Street Drum Corps Books 4-Week Run At Roxy
By Andy Doerschuk Published November 2, 2010
Those three punk pounders in Street Drum Corps are once again going where few percussion ensembles have gone before. Beginning on November 16, the band will appear for four consecutive Tuesdays at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood to debut material from their upcoming release, Big Noise. We’re told that special guests are lined up to appear at each show, which could be a treat considering such drumming luminaries as Tommy Lee, Matt Sorum, Shannon Leto, and Brandon Saller all performed cameos on the band’s upcoming release. Go here for tickets.
Premier Drums To Return To U.S. Shops In 2011
By Andy Doerschuk Published on November 1, 2010
After enjoying decades of global success, the legendary U.K. brand Premier Percussion endured an especially rough ride in the United States in recent years. In fact, after a succession of ownership changes, including a brief merger with Yamaha during the late ’80s, the company found itself undergoing debt restructuring and disappeared almost entirely from the U.S. market. But Premier is poised to once again appear in U.S. drum shops, now that the company has struck a deal with American distributor Universal Percussion. Word has it that the company will display its high-end Premier Series Elite and Classic kits, as well as mid-price Genista models at the 2011 Winter NAMM show in Southern California this coming January, which means you can expect to see Premier kits in U.S. drum shops by mid-year.
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.