By: Anne M. Raso
If you are a Smithereens fan, you already know that drummer Dennis Diken's talents on the toms are enough to make Ginger Baker shake in his boots way down at his current home of South Africa! I first saw (and met) Dennis at Rock Con in East Rutherford, NJ, a year ago and have been one of his most fervent followers ever since. He could easily be rock and roll's greatest skinpounder (at least in my humble opinion)...but did you also know that he is a rock historian and journalist with endless liner notes (including compilation discs by Louis Prima and The Lovin' Spoonful) and major rock mag articles to his credit?
On Saturday, August 20th @8PM at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theater in Morristown, NJ, you will have the chance to catch the "Crusher From Carteret" with his solo band, Dennis Diken & Bell Sound--a band I have grown to love not just because of the high quality drumming but because of the early Beach Boys style vocal harmonies. You will also get to see Dennis' rock historian side as he presents a discussion "about growing up in NJ and how our favorite records influenced and inspired us all."
[Photo credits: shot of Dennis Diken at bar Donna Diken, shot of Anne Raso and Dennis Diken by Gaylord Fields, logo shot for Jersey Rocks courtesy The Morris Museum.]