Iron Maiden Kicks Off "The Book Of Souls" Tour
Ed Force One has lift off! After announcing the comeback of Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain to the Sonor artist family in January 2016, the band has now kicked-off their "The Book Of Souls" world tour in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (Feb. 24). The tour includes dates in North and South America, as well as Europe until the beginning of August.
The base of the kit is a SQ² custom series drum, made of German Beech (Medium construction), a shell construction that Nicko has favored ever since his early days with SONOR. But also the drum sizes are as "traditional Nicko" as it gets.Nicko's Kit:
- 6"x8" Rack Tom
- 8"x8" Rack Tom
- 10"x10" Rack Tom
- 12"x12" Rack Tom
- 13"x13" Rack Tom
- 14"x14" Rack Tom
- 15"x15" Rack Tom
- 16"x16" Rack Tom
- 18"x18" Floor Tom
- 24"x18" Bass Drum
- 14"x5" Snare Drum (Birch shell, made out of a special sandwich construction)
As in previous years, the design of the kit follows stage design, and the current record's theme. The designers in Maiden's camp came up with a special The Book Of Souls artwork that features the band's icon "Eddie" in different outfits, going around the shell. Only the bass drum and snare drum feature a slightly different design - the bass drum comes with Mayan symbols, the snare drum has the "The Book Of Souls" album name written on it. But that's not enough. The entire kit is assembled with 24-karat gold plated hardware, as well as all hardware stands, a one-off and custom made for the band only.
In a letter to the Sonor production staff Nicko said, "Amazing, wonderful, imaginative and most of all a B-E-A-utiful drum set. I can not express how proud I am for you all. This drum set sounds as good as it looks and it looks a million dollars. The workmanship and love that has gone into the production of these tubs is without a doubt the Sonor legacy. I'm am proud and honored to be back with the family that I should never have left but am humbled to be back."
Week 2 Winners In The Hit Like A Girl Global Drumming Contest
The Week 2 Winners in the Hit Like A Girl Global Drumming Contest are in and we've got three representatives from the US and one from Ireland. Contestants can enter until March 13, 2016.
Victoria Seagriff (United States) is a Berklee student who became interested in drums at a young age after seeing them in a Guitar Center catalogue. When not pursuing metal drumming she teaches drumline and martial arts.
Megan Luce of Los Angeles plays in church and loves to throw down rock, pop, and funk. She cites David Garibaldi, Matt Garstka, Tony Royster, Ronald Bruner Jr., and Emmanuelle Caplette as influences and is going to college to pursue drum performance.
Under 18 Winners
Rebecca Webster started playing at age 8, studying fundamentals for two years before playing songs. Now she is a house band leader at School of Rock and enjoying all aspects of performing and arranging. She says the polyrhythms in her demo tape are not what she usually plays but they inspire her to work on four-way independence.
Sophie Drummer is a nine-year old from Ireland who loves The Rev, Joey Jordison, Tre Cool, Mike Portnoy, Meytal Cohen and Anika Nilles. She says that last year she got to play on an Irish TV show with 1.5 million viewers. So the contest should not faze her.
Thanks again to our weekly judges Jonni Murphy of Alfred Publishing and Prudence Elliott of Yamaha. This week's winners take home prizes including Evans heads, TRX splash cymbals, Cympads and Innovative sticks.
How The Judging Works
Each week until March 9 guest judges will pick two Under 18 and two 18+ winners to move on to the final round of judging. Additional wild cards may be chosen by sponsors and judges. Then from March 14-23 fans will have the chance to vote for their favorites. In the end a minimum of 20 finalists will be chosen in both age groups. The celebrity judges, which include Prince's 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Welton, jazz ace Kim Thompson, UK great Emily Dolan-Davies, Emmanuelle Caplette, the Summer Set's Jess Bowen, Cuban star Yissy Garcia, Grammy-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, YouTube star Anika Nilles, Venzella Joy (also Beyonce), Kate Nash's Alicia Warrington, Cherisse Osei of the Bryan Ferry band, and guest male judges Steve Smith of Journey fame and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will announce winners on April 14, 2016 in a live webcast event.
