Drum magazine’s Web site has an article about a kit built for Nigel Olsson to play on the Million Dollar Piano dates.
DW creators have dubbed it ”The Aviator.”
Olsson consulted with DW mastermind John Good to devise a strategy for the sound and visual approach of the classic rockers new kit. With the exception of an Edge snare drum (which features a hybrid shell that mixes metal alloy with a maple center), they determined that the drums would be constructed around maple SSC shells.
They then rolled up their shirtsleeves and began brainstorming about the drum sets unique design.
Nigel told me he wanted the kit to look like an old wartime Spitfire airplane, John recalled. He was at first under the impression we would have to wrap the kit in stainless steel to get this look you can imagine how relieved he was when I told him we have a paint process that looks just like stainless steel. We then sat down with our resident artist Louie Garcia. If you can imagine it, Louie can paint it simply put, hes an amazing guy.”
The musician went home and began emailing a barrage of airplane photos to Good.
Nigel had just purchased some furniture that was actually made from parts of old Spitfire planes, Good said. This helped the conceptual part of the process quite a bit. From every detail of the rivets that hold a plane together to the patchwork panels of stainless steel, Louie nailed it right down to the lettering involved to make it look like an aircraft. We put satin chrome hardware on it to enhance the whole plane vibe and I feel it really worked. Nigel was really happy with the end result, front of house engineer was happy, even Eltons happy with the kit.