Later that year, after the closing of that show, I was added to Harry's touring band and so began seven years of 800+ worldwide concerts, TV appearances, and recording (six LPs including the platinum album "Greatest Stories Live"). My Chapin band days ended sadly however with the tragic death of Harry in 1981 after which I carried on as drummer for hire. Till this day I still fill in my gigging calendar with a variety of rock, pop, blues, R&B, and country dates as well as weddings, parties, etc.
I am also quite pleased regarding my reunion with the Chapin family with whom I performs several times a year in either of two types of shows. 1) The Steve Chapin Band, which includes myself and Big John Wallace. Since 1991 the three of us have toured North America delighting Chapin fans with both Harry's and Steve's beautiful songs. In 2005 John's son Clark and Steve's son Jonathan were added to the band as guitar players. 2) Beginning in 2001, The Steve Chapin Band began performing with Tom Chapin, his three daughters (Jessica, Abigail, and Lily, AKA The Chapin Sisters), and Harry's daughter Jen Chapin in a show entitled "Harry Chapin: A Celebration In Song" which focuses strongly on Harry's most loved songs as well as others by Steve, Tom, The Chapin Sisters, and Jen.
In addition to that, I began teaching drumset, guitar, and piano in 1980. A clientele of 30-40 students always keep my Bergenfield NJ studio hopping. Beyond that, my educational efforts are further highlighted by more than 20 drum transcription books I've written for Warner Brothers Music, Hal Leonard Publishing, and The Cherry Lane Music Co. with the transcribed artists including Metallica, The Doors, The Dave Matthews Band, Guns N' Roses, Buddy Rich, and Gene Krupa. I've also written several articles for Modern Drummer and Down Beat magazine as well as my own, self-published "The Drum Teacher", a book that many in the international drumming community consider the best teaching aid available for those wanting a painless jump-start on the drumset.
In a distantly related area, In 1991 I began archiving the contents of Rolling Stone magazine from issue #1 till the present. At this point the data I've collected is such that I can access any/every cover appearance, article, record review, concert review, or advertisement ever published in Rolling Stone having to do with any artist, band, actor, political/sports figure, etc, etc, etc. Apart from Rolling Stone there are thousands more miscellaneous issues of classic rock music oriented magazines including Crawdaddy, Rock, Circus, Creem, Hit Parader, Trouser Press, The Village Voice, The East Village Other, etc, etc, etc. The content of all of those additional magazines are also indexed and searchable. Rock Paper, has accumulated a stockpile of 10,000+ back issues for sale going back to issue #1 from Nov 1967 which makes us, arguably, the largest dealer of Rolling Stone back issues on earth. Outside of the magazine arena, we also deal with concert posters & handbills, ticket stubs, concert programs, concert ads, promo items, and all types of odds & ends.