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David Letterman Loves Drums

Posted on June 26th, 2013 in Drumming Videos, funny | No Comments »

Did you ever notice that at the end of The Tonight Show, David Letterman will typically walk over after the guest musical performers of the night and ask the drummer about their kit? Specifically, if the drums are their own or rentals. Letterman is a drummer himself and knows what he is talking about. Well, CBC Music recently noticed this frequent occurrence and scoured youtube to find clips of these interactions. They combined what they found into one super edit of David talking to the drummers.

See how many of the artists you can recognize in the video below:


New Drummer for Queens of the Stone Age – Jon Theodore

Posted on April 3rd, 2013 in Drumming News, Favorite Drummers | No Comments »

Bill Ward

Former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore was announced as the official new drummer for Queens of the Stone Age. Jon is one of three drummers who can be heard on the new QOTSA album …Like Clockwork, along with origional studio drummer Dave Grohl and the now former drummer Joey Castillo. Jon made his live performance debut at the Lollapalooza Brazil festival, where QOTSA also performed a new song from the upcoming album.

Watch the first ever live performance of My God is the Sun:


Hit Like A Girl 2013 – Women’s Drumming Contest

Posted on January 12th, 2013 in Drumming News | No Comments »

Bill Ward

The Hit Like A Girl drumming contest for women was created in 2012 to support and promote female drummers. In its first year, the contest attracted 400 contestants and more than 400,000 online votes from around the world. This great success has organizers prepared for an even bigger event in 2013. Hit Like A Girl 2013 is primarily sponsored and organized by DRUM! Magazine with other sponsors including Drum Workshop, TRX, Evans, Vater, and SKB.

Hit Like A Girl 2013 will begin accepting online video entries at www.hitlikeagirl2013.com on Friday, February 1 2013. Entries will close on Sunday, March 31 2013. You can learn more about the contest and watch the top women’s drumming videos from last year at www.hitlikeagirl2013.com.


Led Zeppelin 2007 Reunion Concert DVD

Posted on September 17th, 2012 in Drumming News, Favorite Drummers | No Comments »

Back on December 10, 2007, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, along with John Bonham’s son Jason, held a reuinion show at London’s O2 Arena as a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Tickets for the concert were in extreme high demand and over 20 million people applied to be part of the random ticket lottery of 18,000 seats. Thankfully, the whole event was taped and on October 17th, public screenings of the film will be held. The film is called Celebration Day and will be shown in theaters in London, Los Angelis, New York, and other major cities. You can pick up tickets via ledzeppelin.com. Celebration Day will then be available for purchase as video or audio beginning on November 19th.

Enjoy the trailer for Celebration Day below:


Bill Ward Fired from Black Sabbath

Posted on February 10th, 2012 in Drumming News | No Comments »

Bill Ward

A source has confirmed that Sharon Osbourne has fired drummer Bill Ward from the upcoming Black Sabbath reunion. The story, first posted on MetalTalk.net, also confirms that the Ward had been replaced by the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne’s backup band, Tommy Clufetos. Ward was a founding member of Black Sabbath and he felt that in the past, he had not been justly paid for his services for other reunion shows. Last Friday, Ward had made a public statement saying that he would not participate in the reunion unless he receives a “signable” contract.

Here is a direct quote from the open letter Bill Ward released before being let go from Black Sabbath.

My position is not greed-driven. I’m not holding out for a “big piece” of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal. I’d like something that recognizes and is reflective of my contributions to the band, including the reunions that started fourteen years ago. After the last tour I vowed to never again sign on to an unreasonable contract. I want a contract that shows some respect to me and my family, a contract that will honor all that I’ve brought to Black Sabbath since its beginning.


