...a little about Terry Manfredi
I have seen many Beatles tribute bands over the course of 20+ years, and even played in one. But of all the bands that I have seen, few drummers have been able to accurately capture the sound, and spirit of Ringo like Terry Manfredi.
Many people at this point of the conversation (especially all the other Ringo's out there) usually cut me off and say that doing Ringo is really not all that hard. That's when I cut them off, and ask a simple question: If its so easy, then why is it that I have never seen a drummer as good and as accurate as Terry? ALL of the drummers that I have seen and know ALWAYS get Day Tripper wrong. To further the degree of disparity, almost all the other drummers get the bass drum kicks wrong.
I think that the answer lies in a question I asked Terry a few years ago during an interview. I simply asked him "what is special about Ringo's drumming"? Terry's eyes lit up and with an almost boyish excitement, he explained that "Ringo's work is all left handed." He then proceeded to explain about the differences in the left hand work versus the right hand. He also explained how he was able to get the bass drum kicks right by countless hours of viewing the live videos of the Beatles and blasting the bass in his studio so he can hear them all correctly. Oh, and in case you didn't know...Terry is also left-handed.
When Terry got a new floor tom-tom for the drum set, I watched him painstakingly tune it to the right note, to which he then said "wait until you hear this on the beginning of "She Loves You". He was right...its was IDENTICAL.
So to make this long story a bit shorter I will just say that Terry is the BEST drumming Ringo that I have seen. Not just because he is a talented and skilled musician, and not just because he is meticulous and a crazy stickler for details, but because Terry Manfredi cares enough to be all those things.
PS. Now, I KNOW that all of you will be glued on Terry during Day Tripper! lol!