Gon Bops Named Company To Watch At NAMM
Momentum has been building up a head of steam behind Gon Bops, the legendary West Coast percussion company that was purchased by Sabian a couple years ago. So it seems fitting that the company was selected as one of the “Companies To Watch” by the Best in Show panel at the 2011 Summer NAMM show last weekend. Made up of six music retail experts, the committee’s Brad Boynton made Gon Bops his choice in this important category.
“They launched the Mariano series, and they are fundamentally different from the rest of the pack. They have some new artists this year. This company is going to be around for a while and definitely one to watch,” declared Boynton to the audience of over 350 NAMM attendees that gathered at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel. Boynton owns and operates Rhythm Traders, Portland, Oregon’s sole member of the Five Star Drum Shops organization.
Sabian Launches Online Swag Shop
Face it – drummers wear their loyalties on their chests like a badge of honor. That’s why Sabian has launched a brand new online clothing and swag shop. Featuring men’s and women’s clothing, hats and bags, SabianSwag.com makes it easy and affordable for buyers to purchase and wear Sabian gear – from t-shirts to vintage leather jackets to bags. Click here to check it out!
Copeland, Carey & Peart Jam On “Count Drumula”
Some talking heads are calling it a new super group, although the new video featuring Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Danny Carey, and Les Claypool sure looks like little more than an impromptu jam session to us. Nonetheless, the clip – titled “Count Drumula” and recorded in Copeland’s L.A. studio – features some lively drumming underneath the repeated droning chant: “One, two, three, four.” Two particularly odd sightings — Carey coaxing goose honks on a trombone during select passages and DW mainstay Peart playing one of Copeland’s Tama kits (gasp!).
Enjoy the moment. This is a one-off, for sure.
Suffering Phil Collins Helped Out Of Mojo Awards
Former Genesis singer and drummer Phil Collins had to be helped out of the Mojo Awards in London last weekend, as the painful nerve damage that scuttled his drumming career flared up during the ceremony. The 60-year-old Collins was on hand to present an Icon Award to none other than Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, but was forced to leave before he had the chance to do so.
It has been reported that Collins’ condition is the result of many years spent playing drums with improper posture, which crushed his spinal cord.
Rock News Desk reports that before leaving the event Collins said: “I actually don’t like music that much. I don’t really listen to music.”
Amy Winehouse Played Drums On Final Night
A former security guard for Amy Winehouse has reported that the troubled British singer spent her last night alone, watching videos and playing drums in the bedroom of her two million pound house in north London. The noise prompted complaints from neighbors, who thought the singer was hosting a loud party. The guard reported that he checked on Winehouse the following morning and found her sleeping, then returned later to discover that she had died. The cause of death has yet to be determined.