There's an old saying: Behind every wedding band is a frustrated rock 'n' roll drummer with deferred dreams of Tommy Lee/Keith Moon-style stardom. Or something like that. That certainly seems to be the case with gold-tuxedo'd cover-band vets Rick K. & The Allnighters. Their clip of a performance of ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man," shot two years ago at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsyvania, has suddenly become a viral video sensation, thanks to beat-keeper Steve Moore's stadium-style, drumstrick-twirling, headbanging, face-pulling antics. As of this writing, the hilariously entertaining video (titled "Drummer Is At Wrong Gig") has received almost 2 million views on YouTube.
If this drummer is at the "wrong" gig, then he don't wanna be right.
In a new interview in Philadelphia Weekly with the man now known as "The Viral Drummer," Moore (who started drumming at age 6 and has played with Rick K. for the past 10 years) expresses great surprise and delight over his newfound ce-Web-rity status--especially since his drumming idol, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, actually tweeted the video. "I don't care about money and all that, but to get that sort of respect, you know what I mean, on that level? That guy doesn't look at me and go, 'Oh, that guy's a joke.' That's huge to me, man!"
As for the video's "Drummer Is At Wrong Gig" title, Moore concedes: "I can clearly see where it would look like Tommy Lee or Keith Moon playing for Wayne Newton. I get it." But he hopes the title isn't a diss directed at his bandmates. He also hopes that the exposure from this video will lead to bigger and better opportunities for the Allnighters.
"I would love to think it's gonna affect things in a good way, and I know it will for me personally as far as endorsements and things like that. That's already started--I've already gotten calls from two or three different companies as far as that kind of thing....You hope they remember your name, but whether they will or not, I honestly don't know. Time will tell."
In the meantime, we hope Steve Moore enjoys his well-deserved 15 minutes of fame. Check out his website at http://themaddrummer.com.