I've been playing music since I was around 7-8y/o - Back then, it was NOTHING but heavy metal/thrash/some classic rock but not allot - I moved to Florida from NY, joined a band that started out as COMPLETE Cheese ROCK because of the original music that was the only thing we had to play - And a newest addition after me was a 'Loverboy meets John Cougar' songwriter - THEN - Our drummer left the band n a friend of mine from New York was asked to join so he: Moved south to Florida / Was an INCREDIBLE Drummer / And the voice I needed to help the band get heavier cuz:
1) The guitar player could play ANYTHING he could think up and he thought up great, but appropriate to the music, stuff to play - But the music was the problem at that time
2) The singer had a thick, POWERFUL voice that just kept getting better
3) The drummer, who wasn't bossy or over-bearing but because of the type of person he proved himself to be, was someone that people listened to when he offered his opinion.
4) Had a person in the band that, 90% of the time, thought n approached music just about the same way I did
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The band got heavier - But not so heavy that it would NEVER EVEN BE CONSIDERED for Air-Play. Morr on the Skid Row, meets Motley Crue, meets Maiden, meets others like that - PLUS - the original guitar player (That was AWESOME on guitar and didn't write the Loverboy stuff) might only write 1 (or 2) songs a month... but they were ALWAYS GREAT!
The Loverboy rhythm guitar player that had become the primary songwriter and since I had morr support in writing (and help along w/ support in presenting the new songs) was no longer needed and was, politely encourage (or explained some changes we all wanted), put in a position to WANT to quit.
We became a 4-Piece and, even with a self-serving member w/ a personal agenda, lasted for 2-3 years while rising up a hard latter to climb --- THAT WAS --- Until the list of 'newly written song