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Terry Bozzio bringing his tour to New York next month

“An Evening with Terry Bozzio North American Tour 2014” comes to The Iridium in midtown on September 14 and September 15. The renowned drummer will perform compositions from throughout his career – which includes having worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, and Missing Persons – as well as improvisations on “the world's largest tuned drum and percussion set.”

An Evening with Terry Bozzio North American Tour 2014
An Evening with Terry Bozzio North American Tour 2014
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Bozzio, who was ranked fifth on “Rolling Stone's 'The 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time'” list, has honed his unique style of “music on drums” over the decades, as this tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson. “I try to be authentic and honest in my playing. I describe it as a 'borderline state' between unconscious and conscious,” he said of his musical style in an interview with the Examiner.com. “You 'dip into' the unconscious and let go, and see what comes out. But you have to really be paying attention and use all your knowledge, intellect, and intuition to be able to realize the idea, retain it, repeat it, and develop it compositionally.”

With a storied career that includes having played on Zappa's “Sheik Yerbouti” live album (1979) and having been a founding member of early 80s new wave sensation and MTV favorite Missing Persons, the California native holds fond memories of New York. One story he shared was when he came to the city with Zappa to perform on “Saturday Night Live” on October 21, 1978. “I was expecting to do what we had been doing on the road in the months before, so I was confident and excited,” Bozzio said. But things took a turn when “we rehearsed with [John] Belushi and he did the Samurai BeBop Saxophone routine with us. It was so hilarious that we could hardly play!”

The performance involved the late legendary comedian, who “in character as Samurai Futaba, briefly appears on stage with the group. Singing into a microphone duct taped to the body of an electric guitar, Belushi carries out a call and response bit with Zappa's band,” according to Wikipedia and can be seen here.

Tickets are available online for the 4 Iridium shows – 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.