Quick history & bio
Current & Recent Projects
Born and raised in Liverpool and now living and working in Los Angeles California for the last 15 years via London, New York City, Las Vegas and Toxteth. My Wife and I have two beautiful, loud, crazy, wonderful, sensitive and annoying young boys.
BREAKING NEWS-STUDIO UPDATE FOR SHABBY ROAD! January 2018.
My studio facility Shabby Road Studios is on hold right now, as many of you know I've been tracking for a few years now out of my place but I recently moved so I am currently building, from the ground up a brand new purpose built studio! Plans are being drawn up and ground will be broken soon. A big project but it is underway and will hopefully be operational by early summer 2018. Pictures and news of my progress will be posted soon, very exciting! Watch out for the birth of SHABBY ROAD TOO!
I also own and operate with my partner Brian LaFontaine a music contracting, production, arranging and recording company called 'Nothin' Shakin' Productions’. We produce bands and other live acts from concept to stage for clients, including Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.
Google me or any of the following, past & present projects: Neil Diamond, Alan Cumming, Boy George, Taboo the Musical, Philip Sayce, Wicked the Musical, Barclay James Harvest, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, For The Record: Baz Luhrmann, Todd Schroeder, Damian Joyce, The Bob Lazar Story, Alisan Porter, We Will Rock You: The Musical, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ahead Armor Cases, Dave Nelhs, Sizer Barker, China Crisis, Jekyll & Hyde the Concert, The Calling, Euan Morton, Kevin Cahoon and Ghetto Cowboy, Ryan Scott Oliver, The Seoul Philharmonic, Pearl Drums, Lance Horne and the One Night Stands, Zildjian Cymbals, The Funky Monks, Ugly Bety, Aquarian Drum Heads, Michael Cerveris, Gregg Wright, The Great American Trailer Park the Musical, The Atlanta Symphony, Breach the Musical, The Clique Girlz, Lés Detours & The Busker Band at Universal Studios Hollywood, Tangerine Burlesques Club, Las Vegas...
The Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary World Tour
An absolute pleasure and honor to join Mr Diamond on his 50th anniversary world tour. We performed all over Europe and this was an incredible dream come true not only to play with Neil but to follow on from his drummer for 37 years and legend in his own right Mr Ron Tutt!!!!!!
A NEW THE BOB LAZAR STORY ALBUM BARITONIA IS HERE!!!!!.
Go buy some awesome absolute Prog' Rock craziness from the dynamic duo of Matt Deacon in New Zealand and myself here in Los Angeles. Don't believe me? Well you don't have to just check out all the reviews, follow the link posted on the home page of this site.
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs Live @ Walt Disney Hall
Yes. Disney Hall ladies and Gentlemen! Very pleased and proud to announce the show on Jan 29th, 2017 with a few special guests too! A beautiful venue that I've been dying to play ever since I moved to Los Angeles 14 years ago!
Shabby Road Studios business.........
Lot's of tracks recorded over 2016. The usual Singer/Songwriter stuff to Broadway rock to Prog' nonsense.
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs US Tour.......2015-2017
We've been on and off the road now for 18 months playing some great and beautiful venues in awesome towns all over this great country! Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Kansas City, Louisville, Chicago, Carmel, Cleveland, New Orleans, Stanford, Miami, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Sarasota, Orlando, Durham, Washington D.c at the Kennedy Center! We are gigging until late April so check your local listings! The show is so much fun, Alan is a legend!
Jeff Buckley Tribute Night
Performing the album 'Grace' in it's entirety from start to finish. Such a great show to be a part of and amazing guest singers. This music is no joke!
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs: PBS Special Nov 18th.
Filmed in Las Vegas this is a slightly editing shorter version of the show. So if you can't make it out to a theatre near you then this TV special will certainly let you live the dream with us through the magic of TV.
Frank Wildhorn and Friends Live in Concert.
A one off concert staged at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, England playing the songs of Frank Wildhorn. Frank is promoting his show 'Wonderland' hitting UK theatres Winter 2017.
Wicked 'The Musical' National Tour.
A Summer visit out to the Tour to cover the chair, this time in Houston, Columbus and South Bend. 8 shows per week for 2 months.......... No joke my friends!
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs Live @ Carnegie Hall!!!!!!!!!
