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Author Archives: Gonzo

My Passion revolves around Life, Love, Music & of course Photography!!!

I Play Drums, Percussion, Indigenous American Indian Flutes, Guitar, Sing and Dance. “The Dance of Life” is constantly reverberating around my soul.

I am Blessed by God, to be able to shine his light through the lens of a camera and everything Music!

My intention in all I do, first and most importantly is to Please God our Father. I am Thankful and Grateful for Life and for what Jesus Christ has done for all of us!

Take my hand my friends, and join me in this adventure we know as Life itself !!!!

Enjoy yourselves in all you do, everyday.
Live, Love, Feel, Think and mainly Be, in the Now with God by your side!

Blessings, Peace & Love Always!

~G

Armored Saint 2015~ Win Hands Down~ Gonzo Sandoval Drums of Thunder

@ Hellfest Summer time 2015 in Beautiful Clisson, France!!!! 90 thousand people strong!!! Viva La France One love! ;)… Photo by Bertrand Torpedo w my Canon! Rock!

[caption id="attachment_755" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Wild and Fierce Drumming by Gonzo Sandoval of Armored Saint on the Win hands down world tour released on Metalblade records Released on  June 2, 2015! Our best ever…check it out for yourself!!!! Wild and Fierce Drumming by Gonzo Sandoval of Armored Saint on the Win hands down world tour, released on Metalblade records on June 2, 2015! Our best ever…check it out for yourself!!!![/caption]

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Gonzo Sandoval ~ Endorsements 2011

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♣ MXL!!!! For all Drummers, Check out this microphone on your Bass Drums… You’ll love the Results! ♣

 

[caption id="attachment_730" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Marshal Electronics NAMM 2011 w/Neco Cameron @ the MXL Booth[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_726" align="aligncenter" width="900"]The coolest Cymbal Co. in the World! Thank You Wayne and Andrew @ Paiste U.S.A.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_723" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Great Sonics I Love Paiste Cymbals[/caption] [caption id="attachment_724" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Paiste Rocks!!!! Crystal Clear Sound![/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_721" align="aligncenter" width="600"]NAMM 2011 Gonzo & Paiste Paiste, my home for the highest Quality Sounding Cymbals on the Planet![/caption]

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The James Perse Custom Drums Set. Built by Gonzo Sandoval, Jon Saxon, Al Perez & Andy Galeon

[caption id="attachment_687" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Built for James Perse "]Hollywood, Ca[/caption] [caption id="attachment_683" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Up Close "]Custom Constructed [/caption] [caption id="attachment_681" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Power in the Flat Black Drum Set"]Flat Black Drums Set[/caption] [caption id="attachment_675" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Custom Built, Beautiful Black, Leather Throne by Andy Galeon"]Flat Black Drum Set[/caption] [caption id="attachment_679" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Floor Toms and Lower Toms w/ Kick Drum"]Flat Black Drum set [/caption] [caption id="attachment_674" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="James Perse Custom Built Flat Black Drum Set @ Hollywood Store"]Flat Black Drum Set[/caption] [caption id="attachment_671" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The Jeep and the All Flat Black Drum Set "]Natural Day light and the Flat Black Drums[/caption] [caption id="attachment_669" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Flat Black Drum Set view from above "]Shot from Above[/caption] [caption id="attachment_668" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Beauty in Flat Black Drums "]Flat Black Drum Set [/caption] [caption id="attachment_665" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Flat Black Hardware, Drums and Cymbals"]All Flat Black Hardware[/caption] [caption id="attachment_661" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="A View from Behind the Flat Black Drum Set "]Flat Black Drums From the Rear[/caption] [caption id="attachment_660" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Snare, HiHat and the Essentials"]The Essentials[/caption] [caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Flat Black Jeep & Drums"]

Other Side View w/ Jeep[/caption] [caption id="attachment_656" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Cowbell View"]Cowbell view[/caption] [caption id="attachment_653" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Power in the Hardware and the Flat Black Look"]Snare & Hardware [/caption] [caption id="attachment_655" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Ready to groove to color"]Drums in Black & White[/caption] [caption id="attachment_651" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Flat Black Beauty Drums"]Flat Black Drum Set[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_646" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Jimi Hendrix Pays a Visit"]Flat Black Drums w/ Jimi Hendrix in the Back Ground[/caption]

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Sedona, Arizona ~ Phase 2

I went Back to Sedona. AZ  for further writing and recording on the new Black Raven C.D. entitled “Native Knight” While there i was Blessed with this beautiful Landscape to capture. It is a vortex I’m standing in.  I loved the energy and the Remarkable imagery… wow thank you Lord Almighty Jesus Christ!

