Still Rockin' after all these years...

Hi, I'm Dave Poore. I've been playing drums since 1982, though I got my start in music by taking private lessons on the trumpet for 4 years prior to playing the drums. In high school, I was in a band called Pranxter. We played a lot of classic rock and Grateful Dead songs. The guitarist/singer was a great musical influence on me. Shortly after high school, I did the family thing for the next 20 years. I raised a really great kid, and although I practiced a fair amount during that time, it's finally time to work diligently toward my musical future. I never lost the desire or the passion for music. Hence the name StillRocks.com!

I've been influenced by many types of music: Classical, Jazz, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, Heavy Metal, Psychedelic Rock. More specifically, legendary bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath to name just a few.

In 2005, I did some work in a studio with a band called Metal Sky Craz. They had a few good original songs and a very rockin' sound.

In early 2010, I began studying with Stephen Flinn, one of the best drum instructors out there. He not only knows how to teach, he also knows what to teach...and in what order to teach it all, since he studied with some of the greatest drummers and instructors of our time. You can check him out at www.BeyondDrumLessons.com or www.LosAngelesDrumTech.com

Within a few months of starting the lessons, I played White Room (by Cream) on stage as a guest drummer with a classic rock cover band at an event in Flagstaff, AZ. I had the time of my life. And the crowd seemed to love it. So I knew I was finally on my way.

Then I met a guitarist/singer/songwriter who has some great originals and decades of experience in studio and live performance. I've been working with them since June, 2011 in our new band, Local Krew. We have played open mic nights a few times, and hope to get some paying gigs in the near future. Update: Although there were many great memories, I have moved on from this band.

In March, 2012, I began working with Los Pinkeye, a local band that has been together for about 3 years. We have a good rockin' sound. We played at the Tempe Festival of the Arts in support of the Chicks with Picks organization, as well as a few other really great gigs like the shows we did at the Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix. Our CD titled It's Ridiculous is now complete.

I saw Jerome Teasley at a few of the open mic sessions around town. He's a great drummer who has history with Jimi Hendrix, Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner, Sly and the Family Stone and many other legendary acts. It's always a pleasure running into him.

In February 2013, I began working with Uncle Click and playing some gigs around Arizona. We play classic rock, blues and southern rock but it's also my first experience with country music.

I took a lesson from AD Adams. I learned a lot from just one lesson. I wish I had more time to devote to furthering my drum education with AD, but I'm just too busy with my current bands to make it happen at this point in time.

A while back, Steve Negus, original drummer from Saga, was in town staying with a friend of mine. I hung out with him for a while and invited him to open mic night at Pappy's, where he really amazed the crowd.

I've been sitting in with The Krimson Chord on occasion when their drummer can't make it. They are a well established local blues band and a lot of fun to work with. They sometimes run an open mic jam which I have attended many times.

As of May, 2015, I'm still playing with Los Pinkeye and Uncle Click and have just joined Hippie Gold, a new hippie tribute band that is forming. We will be playing top hits from 1965 to 1975. There are some great musicians in the band, including members from This Ain't LA and Swain's World.

In October 2015, I began playing gigs with Swain's World. Check their calendar to see when you can catch one of our shows.

It's now May of 2016 and I'm about to play my debut gig with Hippie Gold Tribute Band! It's a tribute band unlike any other. Rather than paying tribute to a single band, we are a tribute to an entire decade...playing many top hits from 1965-1975. You'll get to see us perform music from artists such as: Mamas and Papas, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Buffalo Springfield, The Monkees, The Rascals, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Grass Roots, The Animals, America, Carole King, The Byrds, The Band, The Association, The Turtles...and MANY others!

As of August of 2016, I'm moving on from playing with Uncle Click to further pursue a future with the other bands I'm with. Uncle Click gave me some great experience and fond memories, but as with everything in life, all good things must eventually end.

In December of 2016, I started filling in for a drummer who was tied up playing with the Phoenix Symphony. Before long, I became the band's full-time drummer. The band, Tabu, plays pop, rock, dance & soul. As of April, 2017, we have played 5 or 10 shows together and are looking forward to many more in the future.

