Lettermen Drummer Anton Fig To Release All-Star Solo Album
by VVN MUSIC on AUGUST 8, 2015
in NEW MUSIC,NEWS
He spent the last 29 years as the drummer for Paul Shaffer’s World’s Most Dangerous Band/CBS Orchestra on the David Letterman Show but now Anton Fig is ready to break out with his first ever solo album.
Over those years, Fig had the opportunity to work with a huge list of artists and some of those musicians are returning the favor guesting on Figments which will be out on August 14.
Figments’ stellar cast includes Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, Richie Havens, Ace Frehley, Al Kooper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, Ronnie Cuber and Lew Soloff, Fig’s longstanding Letterman bandmates Paul Shaffer, Felicia Collins, Will Lee.
[D]rawn from…songs…Fig had written/co-written…. “I…realized I had accumulated all these songs,” he explains. “[I]t was time to realize them by matching each song with the right musicians and singers, with my drumming and production as the through-line.”
Originally issued in a limited-edition pressing in 2002….
“About 80 per cent of the record,” he says, “was done in my apartment in Manhattan. People just came over and sang and played. It was beautiful to have Richie Havens singing in the bedroom.”
In 1986, Anton accepted an offer to join Late Night With David Letterman’s house band, a gig that would last for nearly three decades….
“It’s gonna be different going out there again,” Anton says of his return to the road, adding, “David Garibaldi, the drummer from Tower of Power, recently told me, ‘Everything you’ve done in your life is just to prepare you for what you’re about to do next.’ So that’s how I’m approaching it.”