Caught in The Act
Middle East To Cuba: Journeys With Street Drum Corps
During their recent ten-year anniversary, Street Drum Corps got the chance to visit US military installations in the Middle East, Africa, and Cuba and to see a lot of countries around the world. We asked Frank Zummo to send pics of their journey as he and co-founders Adam and Bobby Alt traveled the world. They got to play at several bases, and had a lot of fun, but as Frank says, "The best part of the trip was performing for the troops and their families."
Chilling under the Flag of Bahrain.
Visiting musical groups have been a staple at American military bases for a century.
On stage in Djibouti, Somalia.br>
Flying in Cuba.
Welcome to Cuba.
Did that washing machine fly with them?
Caught In The Act: Nashville Drum Show
Nashville Drum Show impresario George Lawrence, also the publisher of Not So Modern Drummer, was nice enough to offer some photos to us from the show, as we didnt' make it out to Nashville for the event on September 18 and 19, 2014./p>
By all accounts it was a good show, with tons of vintage and custom gear, some interesting clinics and a great vide. For more, and there's plenty of good stuff, check out the Facebook page here.
Not So Modern Drummer, engraved
I'm thinking I need a Porkpie snare.
Engraved Taye piccolo snare
Curt Sines of Artisan Drumworks.
Artisan Drumworks snare drum of cocobolo wood.
Acid-etched Billy Baker drum
Beat Boogie Drums
Bello Fiberglass Drums.
Jeff Hankin of Carolina Drumworks
Beautiful work at Carolina Drumworks
Swindoll Drums. Curly maple stave. Wow!
Vintage Rogers and Camco drums. Great show.
Tommy Lee: How Does The Cruecifly Fly?
Tommy in flight (above,) and his custom E-Pro live kit (below).
All Bad Things Must Come To An End is the final tour of Motley Crue and Tommy Lee. Those who have seen the shows know Tommy is playing Tommy new Pearl E-Pro Live drum kit and rollercoaster rig—The Cruecifly.
What you may not know is how this differs from his standard rig. After all, playing upside down sixty feet in the air is not an everyday occurrence. First, the Cruecifly went through an exhausting series of tests to make sure it worked. They tried various configurations in order to understand what setup would work best. They had to take into consideration the width and length of drums in proporation to the riser, the distribution of weigh on the platform and the reaction of the drum set while upside down and traveling. Once that was right they had to make sure that Tommy could sit comfortably behind the kit and that it was still playable. Even with all that in mind, due to safety considerations, the Cruecifly has only made an appearance at some of the venues on the tour.
The tour runs through November 22, 2014, so you've still got time to see it. Go to Motley.com
Here's a fan video of the Cruecifly (above) and the view from Tommy's seat (below).
Death From Above 1979 Caught Live
Artist: Death From Above 1979
Drummer: Sebastien Grainger
Venue: Troubador, Los Angeles, California
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Death From Above 1979 is a punk dance duo comprised of Jesse F. Keeler on bass and synths and Sebastien Grainger on drums and vocals. They played to a sold-out crowd at the Troubador this week and frequent DRUM! contributor Robert Downs was there.
Tama's 40th Anniversary Party At Winter NAMM
For fans of great drummers and drum gear, the NAMM show has always served as a mecca. But at the recent 2014 Winter show, Tama celebrated its 40th anniversary by hosting an evening that will be remembered by many of those fans for a lifetime. The show featured powerful musical performances by Tama endorsers past and present, interspersed with video segments highlighting the company’s history of innovative drum and hardware contributions. Here are some shots of a handful of the legendary drummers that performed.