Drumming up a mix-up: A tale of two ‘Cherry Bombs’

“The rock anthem by The Runaways? No problem!” I thought, though I should have said it out loud. I began tearing into the upbeat song, but after several bars, the band members turned their heads with confused looks. It was time to stop.

I’ve been a drummer since I was 10 years old, and it’s been a near-constant companion ever since. Once, at an industry event outside AAPEX, I chatted with band members at a large party set against the stunning Las Vegas backdrop. They offered me the opportunity to play for a few songs.

Having played for so long, I either knew many songs that might be played at an event or could fake my way through them. 

The first song went smoothly, and the second was great. I was having a blast.

Then came the third song. “Cherry Bomb?” I was asked.

“The rock anthem by The Runaways? No problem!” I thought, though I should have said it out loud. I began tearing into the upbeat song, but after several bars, the band members turned their heads with confused looks. It was time to stop.

John Cougar Mellencamp?” the guitarist said. ‘Oh! That one!’ I realized.

I could play both songs; I knew both songs were called “Cherry Bomb.” It just never occurred to me that the one they wanted to play was THAT one.

It was a funny reminder to always clarify before diving in!


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