Killers Drummer To Release Solo Album
The Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vanucci isn’t waiting for somebody to give the drummer some. He decided to take matters into his own hands and record his first solo album, Big Talk, which is scheduled for release on July 11. Produced at the band’s Las Vegas studio, Big Talk reveals Vamnucci’s multi-instrumental and vocal talents. “I needed to do this,” Vanucci said. “It’s such a departure from what I’m used to, but now, having done it, it feels like the right thing to do. It all feels very natural. I can’t sit on a couch very long!” The first single from the album, “Getaways,” will be released on May 10.
Mike Mangini Chosen As New Dream Theater Drummer!
Ever since we announced that Mike Portnoy had parted ways with Dream Theater last September, speculation has run wild about the drummer who would ultimately take his place.
The wait is over. After a long period of silence – while the band conducted auditions, wrote new material, and recorded a new album – Dream Theater has announced that Mike Mangini will take over the drum chair once so closely associated with Portnoy. With his superhuman chops and perfect pedigree, Mangini seems like a logical choice, but he did have to outshine six of the world’s most extreme chops monsters to score the gig: Marco Minnemann, Thomas Lang, Aquiles Priester, Derek Roddy, Virgil Donati, and Peter Wildoer.
“The day that I got the phone call to be in Dream Theater, it took my brain a minute to assemble what was going on, and when it sank in, the feeling was just of tremendous relief,” Mangini said. “It means so much to me, I almost felt like crying a couple of times [laughs]. I didn't know what to do. What it means to me to be part of not only such a legendary band, but this band, is a sense of fulfillment and purpose. I feel like a puzzle piece, and with Mike [Portnoy] in particular, I feel really honored to carry on the torch for him; I'm carrying on his spirit.'” To watch the final video installment documenting Dream Theater’s drummer auditions, in which Mangini get the all-important phone call from the band, go here.
You can look for the band’s upcoming album and extensive world tour, which kicks off on July 4 in Rome, Italy, as well as more special coverage only on DRUMmagazine.com.
Larry Mullen Jr. Makes Film Debut At Cannes
After spending decades in the relative obscurity of Bono’s shadow during his long tenure as U2’s drummer, Larry Mullen Jr. will finally step into the spotlight when his film, Strangers On A Train, debuts at this year’s famed Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. Mullens produced and composed the soundtrack for this remake of the French classic L'Homme du Train, and also stars as a would-be bank robber who crosses paths with a retiring schoolteacher.
We hope to see it in the colonies soon.
Tommy Lee Switches Back To Pearl Drums
It’s true – what goes around comes around.
Tommy Lee has changed his drum endorsement back to Pearl Drum Company after a very long relationship with DW. What’s more, Lee – known for his groundbreaking flying drum riser and often eccentric and always unique setups – will play one of Pearl’s new E Pro Live electronic/acoustic drum kits during Mötley Crüe’s upcoming summer tour.
Introduced last year, Pearl’s E Pro Live kit is built around wood shells and looks like a real acoustic kit, except for its Tru Trac electronic drumheads, which reproduce all of the intricacies a drummer hears when playing acoustic drums.
This should be interesting.
Drummer Stabbed At Venice Drum Circle
Drum circles are supposed to invest a feeling of unity and community among participants, but that hypothesis was shattered in an instant when a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the chest on Easter Sunday at the long-lived Venice Beach drum circle in southern California. The attack took place when a fight broke out at 7:45 p.m. between the victim, who was among the drummers jamming on the beach, and the attacker, who immediately fled the scene and is still on the loose. The unidentified victim is hospitalized in stable condition.