He left the band after five rehearsals when they asked him to play a show, not feeling ready, and was offered a job as a road manager with a successful local rock band who played a show with The Doors in New Hampshire. He met Jim Morrison before the show and spent the afternoon with him. He continued drumming throughout the '60s, and in 1969 met folk singer Loudon Wainwright III who became an important influence. In mid-1971, he quit playing drums but started again in late 1974. A few years later,he met Henry Kaiser and they performed together at Harvard University in May of 1977, later recording their first record as Monster Island. The two have recorded more recently as Henry Kaiser - Bert Switzer. In July of 1977, he joined local punk rockers, The Destroyed.
Tony, The Destroyed's guitar player, tells the story of how he discovered Bert at the Cambridge Music Complex that year. He heard Bert rehearsing and said that he had to find out who was making this thunderous noise. He said that the walls were shaking from the sheer volume, so he opened the door and asked Bert to join The Destroyed, which was was one of Boston's wildest punk bands of the '70s. The highlight of The Destroyed's existence came when they played with The J. Geils Band in front of 12,000 people.
Peter Wolf saw them at The Rat and invited them to open. The Destroyed broke up in August of 1979, and Bert hasn't played with another actual band since. During the 80s he, I rehearsed alone and occasionally jammed with others. One jam recorded on an old boom box in the basement of his Medford Street apartment in 1985 features 13-year-old Somerville guitarist Bobby Powers, in a performance of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train." He quit playing again in 1993, but picked up his drum sticks in December of 2001 and put a CD together in 2002 as part of his comeback, including songs from the various bands he had played in over the years, including two brand new songs recorded by Bill T Miller. He plays bass and guitar on one of the new songs (Outside Reality).
The other new song (Out of the Straight Jacket) is just pure drums. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..