Zakir Hussain: The Path Of RhythmYikes! Something went wrong. You should be seeing a video instead of this text.
Zakir Hussain presents The Path of Rhythm with Steve Smith, Antonia Minnecola, and special guests, July 14-18, 2014 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. This intimate event will be an immersive experience in music and rhythm for four nights and three days. For more details and to register, you can visit www.thepathofrhythm.com
Drumerica Contest Website Goes Live
Drumerica is launching the National Competition For Young Drummers website (drumerica.us) with complete information on contest sponsors, judges, prizes, and rules. The site will also feature a page with links to free downloads of Drumerica's official rock, pop, metal, jazz, funk, and latin play-along tracks. The tracks, provided by "Groove Essentials" (Hudson Music) and the "Progressive Metal" collection (DrumFun.com), are great resources for entrants in terms of video quality and playing level.
Drumerica’s entry period runs from July 1 to August 1, 2014. The contest is open to boys and girls age 13-18 who are current residents of the U.S.A., and is sponsored by Musician’s Friend, School Of Rock, Crush Drums, TRX Cymbals, D’Addario, Modern Drummer, KAT Percussion and Desert Rock Sound Studios along with a dozen other top drum, accessory and media companies.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place “Drumericans” will receive nearly $25,000 in prizes and will be selected by judging panels made up of world-famous drummers and drum educators, including Kenny Aronoff, Gorden Campbell, Tommy Igoe, Arin Ilejay, Ray Luzier, Cobus Potgieter, Johnny Rabb, Kent Slucher, Steve Smith and Hannah “Ford” Welton plus the editors of Modern Drummer magazine and more.Yikes! Something went wrong. You should be seeing a video instead of this text.
Weezer Drummer Catches Frisbee At ShowYikes! Something went wrong. You should be seeing a video instead of this text.
Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson was pretty much the coolest dude ever on Friday when he caught a frisbee while playing a show. It flew straight at his head and he caught it without missing a beat. He proceeded to put it in his mouth and continue jamming out like it was nothing. Awesome.
DRUM CAM FOOTAGE OF EPIC CATCH: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152056413837273&set=vb.20355427272&type=2&theater
Remix Glen Kotche's "Anomaly" On Blend
Wilco drummer and composer Glenn Kotche is inviting all musicians, producers, and fans to Blend (a music collaboration platform) to reimagine his seven-movement piece Anomaly, he composed for the renowned Kronos Quartet and featured on his latest album, Adventureland.
Anomaly will be available for listening, remixing and reimagining via Blend by invite, here: https://blend.io/vip/cantaloupe.
The Blend campaign launches in tandem with the June 24 release of Kotche’s exclusive iTunes digital EP Fantasyland (http://bit.ly/fantasyland_ep).
“I’m very proud of the extra material and performances that were directly related to Adventureland," Kotche says, “so I wanted people to be able to hear them. In a way, the listener is getting a glimpse into the creative process of making a record by hearing these pieces in their original forms.”
Scorpions Drummer Spends Month In Dubai Jail
Scorpions drummer James Kottak is currently seeking treatment for alcohol abuse following his arrest, detention, and release from a Dubai jail last month.
He tells fans, "After years of drinking alcohol, on April 3rd, 2014 my addiction finally caught up with me during a 5-hour flight from Ekaterinburg, Russia to Bahrain via Dubai, during which I consumed 5 or 6 glasses of wine. While at the airport in Dubai I approached an airline representative to check on status of my flight. The representative informed me that I was in the wrong place and I replied 'WTF?!.' The representative then called the police and reported that I was intoxicated (which I was) and that I made a lewd jester.
"One of the police officers recognised me as drummer of 'The Scorpions'. When the police asked me to show my ID., I showed them the 'Rock & Roll Forever' tattoo on my back, instead of my actual ID. which was in my back pack my friend was carrying for me. Apparently, the police did not find this funny and I was charged with 'Drinking Without a License', for which I pleaded guilty and received a one-month sentence and a 2,000 Dirham (300 USD) fine. I was also charged with insulting Islam/Muslims by making a lewd jester for which I pleaded not guilty and did not actually do.
"Upon returning to the United States on May 6th, I immediately reached out to Bob Forrest, an addiction specialist known for his work with musicians and 'Celebrity Rehab'. I have been meeting with Bob on a regular basis. He has guided me to the MusiCares Organization, which provides musicians with help for mental health and addiction issues."
Scorpions drummer James Kottak has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted for offensive behavior in Dubai.
Kottak was arrested for insulting Islam, flipping the bird, dropping his pants, and being drunk in public while at Dubai airport. He was arrested April 3 on his way 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.
Sounds like just another day in the life of a rock star...