My love of music started at a very young age. "As a child I remember listening to Elvis singing "Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog" while driving in my parents car or seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show for their very first appearance. At the ripe old age of 15 I saw my very first rock concert featuring a musician named Jimi Hendrix!!! Sorry Mom and Dad but from that point on nothing else mattered except music. I listened to all the great bands at the time like The Beatles, Hendrix, The Byrds, Cream, Jeff Beck, Yardbirds, The Who, Zeppelin, Purple, and many more". Music was my life until the early 80's when I retired from playing to started a business. Then came married and a family. By the late 90's I had the desire to re-enter the music scene and since then I have never looked back. It's been a real pleasure to playing with such talented musicians in Damaged Goodz.
Born in Hawaii, Duane grew up with a multi-genre music exposure. He credits his sister and Paul Rodgers for the beginning of his music appreciation. His sister gave him his first Bad Company album and it was love at first listen. That multi-genre exposure led Duane to explore his own vocal talent range within each genre, including: country, reggae, soul, Christian, Hawaiian, Classic Rock, and of course the Blues! This revealed that Duane's vocal limits have yet to be discovered. In Duane's early years, singing was always fun with family and friends. It was when he reached the retirement age of 52, and was provided encouragement from his wife and daughter, that he realized it could be more. With no formal training, but armed with natural talent, an awe inspiring diverse singing playlist, and a love of music, he wondered if he could bring that love to the stage. His wonderment turned into local band success and he has found his calling. The audience is rewarded with music that is true to the song.
He is excited to bring his talents to Damaged Goodz. Inspired by their professional musicianship and happy to be jamming with some really good guys.
Drums & Percussion:
I grew up in Rawlins Wyoming. My father was a professional musician so naturally I gravitated towards music. When I was a kid I saw my first sparkly blue drum set and knew that I wanted to be a drummer! Starting from the 6th grade I was formally trained in all types of percussion. One of my most exciting moments was when I became an official member of my dad's band playing a blend of Mexican/Country & Rock. From there I branched out to big band, jazz band, marching band, and rock!! I was introduced to RUSH in 7th grade and I never looked back. My musical journey continued when I moved to California in 1988. I have performed with numerous bands including original, cover, tribute and session work. I have a love for all types of music and will always continued to improve my craft and grow as a musician. I have been very fortunate to have played with some of the best undiscovered musicians in the world and I'm proud that I can add the members of Damaged Goodz to that list.