Naked Drummer Statue Causes A Stir In UK
Drummers aren’t known for being particularly shy, but the recent unveiling of a statue in the UK city of Lemon Quay, Truro, in the county of Cornwall, has caused quite a stir for its brazen and unashamed state of undress.
Designed by the Belfast-born sculptor Tim Shaw, the bronze statue named “The Drummer” rises 15 feet above a town square, and has raised quite a few eyebrows for being anatomically correct, and very much so.
Thousands were on hand to watch Queen drummer Roger Taylor (pictured at left) – who originally hailed from Cornwall – unveil the statue while a squad of marching drummers played nearby. "No anatomical part of it was modeled on me," Taylor quipped.
But why a drummer? Why Cornwall? The sculptor explains that Cornwall is “a place whose drum beats differently to anywhere else.” Works for me.
Gon Bops Signs Cuban Legend Orestes Vilato
The conga craftsmen at Gon Bops have scored a big win! The legendary American percussion company just announced that it signed Orestes Vilato to its roster of endorsers.
Originally from Cuba, Vilato’s unique style on timbales is one of the most emulated in Latin music. Credits include a nine year-stint with Santana, and recordings and performances with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock, Linda Ronstadt, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Dave Valentin, Israel “Cachao” López, Paco De Lucia, and many others. He earned a Grammy nomination for his 2009 solo CD, It's About Time, as well as for the groundbreaking 1995 album Ritmo y Candela, alongside fellow Cuban percussion legends Carlos “Patato” Valdez and José Luis Quintana (a.k.a. Changuito).
City Considers Renaming Waterfall After Deceased Drummer
The city council of Abbotsville, British Columbia, Canada will consider a request to rename a waterfall after Devon Clifford, the former drummer for You Say Party!, who passed away last April at the age of 30.
Clifford, a former resident of Abbotsville, collapsed onstage while the band performed at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre and died hours later, a consequence of a congenital disease that led to massive bleeding in his brain.
His parents, Ron and Edna Clifford, petitioned the city council to rename the waterfall in Bassani Park on Sumas Mountain after their son. It was a place where their son would often retreat for peace, quiet, and solace.
“[The waterfall] was just somewhere Devon used to go to. It was his special place to go as he grew up in Abbotsford,” Clifford’s mother told the Abbotsville Mission Times. “Now it's a special place for us to go and for the people that loved him.”
Ringo Starr Autographs Drums For Charity
(Left) Helen Dolas an Remo Belli display the autographed drums
Ringo Starr has autographed three 14" Remo Buffalo Frame Drums to be used to benefit Southern California nonprofit, Arts And Services For Disabled (ASD). The Beatles drummer responded to a request by friend Remo Belli, Founder of Remo, Inc. ASD is a locally based 501(c)3 organization that works with more than 300 developmentally disabled adults in Southern California, offering music and arts therapy as part of its creative arts-oriented curriculum. In operation for more than 30 years, ASD has recently been impacted by shortfalls in the California State budget, and will use the autographed drums as a featured auction item in a September fundraiser.
“The event being planned will celebrate our ArtBeat For Humanity initiative, where students create art on Remo frame drums,” says Helen Dolas, Founder and CEO of ASD. “It’s one of the earliest forms of personal artistic embellishment on a unique item which allows for self-expression – very appropriate given some of our artists’ challenges.”
Kenny Aronoff Builds Drum Tracking Room In L.A.
After spending the better part of the past couple decades sequestered in recording studios around the world, Kenny Aronoff knows a thing or two about room sound. So when he finally decided to create his own drum room/recording studio in North Hollywood, he turned to Auralex to help him achieve a degree of flexibility. The company suggested that he place several 2' x 4' panels in areas with exposed bare wall surfaces, as well as stand-mounted LENRD bass traps, which can be moved closer or further away from the kit depending on how “live” or “dry” he wanted his drums to sound. The icing on the cake were some ceiling-mounted Auralex Q’Fusors to help reduce any harsh reflections from the cymbals to the overhead mikes and help keep some sound energy in the room so it does not become too dry or "dead" sounding. The session great swears by the outcome: “This flexibility is important so I can accommodate people from all over the world that send me their music for me to record my drums and percussion on.”