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Nick Mason says One Direction is better than Pink Floyd?

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Nick Mason says One Direction is better than Pink Floyd?

Whoa now, let’s not get crazy. Before you light the torches and sharpen the pitchforks, let’s hear what the longtime Pink Floyd drummer had to say about One Direction in his recent interview with The Sun.

“I don’t subscribe to this idea that musicians don’t make good music anymore… They [One Direction] have some good songs. The standard of musicians is higher now than it was in my day.”

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How Miles Teller learned to fake drum like a pro in ‘Whiplash’

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How Miles Teller learned to fake drum like a pro in ‘Whiplash’

Movies often do a lousy job portraying musicians on screen. It’s understandable, though, considering that often acting talent doesn’t go hand-in-hand with musical talent. In the upcoming movie, Whiplash, Miles Teller had to take on a role that allowed him to draw on his own drumming experience.

Teller taught himself to play drums when he was 15, but favored rock ’n’ roll. Lang’s first job was to change Teller’s grip from what’s called “matched,” in which both hands hold the sticks the same way, to “traditional,” a grip used by jazz drummers in which the left hand holds the stick a bit sideways, almost like a chopstick.

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Drummers discuss what it’s like drumming for pop superstars (from Music Radar)

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Drummers discuss what it’s like drumming for pop superstars (from Music Radar)

From Lady Gaga to Katy Perry to One Direction, Music Radar caught up with their drummers and asked them what it was like to drum for pop superstars.

“With gigs like these, there are hundreds of people who want to be doing them. So it can be cut-throat. If you’re not doing it efficiently then you’re gone and they’ll get someone that will.” – Josh Devine, One Direction

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Paul McCartney tells about collaboration with John Bonham via Twitter

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Paul McCartney tells about collaboration with John Bonham via Twitter

In a recent Twitter #askPaul session, Sir Paul McCartney responded to a question about any early Wings material. His response was to release an outtake of “Beware My Love” featuring John Bonham on drums! Social media is an amazing thing!

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This track has Bonzo being Bonzo and the end result is strange! It works, but it’s an odd collision of Beatles and Zeppelin sounds.

Check it out for yourself!

Steve Gorman says The Black Crowes are Done For Good

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Steve Gorman says The Black Crowes are Done For Good

The Black Crowes burst onto the scene in 1990 with Shake Your Money Maker, a record that was both an anti-grunge statement and declaration that Southern Rock still had legs. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 25 years since the record was released, but has the band finally run out of gas?

“You know, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of our first album release and we’re not working. You could certainly make a strong case that we should tour next year, but we’re all doing our own projects.

We could obviously all see things differently in a year, but I’ll be surprised if the Black Crowes do something again. Ever.”

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Larry Mullen (of U2) sues accountants over €11m loss

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Larry Mullen (of U2) sues accountants over €11m loss

What do rock superstars do when they’re not making platinum records, winning Grammys, or forcing their album onto your iPhone? Apparently, they turn to investing! This seems prudent and a wise way to spend all of their rockstar earnings (and certainly more fiscally responsible than trashing hotel rooms).

Sometimes, though, all isn’t well, and it seems that US’2 Larry Mullen is suing his investment accountants for €11m over “alleged unsuitable investment advice.”

So I guess it’s not just skeevy managers who are looking for any angle to swindle the rich out of their cash.

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What was Chad Smith’s advice to Katy Perry on playing the Super Bowl?

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What was Chad Smith’s advice to Katy Perry on playing the Super Bowl?

Katy Perry has been tapped to perform at the 2015 Super Bowl, and she’s already received some advice from last year’s halftime performers.

Earlier this year the Red Hot Chili Peppers came under quite a bit of flack for playing along to a track after eagle-eyed viewers spotted the fact that the guitars weren’t plugged in.

What was Chad Smith’s advice to Katy Perry for her performance?

Plug in. … Plug in and play, Katy

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Phil Collins on stepping out from behind the kit

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Phil Collins on stepping out from behind the kit

We here at Drummer Talk know that Phil Collins is an amazing drummer in addition to being a gifted songwriter, and it’s always interesting to hear how a drummer like Phil goes from supporting role to front man.

A recent Daily Mail article outlines the singer’s transition from supporting to leading role.

I remember the first concert I sang at in Ontario in 1976. I went on stage and felt very lonely without my drum kit. Suddenly I was out front with just a microphone. It took me years to take the microphone off the stand! But we did the first song and the audience were fantastic.

My life would have gone in a totally different direction if I’d stayed as the drummer. I wouldn’t have done my solo albums and written songs like In The Air Tonight. It just proves you never know what if?

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