SKF NOTE: Modern Drummer’s first decade was a time for discovery. Never before in my lifetime, and I think the same is true of most MD readers, had we so much indepth access to great drummers. And pro drummers never before had an opportunity to speak at length to the drummer community. That was especially true of MD’s feature interview drummers.
Having a career as a studio drummer held strong appeal to many drummers in 1981, when I interviewed Barry Keane. When we met, Barry was touring with Gordon Lightfoot. As of this writing Barry Keane is still Lightfoot’s drummer. Lightfoot’s is an amazing band of listening musicians.
In addition to his concert work with Lightfoot, Barry earned his living as a studio drummer. In 1981, backstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate NY, I interviewed Barry for his Modern Drummer feature interview. Here I ask him about the reality — as opposed to rumors and guesswork — of being a studio drummer.
Clarifying that his answer pertains to Toronto, this is Barry Keane’s answer.