News Archive

Eric Carr’s First Show With Kiss

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

On July 25, 1980, Kiss played their first concert without founding drummer Peter Criss, introducing Eric Carr to the world at the Palladium in New York City.  It was an event a few years in the making, really. Criss had spent a majority of the late ‘70s immersing himself deeper and deeper into...

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Emily Dolan Davies How to use samples and electronics

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

This is a post for anyone wanting to use electronic samples as part of their setup. Although this is mainly aimed at drummers, I have seen bassists and keys players also using them, so whatever floats your boat.As everyone uses different stuff to do what they need to do, I’m going to just...

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The show must go on

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Billy Talent is the very definition of a “band of brothers,” with a 23-year history dating back to its four members’ high school years in the Mississauga enclave of Streetsville. For any band to carry on that long through thick and thin and innumerable tour-bus flameouts and studio squabbles...

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Nick Menza’s Long-Awaited ‘Megalife’ Book To Arrive In November

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza’s long-awaited book, “Megalife: Nick Menza The Book”, will be released on November 4. The book, which was written with J. Marshall Craig, will include events immediately before and after the drummer’s death. There are also plans for a Los Angeles...

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Original Cure Drummer Lol Tolhurst Announces Biography

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

As the iconic band wind their way through Australia this week, original drummer of The Cure, Lol Tolhurst has announced the forthcoming publication of his biography Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys. Due for release by Quercus on the 11th of October, the book details the glory years of The Cure’s...

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Chad Smith’s top tips for the studio

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

With his eighth record with the Red Hot Chili Peppers having just shot to the top of charts all over the globe, it’s fair to say that Chad Smith has this studio business down to a tee.  So, we tapped the drum legend up for his top recording tips. And here’s what he had to say.


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Alex Tanas of Magic! Talks Inspirations and New Album

Monday, July 25th, 2016

I’ve been playing the drums since I was ten years old and am a self-taught drummer. When I started drumming in my music class I purchased my first two tapes, Green Day’s Dookie and Nirvana’s Nevermind. I would constantly listen to these two records over and over again, which taught me how to...

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Promark’s heat-activated ActiveGrip

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

ActiveGrip technology is now available on nine stick models including those from Mike Portnoy and Rich Redmond.  Promark by D’Addario has announced that its patent-pending technology ActiveGrip, is now available on a variety of models. But what is ActiveGrip and why does a drumstick need a heat-activated...

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Fay Milton’s steps to drumming stardom

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

“It’s been flying by the seat of our pants a bit,” admits Fay Milton, metronomic powerhouse behind Anglo-French post-punk outfit Savages as the band conclude a phenomenal UK tour with a typical rapturously-received gig at London’s Roundhouse.

“We’re quite rushed off our feet,”...

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Steve white Confirmed For LDS 2016

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Renowned as one of the world’s greatest drummers, since turning professional at the age of 17, Steve White has remained at the pinnacle of his profession for over 30 years. Steve has played with many iconic British artists and bands, including Style Council, Paul Weller, The Who, Oasis, Ian Dury...

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Gojira’s Mario Duplantier talks Magma, programmed beats

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

French metal heroes Gojira are back with new album Magma, and it’s a record that finds drummer Mario Duplantier in inspired form. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the band’s sixth record is a chops-fest (worry not chops fans, there’s plenty of tasty playing on there)....

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Mickael Walle Wahlgren of Cam: Putting In the Time

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

I moved to Los Angeles from Stockholm a year ago. In that time I’ve had the pleasure to play behind the artist Cam on pretty much every late night and award show out there, tour with Brad Paisley earlier this year, and have just jumped on the Dierks Bentley tour.

Talking to my best friend...

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Megadeath Confirms New Permanent Drummer Dirk Verbeuren

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

This is a bit of bitter sweet news! Dirk Verbeuren has been named the official drummer for Megadeth, which is amazing. He’s not only one of the best drummers in metal, but he’s also one of the sweetest guys around. Unfortunately, this means Dirk had to leave Soilwork in order to keep...

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Become A Drummer With This Surprisingly Good Cardboard Drum Kit

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

After watching street drummers improvise on cardboard boxes, France-based designer and musician Patrick Obadia had an idea. Could a full drum kit, designed from scratch with cardboard, make drumming more accessible to everyone? Obadia knew that drum teachers sometimes recommend that students practice...

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Emily Dolan Davies, Want More Work? Get More Skills!

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

I find that a big part of the reason I get asked to play drums for people is not necessarily because of my playing.  At a certain point you start going to auditions and getting called for things, and the people you are up against for the drum seat, are all of a similar, if not better, standard than...

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