A few weeks back Newcastle’s now famous session drummer, Kyle Hughes, headed Stateside for the second time this year.
At the turn of the year, along with Micky McCrystal (Tygers of Pan Tan Tang) Hughes attended the NAMM Show in California as the pair began to live the dream.
In Kyle, his began a few before when, as drummer for Twister, they supported Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal at the O2 Academy, Newcastle in 2015 then again at Trillians the following year.
From that day forth he has continued to push himself more than most teens of his tender age would dare dream.
November last year, and with Ron on a UK mini-tour, Kyle would join up with the Art of Anarchy star, along with some old friends – McCrystal, Ed Bell, and Coyote, to push out a couple of cheeky dates.
Kyle would continue working apace with Aurora Dawn and the Screamin’ Skulls which would see him perform at this years Glastonbury. A moment to cherish for the youngster who said: “Playing at Glastonbury is a pretty amazing thing.
“I’m honoured to have played at such an iconic festival at such a young age, and it’s my first time there but I’m just doing what I do best and that’s making music.”
(Above, Hughes and the legendary Jeff Scott Soto)
America though is just, different, and having been to NAMM, Hughes was invited back, to both LA and, once he’d heard of the impending brother of the little drummer boy, Bumblefoot wasted no time in adding him to his NYC/NJ gigs.
The legendary guitarist said of Hughes’ visiting: “KYLE-MANIA coming to the US shores!!
“America finally gets to enjoy what the UK has already witnessed
“I’ll be doing my Bumblefoot shows around NYC in August – wouldn’t want to do them with anyone else on drums.
“Kyle Hughes is a name the music world will be hearing more and more.
(Above – Hughes left, Bumblefoot centre, McCrystal right; Below – Hughes left, Bumblefoot centre, Peter Mann right both in November 2016)
“We met in Newcastle in 2015, his band took on the task of being my band as well, they were a great bunch and put on a great show, and nailed the music!
“Kyle and I have stayed in touch, and I’ve been happy to see continuing opportunities coming his way, gear endorsements and gigs and recordings… really, the guy can play anything, and groove with the best of ’em…! And always with a smile…!
“We played an acoustic show earlier last year, and in November when we did a run of UK shows; and I’m sure there’ll be more to come.
“I just hope he’ll still have time for me when he’s on the cover of every drum mag and every band is knockin’ down his door.”
(Above, Hughes left at Epitaph Records)
Not much can contain the excitement of Hughes, who can already count on endorsements from Regal Tip and Natal moving forward and, with his name very much in the public eye, Bumblefoot’s awareness is with well-tuned nous for the industry.
“I was going out there (to America) anyway,” explained Kyle.
“It’s my first time not only being there but also to be able to perform and experience different types of audiences, as Bumblefoot’s drummer, In New York and New Jersey, is insane.
“Although there are potentially more shows to announce we’ll be doing these shows to promote Ron’s solo music.
“It’s certainly some five week trip!”
Anybody in the New York or New Jersey areas can see Bumblefoot, Kyle and company perform at Iridium (New York) on August 23, and at Mexicali Live (New Jersey) on August 25.
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