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Charlie Benante Relaunches Benante’s Blend Coffee Line

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Anyone who knows Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante knows his deep and passionate love for the taste of coffee.  So much so that two years ago, he launched his own line, “Benante’s Blend.” Today, having forged a collaboration with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee Co., “Benante’s Blend” has...

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Setting up drum triggers

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Combining electronics with acoustic drums has become increasingly more common in recent years and is now easier to do than ever. Here’s how you can go hybrid in just five easy steps… The first step is to select suitable trigger types for your chosen application. Be aware that bass drums...

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Make Music That Matters

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Legendary Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor is well aware of the power of music. Along with bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and singer Simon Le Bon, Taylor has been a force behind a band that has rocked the music industry for over three decades. So when the band’s manager asked if he...

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Ray Bauduc Had His Own Style

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Strongly influenced by both Baby Dodds and Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc was Singleton’s counterpart in the white Dixieland revival. His style was an intriguing combination of vaudeville, ragtime, and the basic New Orleans rhythms he’d grown up absorbing.

Bauduc was born in New Orleans in...

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Mickey Roker dies at 84

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The drummer Mickey Roker, whose distinctive groove placed him on the first-call list for such musicians as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock and Ella Fitzgerald, died May 22 in Philadelphia, where he had resided for many years. He was 84.

For the last few decades...

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The First True Drumming Idol

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Chick was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 10, 1907. He suffered from tuberculosis of the spine, which left him badly crippled. It wasn’t until he underwent a painful operation as a child that he was able to use his feet. Ironically, it was this childhood trauma that inevitably led Webb towards...

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Grace communicates through drums

Friday, June 16th, 2017

When she was six, Grace Tedeschi stopped talking to her parents for a year. The only person she would speak to – in a whisper – was her younger sister. Now aged 11 and diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, she still only talks to a few adults – but she has a talent that allows her to...

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Hard-hitting rocker makes his picks

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

When we speak to the hard-hitting rocker not only has he recently foiled a fraudster, but he has also just laid down a track for his band Martone and is in the midst of the sessions for a brand new Nickelback record, Feed The Machine, due for release this June. With a deadline for the latter looming,...

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Here is Your chance to record in Abbey Road new studios

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Iconic London recording studio Abbey Road has joined forces with UK newspaper Metro to launch a Battle of the Bands. The online competition pools together their musical know-how in a quest to find the UK’s best unsigned artists, allowing the winner to record in Abbey Road’s brand new recording...

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Will the next Government help retailers keep prices low

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

The latest retail sales monitor report from BRC and KPMG has revealed that consumer spending slowed in May both online and on the high street. Last month, UK retail sales decreased by 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from May 2016, when they had increased 0.5% from the preceding year. On a total basis,...

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Michael Bland shares his incredible stories

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Michael Bland is the type of guy who could literally talk for hours and never cease to be surprising, enlightening, and downright hilarious. Having been discovered by Prince at an early age and enlisted as one of the founding members of his long-running New Power Generation, and later becoming a revered...

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Pledge to support musicians working in the EU

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has revealed that it is asking UK MPs from all parties to sign up to a pledge to protect musicians working in the EU. The MU has been very vocal about the importance of protecting performers working across Europe. The union was in strong favour of staying in the EU and...

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Carmine Appice Talks

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

In 1967, the U.S. was convulsing as old modes of thinking gave way to innovations that would resonate for decades to come. The Vietnam War raged on, civil rights riots erupted from Detroit to Newark, the Space Race was promising that we’d conquer the moon, and New York’s Vanilla Fudge scored its...

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Yuval Lion Talks

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Enjoying a long run at New York’s Public Theater, the rock opera Joan of Arc: Into the Fire features a striking young actress/vocalist adorned in chain mail, sixteen male dancer/singers, and a rock band that pumps out David Byrne’s original score like it’s the last performance on planet earth....

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Martin Chambers enjoying 40 years with the Pretenders

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

A self-taught drummer, Chambers accepted his first paid gig before he even owned a drum kit. “I never thought drumming was anything that you needed a lot of skill for,” he says. “I suppose I could do it instinctively, hear something and reproduce it. Basically within a week of Are You Experienced?,...

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