Mastodon’s Brann Dailor Has a Randy Rhoads… Drumset?

“Dailor about it… Dailor all your craaaa-zy dre-eams. Let her know the reasons, let her know how much she me-e-e-eans.”


Sorry, just had to get that Billy Joel melody out of my head. But anyway, Brann Dailor has a drumset painted in polka-dotted Randy Rhoads glory, completed by an illustration of the Ozzy shredder in the center of the kick drum. Why, Randy and not Tommy Aldridge or Carmine Appice or some other Ozzy drummer? Because fuck you, that’s why. Why not a guitar player?

Or to put it more succinctly, in the words of Mr. Dailor himself:

I have a Randy Rhoads kit, because Randy Rhoads is my favorite guitar player. And I always thought that if I was a guitar player it would be kind of garish to walk out on stage with a Randy Rhoads guitar, because everyone would be like, ‘oh really, a Randy Rhoads guitar, huh?’ So a Randy Rhoads drumset, they either think it’s cool, like a tribute, or they’re super confused.

The quote above comes from Brann’s recent interview with Guitar Center, where he also touched upon why he gravitated towards drums as a child (when you’re very young bashing things is an easier concept to grasp), the perils of getting a good loaner instrument when flying overseas lest you’re stuck with a “Sanford and Son-style drumset” (I have no idea what that means), and the particulars of his current kit. If you’re curious as to those specs, it’s a bubinga Tama Starclassic with 10″, 12″, 13″, and 16″ toms, a 22″ kick, and a Tama Starphonic snare that’s probably 14″x5″ but he’s not 100% sure. The important thing is that it has polka dots.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • You mean the one he’s had for about 10 years?

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