Zhong Youngguang, China's First Rock Drummer Passes
Zhang Yongguang, drummer of China's first rock band "Ado" has died at the age of 53. According to reports from CRI it is believed that Zhang was suffering from depression when hecommitted suicide on December 23, 2014.
Zhang has been well-known since the 1980s and is considered an outstanding drummer. The band Ado collaborated frequently with Cui Jian, "the father of Chinese rock," recording the tune "Nothing To My Name" in 1986 (listen to the video). That song later became the unofficial theme of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989. They also recorded "Rock 'N' Roll On The New Long March."
DRUM! and Bruno Mars Drummer Eric Hernandez Launch The E-Panda Hooligan Headphones Giveaway
December 17, 2014, San Jose California: DRUM! Magazine announced today a special holiday giveaway with Eric "E-Panda" Hernandez, drummer for Bruno Mars and lead endorser for Razer Kraken Hooligan Headphones. The magazine is giving away ten pairs of Eric's headphones along with ten pairs of the Vic Firth X55A sticks he plays. The X55A stick is slightly longer and more powerful than a traditional 5A.
About Eric Hernandez
Eric Hernandez was born in 1976 in Brooklyn, New York and started drumming professionally at the age of ten, playing in a variety show band. He worked with artists such as Menudo, Travie McCoy, Louie Says, and others before becoming the session and tour drummer with his brother, Bruno Mars. In addition to working with his signature headphones Eric plays the X55A stick from Vic Firth. He also endorses DW drums, Sabian cymbals, and Remo heads. Eric was featured earlier this year on the June 2014 cover of DRUM! Magazine.
About Razer Hooligan Headphones
The Razer Kraken E-Panda Hooligan headphones were designed with several goals in mind: durability to withstand daily abuse on the go, comfort and fit to keep your head happy for hours on end, and sound quality to let your music move you like you want. The headphones are outfitted with large 40 mm neodymium magnet drivers tuned for crystal clear music in the high-and mid-ranges and packing deep bass for powerful lows, making them really versatile. The ear cups are foldable, making the footprint of these full-sized headphones compact for maximum mobility. For more information visit http://www.razerzone.com/ePanda.
Prize package includes:
- One pair Razer Kraken Eric E-Panda Hernandez Hooligan Headphones
- One pair Vic Firth X55A sticks.
- Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
- Ιmpedance: 32 Ω at 1 kHz
- Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1 V/Pa): 110 ± 4 dB at 1 kHz Max
- Ιnput Power: 50 mW
- Drivers: 40 mm, with Neodymium Magnets
- Inner Ear Cup Diameter: 50 mm / 1.97 in.
- Cable Length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft. plus 2 m / 6.6 ft. Extension Cable
- Approximate Weight: 280 g / 0.62 lbs.
- Connector: Analog 3.5 mm headphone jack - See more at: http://www.razerzone.com/ePanda#sthash.nwSCB9QR.dpuf
Get Two Issues Of DRUM! Free!
For Drummers Only: Drummers entering the contest can try a free trial subscription to DRUM! Magazine and receive two free issues with no obligation to buy. See the giveaway form for details. http://www.drummagazine.com/giveaways.
For more information on Razer Kraken visit http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-kraken-e-panda-hooligan-headphones. For info on Vic Firth sticks, visit http://www.vicfirth.com.
Chad Smith And Will Ferrell May Reunite For Future Battles?
It appears that Chad Smith and Will Ferrell may be hooking up in another epic battle. Chad told Rolling Stone last week that they want to do something in 2015 to combine music and comedy—"a show." In case you missed it, the pair who are often accused of looking alike, held a drum battle on the Tonight Show this year. Ferrell "won" thanks to some dubious tricks and an old Saturday Night live routine.
There's also a new Red Hot Chili Peppers album nearing completion so it's likely we'll hear new tracks and possibly see a big tour commencing next year. According to our sources in the Chad Smith camp, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what he's got planned with Ferrell, so stay tuned.
Liner Note Legends Spotlights The Great Bobbye Hall
Liner Note Legends is documentary series profiling veteran session musicians whose music has been heard by millions but whose names are unknown. Now the series has trained its cameras on Ms. Bobbye Hall who became one of the most in-demand session percussionists of all time, first at Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. and later in the vibrant Los Angeles studio scene of the 1970s.
Ms. Hall was largely uncredited for her early work as a teenager with Motown because she was underage, but her credits include sessions by legends such as Smokey Robinsion, Diana Ross, and The Temptations (see her in the studio here). While there she also struck up friendships with Motown's other child prodigies: Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.
After moving to LA in 1970 Hall continued working with artist such as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, playing on monster recordings such as "Let's Get It On" and Stevie's albums Fulfillingness' First Finale and Songs In The Key Of Life. She also branched out to record with Jerry Garcia, Pink Floyd, Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Lynrd Skynyrd, Tom Betty, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Nicks. She has played on twenty-two Top 10 Billboard songs, including six number one hits.
For more info, visit https://www.youtube.com/user/LinerNoteLegends.
App Watch: Drums Complete Amps Up The Beat
Drums Complete with 900+ Beats by Better Day Wireless, Inc. ($9.99, 15.9 MB)
Drums Complete is a feature-rich simulation and teaching app that is fun for learning or playing. The kit is a 12-piece setup, including cowbell, with pressure sensitivity and a simple roll option. In addition to a free play mode, you can also try learning songs to grasp the fundamentals in a rhythm game type of play. Learning mode includes a music staff, note-by-note progression, and your choice of complexity. Once you become skilled and confident enough, go from learning go creating and record your own percussion tunes. This complete version contains more than 900 beat-based songs spanning several genres, but an eight-track version is available for free.