Oz Article on Zak

L. Bird pkeets at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 27 22:46:44 CDT 2004


Who's who of drumming
July 28, 2004

THE Who's drummer Zak Starkey hadn't even picked up a drumstick when the 
legendary rock band last toured here.

"I was three," the musician said abruptly after arriving in Sydney yesterday 
for the band's first concerts in Australia since 1968.

The son of the Beatles' drummer, Ringo Starr, has been realising a childhood 
dream since he joined the Who in the mid-1990s.

Rock 'n' roll myth has it that Who drummer Keith Moon gave Starkey one of 
his first professional kits.

Keith used to be a kind of musical godfather to him, Pete Townshend has 

Starkey would sit at the kit wearing headphones, drumming along to his 
favourite albums, including those by the Who.

"Playing with the Who is the biggest rush there is. At 11 years old, I used 
to go to bed dreaming about what I'm doing now. I don't know how many people 
can say that," Starkey said in 1997.

Starkey more than paid his dues before being invited to join rock royalty.

Performing in pubs by the age of 12, he formed his first band, garage 
rockers the Next, in his teens and recorded his first studio session with 
the Spencer Davis Group at 17.

Herald Sun

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