Barry Connors - Drums

I grew up in the vinyl world. Led Zeppelin,(John Bonham) Vanilla Fudge,(Carmine Appice) Black Sabbath, (Bill Ward) and Deep Purple, (Ian Paice) were my teachers. Then I discovered Frank Zappa, and couldn't get his records off the turntable. After joining my first band and doing gigs at age 15, the guitar player pushed me to listen to a record called ‘Close to the Edge’, which I will never forget. Yes changed my outlook on music, and made me a far better musician.Barry I played with a number of different cover bands all over the club circuit for a number of years, till finally I joined a great all original band called 'AirKraft'. We were constantly compared to Yes & Genesis. It was formed from the nucleus of a band called 'Nightwinds'. We played a number of very successful shows but couldn’t get over the $35 a month income hurdle. In the early eighties I got my first big break when I heard the band ‘Toronto’ was auditioning for a new drummer. I was successful, recorded a few albums and toured North America supporting each one. We headlined a number of Canadian tours and shared the stage with Chilliwack, Girlschool, Streetheart, The Headpins, Lydia Taylor, Kim Mitchell, Martha & the Muffins, Klattu, Harlequin, Goddo, the list goes on...In America we opened for Ted Nugent, Nazareth, Leslie West & Mountain, Rossington-Collins/Lynnard Skynnard, The Joe Perry Project, Journey, Billy Squire, Robert Palmer, Johnny Van Zant to name a few. After great fun & success I moved on to record and tour with ‘Coney Hatch’, a much heavier band. The 'Hatch' did tours opening for Accept, Krokus, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, (memory is going here), also with great fun & success. My next move put me behind the kit for ‘Lee Aaron’ and a series of European tours. Lee was always a 'Headliner' in Europe and shared the stage with Warlock, Talon, and played a number of Festivals with many different 'heavy' bands. Immediately following Lee, I was lucky enough to be flown to England to audition for MSG, McAuley Schenker Group. It was great to tread where Simon Phillips and Cozy Powell created amazing drum parts, and of course play with Robin & Michael, but the project didn't materialize, at least, not with me. Since then I have toured with The Good Brothers, and I have played with, jammed, and recorded with a number of different people and bands. After much discussion with Holly Woods, we put together an ‘All Star Band and did a number of shows in late 2011. Now we are touring all over Canada with a fantastic line up you don’t want to miss!

 

I play Ludwig drums and Sabian cymbals exclusively....