Yes. That's right Carnegie Hall ladies and Gentlemen! Very pleased and proud to announce the show on Feb 8th 2016 with a few special guests too! Who'd have thunk it, a Rock'n'Roll drummer from Liverpool gets to play Carnegie........... Would you Adam and Eve it!
We will also be in Toronto at the Winter Garden for two shows, Feb 6th.
Alan Cumming Live @ The Carlyle-The Album.
So after we did our fabulous two weeks back in June we went back there to record the show LIVE! Yes folks, it's done and being released Feb 8th 2016 at the Carnegie Hall show. Get your copy wherever you buy your art:).
The Bob Lazar Story/New Record! Self-Loathing Joe.
It's as crazy as the last one folks:). If you want your Prog' rock itch scratched then this is for you. Written, performed, recorded, mixed by Matt Deacon in New Zealand and me in Canoga Park at Shabby Road. There is occasional bars of 4/4 too:).
Shabby Road business.........
Lot's of tracks recorded over the summer of 2015. Singer/Songwriter 70's pop to Broadway rock to Prog' nonsense. It's been fun and I'm getting some killer tones!
Wicked 'The Musical' National Tour cover.
Yes, another visit out to Munchkinland to do the Wicked National Tour. I start in the Fall and hit Kansas City, Madison and MIlwaukee. I've never been out that way, what could possibly go wrong;).
Alan Cumming @ The Carlyle, NYC.
Very excited to be in NYC this coming June to play this 2 week engagement at the Carlyle. The AMAZING Lance Horne will be Music Director for this fabulous event.
Wicked 'The Musical' National Tour cover.
An April visit out to the Tour to cover the chair, this time in Baltimore.
Wicked ‘The Musical‘ @ the Pantages Theatre.
Another visit for the 1st National tour to Hollywood. We did 14 weeks here and I got to take over the chair again and close out the tour after 10 years on the road!
Nothin’ Shakin’ Productions.
A music Production company contracting musicians, arranging, producing and recording projects for clients in Los Angeles including Universal Studios Hollywood.
Rory O’Malley One Man Show.
A new project with Rory O’Malley from ‘Book Of Mormon. Extremely funny and insightful look at growing up in an Irish family in Ohio. Musical direction from Stephen Oremus.
The Bob Lazar Story.
Crazy, insane prog rock recording done via the internet here at Shabby Road Studios. If you like your prog with a side of humor then this is where it’s at. Available on iTunes & Spotify.
Shabby Road Studios.
Music production/recording facility based in Los Angeles. Drum tracking/mixing and full production available.
Wicked ‘The Musical‘ @ the Pantages Theatre.
Drummer for the 2 year Los Angeles run of the hit musical 07-09. Plus cover on both national tours since 2010.
‘Lance Horne’ Multiple Projects & Breman.
New york based Composer and arranger. Drummer, engineer, producition/recording. including the new animation project Breman. All initial demos recorded at Shabby Road plus mixing & mastering the ‘Steve Jordan Band‘ tracks for the movie.
‘For The Record’: Baz Luhrman.
An amazingly talented group performing scenes and music from the Baz Luhrman film catalogue. Live theatre/rock-pop show in Hollywood.
‘Taboo’ The Musical-10 year reunion.
A reunion set of shows marking the 10 year closing of the show on Broadway. Sold out shows at 54 Below with original cast and creative team.
Damian Joyce recordings.
Drummer for the UK singer/songwriter. The album RAW is available on iTunes and other recordings set for release. Also producer/Drummer for the ‘Punk Session’ here at Shabby Road Studios.
Drum Lessons @ SRS.
One of my main motivations for renovating the live room was to make a space that felt great and functioned as a teaching facility. I am very excited to teach at SRS and have already started passing on the knowledge and experience, plus having a fun time creating music with my students. See my ‘Drum Lesson’ page further on in the site for more details.
A full resumé sent on request.
My Influences as a drummer........
Phil Collins, Jon Bonham, Ringo Starr, Andy Newmark, Chad Smith, Steve Jordan, Vinnie Caliuta, Stevie Wonder, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Stuart Copeland, Lenny Kravitz and all the drummers of David Bowie & Steely Dan.
Shabby Road Studios
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367
Cell +1 323 687 4688