 

 

Here's my current drum kit, made by Masters of Maple. They don't seem to have a traditional website, but you can find them on Facebook and Tumblr.
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Here's my previous drum kit, TAMA drums with DW Collectors Series snare. Click to enlarge

 

Multimedia

Pranxter - "Electric Blues" (mp3) - 1984

Metal Sky Craz - "Hot Girl Tonight" (mp3) - 1996

Cannonball - "White Room" (wmv) - 2010

Uncle Click - "Better Now" (mp3) - 2014

Uncle Click - "Rebel Yell" (mp3) - 2014

Uncle Click - "Snortin' Whiskey" (mp3) - 2014

Uncle Click - "Whiskey in the Jar" (mp3) - 2014

Los Pinkeye - "If I Could Find the Words" (mp3) - 2015

Los Pinkeye - "Take Me to the River" (mp3) - 2015

Los Pinkeye - "I Turn You On" (mp3) - 2015

Los Pinkeye - "I Was Bored" (mp3) - 2015

Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne Drum Cover (wmv) - 2016

Impala Drums (wmv)


Hippie Gold Tribute Band - 2016

 

 

Contact: dave@stillrocks.com

 

Some of the places I have played:

Hard Rock Cafe (Phoenix) Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe Festival of the Arts City Hall - Los Angeles, CA (Occupy LA) City Hall - Phoenix, AZ (Occupy Phoenix) Yucca Tap Room (Tempe) Goadhead Saloon (Mesa) Grady's Sports Grill (Scottsdale) Uncle Bear's (Chandler) Ice House Tavern (Phoenix) Tempe Tavern Rula Bula (Tempe) Big Fish Pub (Tempe) Chasers (Scottsdale) Harold's Corral (Cave Creek) The Road House Cafe (Mesa) What The Hell Bar And Grill (Apache Junction) Rips Bar (Phoenix) RUB Sports Grill South (Mesa) 5030 Cocktail Lounge (Glendale) Wild Bill's Saloon (Phoenix) El Dorado Bar & Grill (Scottsdale) The Blooze (Phoenix) Pranksters (Scottsdale) Superstition Skies Bar & Grill (Apache Junction) Chars Has The Blues (Phoenix) Starters Sports Bar & Grill (Tempe) Devil's Advocate (Tempe) Pappy's (Phoenix) The Ditch (Glendale) Spurs Saloon (Chandler) Starfire Golf Club (Scottsdale) Ft. Mc Dowell Adventures (Salt River) Smokin Harley's Steakhouse (Mayer) Ft. McDowell Casino (Fort McDowell) Arizona Biltmore Resort (Phoenix) Woodlands Hotel (Flagstaff) Amber Inn (Phoenix) Colorado River Oasis Clubhouse (Ehrenberg) Fat Willy's (Mesa) Show Low Freedom Festival Hollywood Alley (Tempe) Tonic (Chandler) Chopper John's (Phoenix) Pho Cao (Tempe) Coyote Alley (Surprise) Tailgaters (Glendale) The Rogue Bar (Scottsdale) Cowboy Lookout (Phoenix) Salsa Challenge (Phoenix) Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix) Monkey Butt Saloon (Kingman) Lucie's Sage & Sand Bar & Grill (Glendale) Steel Horse Saloon (Phoenix) Pacino's Italian Restaurant (Mesa) Show Low Days Hooligans MC (Phoenix) Club Red (Mesa) 8th Annual Tukee Fest (Ahwatukee) Gilbert Downtown Concert Series Va Bene Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar (Phoenix) Loft Again Lounge (Phoenix) Jersey D's Tavern & Grill (Chandler) Canyon Vistas RV Resort (Gold Canyon) Iron Man Triathalon (Tempe) Rookies (Anthem) Gallopin' Goose Saloon (Coolidge) Camelback Inn (Scottsdale) Blasted Barley (Tempe) Silly Al's Pizza (Quartzsite) Uptown Alley (Surprise) Speakeasy (Sun City) Valle Del Oro RV Resort (Mesa) Roadhouse (Cave Creek) American Legion Post #58 (Fountain Hills) Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson (Phoenix) Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse (Chandler) Jolie's Place (Chandler) Baja Joe's (Mesa) CK's Tavern & Grill (Ahwatukee) Cactus Jack's (Ahwatukee) O'Kelley's Sports Bar & Grill (Mesa) Wild Horse Pass Casino (Chandler) Triple 2's Tavern (Gilbert) Viewpoint RV & Golf Resort (Mesa) The Great Fair of Fine Arts & Crafts (Fountain Hills) Rusty Spur Saloon (Scottsdale) Tosos Bar and Restaurant (Phoenix) VB Lounge (Chandler) The Resort (Mesa) Palo Verde Lounge (Tempe) Mesa Spirit RV Park (Mesa) Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant (Phoenix) Fountain Hills High School Hideaway West Sports Bar & Grill (Phoenix) Kimmyz Tatum Point (Phoenix) Kimmyz on Greenway (Glendale)

 

Be sure to check out my other site, StillRuns.com, a tribute to old cars everywhere!