mike watkins was 11 when his parents blew $30 at Sears on a "diamond disco" drumset made of metal and having one "cymbal" with rivets drilled in it (for a jazzy sizzle effect). the unremovable plastic heads were broken within months of purchase, so mike's drumming career was put on hold for six years. at the prompting of his friends, he bought a real set of drums to play the glam metal hits of the day (cinderella, poison, etc). mike has since played many gigs, including: progressive rock covers for a packed frathouse basement, funk music at an outdoor festival and original alterna-rock in a 20,000 seat arena.