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Meet Ronnie Ciago of Diane & The Deductibles

Meet Ronnie Ciago of Diane & The Deductibles

Meet Ronnie Ciago of Diane & The Deductibles

Ronnie Ciago performs his percussive magic within the ranks of Diane & The Deductibles. A world class musician with absolutely epic credits, Ronnie has worked with the likes of Brand X, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius and more! Highwire Daze recently caught up with Ronnie Ciago to find out more about his vast and brilliant career.

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Diane & The Deductibles, and how long you have been in the band.
My name is Ronnie Ciago and I play drums & percussion in Diane & The Deductibles. We’ve been playing together 4 years.

What could one expect from a live Diane & The Deductibles show?
We have a new set ready for the show and we’re also working up a new Progressive Rock song with odd signatures, vocals and a very interesting arrangement.

What are you looking forward to the most about the Brand X show at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills?
I’m looking forward to reuniting with John Goodsall and Percy Jones. We are long time mates.

What was your experience like playing with Brand X and how long were you involved with the band?
John Goodsall and I have a long history together. We’ve known each other since 1994 and worked together performing hundreds of live shows together along with recording, composing and producing together. We played in a band that was a cross between Blues & Progressive Rock together called Blue Thunder with lead singer Paul Williams from Allan Holdsworth. The lineup was Doug Lunn on bass (who was the bass player in the house band for band The Dennis Miller Show, Andy Summers Band, etc.), Chuck Turner on keyboards, John & myself. I met John through manager Shawn Ahearn. Our first band together was a version of Brand X with acoustic bass player/producer Malcolm Cecil who was a co- producer for Stevie Wonder’s records such as Music In My Mind, Innervisions, Talking Book, and Fulfillingness’ First Finale.

I also played percussion on the Brand X CD called Manifest Destiny with producer David Hentschel who worked with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Genesis, Yellowjackets, Jean Luc Ponty, etc. David and I also performed live together as he was the keyboard player.

On the Brand X X-Files double CD, John & I composed a track on called Dance Of Life. I played tablas, assorted percussion, composed, co-produced & engineered. Mixing and mastering was Bobby Owsinski. The last project I did with John a few years ago was called Off Brand. The lineup was John Goodsall on guitar, Jerry Goodman from Mahavishnu Orchestra on electric violin, Billy Sherwood from YES on bass guitar and myself on drums. We all composed the track together as a team.

What was it like working with Bill Ward of Black