Chris Pennie leaves Coheed and Cambria

Posted on November 12th, 2011 in Drumming News | No Comments »

Chris Pennie

Drummer Chris Pennie has announced that he is leaving Coheed and Cambria. The band and Chris say the decision was mutual and because of “creative differences”

Chris had been a member of Coheed since 2007, when he replaced Josh Eppard. He now plans on focusing more time on various other musical projects that he is involved with. These include the progressive rock group Return to Earth and the music production company Chris formed called Fight Mannequins. Chris said that these other projects require his 100% attention and “I feel that this is the right time to make that happen”


Dave Grohl fills in for Cage the Elephant Drummer

Posted on October 19th, 2011 in Drumming News, Favorite Drummers | No Comments »

Dave Grohl

Man, Dave Grohl is one cool dude. On October 10th, Jared Champion, the drummer for Cage the Elephant, had to be rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery on a burst appendix. Cage has been opening for the Foo Fighters tour currently running, supporting Wasting Light. Apparently, when Dave Grohl found out about the predicament he immediately called Cage’s tour manager to offer his drumming services. Cage the Elephant excitedly accepted his offer and Dave ended up playing drums for the last 5 songs of the Cage set in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Maverick Center.

“I had to pinch myself,” says Cage guitarist Lincoln Parish. “I turned around and Dave Grohl is playing the drums. It’s an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nobody can replace Jared. But…it’s Dave fucking Grohl. If you’re going to be replaced by anybody, it might as well be the best.” Dave filled in again for part of their set at the Forum in Los Angeles on October 13. What a great story that shows not only the great relationship between the Foo Fighers and Cage the Elephant, but also how talented, kind, and bad-ass Dave Grohl is.

Read More at The Spin


Pearl Chad Smith Signature Snare Drum

Posted on May 9th, 2011 in Product Reviews | No Comments »

Pearl Chad Smith Snare

Pearl’s Chad Smith Signature Snare Drum is one of the most popular and recognized snares in the Pearl lineup. Delivering a subtle dynamic range and an exceptionally deep cracking sound, it’s lauded as one of the best overall rock snare drums available, and at a great price. It is one of Pearl’s most sensitive snares and can be quite LOUD! The snare looks as great as it sounds with a black nickel plated steel shell.

I have had the Chad Smith Signature Snare for about 1.5 years now and I could not be happier with its performance. I have received numerous compliments after gigs for the sound of the snare. The Chad Smith definitely shines when both heads are tuned relatively tight. This gives great sensitivity for rolls and ghost notes and an awesome CRACK that will cut through anything your band-mates are pumping out. I play mostly rock and funk and this snare just sounds amazing.

Need a snare that rocks and will cut through the mix with ease? Count on Pearl’s Chad Smith Signature Snare Drum.

Check out these Chad Smith Signature Snare Drums on sale now!


Charlie River Band – Bang

Posted on September 29th, 2010 in Drumming News | No Comments »

Check out the debut album from my band, the Charlie River Band. We just released this CD and it is now available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and other online retailers.

“There’s a little bit of everything in this up and coming Boston group’s debut release. Poignant lyrics, soulful improvisation and a rock solid rhythm section shine throughout this musical roller coaster of styles.”

The Charlie River Band: Bang

New Supergroup – Them Crooked Vultures

Posted on December 4th, 2009 in Drumming News, Favorite Drummers | 4 Comments »

“For 20 years people have asked me what my dream band line-up is,” Dave Grohl said in a recent interview. “And now I can say I’m in it!”

Dave is refering to his latest project, Them Crooked Vultures. Formed in 2009 in LA California, the groups members include drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), and legendary bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). The band also features Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age) as a live rhythm guitarist and back up vocalist when touring. Their self titled album was released on November 17, 2009 in the US.

The trio of Grohl, Homme, and Jones started working together sometime around or before 2005. That is when Grohl first made public remarks pertaining to the collaboration stating: “The next project that I’m trying to initiate involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.” The band entered the recording studio in July 2009 and threw down their 14 track album. The single Mind Eraser (No Chaser) was made available to fans that had bought tickets to a live performance and then was offered on iTunes as a free download. The band later made their entire album available to stream through their website themcrookedvultures.com on November 9th. Them Crooked Vultures just finished up their fist USA tour in November and have moved on to a December Europe tour.

Josh Homme confesses “it was the most difficult record I’ve ever made knowing I wanted it to be as good as possible” while Dave Grohl enthusiastically adding: “I consider the album to be the most exciting thing I’ve done in my entire life.” The music is unique and can be described (not surprisingly) as a mix of Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age. I can only hope that Them Crooked Vultures will come back to the USA for another tour soon.

Listen to “New Fang” by Them Crooked Vultures below


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