At a recent meet & greet, a fan asked me how many bass drum skins had I gone through?

I didn't know!

But it got me thinking....

I'm currently reading a book, written by a fan, all about the equipment, different set ups and bass drum skins of Queen drummer, Roger Taylor.

So I decided to look through my pics and put a brief description of each bass drum skin.

                            2010
When I joined The Searchers, I was using a Pearl Masters in midnight blue fade with a plain white skin.
After discussions with the band, they told me I could have what ever skin I wanted and if I wanted to put their logo on there, brilliant!
This was my first Searchers skin. It was made by Chris, who does our CDs. The logo is the logo used on the back of our CDs with Johns distinctive 12 string guitar as the A.
Sadly it was made on the 'piss' but was replaced by a better version a few months later.

2010 When I joined The Searchers, I was using a Pearl Masters in midnight blue fade with a plain white skin. After discussions with the band, they told me I could have what ever skin I wanted and if I wanted to put their logo on there, brilliant! This was my first Searchers skin. It was made by Chris, who does our CDs. The logo is the logo used on the back of our CDs with Johns distinctive 12 string guitar as the A. Sadly it was made on the 'piss' but was replaced by a better version a few months later.

2011 A new Pearl Masters kit in blue sparkle meant a new skin was needed.
This skin was professionally made by Custom drum skins.
The design was taken from the bands first album, Meet The Searchers and became know as the Superman logo.
Both the bands and my websites were added.

2011 A new Pearl Masters kit in blue sparkle meant a new skin was needed. This skin was professionally made by Custom drum skins. The design was taken from the bands first album, Meet The Searchers and became know as the Superman logo. Both the bands and my websites were added.

2011 The 60s Gold tour.
I was asked by the agents of the 60s Gold tour to remove all Searchers logos as the other acts didn't want The Searchers on stage while they were.
My midnight fade Pearl masters made a return with the plain white skin.

2011 The 60s Gold tour. I was asked by the agents of the 60s Gold tour to remove all Searchers logos as the other acts didn't want The Searchers on stage while they were. My midnight fade Pearl masters made a return with the plain white skin.

2013 A deal with DW resulted in a new Collectors kit in white marine pearl.
So another new skin from Custom drum skins. Same Superman design but with DW instead of Pearl at the top.

2013 A deal with DW resulted in a new Collectors kit in white marine pearl. So another new skin from Custom drum skins. Same Superman design but with DW instead of Pearl at the top.

2014 Same DW kit and skin but a new deal with Istanbul Mehmet cymbals and an Istanbul Mehmet sticker was attached.

2014 Same DW kit and skin but a new deal with Istanbul Mehmet cymbals and an Istanbul Mehmet sticker was attached.

2014 New Zealand tour kit

2014 New Zealand tour kit

2014 Carrera Custom kit.
I met Dave Carrera at the Hobble on The Cobbles show at Aylesbury. 
Dave had been building custom drums for over 10 years and I used 1 of his snare drums.
After several chats and trips to his factory i made the with to Carrera.
This kit had a 24" bass drum and was one of the first kits Dave built. I saw it in the factory and told him I wanted it!
 As Dave was in the process of designing a new logo, I used the skin which came with the kit and attached an Istanbul Mehmet sticker.

2014 Carrera Custom kit. I met Dave Carrera at the Hobble on The Cobbles show at Aylesbury. Dave had been building custom drums for over 10 years and I used 1 of his snare drums. After several chats and trips to his factory i made the with to Carrera. This kit had a 24" bass drum and was one of the first kits Dave built. I saw it in the factory and told him I wanted it! As Dave was in the process of designing a new logo, I used the skin which came with the kit and attached an Istanbul Mehmet sticker.

2014 Another skin from Custom drum skins.
The new Carrera logo with the new Searchers logo and Istanbul Mehmet logo.
The Searchers logo is the same one we use on stage. A few people had told me, they struggled to see the Superman logo on stage. This design, which uses all the skin, can be seen and read on stage.

2014 Another skin from Custom drum skins. The new Carrera logo with the new Searchers logo and Istanbul Mehmet logo. The Searchers logo is the same one we use on stage. A few people had told me, they struggled to see the Superman logo on stage. This design, which uses all the skin, can be seen and read on stage.

2014 I acquired another kit from Carrera, a 100% American cherry kit (This kit was returned to Dave in 2017)
As this kit was my session/studio kit I had a bass drum skin made with Carrera, Istanbul and the new deals with Pellwood drum sticks and CODE drum skins

2014 I acquired another kit from Carrera, a 100% American cherry kit (This kit was returned to Dave in 2017) As this kit was my session/studio kit I had a bass drum skin made with Carrera, Istanbul and the new deals with Pellwood drum sticks and CODE drum skins

2015 60s Gold tour.
Once again all Searchers logos had to be removed.
A new Code drum head with Carrera, Istanbul Mehmet, Pellwood and Code stickers attached.
By now I was using the 24" custom bass drum, with the 12" and 16" cherry toms.

2015 60s Gold tour. Once again all Searchers logos had to be removed. A new Code drum head with Carrera, Istanbul Mehmet, Pellwood and Code stickers attached. By now I was using the 24" custom bass drum, with the 12" and 16" cherry toms.