An evening with Gary Astridge
Planet drum had the absolute pleasure of meeting Gary Astridge; ultimate Ringo fan, collector and drum historian. As well as being such a warm and friendly person, Astridge shared his Beatle knowledge and marvellous stories about working alongside Ringo himself.
Some of Gary’s achievements include having the distinct honor and privilege of handling and documenting two of Ringo's Beatles drum sets and his Ludwig gold plated snare drum at the Grammy Museum in LA. This also includes being the first person since Mal Evans, the Beatles roadie, to set up Ringo's Sullivan and Let It Be drum sets.
With the blessing of Ringo himself, Gary and his friends Jeff and Scotty (Ringo's roadies), have successfully implemented Gary's plan to photograph, document, organise, preserve and securely store these iconic kits for history and their hopeful future placement in a museum.
Gary Astridge was involved as technical adviser in the "World's Great Drummers Salute Ringo Starr" documentary featuring Dave Grohl, Tre Cool, Abe Laboriel Jr, Max Weinberg, Questlove, Jim Keltner, Stewart Copeland, Chad Smith, and Taylor Hawkins.
We would like to thank
“I really enjoyed my time with you and thanks so much for your hospitality. I surely will be spreading the word about Planet Drum & the great people that make it work” - Gary Astridge 2018
*Photos copyright of Gary Astridge