Vater Relaunches Website With Cool Features
By Andy DoerschukPublished November 22, 2010
Those renegade lathe lovers at Vater Percussion have completely rebuilt the company’s website at vater.com. Not only can you expect easier navigation, but you can now access features, lessons, reviews, and artist interviews on any mobile device and translate the content into the language of your choice. One of the coolest new tools are the links in the product sections that direct users to similar stick models that are longer, shorter, thicker, have a different tip – the list goes on! There are plenty more goodies, like company news and a downloadable catalog, plus the stick mavens promise to continue refining the site with new options. Take it from us – it’s a wicked pissa!
Images From PASIC 2010: From Pridgen To Moore
Photos By DRUM! Published November 19, 2010
The PASIC show, held annually by the Percussive Arts Society, is one of the drumming industry's big events. This year's show was held in Indianapolis, November 11-13, 2010. Here's some shots from the show floor and from the clinics at the event, featuring Stanton Moore, Thomas Pridgen, and others.
Portland Drummer’s Killer Let Off Light
By Andy Doerschuk Published November 19, 2010
In the early hours of November 4, 2009, Portland Oregon drummer Kipp Crawford died in a particularly grusome manner. The 31-year-old was robbed while riding his bicycle home and left in the street after being assaulted, where he was then run over by two automobiles. The drivers knew each other and were on their way home after a night of drinking.
Yesterday one of the drivers, Felisa Larae Washington, pled guilty in the Multnomah County courthouse to driving under the influence, and was sentenced to 15 days in jail, three years of probation, a $1,000 fine, and treatment for addiction. Sadly, the district attorney’s office believed that it was the only change for which they could prosecute Washington. The other driver, Carlos Tyrone McCall, is contesting the drunken driving charge filed against him. Police are still searching for the robber. Crawford played with the band Celilo.
Stratavarius Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer
By Andy Doerschuk Published November 18, 2010
Today the Finnish heavy metal band Stratovarius announced that drummer Jörg Michael has been diagnosed with cancer after finding a lump on his neck. Doctors discovered a malignant thyroid neoplasm, and removed the entire gland. Michael will now have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy. “He is a fighter,” the band wrote in a statement. “We have all talked to him and it's clear that this guy is not down for the count.”
With Michael’s blessing, the band plans to continue with its plan to begin the Seven Sinner tour this month with Helloween, and have enlisted former Axxis drummer Alex Landenburg to fill in until Michael is well enough to get back behind the kit.
Black Water Rising Drummer Contributes To Cookbook
By Andy Doerschuk Published November 17, 2010
Apparently Mike Meselsohn is just as handy with a spatula as he is with a pair of sticks. Black Water Rising’s drummer is one of the many metal artists who have contributed recipes to the new cookbook Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes & Mayhem From The Heavyweights Of Heavy Metal. Almost five years in the making, the book features contributions from such legends as Lemmy, Zakk Wylde, Pantera, Megadeth, GWAR, Anthrax, and Guns ’N Roses. Artist proceeds from sales of the book will benefit The Meals On Wheels Charity. Meselsohn recommends that metal fans “put up your devil horns and get ready to throw down in the kitchen!” You can buy the book here.