Plenty Of Time To Enter
Entries in the contest are accepted up until March 13th. All you have to do is upload a video and bio and you're in. Younger girls are required to submit parental consent forms (available at the site)
About Hit Like A Girl
Now in its fifth year the Hit Like A Girl was started by DRUM!, Tom Tom and TRX with the aim of highlighting and promoting female drummers. Girls and women of all ages and skill levels, and from more than 50 countries, have entered the contest over the past four years. It is sponsored by an elite group of musical instrument companies including Evans, Pro-Mark, Avedis Zildjian, Mapex, Sabian, Vater, Innovative, NFUZD, Sonor, Drum Channel, and more. Media sponsors on three continents include Music Radar, DRUM!, Alfred, Alternative Press, Rhythm, Percussive Arts Society, Enter music Network, Drumscene (Australia), Drum Guru, Hudson Music, Not So Modern Drummer, Drummers Resource, Drummer Café, Performance Drumming, Online Drummer, The Black Page, Digital Drummer, Wikidrummers, Swinghouse Studios, and Sick Drummer Magazine.
Learn to Play Day
Billed as ‘Bigger and Better’ than ever before Learn to Play Weekend is a national event for adults and children organised by the Music for All charity to inspire new, or lapsed, musicians of all ages to take up or restart playing an instrument.
Steve White renowned as one of the greatest and most influential British drummers of his generation will be supporting the Learn to Play Day at Yamaha Music London on Sunday 13 March. Since turning professional at the age of 17, Steve White has remained at the pinnacle of his profession for over 30 years, playing with many iconic British artists and bands, including Style Council, Paul Weller, The Who, Oasis, Ian Dury and Jon Lord.
Steve will be teaching an intimate class where basic sticking techniques will be explained along with some play along experience with Steve. This fun session will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be taught by this legendary drummer and only available at Yamaha Music London.Start Time: 2PM (one hour duration) Please note: Places must be booked.
Booking any of the above lessons online is recommended. For more information and to book any of the above lessons visit here.
Joseph "Hibber" Hibbs 1953-2016
Last week the music products industry was shocked by the sudden death of Joe Hibbs, artist relations manager for Mapex and Sonor. It's always terrible when you lose a person you're close to, as many people in the industry were with Joe. But it's worse when it's sudden, unexpected, and too early in life. Joe had flown to California to participate in a Hit Like A Girl contest event. DRUM! is a sponsor and I was there with my wife to attend the Hit Like A Girl Festival February 13 at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles. Joe was attending to support one of his artists, Emmanuelle Caplette, the French-Canadian drummer who is renowned for her snare technique and superior technical playing.
But it turned out Joe wasn't going to attend. I found out Friday night that Joe was sick with what turned out to be pneumonia and he was in his room at the motel. The next morning I texted Joe's room to see if he would like me to bring him breakfast. He said no. He was going to rest and figure out what to do. Knowing Joe's reputation for working seven days a week I texted back that he should stay in bed and watch all the Super Bowl weekend hoopla. As it happened I met up with Emmanuelle to drive over to the event. I asked her if she was working with Joe, who had recently taken over responsibility for Sonor artists. She said "I've only spoken with him by phone." I assured her she was in good hands and she would love working with Joe, as thousands of drummers had over the years.
Later that day Phil Jaurigui, the West Coast Mapex rep, was in regular contact with Joe, and went over to see him that night. On Sunday morning, I texted Joe one final time before leaving Los Angeles, just to see if he needed anything. I called Andy Doerschuk, our editor, who talked with Joe frequently, and told him about Joe being sick, and assumed that we'd get an update in a few days.
But that was the last almost anyone heard from Joe. On Monday he died suddenly, while getting ready to fly home. By late afternoon the industry was buzzing with this news, about one of the friendliest, most knowledgeable, most helpful people who work behind the scenes in this business. Artists and friends rushed to Facebook to talk about Joe.
Back in Nashville, his co-workers were in shock. He'd just received the President award from KHS America, the parent company of Mapex. It was a testament to his work ethic, the positive effect he had on his artists, and the respect he enjoyed inside and outside the company. Mike Robinson, the marketing director at KHS America said it best when we talked today. He said that a lot of people who have thousands of acquaintances don't have very deep relationships with them. But Joe was broad and deep. He knew everyone and he was a real friend to so many.
KHS America Statement On Joe Hibbs
The following is from the official KHS statement they released this week about their dear, beloved friend, damn good drummer, and fellow employee, Joe Hibbs.
