Tommy Ramone Passes At 65
Tommy Ramone, co-founder of the original punk band the Ramones has died at the age of 62. He was the last original member of the band that he co-founded in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. The inherent joke in the band was that they all had different last names but took the name “Ramone.”
Tommy laid down the driving beat in songs like “Blitzkrieg Bop” and “I Wanna Be Sedated,” that earned the group an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
For drummers (and musicians and fans) of a certain age, the Ramones eponymous debut recording, released April 23, 1976, was a huge dividing line in the history of pop music. It was a rejection of progressive rock, Hollywood arranging, layered production, long, intricate guitar solos, happy radio-friendly songs, and every value that the world of mid-‘70s rock stood for. It celebrated simplicity, not complexity. The songs, many at 160 beats per minute or more, lasted two-and-a-half minutes tops, and focused lyrically on sex, drugs, violence, and Naziism. Though the debut album was not really a hit, peaking at #111 on the Billboard charts, it was a hit with critics and hugely influential on young musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. Without the Ramones, it’s hard to imagine the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and many other bands. Their emphasis on speed, rebellious minimalism, and tight musical focus still animates many punk musicians today.
Video Of The Week: KODO, The Heartbeat Of The Drum
You think you practice hard. The Heartbeat of the Drum takes you on the life journey of teenagers whose dream is to become members of the Kodo taiko troupe on Sado island. You learn very quickly in the film that becoming a drummer on Kodo is not for the faint of heart. More than nearly any art form, taiko drumming there is a way of life, demanding incredible discipline, focus, and commitment. The video features some incredible scenes of taiko in action. If you’re curious about the art or a fan, check it out.
Regina Drum Fest Features Purdie & More
The Fourth International Regina Drum Festival, using the theme “4/4 Rocks” will take place on September 26, 27 AND 28, 2014 at The Exchange and The Club in Regina, Saskatchewan (located at 2431 8th Avenue).
Organizer Jayson Brinkworth states. “The weekend will be very musically diverse, with everything from Metal, Jazz, Fusion and Pop to Funk, R & B, Rock, Latin and World Music.”
The 2014 Regina Drum Festival lineup includes Herman Matthews Herman Matthews (Los Angeles – Tower Of Power, Tom Jones), Chris Dimas (You Tube) and a double drum performance with Chris and the incredible drumming talents of Ross Bart (Regina - Music In The House). Plus YoungPete Alexander (Toronto – Jully Black), Matt Greiner (August Burns Red), Gerald Heyward (Beyonce, Michael Jackson,Mary J Blige), Dafnis Prieto (Michel Camilo, Proverb Trio), Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea, Robben Ford) and the legendary Bernard Purdie (ArethaFranklin, Steely Dan) plus the Regina Drum Festival House Band.
In addition there will be a drum expo and fastest hands competition. Tickets for the event are only $60 for a full weekend laminate or day passes will be available for $10 for Friday, $40 for Saturday, and $45 for Sunday . Festival tickets are available at Long and McQuade music in Regina and Saskatoon with more locations to be announced soon. Full weekend passes are also available online at http://www.ticketedge.ca. You can find the full weekend schedule, hotel information, ticket locations and all other details on our website http://www.jaysonbrinkworth.com/2014-international-regina-drum-festival/
Sabian: 20 Years Of AAX
Sabian is celebrating 20 years of AAX cymbals, the line that launched a new era of brightness, cut, and musicality when launched in 1993. Today, AAX remains of the top-selling cymbal series from any brand.
AAX cymbals were designed with a tone that Sabian calls Modern Bright—clean, clear, accurate-sounding cymbals that are capable of maintaining those qualities at high volume. Since the launch the AAX line has been extended into nearly every musical niche. There are an impressive range of models with sounds for every style and taste: think X-Plosion Crashes and Fast Crashes, accurate and crisp X-Celerator Hats, or the punchy, cutting Air Splashes.
The design of AAX started when founder and former President Bob Zildjian was looking to develop new products for the evolving sound of popular music. “I challenged my guys to come up with something new, something that would shake up the drum industry,” commented Bob Zildjian at the time. “Cymbals had been made pretty much the same way for centuries, and it was time for a game-changer. I was confident they could do it – and from the first time I heard AAX, I knew we had it!”
To celebrate 20 years of AAX, SABIAN is offering special pricing on some of the most popular AAX Crashes through October 1, 2014. For complete details on this limited-time promotion, visit sabian.com.
Drumerica Open To All Young Jazz, Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop Drummers
Drumerica Is Open to All Young Jazz, Rock, Latin, Metal And R&B Drummers.
No matter what style of music they play, aspiring drummers can show their talent, skill and personality by participating in the 2014 Drumerica drumming contest. Entry in the newly-created National Competition for Young Drummers is free and open to all 13 to 18 year old, male and female, U.S.-based drummers through August 1, 2014. Players merely have to visit http://www.drumerica.us, download one of the Jazz, Rock, Latin, R&B and Metal play-along tracks, record a drum video, upload it to YouTube and register for a chance to win thousands in prizes from leading drum companies, and be judged by a panel of celebrity judges.
First, second, and third place “Drumericans” will receive nearly $25,000 in prizes from top companies such as Musician’s Friend, School Of Rock, Crush Drum, TRX Cymbals, Evans, Promark, Modern Drummer, KAT Percussion and Desert Rock Sound Studios along with Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Cympad, KickPort, Gator, CRX, Drumlite, Alternative Press, Direct Sound, Jam Hub, Bass Plate, Drum Fun and the Percussive Arts Society.
The winners 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, Bryan Hitt, Hannah “Ford” Welton, Daru Jones, Big Mike Clemons, Jake Garland, Tino Arteaga, John DeChristopher, Demian Arriaga, Dylan Taylor, Nia Lovelis and Antoine Fadavi plus the editors of Modern Drummer magazine.
Visit http://www.drumerica.us to download the free, official play-along tracks and view the full list of prizes, sponsors and judges. For a chance to win prizes in Drumerica’s random drawings and mini-contests, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.