‘Greatest drummer ever’ dies aged 90

Tributes are being paid to “the greatest drummer ever” Hal Blaine following his death at the age of 90.
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Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dies aged 54

Drummer’s life was marked by tragedy when he saw his brother and bandmate killed on stage.
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Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dies at 54

The drummer and founding member of heavy metal band Pantera, Vinnie Paul, has died at the age of 54.
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Michael Shannon Joins ‘Little Drummer Girl,’ New Drama From ‘Night Manager’ Team

A trio of award nominees and winners have signed on to BBC and AMC series debut “The Little Drummer Girl.” Michael Shannon, Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgard will all appear in the series and Park Chan-wook (“Old Boy”) will direct the six-parter in his first TV effort. “The Night Manager” producer, The Ink Factory, making the series. Shannon […]



Mick Fleetwood on the early days of Fleetwood Mac and why he’s a terrible drummer

The Fleetwood Mac star on the band’s early days, and why he can’t play the same rhythm twice.
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Husker Du Drummer Grant Hart Dies at 56 Following Cancer Battle

Grant Hart, drummer and singer of the indie rock band Husker Du, has died at the age of 56.

Although the cause of death is unconfirmed, Hart had been battling cancer, according to Variety.

The news was confirmed by his bandmate Bob Mould in a Facebook post recounting how he met Hart in college and spent years making music together.

“The tragic news of Grant’s passing was not unexpected to me,” Mould wrote. “My deepest condolences and thoughts to Grant’s family, friends, and fans around the world. Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.”

He added, “Godspeed, Grant. I miss you. Be with the angels.”

The official Husker Du Facebook page also posted a black and white photo of Hart with no caption in the early morning hours of Thursday.

After the dissolution of Husker Du, he fronted the trio Nova Mob and also released several albums under his own name. His last solo release was 2013’s The Argument.

The Minneapolis band, which Hart formed with Mould and bassist Greg Norton in 1979, influenced many bands of the ’90s, including Green Day and the Pixies.

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic once rebutted accolades of his band’s innovation, crediting the alternative rock band instead.

“What Nirvana did was nothing new; Husker Du did it before us,” he said, according to the Star Tribune.


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Drummer Girl

Drummer Girl

The Fourth Down needs a drummer, and Sid’s the best in the school. But right from the start, the all-male band makes her struggle. One member outright votes against a girl in the group. And as for the lead singer, Rocklin, if Sid’s going to make it in his band, she’s going to have to start dressing the part of a girl. Accustomed to being invisible, Sid quickly discovers the consequences of the makeover she undergoes at the hands of her cousin, who knows exactly how the girl-game is played. It’s not only that playing kit in a skirt is impractical. As someone who was once taunted about her sexuality for being a drum-playing girl who likes shop class, Sid is now forced to deal with guys who think her new look makes her fair game. Frustrated with the two stereotypes forced on her and other girls -gay or slut – Sid turns even more to her music. The band can’t deny she’s the best, but, as Sid soon discovers, sometimes being good still isn’t good enough. Drummer Girl tackles the dangerous side of peer pressure and the politics of identity in high school, and ultimately, what it means to march to the beat of your own drum.

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Bang The Drummer

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Jill Kennedy has plans for a Christmas wedding. She’s put down deposits for the flowers, photos, and venue. Now all she needs is a groom. A drummer who’ll keep her life as steady as he keeps the beat to his music. With her good friend Charlie Costello as her wingman, she’ll interview percussionists, one per month until she finds the right tempo. But with Christmas approaching and no groom in sight, she’s starting to wonder if she’ll ever bang the drummer of her dreams.

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Arctic Monkeys Drummer Matt Helders Buys Zooey Deschanel’s House


Arctic Monkeys Drummer Matt Helders paid top dollar for Zooey Deschanel’s house in Los Angeles. The “New Girl” actress got $ 135,000 more than the original asking price from Helder, who paid $ 2.33 million for the property this month.

