| Charlie (drummer)|
| May 8, 1954 (age 61)
Joliet, Illinois, United States (1954-05-08) |
United States Air Force Heritage of America Band
Victor Espinola, Pedro Eustache, Yanni, Ming Freeman, Samvel Yervinyan
Charlie Adams is an American drummer, best known for playing in Yanni's touring band, after having played with Yanni in the early 1980s rock band Chameleon. Adams was born in Joliet, Illinois.
Band members of regional rock band Chameleon included Adams on drums, vocals, and percussion; Yanni on keyboards and synthesizers; Dugan McNeill on lead vocals and bass guitars; Johnny Donaldson on all guitars; and Mark Anthony on lead vocals and keyboards. Their albums included Chameleon, Techno-color, Hologram Sky, and Balance. The group was noted for Adams' revolving gyroscope drum kit, who played his rapidly spinning drums before Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee's similar arrangement.
In 1987, Yanni was putting together his first touring band to promote his album Out of Silence, as well as selections from Keys to Imagination. This early band included Yanni, John Tesh and Joyce Imbesi on keyboards, and Adams on drums. Adams is widely recognized for his drum solo on the Live at the Acropolis concert film. He is also featured in the Live at Royal Albert Hall released in 1995. Adams reunited with Yanni for the 2003/2004 Ethnicity concert tour. Adams has remained Yanni's drummer for more than thirty years, beginning with their time together in Chameleon.
Adams is credited as drummer or percussionist in the following albums, produced by Yanni unless otherwise noted.
Adams has indicated his musical influences to include Buddy Rich, the Beatles, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
Charlie Adams (drummer) Wikipedia