How it started: I started listening to music at a pretty young age; my sister and I would constantly raid my mom’s record collection… there was stuff from the 50’s on 45’s, newer stuff (at the time) and just a random mix of albums… Some of the ones I remember were the soundtrack to Sgt. Peppers (the Bee Gees version), Bad Company, The Osmond Brothers, etc. She also had Kiss Double Platinum, which was AWESOME for a little kid… I had everything on that album memorized! I didn’t start playing drums until 6th grade. I remember going to the band room before school started and trying to decide which instrument I wanted to play…I was instantly drawn towards the snare drum (much to my mom’s dismay). It was a couple years after that at a buddy’s house that I first sat behind a drum kit; he had a tiger striped Ludwig 5 piece and he taught me how to play a basic beat. I was hooked! I pestered my parents until they bought me my first kit. It was a mish-mash of several different drums, all various shades of blue glitter. There was a nice 5 piece Ludwig hiding in there, plus some cheapo stuff thrown in. I had a double bass 9 or 10 piece kit set up in my room at one point, just cause I thought it looked cool!
I continued to play drums in marching and concert band through high school, as well as pep band (playing the kit at home games.) I also got into some heavier music during my teen years, Metallica was a huge influence on my playing, along with Megadeth, Slayer, Guns N Roses, Alice in Chains…just to name a few. In my early 20’s I acquired a really nice Pearl Kit, and that was really my first time trying my hand at double bass. I remember how bad I was at first! These days, the double pedal is such an integral part of the way I play, it’s hard to play without it! I played in a couple local bands in my early to mid 20’s (Crimson Roze and a short stint in BSR), and then took a break from music after the birth of my first son before I joined GT in 2003. I’ve met a lot of really great people through the years in Gonzo’s. It’s been a blast so far!
Influences: Too many to list them all, but it was Metallica that really made me want to play drums. Phil Collins, Alice In Chains, Extreme… a lot of the early metal and grunge bands had a big influence on me early on. Later on I got into more blues, southern rock, and even some country. There’s something to be gained in almost all music.
Gear: I have used PDP kits pretty much exclusively while in GT. My current kit is a 6-7 piece (depending on the venue) PDP CX series maple kit in Silver Sparkle. I use all Sabian AA and AAX cymbals, with the exception of my ride and China (21” Zildjian A Custom ride and an 18” Zildjian china). I currently use Vic Firth 5A sticks, Evans Heads on the Toms, Remo on my snare, and an Aquarian Super Kick II for the batter on the kick drum.
Q&A with GLEN
How would you describe yourself as a person?
Goofy. I’m a fun person to be around once you get to know me, if you can stand the silliness. I try not to take life too seriously.
How would you describe yourself as a musician?
Always growing. I’m constantly trying to improve as a musician. That being said, I used to have a problem with seeing other talented musicians and being envious of what they can do. There are some PHENOMENAL musicians out there. But, it comes down to being you when you play; you have your own developed style. Study other musicians, take what you can that fits your style, and adapt it into your playing. But, be happy with who you are as a musician and enjoy it. Life is too short to get wrapped up in sweating the small stuff.
How do you relax, offstage?
I don’t know about relaxing, LOL. My wife and I have a son who’s just about ready to turn one year old and between him and my 18 year old son, they keep us quite busy. We’ll try to get a TV show or a movie in every now and again, though. I enjoy motorcycle riding too, but it’s hard to find time to squeeze it in right now.
Best gig and why?
Really hard to pick one. We’ve had so many cool shows, but any of the big outdoor gigs we’ve played (Freedom Fest, Haubstadt Bierstubes, and the Big E shows in Owensboro come to mind.) I also met my wife and got to know her at several Fast Eddy’s and Woody’s gigs, so those would have to be the best ones for me.
Worst gig and why?
We played a Halloween gig in 2013 at Ri Ra’s in Evansville. I was setting up earlier that day to play and started getting sick, which turned out to be a horrible bout of stomach flu. An hour before the gig I couldn’t even get out of bed without getting sick. I remember somehow driving to the gig and basically holding myself up with the wall behind me while we played the sets, and then collapsing on a bench during the breaks. That was the worst I have EVER felt at a gig. Everybody said I played great though, go figure.
Craziest thing that ever happened at a gig?
We had a gig several years back at Fast Eddys. We were in the middle of a set and someone in the audience or security set off some pepper spray and once it got in the ceiling fans it went everywhere! We had to stop playing for a little bit. It was rough!
What other member of GT irritates you and why?
With the exception of Brian, I’ve been gigging with these guys for anywhere from 7-12 years…or 13…something like that! The cool thing about this band is that there is a family mentality to it and in that way it’s very much like a family. Everybody has that stuff they do that gets under your skin a little, but they’re family. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. The people we are make up a band that’s bigger than the sum of its parts and I am honored to be a part of it.
How do you deal with critics?
It depends on the critic! I’ve seen things posted about us from people that are very ignorant of everything we have gone through to get where we are and sometimes I just have to laugh at things that are said. Mostly you just have to let it roll off your back, though, and keep doing what you do.
What do you think accounts for GT’s longevity?
I think it’s a lot of things. First and foremost, we truly love doing what we do and we work hard at it. We spend a lot of time talking to fans and listening to what people want to hear and we try our best to be as diverse as possible in our set lists and stay true to the sound people have come to expect from GT. I think the fact that everyone in the band sings plays a major role as well, as it opens us up to do a lot of material that some other bands may have difficulty doing. Being able to have different voices in the band and to be able to use those for harmonies, as well as lead vocals, adds some firepower to what we can do.
The zombie apocalypse has started. You have time to play one last show. Where and why?
Well it would need to be someplace with a tall stage! You know what? It doesn’t matter where that last gig is. We’ll go out the way we’ve always done, rockin’ to the end!