Inquest: Ex-Stereophonics Drummer Died Of Asphyxiation
By Andy Doerschuk Published October 20, 2010
UPDATE: Yesterday an inquest into the cause of former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable’s death found that he choked on vomit as a result of acute alcohol poisoning following a three-day drinking binge. Pathologist David Stock found Stuart had 407 microgrammes of alcohol in 100millilitres of blood. The legal limit for driving is 80.
Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable was found dead in his South Wales house early in the morning on June 7. Local police declined to report on his cause of death until completion of a full investigation, however it has been reported that the 40-year-old Cable had spent Sunday night drinking at a local pub in his hometown of Llwydcoed, where he left his car overnight, and then entertained some friends at his house into the late evening.
Cable was one of the founding members of Stereophonics, a U.K. alternative rock band that enjoyed a quick ascent to the top of the British charts after the release of its 1996 debut album, Word Gets Around. After performing with the band on three studio albums and a greatest hits package, Cable was fired in 2003, shortly before he planned to quit, according to his 2009 autobiography, Demons And Cocktails. In recent years, Cables had hosted his own television and radio shows for BBC Wales and XFM, took part in a campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer, and formed a new band, Killing For Company, which had been slated to appear at the Download Festival, in Donington Park this coming weekend.
Video: Tim Yeung Cuts Tracks With Morbid Angel
By Andy Doerschuk Published October 19, 2009
We just stumbled across this cool video of Tim Yeung tracking drums at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida for Morbid Angel’s next album, which is due in early 2011. Yeung is sitting in for the band’s longtime drummer Pete Sandoval, who is recovering from back surgery. The thing that we found so cool about this clip is that you see exactly how Yeung recorded his parts – playing solo in the tracking room, ostensibly playing along to a click track or scratch demo. As a result, you really get a chance to witness his precise articulation.
Once A Pepper: Chad Smith Won’t Tour With Chickenfoot
Chad Smith won’t tour with Chickenfoot next year. The release of the super group’s sophomore album and subsequent tour will veer too close to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ next album — the band’s first since 1996’s Stadium Arcardium, which earned seven Grammy awards.
It must have been a tough choice. On the one hand you have Chickenfoot, a band of music legends, with Sammy Hagar on vocals, Joe Satriani on guitar, and Michael Anthony on bass. On the other hand, you have one of the biggest bands in the history of rock. In the end, Smith’s musical DNA is far too invested in the Chili Peppers sound.
“I’d love to play with Chickenfoot and I’m pretty certain I’ll be able to finish the second record,” Smith told MusicRadar.com. “I’m really excited to get deeper into the mussy with those guys. Touring, though? I don’t see how.”
History Of L.A. Drumming On Pro Drum Shop Documentary
By Andy Doerschuk Published October 18, 2010
I have a particularly soft spot in my heart for Hollywood’s venerable Professional Drum Shop. In 1980, my hi-hat pedal broke during my first couple weeks in Los Angeles, so I took it to the Pro Drum Shop to get it fixed. Walking in the door I was greeted by owner Stan Keyawa, who asked what I needed. I showed him my broken pedal, which he took to the store’s small repair table and fixed with a few hammer strokes. When I asked how much I owed him, he handed me the pedal and said, “Ahh, don’t worry about it.” I because a loyal customer from that point forward, as have legions of drummers — both famous and amateur — who couldn’t resist the rich old-school flavor of this historic drumming landmark. Now the store has released a DVD documentary entitled Professional Drum Shop’s 50 Years, which takes the viewer on a journey through Hollywood’s recording and drumming industry, with rare film clips, pictures, stories, and interviews with some of the most famous and influential drummers of our time, including Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner, Joe Porcaro, Emil Richards, Jake Hanna, and Remo Belli. Believe me, this story begged to be told. For more information call 323-469-6285 or go here.
Kosa Announces Details For Kosa Cuba 2011
By Andy Doerschuk Published October 18, 2010
The perpetual percussion education machine otherwise known as Kosa has announced the details of its 2011 edition of Kosa Cuba. The weeklong intensive study program will take place from March 6–13, is open to all ages and levels of expertise, and will incorporate the Havana Fiesta Del Tambor percussion competition. Participants will experience intensely fulfilling days of hands-on classes and workshops on a variety of percussion instruments, including conga, bongo, timbales, bata, and drum set, in addition to lectures and cultural visits. All instruments will be provided. This year’s faculty will include Cuba’s most recognized artists, including Giraldo Piloto and his band Klimax, Julio Lopez Sanchez, Jean Roberto San Cristobal, Panga, Yaroldy Abreu, Amedito Valdes, Adel Gonzalez, among others. Seminars in the history and development of Cuban music will be led by respected ethnomusicologist Dr. Olavo Rodriguez. For more information, call 1-800-541-8401 or go here.