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Legendary rocker and world famous drummer Lez Warner shares with us Life/Death/Music, and the Recession.
Lez Warner, growing up in London, became interested in pursuing a career in drumming at an early age, acquiring his first drum set at the age of only 13. Warner began playing with various local bands, sometimes playing 3 or 4 gigs a night. By the time the punk rock movement was gathering steam, Warner found himself in high demand. His “steam hammer” style, described as a mixture of “Stewart Copeland’s handiwork and John Bonham’s pedal power”, fit in perfectly with the raw and volatile seventies punk sound, and began earning Warner a reputation.
After being a noted session player, and after returning from an extensive tour with Spirit’s Randy California, Warner got word that the band The Cult was auditioning drummers. Having gone through 150 candidates, he was awarded the position. Eventually becoming the “rhythm powerhouse” of the band, Warner played with The Cult for three years, ushering in what has been called “The Cult’s golden age.” After playing drums on albums “Electric” and “Manor Session” (recently released), touring the world on the Love/Electric tour, and playing a host of television shows including SNL, Joan Rivers, and Top of the Pops, Warner and The Cult parted ways.
Warner continues to be acknowledged in the industry, recently being called out by No Doubt drummer, Adrian Young for “Wildflower” as one of his (Young’s) favorite grooves. He is currently in the process of negotiating a possible instructional DVD deal, and making drumming his number 1 priority as he continues to work in Los Angeles, New York, and London, while maintaining his production company, US-UK studios.
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