John Simmons

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Drummer John Simmons would probably like to be confused with the prolific jazz bassist of the same name: simply owning all the sides the latter guy played on would have to be worth a small fortune. For…
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Drummer John Simmons would probably like to be confused with the prolific jazz bassist of the same name: simply owning all the sides the latter guy played on would have to be worth a small fortune. For a much smaller record pile, turn to the drummer who has begun his career in an interesting fashion with the Houston band Atomic Opera. While Simmons plays on only one of this band's recordings, he contributes mightily. A full half-dozen tracks bear his co-writing imprint: the title of "Doxology" sounds like the kind of bebop tune the bassist might have played, while "Jesus Junk" just sounds like a good combination. Plus, Simmons also drew some pictures for the album cover. Speaking of Jesus Christ, modern theologians wonder what He might have done if given the opportunity to play drums in an existing combo that had just been signed by the Metal Blade label. Simmons gave a hearty "Yo!" to this opportunity circa the late '90s, joining Atomic Opera at a productive, prime rib. The Christian rock scene rarely experiences the eclectic influences and sarcastic wit of a typical evening at the Atomic Opera. Subsequently the group is sometimes pushed out of that classification entirely.