Chad Smith Sits In With Seth Meyers Band This Week
Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is sitting in for Fred Armisen this week on Late Night With Seth Meyers." The bandleader is taking a week off and Chad is stepping in to fill his big shoes. It's part of a busy media year for Chad, which is rumored to include another charity drum battle rematch with his doppelganger Will Ferrell, as well as a new Chili Peppers album and tour sometime late this year or early next year.
Zim Music Inc. Named U.S. Distributor of Los Cabos Drumsticks
After years of operating a family-owned woodworking business making legs for tables and chairs, Larry and Gillian Guay were introduced to drumstick manufacturing over ten years ago. With their decades of woodworking experience they created Los Cabos Drumsticks in 2005 with the goal of offering quality drumsticks, timpani mallets, brushes and other percussion tools with the goal of environmental sustainability. The name Los Cabos (the cape) was chosen as a way to reflect the unique qualities of the company’s home province of New Brunswick, Canada.
“We can’t be more excited to be working with the folks at Los Cabos and making their great drumsticks available in the U.S. market” says ZMI President, Derek Zimmerman. "The addition of Los Cabos drumsticks to ZMI's portfolio of products, that includes Impression Cymbals is a natural fit, and we look forward to being able to provide these high quality products to the dealer base and U.S. percussionists.”
ZimMusicInc. will be shipping Los Cabos Drumsticks out of its Southern California distribution center.
Royal Blood Pumps Fresh Oxygen Into US Tour Season
Positive Drumming News Of The Week: June 3, 2015
Story: Drums, Not Drugs. A Romanian Death Metal Drummer does his part to fight heroin abuse and an HIV epidemic in that country.
Video: First takes are often best, even if they're rough. That was the case with "Sweet Child Of Mine" off of Appetite For Destruction, the biggest rock record of its day. Steven Adler, the former Gun 'N' Roses drummer discusses how that recording was made and how AA changed his life. It's all in a video edition of Inside Metal.
Video: Drummer Michael Cartellone (currently with Lynrd Skynrd, formerly with Damn Yankees) is a fine artist as well as a drummer. His latest gallery show is "The Four Davids."
Story: A look back: Levon Helm's Five Finest Moments with the band. One writer's perspective.
Photos (charity): Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers now devotes significant amounts of time to working with kids and school music programs. He was honored for his efforts in a Little Kids Rock ceremony at Facebook in Menlo Park, California.
Indiegogo Video: Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfeld is composing music for a proposed animated short series on the world's great cities. Portions of the proceeds will go to youth charities.
SJC Drums Reality Video. SJC Drums was the darling of the indy music scene. But profits have been harder to come by than accolades. In May the company was featured on "The Profit" TV show in the US. After a big cash investment, the founders and new managers are rebuilding the biz and building new lines of drums. It's good TV that goes behind the scenes of the drumset business.
SJC Pulled Back From The Brink
Edgy Drum Brand Featured On "The Profit" Reality Series
SJC Drums has been an iconic alternative music drum company with a reputation for snagging great endorsers from the indy scene. But profits have been harder to come by than accolades. In May of this year the company was featured on "The Profit" TV show in the US. After a big cash investment from Marcus Lemonis, the founders and new managers are rebuilding the biz and building new lines of drums. It's TV, but it's pretty good TV that goes behind the scenes of the drum set business.