Stripes are so slimming! Alex Van Halen’s 1981 drum kit #monsterkitmonday

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Stripes are so slimming! Alex Van Halen’s 1981 drum kit #monsterkitmonday

Every Monday we bring you a pic of a colossal or unique drum kit from around the Internet!

Van Halen is a band with huge personality and stage presence, so it’s no wonder that Alex Van Halen had an equally monstrous kit when they went on tour. Here is his kit from VH’s 1981 tour.

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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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Happy Hug a Drummer Day!

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Happy Hug a Drummer Day!

Did you know that October 10 is Hug a Drummer Day?! So find a drummer, and hug ‘em nice and tight, but not too tight. They’re probably sore from last night’s gig.

Drummer Talk 230 – 5 Tips for Talking Money

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Drummer Talk 230 – 5 Tips for Talking Money

Dave and Troy discuss 5 tips to helping you learn to talk about money! In the news, we discuss Judas Priest’s Fall tour, Philip Selway’s solo record, how music education helps the brain, how we learned about Slipknot’s new drummer, and Pink Floyd’s new record.

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Neil Peart on the pursuit of excellence (DrumExpo 2014)

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Neil Peart on the pursuit of excellence (DrumExpo 2014)

Ever wondered what drives one of the greatest rock drummers of all time?  What keeps such a successful musician like Neil Peart motivated and pushing for excellence? As it turns out, it’s about always being a student of the craft.

“In 2007 I studied with Peter Erskine because I was doing a Buddy Rich tribute concert and I wanted to take my big band drumming up a level. I went over to Peter’s house with my sticks, feeling like a 13-year-old again. I was going in there to the master and I told him at the time, ‘As far as I’m concerned you’re a surgeon and I’m a butcher.’

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DW releases new Tru-Sonic Snare

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DW releases new Tru-Sonic Snare

PRESS RELEASE: Drum Workshop, Inc. has recently announced the release of a snare drum that pays tribute to an American classic, but also includes today’s latest innovations and build-quality. The aptly named True-Sonic features a pre-tensioned, highly-adjustable Snare Bridge™ that provides orchestral- like sensitivity and articulation. DW Founder, Don Lombardi, expounds,

“So many drummers had the original design, I happen to be one of them. Today, drummers prize these snares because they have a very distinct voice. We thought we could bring this drum back, but make several key improvements.

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Drummer Talk Play-Along 1 – Swampy Bass (80 BPM)

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Drummer Talk Play-Along 1 – Swampy Bass (80 BPM)

We’re happy to announce a brand new feature here at Drummer Talk: Drummer Talk Play-Alongs!

The first Tuesday of every month, we’ll be bringing you a new, original play-along track for your playing and practice enjoyment. Each track will feature a high-quality, stereo mix minus drums.

Our first Play-Along features a deep, fat, swampy bassline that is wide open for funky grooves! Also, dig the Love Boat vibe in the “B” section! It’s at a laid back 80 BPM with a 2 bar count in.

We’d love to hear your performances and we’ll even feature them on the podcast! Simply upload them to Soundcloud or Youtube and send us a link via Twitter, Facebook, or at drummertalk.org.

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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