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Coming Soon: Roland V-Drums TD-30K Special Edition kit

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The Roland TD-30 V-Drums range has expanded with the introduction of a UK exclusive: the TD-30K Special Edition kit. Sitting between the Roland TD-30K and TD-30KV kits, the TD-30K Special Edition offers the kind of performance that real drummers demand, but without the professional price tag.

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Drummer Warren Benbow Releases New Album

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Just back from a tour of Europe with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer’s Odyssey band, industry veteran drummer Warren Benbow releases Harmolodic Adventure.

Benbow created the album using Alessis electronic drums with a series of one take overdubs.

In his career, Warren Benbow has...

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Sarah Jones on the Roland BT-1 and her hybrid drum setup

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Sarah Jones (Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip) took time out to tell Roland how she uses the Roland BT-1 Trigger pad in her acoustic set up.

The adding of electronics into acoustic drum setups isn’t quite as new as you may think, many tub thumpers have been creating and layering new sounds for a...

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Tribute Concert Set For Former Jefferson Airplane Drummer

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Former Marin rock drummer Joey Covington, who played with the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship and co-founded the spinoff band Hot Tuna, will be remembered at a tribute concert Aug. 31 in Palm Springs, where he had been living for the past three years.

Mr. Covington died June 4 in...

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Roland Hybrid Tour 2013, Featuring Craig Blundell and Special Guests

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Craig Blundell demonstrates everything you need to know about playing acoustic and electronic percussion together

It’s rare to see a band these days without noticing that the drummer has a few discreetly-placed rubber pads, triggers and even the odd electronic drum module among their acoustic...

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Jazz Drummer Steve Berrios Dies

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Steve Berrios, a well-known jazz and Latin music percussionist from New York died July 24th, 2013 in Manhattan. He was 68.

Steve Berrios was born in uptown Manhattan in 1945 to parents who had just arrived from the island of Puerto Rico. His father, Steve Sr., was a drummer with some of the...

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Roger Taylor To Feature On New Jayce Lewis Album

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Jayce Lewis was in his very own Bohemian Rhapsody when a member of music legends Queen agreed to appear on his new album.

Rock icon Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer, is set to star on the Welsh electro-rocker’s forthcoming second album Nemesis after Jayce met a friend of the famed sticksman...

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OMD Drummer Released From Hospital

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Malcolm Holmes, drummer for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, has been released from a Toronto hospital where he has be since collapsing during a show last Saturday.

The band posted on their website “Update: Mal is finally out of hospital in Toronto and flies home next Tuesday. Once...

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Yorkshire Pride

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Pride Drums may be a new name to the market, but one that promises to offer high quality custom drums at great price. Owner Mat Brown has gained a strong understanding of the modern music scene from touring with various artists. He says: “Money is always a factor, and it is difficult for upcoming...

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Killswitch Engage Drummer Breaks Collarbone

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Killswitch drummer Justin Foley was involved in a bicycle accident which resulted in a broken collarbone. With Foley unable to perform due to the injury, As I Lay Dying drummer Jordan Mancino has been recruited to man the kit for Killswitch Engage’s upcoming Asia / Europe tour.

As I Lay Dying...

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Scheerers icon takes the Highwood road

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Chris Johnson, drum department manager of the recently closed Scheerers Music, Leeds, has joined Highwood Drums to head up their new retail division. Scheerers closed its doors in February after 135 years of trading a victim, like so many other large and independent music stores, of the difficult...

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Doctors get the blues

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

New york quartet, The Spin Doctors will release, If The River Was Whiskey today. Best known for hits such as ‘Two Princes’ and ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’, not to mention the classic 1991 album Pocket Full Of Kryptonite, Chris Barron (vocals), Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar)...

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Cheap Trick Sued By Drummer

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Long-simmering tensions between the current members of Cheap Trick and the band’s absentee drummer, Bun E. Carlos, appear to be boiling over into the courtroom.

Carlos, a founding member of Cheap Trick, remained a fixture of the lineup until March 2010, when the band released a statement...

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Drummer Breaks Single Stroke World Record

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

A Canadian drummer has broken the world record for single strokes, clocking an amazing 1,208 in 60 seconds.

Tom Grosset set that blistering pace at the Summer NAMM show earlier this month.

In doing so he broke Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini’s record of 1,203 strokes.

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Steve Moore, aka “The Mad Drummer”

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Steve Moore is undeniably famous. With nearly 24 million YouTube views for This drummer is at the wrong gig, a hilarious guest spot on NBC’s The Office, and numerous appearances at drumming events around the US, Europe, and Russia, everyone has heard of this guy. When asked why this happened,...

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