News Archive


Jim Macaulay joins Dream Cymbals

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Jim Macaulay, drummer for new wave legends The Stranglers, is the latest high-profile artist to join the Dream Cymbals artist roster in the UK. Macaulay is formerly of Birmingham rock band Envy & Other Sins and has many session appearances under his belt with the likes of I Blame Coco and Emmy...

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“The Long Goodbye”

Monday, February 27th, 2017

“There’s going to be a day in the not-so-far future when it is going to be ‘the last.’ That’s an emotional strain that I don’t think any one of us are brave enough to say ‘This is the date.’ But we are thinking… not thinking, we are realizing that...

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Corky Laing, Talks about Festivals, Tours, and New Material

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

I was on my way to London to participate in the Jack Bruce tribute. It was a joy to share the stage and drumkit with Gary Husband, Dennis Chambers, and Ginger Baker. Together with other first division players we celebrated the music of the one and only Bruce. Even our drum tech Ollie Usiskin turned...

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Def Leppard drummer Allen does art showcase

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Mr. Allen, who has banged out percussion behind the English rock band for decades, started doodling as a boy, but then put such endeavors on the shelf in favor of rock ‘n’ roll. “I wasn’t sure what people were going to say. Maybe I was afraid of people being judgmental  the musician trying...

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Dream Theater have no plans to reunite with Mike Portnoy

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Portnoy, who co-founded Dream Theater more than thirty years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with Avenged Sevenfold. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (Annihilator, Extreme, James Labrie, Steve Vai. Portnoy later revealed that he tried to rejoin Dream Theater,...

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What is a cajon?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

You may have noticed more bands these day sitting their drummer on a slap-able box while doing an acoustic performance, but you may not know the origins of this interesting and versatile instrument. Here is everything you need to know about the cajon.

A cajon is a percussion instrument originating...

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Legendary FOCUS Drummer Releases His First Solo Album

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Netherlands – Pierre van der Linden, the drummer in legendary Dutch band Focus, has released his first solo album entitled “Drum Poetry” for fans and students of his varied drumming styles and techniques. Pierre’s drumming can be heard in numerous rock, jazz and improvisational bands,...

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Karl Brazil talks Feeder’s return

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

As 2016 made way for 2017, Karl Brazil continued to stake his claim as the busiest drummer on the planet as he wrapped up work on new albums from Feeder and Robbie Williams.

 

How easy was it to slip back into the Feeder gig?

“It was like we had never...

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Drummer Clyde Stubblefield Dies

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Clyde Stubblefield, the longtime bedrock of the Madison music scene perhaps best known as James Brown’s “Funky Drummer,” has died at the age of 73. Stubblefield was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and began playing drums professionally as a teenager, touring with Eddie Kirkland and Otis Redding...

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Keep your gear in top condition

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Keeping your gear in tip-top order needn’t be difficult, especially when it comes to cleaning drum shells. Here we’ll show you how to get your drums looking good as new. Start by removing the tension rods and then lift away the hoop, along with the drum head. Next, remove the lugs (and any other...

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Adam Carson on AFI’s Album

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

This past January 20, the anthemic emo-punk band AFI released its self-titled album, aka The Blood Album, the group’s tenth record over the course of its twenty-five-year history. Along with searing hooks from vocalist Davey Havok, brilliant production and riffs from guitarist and keyboardist Jade...

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Session Great Fred Eltringham

Friday, February 17th, 2017

We just finished Sheryl Crow’s new pop/rock record Be Myself, scheduled to be released April 21. Sheryl and her long time writing partner Jeff Trott produced it, and the incredible Tchad Blake did the engineering and mixing. As always, we will be doing TV performances and touring throughout 2017.

I...

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Build the Dream Team

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Music is a team sport. Achieving whatever goals you’ve put in place for yourself as an artist is winning. Although we’re constantly presented with the idea of DIY these days, having the right team in place is crucial to artist’s success in today’s environment. “You need...

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Music education to young people

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Music charity Sound Connections has received a generous grant to fund its work giving young people opportunities to make music. The charity, which delivers ‘ground-breaking musical opportunities’, has been awarded the grant by City Bridge Trust,...

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Plans to help protect live music venues

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

A new whitepaper has  been released and is focusing on how to fix ‘our broken housing market’. Within the report, the publication proposes that...

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