Johnny BEE Badanjek Sticks n Skins Interview
I love BEE and hope you like this fun interview!
Pictured with the cake is Jules Follett,author/photographer of "Sticks 'n' Skins." Also at the Roma Café from left, top row: Alisa Zee, Steve Badalament, Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, Kenneth (Spider Webb) Rice, Marquis Johnson, Scott Williams, LaDell Abrams, Brian Pastoria. Front row: Follett with Julian Pavone, 6.(Alisa Zee photo)
Society Confidential: Rhythm masters confab at the Roma Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett Backstage at the J. Geils Band show at DTE/Pine Knob last Saturday, at the center of the action was irrepressible drummer Johnny Bee Badanjek , who as part of the Rockets , opened the show. Bee was dispensing truisms: "Buy the music! How else am I supposed to buy my bologna sandwiches!" The drummer was part of an elite gathering of Detroit drummers at the Roma Café on Tuesday, as author/photographer Jules Follett gathered LaDell Abrams , Steve Badalament , Marquis Johnson , Brian Pastoria , Julian Pavone and Spider Webb to thank them for participating in her new 560-page photo book, "Sticks 'n' Skins."
Webb, the veteran of many later Motown sessions, didn't think he knew Badanjek, until the two started chatting and Webb recognized Bee as the teenager who used to hang out with Mitch Ryder to hear music at blind pigs and clubs back in the early '60s, when an under aged Webb was playing those joints.