Drummer Talk 226 – Tuning 201: The Kick

Drummer Talk 226 – Tuning 201: The Kick

We wrap up part 3 of our 3 part series on tuning with a discussion on the kick drum.

In the news, we discuss the Crescent Cymbal/Sabian partnership, just who is the new drummer for Slipknot, what did Dave Lombardo have to say about Slayer’s current lineup, who is filling in on drums for Primus, the results of the Bonham memorial concert, and US Navy band auditions!

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Benny Greb raising money for new DVD project on Indiegogo

Benny Greb raising money for new DVD project on Indiegogo

One of modern drumming’s hottest clinician, educator, and ambassador, Benny Greb, is putting together a new DVD and he needs your help! He’s raising €80k to go towards the production of The Art and Science of Groove.

“I wanna go deep and offer a holistic approach how you can improve your Groove and Timefeel.

in order to get this system across in a comprehensible and fun way, i need the film / DVD format. its just not something where a 3min online video format makes sense…”

With under two weeks left, they’ve already raised €68k!

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Wait.. is Chris Adler the new drummer for Slipknot?

Wait.. is Chris Adler the new drummer for Slipknot?

The Slipknot drummer mystery is becoming increasingly murky as rumor of Lamb of God drummer, Chris Adler’s name getting slung around as a possibility. Fans are saying the drums on Slipknot’s latest single sounds a little too much like Adler.

“Right now I think silence is golden,” said Alder. “I don’t think those guys need me, or need me talking about it.”

Hmmmmm…

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Slayer is missing its “magic” according to Dave Lombardo

Slayer is missing its “magic” according to Dave Lombardo

We’ve covered the bumpy exit of Dave Lombardo from Slayer before, but the drummer has come out with some choice words about the current state of the band.

“It’s chemistry. It’s like when you meet a girl and you two get along really well, and it’s like a chemistry. It’s something special. Same thing with the band, you get these four guys, [and] they may hate each other, but on stage, there’s magic. And that’s what’s missing…”

On one hand it’s refreshing to hear such candid remarks, but on the other, it’s like reading the resentment of a jilted lover.

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US Navy Band auditioning for percussionist position

US Navy Band auditioning for percussionist position

The United States Navy Band is currently auditioning for the position of percussion in the Concert/Ceremonial Band.  Starting salary is $56,629-$64,656, plus benefits. Applications are due by Oct. 3, 2014 and auditions will be held Oct. 17, 2014.

The U.S. Navy Band is the Navy’s premier musical organization located in Washington, D.C. For more information, email navyband.auditions@navy.mil or contact Navy Band’s Audition Supervisor at (202) 433-2840.

With Alexander out, Danny Carey to fill in with Primus

With Alexander out, Danny Carey to fill in with Primus

While Tim Alexander recovers from his recent heart surgery, Tool’s Danny Carey has agreed to fill in for tour dates in September.

Says bassist, Les Claypool, about Carey sitting in:

“He’s a dear old friend and we are extremely excited to have him aboard, and I would wager we are equally if not more intrigued than most by what kind of sounds are going to come out of the three of us once we actually get in a room together…”

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A ZZ Classic #MonsterKitMonday

A ZZ Classic #MonsterKitMonday

Every Monday we bring you a pic of a colossal or unique drum kit from around the Internet! Frank Beard of ZZ Top has always had crazy kits, but this is a rare throwback kit that features a horn shaped middle tom from North Drums.  Anyone know what year this would’ve been?

Do you know of or have a cool or interesting kit of your own?  Send us a link!

Bonham’s sister, Deborah, calls memorial concert “greatest show of my life”

Bonham’s sister, Deborah, calls memorial concert “greatest show of my life”

A few weeks ago we brought you the new that John Bonham’s sister, Deborah, was hosting a fundraiser to raise money for a memorial in his hometown of Redditch. While numbers aren’t in, the concert seems to have been a a big success!

“I was very nervous but I have to tell you this was the most special show I have ever done in my life, it was just unbelievable… People all over the world have been donating and this is for the people. It’s not about one person paying for this statue, this is about the fans”

They’re still raising money, and if you’d like to give, you can make a donation here.

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