Good work. I dig the AX7 cover, you hit some key parts, but you still need work. Hell, I can't play that song all the way yet. You started off strong, kinda got mudded up coming out of the first slow part, and maybe tried to over complicate the part with the bell accents by going to the china too quick. Not bashing you at all, you asked for opinions, and I think you are cool enough to take some. Keep at it. Post more.
and Yeah I always have held my stiicks that far back (all 8 years). I can't stand choking up any more. I don't know why, my band instructor in High School tried to get me to choke up some more, I hate it. And I tend to slide back the more I play.