Joe was a veteran of the Drumming and MI community for decades starting in retail in Houston, TX in the 1970’s. Joe moved on to Promark as their Artist Relations and Sales Manager in the early 80’s and subsequently with TAMA, and Premier. During that time, Joe worked with legendary artists such as: Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Simon Phillips, Elvin Jones, Lars Ulrich, Liberty DeVito, Mike Portnoy and Dave Grohl. In 2003, he was recruited by Mapex (KHS America) to head Artist Relations, Product Development and the rebranding of Mapex. Hibbs was an integral part of the growth of the brand and artist roster, signing such artists as: Chris Adler, Matt Halpern, Rashid Williams and Sean Fuller. In 2015 Joe was awarded with the KHS America “Presidents Award” and took over Artist Relations for SONOR drums when KHS America acquired Hohner Inc.
Joe is regarded as a friend, brother, and mentor to so many in the Musical Instrument and Drumming communities. We at KHS America lost not only a dedicated workmate, but also a beloved family member.
“I can’t begin to express the impact Joe’s passing has had on our KHS America and Mapex family”, said Tabor Stamper, President of KHS America. “When we first shared the tragic news with our team, it was like somehow all the air was pumped out of the building. It goes without saying that Joe was such an integral part of our family, but we also know that his family was much larger, literally spanning the globe. As the news reached those outside of KHSA we have been deluged with messages expressing shock, sorrow, fond memories and condolences. We will miss Joe every day – his dedication, his expertise in all things drums and above all, his upbeat attitude toward life and work. He approached everyone he met with a smile, a handshake and a “How ya doin’ today?” We’ll miss that most of all”.
PMC Draws On Experts From All Facets Of The Industry; 2016 IDM Celebrity Spokesperson Announced
The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) hosted a percussion industry leaders panel at its Annual All-Member Meeting January 22, at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The “Women in Percussion: the Changing Market for Percussion” panel discussed issues pertaining to how to increase the number of female percussionists and drum students. Panelists included retailers Victor Salazar (Vic’s Drum Shop), and Gary Forkum (Fork’s Drum Closet); percussion industry representatives Joe Testa (Vic Firth Corporation) and Chris Stankee (Sabian); plus professional female drummers Allison Miller (nationally-recognized artist, composer, teacher) and Cora Coleman (nationally-recognized artist who’s worked with Prince and Beyoncé).
The lively 2016 All-Member meeting included a brief overview of PMC market development plans and programs for 2016, presented by the PMC executive officers David Jewell (Yamaha Corporation of America), Stacey Montgomery-Clark (Sabian), Brad Smith (Hal Leonard), and Karl Dustman (Dustman & Associates). For the past 20 years, the trade organization has been recognized as the catalyst for the percussion industry’s expansion through market development programs and campaigns like International Drum Month (IDM), Percussion in the Schools, Drums Across America, Vans Warped Tour Free Drum Lessons, and Roots of Rhythm.
Roadie For A Day Contest
At NAMM, the PMC also announced that its 2016 IDM (May) celebrity spokesperson would be Rich Redmond, drummer with Jason Aldean. Throughout May, drummers or would-be drummers are encouraged to visit their local music retailers to enter to win the grand prize of “Drum Roadie for a Day.” The lucky winner will get to hang out backstage with Redmond for a behind the scenes look at the life of a professional touring drummer. Participating retailers will have a life-size Rich Redmond IDM pop-up in-store display with contest entry information for customers (or they may enter online at http://www.playdrums.com).
“My good friends at the Percussion Marketing Council have asked me to host the ‘Roadie for a Day’ contest to help raise awareness for International Drum Month this May. One lucky winner can get a chance to see what it’s like to be on the road with an artist like Jason Aldean. It’s going to be an amazing time!” says Redmond, who urges drummers and would-be drummers to visit their local music retailers to register to win and support drumming.
“The idea is to drive more consumers and get more sticks into the hands of kids, and adults, to play drums for the first time,” says PMC Executive Board member Dave Jewell.
To sign up as a participating IDM store visit www.PlayDrums.com/retail. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and anyone interested in International Drum Month, can contact the PMC through PlayDrums.com for more information and downloadable application and membership forms.