Tommy Lee Plans Fourth Wedding
- By Jordan Liffengren
- Published February 26, 2014
Tommy Lee is getting married — for the fourth time — to girlfriend Sofia Toufa.
He wrote on his Twitter account: "There comes a time in a man's life when they just know their partner is for LIFE ... Say hello to my fiance and soon to be wife @SOFIofficial."
Sofia, who calls herself SOFI (SomeOtherFemaleInterest), is a German singer based in LA and has provided vocals for artists like Deadmau5, Moguai and Savoy.
Lee and Toufa have been dating since 2009.
Kenny's Blog: The Busiest Weeks
- By Kenny Aronoff
- Published February 24, 2014
It’s been way to long since I wrote a blog and I have a lot to share...
There is so much to share that I have narrowed it down to the ten busiest weeks in my life as a drummer (December, 2013 to February, 2014).
These are the amazing artists and bands I was honored to have performed with in this short period of time...
Dave Grohl, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Brad Paisley, Pharrell Williams, John Fogerty, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, Dr. John, John Hiatt, Brantley Gilbert, Pat Monahan, Taj Mahal, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Zack Brown, Jackson Browne, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Garth Brooks, Juanes, Tom Morello, Fher Olvera (MANA), Rufus Wrainwright, Steve Winwood, Sheila E, Brendon Urie (Panic At The Disco), The BoDeans, Bettye LaVette, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather, Bens Fold, Ben Harper, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson, Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton, The BoDeans, and STYX..
I performed with these artists at the following events:
Kennedy Center Honors (honoring Santana and Billy Joel)
American Country Music Awards show (guest performer with Trace Adkins)
ALL MY FRIENDS: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman
David Lynch Foundation Charity honoring RINGO STARR (double drums with Ringo)
Grammy’s (2 performances)
Beatles 50th aniversary on Ed Sulivan Show - “The Night That Changed America”
Clive Davies Grammy Party - (perform with John Fogerty)
Howard Stern 60th birthday bash in NYC - (performance with John Fogerty)
Kenny Aronoff and Friends Live at the Baked Potato
Live shows with The BoDeans
Live shows with STYX
Sessions in LA Studios and in My own studio Uncommon Studios LA
Stewart Copeland Performs "Ben-Hur" Score
- By Jordan Liffengren
- Published February 20, 2014
Stewart Copeland is back at it again. The drummer has painstakingly gone through the 1925 Fred Niblo film, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ” by restoring the color in every shot, re-framing every shot, and positioning it. He cut a few scenes as well to get the two and a half hour film down to 90 minutes. He also wrote a score, gave himself a bad ass drum part and found someone to commission the whole thing! His masterpiece will be performed live at the Virginia Arts Festival this coming Easter weekend.
Tickets are on sale at vafest.org.
Hit Like A Girl Contest Winner To Play 2014 Percussive Arts Society Conference: Week 3 Finalists Announced
- By Radim McCue
- Published February 18, 2014
The 18+ winner of the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest will be invited to play at the PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event, to be held November 19-22, 2014, is the world’s largest annual percussion conference, featuring college and high school drumline competitions, an academic conference, convention exhibits from major drum companies, and clinics and lessons with big-name drummers from all styles of music. David Levine, the contest co-founder says “We are extremely pleased to be working with the world’s premier percussion organization to promote and support female drummers. Having a Hit Like A Girl winner at such a prestigious event spotlights the industry’s commitment to girls and women.” For details on the organization and conference visit, http://www.pas.org.
Week 3 Finalists Chosen By Drummer Jess Bowen
Jessica Bowen, drummer for power pop stalwarts The Summer Set, and Mindy Abovitz, the publisher of Tom Tom Magazine, were the celebrity judges for Week 3 of the Hit Like A Girl 2014 contest. They chose four winners, two in the 18+ and two in the Under 18 category. The winners receive GoPro cameras and advance to the finals next month. They are:
Miss Emily Christine whose video is a cover of the Foo Fighters “The Pretenders."
Elise “Goober 99” (United States) a fourteen-year old drummer who performs Rush’s “YYZ.”
Shiri Burstein (at left, from Israel) who began playing drums at age four and today is studying at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Hannah Longhagel (Austria) a 23-year old who has been playing drums 12 years.
The Hit LIke A Girl Contest was founded by DRUM!, TRX Cymbals, and Tom Tom Magazine. For more information on the contest visit Hit Like A Girl Contest.
[Ed. Note: "Hit Like A Girl" is a trademark of the Percussion Marketing Council].
Bayside Drops Cult Album
- By Jordan Liffengren, photo by Tom Falcone
- Published February 11, 2014
Bayside drummer of seven years Chris Guglielmo talks about making the band's latest record, Cult, as part of an in-studio web series. Click here to check out the other band members' webisodes.
Today was a big day for Bayside, with the premiere of their album on Pandora. Their sixth studio album is dropping on February 18, but pre-order packages can be ordered now.
For more Bayside news and tour dates, visit http://reybee.com/bayside/214/