YouTube’s algorithm gave me the live version of “Stay Close” and I don’t remember seeing it before but people have told me about it over the years. A couple of questions, if you don’t mind . Firstly, your look is almost Elvis Presley here, at least to my eyes, and maybe I’ve noticed that before but maybe not . By Elvis I mean in general, the mid-’50s through mid-’60s version of that person . I also am referring to that part of that flow of what’s considered handsome that will never go away and that includes people like E.P. but also people like actor Alain Delon, etc. Was Elvis Presley ever a thing for you growing up, like the hits or even the movies he was in ? Were the outfits everyone wore on that tour part of Yukihiro’s clothing line, the BRICKS ? When Y.T. first appears it seems like he’s got mirrors on him but then a lot of other people in the band have sparkly raindrop-type articles of clothing on. The playing is superb on that tour and is really amazing on that song. The sax solos are fantastic and so is the guitar. With regards to the dual drummer segment, how does one rehearse something like that ? Not sure if you and Y.T. are playing exactly the same thing here, though. It’s quite a thunderous sound, the double-drum-kit blast of S.J. and Y.T., almost akin to Taiko. Any thoughts on Taiko ? Have you seen it performed? The basic rhythm has a sort of swing to it.

Elvis’ music didn’t really appeal to me much growing up but I liked watching the colourful Hawaiian movies, although usually a disappointing storyline, (unlike Alain Delon movies). The young Elvis comparison often came up not least of all from my bandmates which I didn’t care for much (and they knew it) mainly because of Elvis’ rock n roll image and how he was plagued by poor imitations, the likes of Shakin’ Stevens, who seemed to be enjoying a string of hits throughout the 80’s presumably purchased by a slightly older generation to mine which made it somewhat ‘uncool’ and a bit of a joke. But in hindsight I should have been more grateful as I would have been lucky to have had even a smidgeon of Elvis’ appeal.

The part of your question about the clothes I can’t recall. A Tweet to YT  … maybe he’ll know.


Playing the dual drum part of ‘Stay Close’ was virtually no different to playing the part as a single drummer, the only aspect that can cause problems is if the two drummers ‘flam’ beats (not quite hitting at exactly the same time) which could sound messy. It also helps to avoid over complicating things.

I played the Taiko drum on the Tokyo session of the recording title ‘Steel Cathedrals‘.

I’ve seen a few Taiko drum performances, usually in drumming groups such as The Kodo Drummers and yes sometimes there is a swing element to it.


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