The 29-year-old drummer is now the proud owner of the three-bedroom home, which was built in 1933. The traditional estate has a lot of original detail, including French doors throughout the property that allow plenty of natural light to flood many of the rooms. The formal dining room is a bit more rustic, with a pitched wooden ceiling and a dark wood dining room table set. The dining room seamlessly flows into the living room, which is also full of character. There’s a wood-burning fireplace, a wood-beamed ceiling and a dark wood floor.

Deschanel is a musician herself, so it’s no surprise that the living room features a piano. We bet that will soon be replaced by a drum set. The 2,957-square-foot home sits on half an acre with a separate guest house on the property. Maybe Helders will use the guesthouse for band practice!

According to property records, “The New Girl” star owned the home with her former husband, Death Cab for Cutie front man Ben Gibbard. The two split back in 2011.

Deschanel has already moved on from her former abode. The actress recently scooped up another property with her fiancé, producer Jacob Pechenik. The Cape Cod style home in Manhattan Beach was more expensive than Deschanel’s former home, at $ 4.569 million. It’s also a bit bigger, which makes sense; the couple is expecting their first child soon and will most likely need the extra space for their growing family.

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The Posies drummer dies

Darius Minwalla, drummer for The Posies since 2001, has died at age 39 in Vancouver. His cause of death is still pending.
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Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead Drummer, Joins Street Musician In San Francisco (And No One Noticed)

Tickets to the sold-out Grateful Dead concerts in Chicago this summer are fetching thousands of dollars online, but one member of the band played briefly for free in public on Sunday in front of a crowd of almost no one.

A video posted on Facebook shows Bill Kreutzmann, drummer and a member of the Dead since the band began in Palo Alto, California, in 1965, joining a street musician outside the Ferry Terminal Building in San Francisco.

The musician appears to be John F. King II, who’s known for drumming on garbage cans and other found objects. Kreutzmann posted the clip showing himself performing “undercover” in front of a decidedly smaller crowd than the ones he’ll face in Chicago.

In fact, it seems as if no one noticed at all:

Remember parking lot drum circles? I do. (And I’ll still join in, undercover… even after Sunday brunches in San Francisco.)

Posted by Bill Kreutzmann on Sunday, April 5, 2015

The video can also be seen here.

Kreutzmann has been busy of late. His tell-all book, “Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead” will be released in May. And of course, in July he’ll take the stage in the Windy City with his old bandmates for what’s being billed as the Grateful Dead’s final concerts.

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Scorpions Drummer Jailed: James Kottak Reportedly Sentenced For Offensive Behavior In Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai.

The government-backed National newspaper reported Tuesday that James Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport. The Gulf News daily says he was arrested April 3 en route from Russia to Bahrain, where the German band was scheduled to perform at a Formula One race. Kottak was a no-show at the April 5 concert.

The newspapers say Kottak admitted to drinking but denied other charges.

The Scorpions’ manager didn’t respond to requests for comment. Kottak’s local lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached.
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Drum Kit Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Drummer

Drum Kit Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Drummer

Modeled on the brilliant approach first formulated by distinguished professor of music and master clarinetist Michele Gingras in Clarinet Secrets and More Clarinet Secrets (both available from Scarecrow Press), the Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician series is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking quick pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music. Easy to use and intended for the advanced musician, contributions to Music Secrets fill a niche for those who have moved beyond what beginners and intermediate practitioners need. Drum Kit Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Drummer is an indispensable guide for any drum kit player. Drummer and historian Matt Dean covers a broad range of drum kit related subjects to assist drummers already well versed in the instrument to advance and polish their skills for both live and studio performance. Drum Kit Secrets includes topics and tips on how and what to practice; how to develop one s timing and master the metronome; how to prepare for auditions and overcome stage fright; how to stay healthy as a drummer through proper eating, tried-and-true warm-up routines, and correct drum kit set up; how to select and maintain drum equipment; and how to create drum solos and improvise with ease. He also includes tips and tricks for mastering the studio setting, getting the most from one s drum kit, writing quick and easy drum charts, preparing for gigs, marketing oneself as a drummer, and much more. Drum Kit Secrets is the perfect resource for intermediate-level amateurs to working professionals. Dean draws on his many years as teacher and drum professional in this unique compilation of tips and performance strategies for advanced and expert players.

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