Angeles, California ~ 1960
is now one of the most respected drum clinicians, plus sort after drum
teacher and session drummers in Britain. Also has to be the most overlooked
drummers with the media too, working with drummers from all over the
world. Reveiw: Bobby began with an array
of styles all blended into a fusion of customary hard hitting leaving
a capacity crowd drooling at the prospect of another fine performance
from such a veteran of the clinic scene.
Bobby went on to demonstrate
what has been described by another clinician of standing and a member of
Robert Plant's Priory of Brion, Andy Edwards as "... one of the most
impressive and technically difficult things ever seen on a clinic. Whereby
he marries drummers styles which have influenced him throughout his distinguished
career and plays them as one to an astonished audience as a close to one
of the finest performances I have had the pleasure of attending ...".
by Ade, Nottingham.
Ringo ~ his first
drum section ( Michael Shrieve on drums, Jose "Chepito" Areas
on timbales, and Michael Carabello on congas!)
Peter Criss from Kiss,
John Bonham from Led Zeppelin,
Neil Peart with Rush,
Frank Beard from Z.Z. Top.
Lee Kerslake from Uriah Heep
More Recent Influences
The Mighty Jim Chapin
Chad Sexton with 311
Keith Tippet amongst others
In his own words
first time I'd heard of Zickos Drums was in 1975, my aforementioned
buddy, John Pace got a massive set of them! All acrylic, transparent,
big sound, powerful and majestic! All the big names of the early '70's
had 'em( Bill Ward from Black Sabbath, Keith Moon from the Who, Steppenwolf,
Three Dog Night, Iron Butterfly,etc...). Then they disappeared! They
reemerged in the 90's and are back making superb instruments! You can
check out their history properly on www.zickosdrums.com! So I had to
have 'em (in addition to my three Ludwig kits, greedy boy)! They are
truly spectacular drums in every respect! Come see me play and hear/see
set-up is kind of a schizoid thing! I've got a big "rock"
size kit (26"x18" bass drum, 14"x6" snare, 14"
rack tom, 16"and 18" floor toms) set up as a right handed
kit, which is convenient, as I am right handed! But, set up right next
to it, so it looks like a conventional double bass kit, is a small,"brickbat"
size kit(20"x16" bass drum, 10"x5.75"snare, 8"
rack, 10" and 12" floor toms), set-up as a left handed kit!
Identity crisis or what? I've always had set-ups with a view towards
ambidexterity, and I wanted to go the Bozzio, Minnemann, Mangini route
of getting all limbs involved, however, I also wanted a right kit /left
kit configuration, not just to be different, but to afford myself the
variety in sound and technique! In my tuition studio in Sheffield, I've
got a kit set up for right handed students, and one for left handed
students, at all times! When a righty comes in, I'll play the left!
When a lefty comes in, I'll play the right! It helps me while I help
them!" taken from a Mike
Plant and Parker drummer Andy Edwards quote ~ "My mate, Bobby Arechiga
(a UK drum clinician) plays two kits at the same time one right handed,
one left...Thats right, he has two snares between his legs (10'' and
14'') two bass drums (20'' and 26'') and two hihats etc and plays them
both cross and open handed".
above: Marco Minnemann
& Bobby Arechiga
played togeter at 'Willows' Salford
PROFILE / BIOGRAPHY
Arechiga was born in Los Angeles in 1960. His Father's work for the
U.S. government brought him to London, England at the age of 8 years
for a while. Back to the States he attended Eldorado High, Albuquerque,
New Mexico. Then came back to England at 17 to finish High School, at
London Central High, a boarding school, while his parents were working
in Saudi Arabia. It was when he was in New Mexico he took to the drums.
He had been interested in them for many years and although his Uncle
from Houston, Texas was a drummer, his school friend John Pace had a
kit, it was when he heard Ian Paice from Deep Purple he was totally
hooked. In the 80's Bobby met up with Original Vanilla Fudge Singer,
Mark Stein. They formed the band 'Danger Zone'Mark Stein says - "After
Fudge I decided to put my own band together. The 80s was the hard rock
and heavy metal decade. There was Bobby Arechiga, one hell of a drummer
and myself. We had a couple of guitar players. Lanny Cordola played
with us for a while. Guns & Roses opened for Danger Zone at the
Roxy in L.A. one night! Ronnie Dio produced the band. We, had a couple
of demos, Andy Johns helped on one of them. Four years and we never
got signed. Jesus Christ... Danger Zone really was a powerful trio,
no bass, everything came from the keyboard". At this time Bobby
also sessioned with Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio),
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), and Andy Johns (Producer/Engineer - Led
Zeppelin, etc.) to mention a few.
Danger Zone ~ Bobby on the left
In the late
80's while on a studio session job Bobby met Wilbur Hess power guitarist
and his old time friend bassist Billy Evans in a recording studio. Billy
and Bobby had known each other since being in their teens and played
in a lot of earlier bands together. Wilbur's then girl friend, now wife
Julie had the idea for the 3 to form a band and come to England. So
... Strongheart was born, deciding on the name while doing 'the walk
of fame' on Hollywood Boulevard. They saw the name Strongheart, (by
Capital Records I think) and that was it .. not realizing at the time
it was the name of an alsation 'dog star' .. a very brave dog too. And
so to England, to live out their Led Zeppelin fantasies. They worked
all over Britain including the famous Marque Club in London. The George
/ Angus Young team (AC/DC) took them to Australia where they had a successful
tour, cut their first album 'Hard Wired' and made 2 vidoes for MTV Australasia
'The Kids Are Wired' and 'Smooth As Silk'. On their return to England
they signed to new label Hengest/Grapevine and later released their
second album "Ritual". They were kept busy gigging all over
Britain & Scandinavia and doing many festivals including the The
Borstrock Festival, Nieuw Vossemeer in Western Holland and Don Valley
Stadium, Sheffield UK. Strongheart finished around 2000, first Billy
returned to America followed not long after by Wilbur and Julie. This
gave Bobby time to get down to some proper studying of music and learning
more and more techniques, gathering mass knowledge which gave him the
confidence and 'no-how' to teach and share his love of the drums with
others. Working with Drummers from all over the world, Bobby is one
of the most respected drum clinicians, session drummers and sort after
drum teachers in Britain. He is also working on a book and video which
I will let you know about when they are completed. If you see him advertised
near you do not miss the experience of his fine performances or book
in for some lessons with the master himself.
Ade ~ part review
professional display from one of the countries most seasoned clinicians
showing why so many industry folk, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and Ronny
James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbeth and Dio) among others, along with
veteran producers like Andy Johns feel comfortable working with such
a consummate professional.
Hard Wired ~ original
~ original Strongheart
ORIGINAL ~ "STRONGHEART"
Wilbur Hess: guitar/vocals, Bobby Arechiga: drums &
Billy Evans: bass
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up with John Parr
EARLY SPRING: Bobby teams up with John Parr to
a melodic rock band
~ they're wild!!
UK tour with Journey
JUNE: Bobby, John Parr plus their new band go
on UK tour with American rock band Journey
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records with Bryan Adams
The first half of 2007 has seen Bobby in Poland working in the studios
with Canadian singer, musician Bryan Adams
Bobby Arechiga in Sheffield, Grimsby
Guitar virtuoso, Wilbur Hess is visiting the UK for a
few months this year and Strongheart reformed for a few special gigs.
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