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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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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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The Drummers Journal is giving away a Meinl Byzance 21″ Mike Johnston signature Transition Ride!

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The Drummers Journal is giving away a Meinl Byzance 21″ Mike Johnston signature Transition Ride!

If you’ve not checked out The Drummers Journal, you owe it to yourself to see what those fine folks are up to! Picking up where the now-defunct Traps magazine left off, TDJ features stellar articles, beautiful layout and design, and in-depth interviews. All for free, and all digital.

Oh, and every now and then they give away cool stuff!

From now until Nov 7, 2014, you can enter to win a gorgeous Meinl Byzance 21″ Mike Johnston signature Transition Ride. All you need to do is fill out a few deets, and you’re entered.

Enter now!

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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Metallica intended to fire drummer Lars Ulrich in 1986

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Metallica intended to fire drummer Lars Ulrich in 1986

A recent interview with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, has revealed the the members of Metallica had plans to fire drummer, Lars Ulrich, after the Master of Puppets tour in 1986. However, the death of bassist, Cliff Burton, seems to have derailed the plans.

Would they have gone through with the firing if it hadn’t been for the accident?

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Congrats to Tré Cool on his nuptials!

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Congrats to Tré Cool on his nuptials!

A huge congrats to Tré Cool of Green Day who tied the knot this past weekend. He married Sara Rose in a private ceremony on Oct 11.

I’m very happy to have married my best friend Sara … thanks for all the well wishes an support.

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Judge Won’t Dismiss Cheap Trick Lawsuit

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Judge Won’t Dismiss Cheap Trick Lawsuit

The Bun E. Carlos/Cheap Trick legal battle continues as a judge in Chicago has granted a motion for the drummer’s lawsuit to continue.  The lawsuit claims that the band owes Carlos compensation while he was still a full-time member of the band.

The dismissal request from the remaining members insisted that the long-time drummer was no longer an official part of the group and therefore was not owed anything.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Ringo Starr makes California his home

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Ringo Starr makes California his home

It looks like Ringo Starr has given up his home in Surrey for the sun and waves of California. The Liverpudlian has decided to sell his 17th century mansion to take up residence in Los Angeles.

We’ve had it for 15 years but we don’t spend enough time there, and LA is the right place for us to be now. It’s not that sad, because it’s time for a change.

I hope he finds all the “peace and love, peace and love” he’s looking for in the city of angles. Click the link below for pics.

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Judas Priest on tour this Fall

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Judas Priest on tour this Fall

If you are missing the thrashing sounds of 70’s metal, then you might be getting that itch scratched sooner than you think! Legendary rockers, Judas Priest, are cranking up a new tour this Fall!

They still crave the small mountains of amplifiers and roaming stage lights, and that’s why Judas Priest are launching a new tour, said Ian Hill, the band’s co-founding bassist.

“It’s been a couple years since we’ve been out on the road, and I miss it; I really miss it,”

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