[caption id="attachment_504" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Sedona Skys Vortex 1"]Taking a Deep Breath in Sedona Arizona[/caption] [caption id="attachment_509" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="I love Mother Earth !!!!"]Taking a Deep Breath of Fresh Air!!![/caption]

This was a Church Built right into this Amazing Mountain… The Energy here was Heaven. I lit candles for my Dad & Mom and family and even lit a candle for all humanity! Peace and Love everyone!

[caption id="attachment_516" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Thank You Lord Jesus Christ!"]Another visit to a Vortex[/caption]

I happened to notice this Beautiful Portrait of and in real Life… I set up my camera and Ba Boom… Instantly captured this image full of Energy!

[caption id="attachment_519" align="aligncenter" width="900" caption="On my last hike in Sedona, Arizona...Beautiful! "]Masterpiece [/caption]

I shot this one from a Vortex I just happened to run into … I ended up on a medicine wheel at the highest peak of the mountain… I set up and prayed and then shot some amazing pic.s which I’m happy to share. Blessings everyone!

[caption id="attachment_522" align="aligncenter" width="900" caption="Sedona Skys are ever changing and awe-inspiring. Beautiful!"]I felt the presence!!!![/caption]

And More Amazing Sedona Skys!!!! We are Blessed!

[caption id="attachment_528" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Exhilarating, Rejuvenated and Healing!"]Love Love Love[/caption]

And the Final one for this set. Hope you can feel the amzing energy I experienced in Beuatiful Sedona Arizona… I look forward to sharing it with my family soon!

[caption id="attachment_531" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Sedona, Arizona I Love You!"]Let the Sunshine in..... mmmmm mmmmm good[/caption]

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ULI ROTH ~ MI ~ Hollywood,CA ~ 2007

[caption id="attachment_485" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drums and Guitar"]I am Honored [/caption] [caption id="attachment_491" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Rocking that Guitar! "]Guitar Legend[/caption] [caption id="attachment_493" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="A Must See Live!"]From the Heavens[/caption] [caption id="attachment_495" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Classic Rock in the Now!"]Amazing Legend letting it fly![/caption] [caption id="attachment_486" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Two sided guitar Master!"]On Fire![/caption] [caption id="attachment_487" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Guitar Guitar Guitar"]Smooth and Fast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_488" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Representing for the Singers "]Energetic Singer [/caption] [caption id="attachment_489" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Uli Roth shining his Light on us."]Color Baby[/caption] [caption id="attachment_497" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="A night to remember"]Unforgetable experience[/caption]

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Black Raven 2010 “Native Knight” sessions Sedona, Arizona

My Back Yard, as we write and record the upcoming Black Raven release entitled “Native Knight”  Due out in the Spring or early Summer! Enjoy the Beauty of Nature!

[caption id="attachment_469" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Recording Session for Black Ravens' "Native Knight" "]A breath of fresh air.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_470" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Nature rocks!"]Sedona, Arizona[/caption] [caption id="attachment_472" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Eagle Flight"]Sedona Arizona[/caption] [caption id="attachment_473" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Natures Canvas, the Sky. "]Sedona, Arizona[/caption] [caption id="attachment_471" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Cleansing my Soul"]Sedona, Arizona[/caption]

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Bryan Carlstrom ~ Transformer Studios~ Burbank, California

Armored Saint had the honor and pleasure of recording “Our Best Record” to date “La Raza”, at Tranzformer Studios, in Burbank, Ca. I had so much fun not only laying down the best performance of my life, on the drums, I also was allowed to use my mobile photography studio gear and set up there taking amazing shots of the making of Armored Saint “La Raza” which you will be able to see the art/images soon. I dedicate my performance to My late father Jesus Sandoval Ramos, RIP, David Prichard, Dimebag Darrel, John Bonham, Cliff Burton, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and my friends Rone Bear Avila, and Andy Waterlond… all family, friends and fellow musicians that have moved on to the next level of existence in Heaven!  Namaste~ Here are some images of the best Producer/Engineer/Studio owner and friend on this planet. Enjoy!

[caption id="attachment_437" align="aligncenter" width="900" caption="Producer/Engineer"]Producer/Engineer[/caption] [caption id="attachment_438" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Gold and Multi Platinum Records "]Gold and Multi Platinum Records [/caption] [caption id="attachment_439" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Amps, Harley Davidson and Mutil Platinum, Gold Records "]Amps, Harley Davidson and Mutil Platinum, Gold Records [/caption] [caption id="attachment_440" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The Power Of the Harley Davidson Motocyle"]The Power Of the Harley Davidson Motocyle[/caption] [caption id="attachment_441" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="This Harley Sounds as good as it looks!"]This Harley Sounds as good as it looks![/caption] [caption id="attachment_442" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="It speaks for itself! Power!"]It speaks for itself! Power![/caption] [caption id="attachment_443" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The most talented and coolest Engineer in the World! "]The most talented and coolest Engineer in the World!   [/caption]

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Happy Birthday to my Brother Phil Sandoval!!!!

