do remember Dave and I showcasing with Stan Bush somewhere for some record labels.  Hitt ‘em Hard! Bryan

 

Posted: September 10, 2009

Marty Nicolette: Great REO show at the Turning Stone Casino last night!   What is the purpose of the grate under your drum throne...is it forced ventillation or is it monitors/sub? Thanks.

Marty, Wow, how could you see that? The grate is there to let the sound come up from my sub-woofer under the riser. Did you notice the cool REO logo on that as well? Hitt ‘em Hard! Bryan

 

Posted: September 10, 2009

Amy Obergfell: Hey Drummer....Long time no see my friend!  I noticed that you are " sporting " a new tattoo on those famous biceps.  What inspired you to do this at this time?  What significance does the design have?  It looks FABUOLUS!!    # 1  Drummer's fan...Amy Obergfell

Amy,  Just woke up one morning and said “ I think I need a tattoo.” I just like the design, it doesn’t have any particular meaning. Thanks for noticing and the compliment. I am all ready planning on getting another one soon.  Hitt ‘em Hard! Bryan

 

Posted: June 16, 2009

Tina Bradshaw: Which do you prefer to do: play an outdoor concert or play an indoor concert?

Hi Tina: I guess that pretty much depends on the weather. The other night we played at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver(Arguably one of the most beautiful concert venues in the world). It rained the entire concert. I would, and I imagine that the audience would rather have been indoors and dry.

Thanks for the question and remember to Hitt 'em Hard! Bryan
 

Posted: June 16, 2009

Jonas: How high or low do you tune the heads of your Bass drum woofers? Are they tuned equal in tone?

Hi Jonas: The bass drum woofers are tuned about as low as they can go (finger tight). We try to tune them to the same pitch.

Thanks for the question and remember to Hitt 'em Hard! Bryan
 

Posted: June 16, 2009

Kyle Kader: The song Can't Stop Rockin' with Styx and REO; since there are two drummers do you both play or does just one drummer play?

Hello Kyle, Todd (Sucherman) the drummer with Styx and I both played on the the single at different times. There are a few spots where we doubled a part(the breakdown section near the end). Because of the difficulty in miking up 2 kits on stage, whichever band closes determines who plays drums on the song live each night.

Thanks for the question and remember to Hitt 'em Hard! Bryan

 

Posted: April 25, 2009

Kyle Kader: Hey Bryan, What do you use the concert cast trigger pad for?

Kyle, At the present time the round trigger pad is used for nothing. I am not exactly sure why John, my drum tech, sets it up every night. (Although it does make a handy practice pad.) At one point I was using it to trigger different sounds such as brushes for the single "Find Your Own Way Home." Right now that is not on the set list so that trigger pad is not being used. I just demoed some tympani sounds for that pad but decided to use the 2 floor toms instead.

Hitt 'em Hard! Bryan

 

Posted April 25, 2009

Kari: On my digital set I can't seem to get enough sound out of using lighter sticks without really hitting hard, and yet my heavier sticks occasionally fly out of my hands when playing.  What are the advantages of using the light sticks when they splinter so easily and don't put out as much sound?

Kari, I do feel your pain with electronic drums. It sounds like to me what you need to do is set the sensitivity for the pads to a lighter setting. I wouldn't suggest using a larger stick, especially on electronic drums and cymbals. As far as the second part of your question, a few years ago I switched from using a much heavier stick to the 5B Extremes because I was practicing quite a bit and my technique had improved to where I felt that a lighter stick was more appropriate. Thanks for the question.

Hitt 'em Hard! Bryan