Drum sticks are more like an appendage rather than accessories for Clayton Heights' resident Scotty McCargar, who has made his career pounding the skins.
Through the years, this local drummer has played with the likes of Bif Naked, Age of Electric and an off-shoot band called Static in Stereo, Southern Death Threat, and Strapping Young Lad.
But more recently, when not doing studio work or jamming with friends in a few weekend cover bands, McCargar is kicking it with Fandangozz.
This is a relatively new ZZ Top Tribute band that just so happens to be performing in the drummer's neck of the woods later this month.
Fandangozz is playing a tribute concert on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Cascades Casino Summit Theatre, and McCargar (nicknamed Scotty Sexx) said it's one of his first-ever hometown shows.
McCargar actually just joined the group about four weeks ago, but said he was a Fandangozz fan before long before that.
"This is probably one of the best ZZ Top tribute bands I've ever seen," he said. "They have the guitars. They have the costumes. They have the beards.
They have the moves. They have it all. and I've been around the block a few times, you could say. I know what' I'm talking about. I was impressed."
So impressed, in fact, that when approached to join the trio as ZZ Top's "Frank," he jumped at the chance.
"When we first played together, it was 'wow!' Incredible," McCargar said.
Even though he's only a few weeks in, he's even more impressed by the chemistry - on and off stage - that's come since hooking up with Barry (Digger) Ewart who plays the ZZ Top guitar player, "Billy," and Jason (JD) Dickie who performs as the band's bass player, "Dusty."
"We're three jackass Canadians," he said, noting the one-liner jokes tossed around when travelling between shows in their 1990s "band van" have kept him in stitches non-stop.
McCargar first began drumming at a young age.
"I started to play about six or seven, beating on the pots and pans," he said, recalling that he and his sister and brother often put on lip sync concerts in their basement while Dad videotaped.
By age 10, he and his older brother Dave started their first no-name band, and played their first concert at school.
"I played my first concert and signed my first autograph when I was 10 years old, and I couldn't even spell. Take that Tommy Lee."
McCargar hasn't looked back, and is loving his life as a professional musician.
"I pretty much haven't had to work a day job for 20 years," said the 40-yearold. "I'm just having tons of fun with it."
People can see Fandangozz, and specifically the local drummer, play at Cascades on Sept. 9. Doors opening at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 from the casino guest services or www.ticketweb.ca.
"Fandangozz does rock but they do so with a dash of blues, an ooze of soul, a little garage punk and big boogie, not to mention a lyrical outlook that embraces sex, beer drinkin', hell-raisin', classic cars, Texas lore and landscapes," said show promoter Rob Warwick.
OW TO WIN
A pair of tickets to see Fandangozz's tribute concert
Two lucky readers will each win a pair of tickets to the Sept. 9 show at Cascades
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