Martin Popoff gets a few minutes with one of the world's busiest drummers, and Terry talks about his many new projects.
A Lincoln Navigator, a righteous, polished forest green (?) trailer full of drums, a tech and Terry Bozzio recently pulled into Toronto for a drum clinic that was packed to the rafters by eager percussive disciples of the drum legend most notable for his work with Zappa, UK and Missing Persons. Of course recently, Terry’s big albums (aside from a raft of solo, more academic exercises) are his two Bozzio Levin Stevens releases and Nine Short Films, a collaboration with Billy Sheehan (see www.magnacarta.net for more info).
But there is always more slopping off a full plate for this youthful yet frankly, must-be aged dynamo. The dynamo speaks (quickly, especially given the early (?) noon start time of his showboatcase). Note: in advance, I apologize for potential misspellings of anybody’s names here; no time to comb the world or my collection or reference books: this is news – quick and (maybe) dirty! “Well, I've got several things in the can. One is a record with Patrick O'Hearn. Another is a duo percussion CD with Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson. I've got a DVD of a solo performance concert and then an afternoon seminar coming out, that I did live at the One World Theater in Austin, a beautiful place to play. And I'm going to be doing some touring, I think... well, I just did this Jeff Beck thing and I don't know if anything'll come out of that. But I'm sure I'm going to work with him again and it will probably be a two drummer thing, because his current drummer, Steve Barney has a groove and we're like brothers; we get along great. And I love playing with other drummers; it's really a ball.”
So that's a live situation?
“I don't know. Jeff said he had a sinister plan (laughs). So God knows what he's thinking and all but I sure want to be there for him. I really enjoyed going back and working with him with Roger Waters. Okay, so the other thing I have is this Queen Of The Damned tour thing I'm going to be doing with Korn; Jonathan Davis and Munky from Korn, and Richard Gibbs, the composer of the music for the film. He used to be the keyboardist with Oingo Boingo, and they're looking for bass player. Richard wanted Mick Karn but they ultimately wanted Flea, who can do it, so they're looking into the possibility of bass players right now. But that's going to happen in January or so.”
In terms of filling in the blanks, is all this explained at terrybozzio.com?
“It should be. I sent some updates to my brother-in-law who works on it. So yeah, you can probably going to the updates section. I'm supposed to be playing show with Pat Mastelotto, the duo percussion thing, at the One World Theater in Austin on January 18th. And I'm hoping to be able to do that, unless this Korn thing happens, where you know, the dough and the commitment is going to be a longer period of time so we can reschedule the One World thing. But we're counting on being able to do both. And you know, the rest of it… I've gotten together with Adrian Belew and Patrick O'Hearn and we're talking about doing a trio. Jennifer Batten and myself are talking about doing a trio as well, and I just want to be able to do these kinds of collaborative things with artists who are my friends and who I really love. I'd love to work with David Torn and Mick Karn again, you know, any of my really close friends like that. It seems that the ones I really love as people are also my favorite musicians and I'm blessed with that. It's not always easy to convince a record company, like Magna Carta, whose thrust is a little more towards the big rock names... And Tony Levin, I'd love to work with him again in some capacity. So trying to get all that stuff together is a little tough (laughs).”