Now They Know How Many Drummers It Takes To Fill The Albert Hall

It was Westport Night at Royal Albert Hall.

Last week, the historic London venue — currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, and host to (among others) Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, the Dalai Lama, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Adele, Eric Clapton (200 times) and the only Beatles/Rolling Stones shared billing ever — was the setting for a Michael Bolton concert.

The Westport-based artist has played there more than two dozen times. His longtime drummer — Staples High School Class of 2000 graduate Drew McKeon — made his 5th appearance on the hallowed stage.

Drew McKeon, before the Royal Albert Hall Show.

It never gets old. Drew is awed every time he steps onto it.

This time, before the show, he hung out backstage with Nile Rogers.

The singer/songwriter/producer/former Chic front man splits his time between Westport and his other homes in Miami, London, and Turks & Caicos.

But, he told Drew, “Westport will always be home.”

Michael Bolton still tours incessantly — a couple of hundred shows a year. Drew has played most of those gigs with him, for nearly a decade.

Michael Bolton, Drew McKeon and the band.

But the Royal Albert Hall never gets old.

Drew McKeon at work, on London. (Photos/Gregg Kozak

BONUS TRACK: Click here for a great Peter Blake mural of some of the performers from Royal Albert Hall’s long past.


7 responses to “Now They Know How Many Drummers It Takes To Fill The Albert Hall

  1. Drew, as always, very impressive! No wonder your parents are so proud of you!!

  2. Ditto Kim! Yay Drew!

  3. Yes…Ross and I are so very proud of Drew and all his accomplishments. It is a parent’s answer to prayer to have your child follow their dream and pursue their passion….and see it happen…
    Music is Drew’s life and he has been blessed to see the world while playing for audiences in many wonderful venues.
    After these difficult times in the world during this past year and a half, this tour was especially appreciated…

  4. Go, Drew!

  5. We are all very proud of you Drew! You are the best!! Bob and Karen Jones

  6. Michael Bolton is a Westport treasure. Very cool story on Drew, jealous of his life!

  7. Dan- Thank you for being a loyal supporter of the wonderful arts community here in town. I mostly live out of two suitcases and keep a tiny apartment in NYC, but Westport will always be home for me! Go Wreckers! XO- D$

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