The Sandovals’ are Back !!! Well, After 1 year and 4 months since our dad has passed away … we gathered our energies and thru a gala event for our brother Phil Sandoval at the Sandoval Homestead! …This is big for us in the healing process. Enjoy these images… it was full of laughter, musical fun, delicious food and more. Provided by Monica (cheese and chicken enchiladas)… we had Master Chef Maria del Carmen Sandoval make her unforgettable Mexican rice, Our Lovely Sister Marie Smith and brother in law Eddie graced us with thier presence along with thier amazing family,”The Smiths”…  They also brought delicious refried beans… I my self contributed with the Hottest Salsa in the world (Monster “g” Salsa) inspired by our ancestors the Aztec Warriors from the past. I made the world famous, soon to be in a book … Master Chef Maria del Carmen Sandoval Guacamole (with the help of my seesto Carmen lou)… that is right, that is the official name. I also bought some of the drinks along with our seesto Marie Smith. We ate, sang, played music, played drums and danced till after 1:30 in the morning… I thank my mom for lasting as long as she did …(till after midnight… yay!) …lol We all had a great time and created new beautiful memories…. btw my nieces can sing…way to go Francesca (heading the singing Smiths), Isabella, Katharina Loulou, David and Chcho got in the mix as well… oh and i can’t forget Neco, we did duets …not bad  either…lol! … Phil played the Star Spangle Banner ala Jimi Hendrix thru his New Fender Boutique like amp… Coco showed up with her Michel Jackson look …Yeaaaahhh! Thank You to our friends for showing up to the gala event:  Danny, Alex, Ronnie Gonzalez & Our dear friends of the family Neco and Adam …they Rock … Enjoy, leave comments on any of the posts if you wish( i encourage it ). Have a beutiful Day!

Peace & Love Always!

~G

[caption id="attachment_238" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Surprise Birthday party 2009 "]Surprise Birthday party 2009 [/caption] [caption id="attachment_237" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The Surprise group"]The Surprise group[/caption] [caption id="attachment_240" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Thank you... camera timers! lol"]Thank you... camera timers! lol[/caption] [caption id="attachment_239" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Beauty on my drum"]Beauty on my drum[/caption] [caption id="attachment_234" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Having a great evening!"]Having a great evening![/caption] [caption id="attachment_235" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Super cool!"]Super cool![/caption] [caption id="attachment_233" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="RIP MJ"]RIP MJ[/caption] [caption id="attachment_236" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Yeah you...come over here!"]Yeah you...come over here![/caption]

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Robert “Chucho” Smith ~ The Destroyer, one of 2 of my nephews.

[caption id="attachment_229" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Introducing the one and Only Chucho!!!!"]Introducing the one and Only Chucho!!!![/caption]

Chucho the Destroyer!!!

[caption id="attachment_256" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="I want a hama burger...peanut butter! lol "]I want a hama burger...peanut butter!   lol [/caption]

one of a kind!!!

I love Chucho!

Uncle “G”

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In Memory of Michael Jackson

I wrote this poem from home during the Memorial of Michael Jackson today July 7, 2009 at the Staples center. Time: 12 noon:  Enjoy!

It is Called ” We all Go”

by Gonzalo “Gonzo” Sandoval.

We all go

We all go,  there

You give me strength

You have taught me well

I can only be

the best I can be, inside of me

I send you all my Love

I feel you from above

Wishing you were here

So then i can hear

Your omnipotent voice

Was it your choice?

Now you fly around

The Heavens without bounds

Thank you  for all you do

It’s thru you

I learned to Love

Music, Dance and Entertainment

You paved the way

I miss you today

Go Now

So now

I will carry your vibe with me

I will channel your energy from the sky

and i won’t ask why

I will open my arms

and embrace your Love of Life

I will shine my light

and know “everything is alright”

RIP Michael Jackson you have inspired me all my life and only in your leaving did i realize to what degree … Let the tears flow for as long as it takes to calm my being and accept the fact that you are no longer here! Your memory will remain lodged in its place, Full of Art Deep in my Heart.

I Love You Michael Jackson!

Gonzalo “Gonzo”  Sandoval

[caption id="attachment_211" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The Thinker"]The Thinker[/caption] [caption id="attachment_285" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Viva Che Guevara"]Viva Che Guevara[/caption] [caption id="attachment_286" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Only one MJ! Dia de Los Muertos."]Only one MJ! Dia de Los Muertos.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_287" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="All the People"]All the People[/caption]
All the People 2
All the People 2
[caption id="attachment_289" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="MJ ~ The Heart of Love~"]MJ ~ The Heart of Love~[/caption]

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