LITTLE ROCK, AR—Several irate church members filed formal complaints against local worship drummer Guy “The Man” Peterson for playing too loud after the percussionist accidentally breathed on one of his cymbals during a worship song played at Dearborn Ave. Baptist Church Sunday.
The drummer was sitting at his kit as the worship leader played an acoustic worship ballad and breathed out forcefully in the general direction of one of his Sabian crash cymbals, causing it to vibrate imperceptibly at the molecular level. But congregants still stated the drums were “way too loud” and “overpowering.”
“Let’s just bring that back a few notches,” the pastor told Peterson after the service. “Remember, this is a team. It’s not all about you. I know you want to get out there and rock and roll, headbang for Jesus, or whatever you kids are doing these days. I get that. I’m hip with the times. I love to shake and jive to the heavy metals just like anyone else. But when we’re worshiping the Lord, let’s just pull it back a touch.”
At publishing time, Peterson had confirmed he was asked to play more quietly a few Sundays back, when he was on vacation and wasn’t even at the service.