He’d spent 27 years with The Buckinghams (famous for “Kind of a Drag”, “Susan”, “Don’t You Care” and many other hits), he’s been a fellow road warrior and a friend for just as long and we’re happy to have Tommy as part of the Raider family! A Raider since 2010, it feels like he’s been part of the band for 50 years, according to Paul.
— The following review is provided by and courtesy of Pat Murphy (Entertainment Writer, Urban Media)
— Photos reprinted with permission from Sticks ‘n’ Skins – A Photography Book About Drummers
“Powerful and passionate only begin to describe the performance of drummer Tommy Scheckel, and even that falls far short because it reached me on such an emotional level.
When he wasn’t making love to the drum set he was beating it into submission with a warm smile that radiated into the audience and lifted the spirits of everyone who had a sight line to the drum riser. In the business of show it’s rare to find someone who exudes such a genuine in-the-moment joy, who’s showy without showing off and who thoroughly enjoys what they do.
I believe that the core purpose of live entertainment is to heighten your senses, make you feel more alive, and perhaps even optimistic. Tommy’s performance made me happy — a happiness that returns whenever I think about the blur of spinning sticks around the drums, and through the blur, that smile.
Worth the price of admission? Every penny.”
— Pat Murphy (Entertainment Writer, Urban Media)