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Nick Menza Is Open to Rejoining Megadeth

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Nick Menza Is Open to Rejoining Megadeth

With the recent departure of 10-year Megadeth drummer, Shawn Drover, word is out that Nick Menza may be open to return to fill the drum chair. He recently posted some encouraging words on his Facebook page:

Like I have said in the past, I don’t rule out rejoining Megadeth and the opportunity would be totally cool. I’m open to whatever could possibly happen.

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Former Drum Tech Reveals Identities Of New Slipknot Members

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Former Drum Tech Reveals Identities Of New Slipknot Members

First a jilted band member, and now a jilted drum tech has confirmed the identities of Slipknot’s newest members.

The itinerary photo was posted on Instagram by Norm Costa, who has worked in the music business for 22 years, much of it as the drum tech for Slayer’s former drummer Dave Lombardo. According to Costa, he was hired by Slipknot to work as Weinberg’s drum tech, but was recently relieved of his duties.

UPDATE: The Instagram photos have been removed, but we managed to track it down!

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Phil Rudd back in court over bail-breaking fight with witness

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Phil Rudd back in court over bail-breaking fight with witness

This story gets weirder and weirder for AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, who was back in court last week for breaching the terms of his bail as he awaits trial stemming from the murder-for-hire charges last month. It appears Rudd got into a fight with one of the witnesses in the case.

Lee Rojas, owner of Columbus Coffee in Tauranga, NZ saw the altercation.

“I saw [Rudd] following a taller, bigger guy and trying to punch the guy.” Rojas said the other man was trying to avoid conflict, telling him “look, I don’t want to break your face”.

C’mon Phil. You’re better than this!

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Joey Kramer set to open a Rockin’ and Roastin’ coffee shop in 2015

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Joey Kramer set to open a Rockin’ and Roastin’ coffee shop in 2015

Everything is coming up beans for Joey Kramer and his Rockin’ and Roastin’ enterprise! After a successful launch of his own line of coffee, the Aerosmith drummer is set to open up his won cafe in North Attleborough Massachusetts in 2015.

“I’ve always wanted to start my own business and I’m humbled by how far Rockin’ & Roastin’ has come in the past couple of years.  Opening up our flagship café is another way that I can continue to entertain fans in new and unique ways.”

Do I see a pilgrimage in our future?!

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Phil Rudd makes bizarre appearance in court

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Phil Rudd makes bizarre appearance in court

After showing up late (for which a warrant was taken out to find him), AC/DC’s Phil Rudd made an odd appearance in NZ court to face the recent drug and “threatening to kill” charges against him.

… the 60-year-old arrived, wearing a t-shirt and jeans during his brief appearance. He was remanded on bail until December 2 and reportedly drummed a quick rhythm on the dock before leaving the courtroom.

Stay classy, Auckland!

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Shawn Drover Quits Megadeth

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Shawn Drover Quits Megadeth

Yet another classic metal band has lost its drummer. Shawn Drover, drummer for Megadeth, has left after 10 years with the group.

After 10 years, I have decided to quit MEGADETH to pursue my own musical interests.

I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire MEGADETH family, as well as thanking all the amazing MEGADETH fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you.

Watch out Lars…

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Is AC/DC ready to drop Phil Rudd?

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Is AC/DC ready to drop Phil Rudd?

Although the murder-for-hire charges against Phil Rudd have been dropped, lead singer Brian Johnson and be-shorted guitarist, Angus Young did not mince words about the drummers fate in the band for their upcoming world tour.

“We’re talking about criminal courts here, and we’re talking about judges, we’re talking about juries. We’re talking about people saying you’re not getting your passport back here, all of this kind of stuff. And there’s nothing we can do about it. We are going to go on tour and nothing is going to stop us.”

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Antonio Sanchez on Improv Drumming the ‘Birdman’ Score

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Antonio Sanchez on Improv Drumming the ‘Birdman’ Score

Birdman is a movie out in theaters starring Micheal Keaton and as it turns out has a very unique score.

Consisting almost entirely of drums, the score was improvisedby Antonio Sanchez (as in, Pat Metheny Antonio Sanchez) just one week before the release of the film. Says Sanchez,

One would think that drums would be monochromatic to achieve all the emotions you see. As a jazz drummer you learn to play from the softest ballads to the most hectic music. Technically from experience I know how to achieve those textures.

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Listen below. What do you think?

David Silveria apologizes to Korn fans

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David Silveria apologizes to Korn fans

In honor of it’s 20th (yikes!) anniversary, Korn is slated to play their debut album in its entirety during their upcoming tour with Slipknot; however, with David Silveria having left the band in 2006, the original lineup won’t be there to celebrate. Silveria has made an apology on Facebook:

Without the fans Korn would just be a hobby. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I’m sorry to all the fans that I couldn’t be there on tour to celebrate – but that’s just the way it goes

The split in 2006 wasn’t exactly amicable, and Korn leader, Jonathan Davis has not minced words about being glad the drummer is gone.

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Study shows that musicians spot mistakes more quickly than non-musicians

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Study shows that musicians spot mistakes more quickly than non-musicians

If you ever wondered why you were so good at Where’s Waldo or those “Spot the Difference Pics,” it may because SCIENCE!

Researchers have released a study in the journal Neuropsychologia, that indicates that musicians have an increased aptitude for spotting mistakes more quickly and more accurately.

“[The results] suggest that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general (indicated by faster overall speed across tasks without accuracy tradeoff), and confirms earlier reports indicating a positive link between mental speed and musical ability.”

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Why Billy Corgan fired Mike Byrne from Smashing Pumpkins

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Why Billy Corgan fired Mike Byrne from Smashing Pumpkins

Although Mike Byrne exited Smashing Pumpkins back in June, a recent blog post by Billy Corgan has revealed why Byrne was ultimately let go. As it turns out, the 24 year old drummer simply wasn’t a generational fit for the band.

Mike Byrne has taught me a lot about his generation. And watching the twitch up close, the ADD of it all, I’m starting to understand what he found boring about The Mighty SP. He wasn’t wrong. But he also wasn’t right, too.

Interesting.

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How real is the movie, Whiplash?

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How real is the movie, Whiplash?

Movies almost never get music stuff right; however the upcoming movie, Whiplash, looks to change what we think of music schools… maybe.

The film, in theaters now, features Miles Teller as an aspiring jazz drummer and J.K. Simmons as his relentless, often abusive mentor. But how accurate is the film at depicting elite music programs?

According to a Mark Sherman, a Julliard professor, it gets a some right, but some wrong.

Some of the things the drummer was practicing were not really things you’d want to practice. When Andrew was drawing blood, for example, he was playing the single strokes so fast and for so long.

The commitment that it takes to play music is like any other art form. The commitment of trying to be a master of jazz’s poetic language is an addiction, just like a drug, and there can be very little room for a social life.

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