Bongo Legend Jack Costanzo Gives Lecture In Philadelphia
By Andy DoerschukPublished on October 28, 2010
Drummers and percussionists in Philadelphia have a unique opportunity to learn the story and insights of the legendary bongo player Jack Costanzo, when he appears on Wednesday, November 17 as part of the ongoing Inside Latin Jazz series. Moderated by flute soloist and professor at Whittier College, Danilo Lozano, Costanzo (a.k.a. Mr. Bongo) will reminisce about a career that began when he traveled to Havana in the late ’40s to study Afro-Cuban percussion, and culminated in a celebrated career that included work with Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Stan Kenton, Judy Garland, Harry James, Xavier Cugat, and many others. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Go here to buy tickets.
Vinny Appice Is Back In Two Bands
By Andy DoerschukPublished on October 27, 2010
After taking some much deserved down time following the break up of Heaven & Hell spurred by the tragic death of the band’s legendary singer Ronnie James Dio earlier this year, Vinny Appice has announced the formation of a new band of heavy metal ringers. Tentatively called Kill Devil Hill, the group also features former Pantera and current Down bassist Rex Brown, former Ratt guitarist Mark Zavon, and newcomer Dewey Bragg on vocals. But apparently that just isn’t enough action for former Black Sabbath drummer Appice, since he has also joined forces with Arms Of The Sun, yet another project that features Brown on bass. Look for releases from both bands in 2011.
Billy Martin DVD Distributed By Alfred Publishing
By Andy DoerschukPublished on October 27, 2010
UPDATE: Alfred Publishing has signed on to distribute Billy Martin’s DVD Life On Drums, which is now available for $19.99. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today at alfred.com/drums.
Please don’t blame us for being extra proud of DRUM! Magazine columnist Billy Martin. The famed drummer for Medeski Martin And Wood is poised to release Life On Drums, a DVD that blends a cinematic visual sense with an approach to instruction that prizes the intuitive and the creative over the merely technical. While Life On Drums covers Martin’s drumming concepts, methods, and philosophy, he chose to film the narrative as a conversation with his first drum teacher, Allen Herman, rather than speaking into a camera lens. In addition to both musical and verbal conversations with Herman, Life On Drums includes solo performances by Martin, a group of Martin's students performing some of his composed percussion pieces, and a piece featuring Martin alongside three horns (Marcus Rojas, Steven Bernstein, and Curtis Fowlkes). Life On Drums will be released on October by Vongole Films.
Four Drummers Play Musical Thrones
By Andy Doerschuk Published October 26, 2010
(Left) Meet Otus, a face only a drummer could love
The planets must be aligned or something, because there has been a decided flux of drummers coming and going from their respective bands. We just heard that My Chemical Romance has finally replaced Bob Bryar with Michael Pedicone, formerly of the Arizona band the Bled. However, the band has been careful to point out that Pedicone is just a touring drummer, not a full-fledged bandmember.
And on the colder side of the globe, those Finnish monster men in Lordi have announced their replacement for ex-drummer Kita, who had the audacity of showing his face in public without the band’s elaborately grusome costuming. (Can you blame him, though? It must be hot under all that silicone, or whatever the heck they use to make those masks.) Dude’s name is Otus, which translates into “thing” in Finnish. Fitting.
In addition, Georgia’s own rockers in Hallows Eve have brought a new drummer into the fold: Scooch. That’s right – just plain Scooch. Seems as if metal doesn’t require more than one name.
Breaking the mold, Unearth has parted easy with drummer Derek Kerswill over the proverbial “creative differences.” Confirming the news, Kerswill issued a statement: “Creative differences are real and unfortunately have gotten the best of me. I wish the guys luck in the future and thank you to everyone who ever loved and supported ’The March.’”
Jon Brookes Appears Onstage With The Charlatans
By Andy Doerschuk Published October 25, 2010
Jon Brookes, founding drummer for Charlatans UK, collapsed onstage and stopped breathing last night while the band was in mid-set at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. Fortunately, a doctor was in the audience and was able to help Brookes begin breathing normally before paramedics arrived and transported the drummer to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
“He has now been transferred to a larger hospital in the city for further tests,” the band’s statement read, “although his condition is said to be improving and doctors believe there will be no long term effects on his health.” It remains unclear whether the band will be able to continue its U.S. tour. Fans are advised to check the band’s website for further news.
UPDATE: The Charlatans have released the following statement:
The Charlatans US tour has been postponed, following the collapse of drummer Jon Brookes during a gig at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday night. Brookes is being flown back to the UK for further treatment, although is currently in a comfortable condition, and the band promise to keep everyone informed as and when the situation develops. The Charlatans are very upset at not being able to continue the tour but hope to reschedule the dates as soon as possible.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for The Charlatans has announced that drummer Jon Brookes has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is undergoing treatment. The band also says that it plans to proceed with its upcoming European tour, scheduled to begin October 5, with a replacement drummer.
UPDATE: The Charlatans have announced that former Verve drummer Pete Salisbury will fill in while the band’s founding drummer Jon Brookes undergoes treatment for brain cancer.
UPDATE: After collapsing onstage on Philadelphia on September 10 and undergoing subsequent brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes surprised fans when he appeared onstage in Birmingham, England last Saturday. Temporarily assuming the drum chair from his sub, former Verve drummer Pete Salisbury, Brookes performed the band’s final song of the night, “Sproston Green.” He wrote in a blog post: “A huge feeling of goodwill came head on towards me as over 2,000 Charlatans fans let me know that I was welcome back on stage. I took the deepest breath and tried to let it flow. I hope it sounded okay, but to be honest I have no real measure, it was like I would imagine doing the 100 metres in the Olympic games would feel like!! But please let me say thanks again to the Academy crowd for a top night!!”