Talk about a guy who earned it on the bandstand. A land trust linked to Max Weinberg, longtime drummer of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has bought Palm Beach home for $7.5 million.
Guitarist Neal Schon has nothing but justifiable praise for his returned-drummer Steve Smith, during a radio interview in Detroit. Smith, who is currently on the August 2016 DRUM! cover, and the band are touring with the Doobies and Dave Mason.
Have You Been There? Baroness drummer Sebastian Thompson is 44 years old and has never held a real job. He talks about what it's like economically to be totally committed to music on Music Radar. The band's amazing video for "Chlorine & Wine" including an excellent demonstration of Mr. Thompson's formidable skills, is below.
Dave Dudley's Drum Shop, the only one in Ottawa, Canada, is profiled on Reverb.com.
Last but not least Vintage Vinyl reports that Danny Smythe (top left of photo), founder and original drummer of the Boxtops passed away at the age of 67. The group was well-known for soul covers and their two-minute pièce de résistance "The Letter," which was nominated for two Grammys in 1967. Smythe left the group in '68 and became an illustrator. He played with the reformed band after 1996. The group's lead singer, Alex Chilton, went on to lead the group Big Star and become the original indie alternative music hero.
DRUM!'s Andy Ziker On Record
Okay, so occasionally we toot our own horn. Frequent contributor, author of many books, and teacher extraordinaire Andy Ziker is on a new single with his sometimes-band Jed's A Millionaire. In addition to recording Andy is also the author of some of our popular stories such as "10 Things Every Beginner Should Learn" or "15 Steps To Being A More Creative Drummer". So enjoy a few minute with the beautiful percussion stylings of Mr. Z.
Jed’s A Millionaire (JAM), with Drum! Magazine contributing writer Andy Ziker on drums, has released their latest single, “When You’re Down.” JAM got its start in the early 2000s in Phoenix, Arizona, and has opened for the likes of REO Speedwagon, Alice Cooper, Roger Clyne And The Peacemakers, and Missing Persons. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, JAM has played at several LA clubs, including the The Viper Room, The Mint, and Whisky A Go Go.
“When You’re Down” was recorded by producer Jim Kaufman (Opiate For The Masses, Helmet, Beware Of Darkness, Black Moods). The song is available for stream and purchase at the following sites:
Where To Get More JAM
Jed’s A Millionaire is: Shawn Harrington - Lead Vocals, Guitar; Jamie King – Electric Bass Guitar, Upright Bass; Aaron Ploechl – Lead Guitar, Vocals; Andy Ziker – Drums, Percussion.
Ginger Baker's DW Featured In Showtime Series “Roadies”
A striking DW Collector’s Series drum set featured on Cameron Crowe’s new Showtime series "Roadies" is more than just set dressing – it’s a piece of rock history. The cherry kit finished in Ivory Ebony exotic wood was handcrafted in DW’s California Custom Shop and outfitted with DW hardware and pedals expressly for legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker. Starring Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino, and produced by J.J. Abrams, Roadies chronicles the unpredictable world of rock-n-roll through the eyes of fictional arena-rockers Staten-House Band’s hardworking road crew as they tour the United States. Roadies airs Sunday nights on Showtime. For more information on DW drums, visit dwdrums.com
Sabian Announce Crescent Clinic Tour
This Summer and Fall, chances are good there’s a Crescent clinic coming to a Sabian Hand Select Cymbal Boutique near you. The Sabian Crescent Tour will include legends like Jeff Hamilton and Stanton Moore as they set off separately across America to present clinics in their respective cymbal lines, Hammertone and Stanton Moore. Drummers will be able to demo the new lines and discover why these handcrafted traditional instruments with built-in Sabian reliability, durability and quality have created such a buzz among discerning drummers everywhere.Jeff Hamilton Tour Dates
- August 15 – Columbus Pro Percussion, Columbus OH
- August 16 – Professional Drum Shop, Hollywood CA
- September 20 – Sim’s Music – Columbia SC
- September 21 – Fork’s Drum Closet – Nashville TN
- September 22 – Lone Star Percussion – Dallas TX
- September 23 – Memphis Drum Shop – Memphis TN
- August 16 – The Drum Shop – Portland ME
- August 17 – 247 Drums – Winchester MA
- August 19 – Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center – Wheaton MD
- August 29 – Moore Music – Evansville IN
- August 30 – Cascio Interstate Music – Milwaukee WI
- August 31 – Explorer’s Percussion – Kansas City MO
- September 7 – Drum Center of Portsmouth – Portsmouth NH
- September 8 – Steve Maxwell Drums- New York City NY
Johnny Craviotto Master Drum Builder Dies
The drumming world was shocked Saturday July 16, 2016 to hear of the death of master drum craftsman Johnny Craviotto. Johnny had a long career that began in San Francisco where he played drums in the early '70s with Neil Young, Ry Cooder, Moby Grape and other bands. By the late '70s he was repairing drums and began investigating building solid shell snare drums. First at a company called Select, and later at DW Drums and then at his own Craviotto Drum Company, Johnny developed a variety of designs and innovations that led his drums to be among the most revered instruments ever built. His many friendships in the music and vintage drum community will make him greatly missed by all of us who had a chance to know him.
David Victor of the Craviotto Drum Company released the following statement today. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, mentor, and Master Craftsman, Johnny Craviotto. Johnny left us on July 15th, 2016.
"Johnny was, and always will be, the world’s finest drum craftsman. No one had his knowledge, his skill, and his passion for his craft. He created instruments of incredible sonic and visual beauty, and those instruments have graced stages, recording studios, and collections worldwide.
"Johnny's contribution to the world of drum building has been without equal and will continue to live on. We are truly fortunate that, as the heart and soul of the Craviotto Drum Company, Johnny was passionate about sharing his knowledge, honed over a lifetime, with his trusted colleagues and protégés at the Craviotto Drum Company.
"Johnny's innovation and expert craftsmanship characteristics will continue to be evident in each drum we build. The "Craviotto-way" will carry on. The musical gifts Johnny developed and shared over a lifetime devoted to his craft will live on. This living art is his legacy. Please continue to celebrate it with us."