?uestlove's Got Beef With Nivea
Looks like Roots drummer ?uestlove's got a bone to pick with Nivea. Yes, it's random and yes, it's for good reason. The company recently released a new advertising campaign that tells customers to "re-civilize themselves," picturing a well-groomed man about to hurl a severed head that looks an awful lot like the drummer's across an empty parking lot. Maybe not intended to be interpreted this way, ?uestlove still Tweeted and Facebooked about the event, calling the company out on its advertising skills. Here's what he wrote on Facebook:
Forbidden Loses Drummer & Cancels Tour
Heavy metallers Forbidden have announced, quite regrettably, that their European tour has been cancelled. Guitarist Craig Locicero spoke out saying, "Due to family obligations on the part of our longtime drummer Mark Hernandez, Forbidden is forced to cancel its tour of Europe and will start to search for an adequate permanent replacement right away. Unfortunately, at this late date, there is no time nor budget to find a replacement and our only option right now is to cancel the entire tour."
He repeatedly apologized to the band's promoters, label and "most importantly, our fans who have been waiting for us to finally make it overseas for our first proper European tour in support of Omega Wave. This is a collective kick to everyone's stomach and it is very difficult for us to swallow."
Locicero says, "We all love Mark and hope he finds peace and serenity in his future with his family. In the meantime, we will continue and take the momentum we have gained from Omega Wave and use it as fuel for the next record and beyond!"
John Mahon To Play With Elton John In Vegas
You might think "The Million Dollar Piano" is a movie about a piano that becomes a butt-kicking boxer after Clint Eastwood gets his hands on it, but strangely enough, you would be wrong. "The Million Dollar Piano" is Elton John's latest project debuting September 28 at Caesar's Palace – a show centering around a custom made, $1 million piano.
Drummer and percussionist John Mahon, known for his work with many bands and artists including Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Bonnie Raitt, and Edgar Winter has signed on to lend his talents to the show, which will play 10 weeks a year for three years. Mahon will be using all LP percussion instruments, including their new Classic Top Tuning congas with matching bongos in Vintage Sunburst. The show calls for a vibrant stage, so Mahon's drums will fit in perfectly. It is Vegas after all!
First Look: Todd Sucherman’s Methods & Mechanics II
Hudson Music, the company behind dozens of the world’s best teaching videos, has announced the upcoming release of Methods and Mechanics 2: Life on the Road - Songs, Solos, Stories and Lessons. This brand-new 2-DVD set was co-produced by Todd Sucherman and Eric Dorris, and is a follow-up to Todd's enormously successful, multiple-award-winning first DVD release.
The four-hour, 2-DVD set includes 15 song performances with analysis and breakdowns, including the music of Styx and others. Todd also covers topics such as odd phrasing, hand exercises and applications, concepts for practice routines, and an extensive look at ghost notes. He also touches on several topics rarely covered on other drum DVDs, including career development ideas and concepts to navigate through life as a touring/working musician. Many other concepts and tips are also presented, along with several new drum solos.
Check out the pre-release clip in HD here.You can order it here.
Beating Cancer One World Record At A Time
Last weekend Steve Gaul broke the world record for marathon drumming, performing for 121 hours straight, an hour longer than the previous record. He began on Friday, August 5th at 8am and ended on Wednesday, August 10th at 9am, drumming continuously with breaks no longer than 30 seconds between songs.
Why exactly did he do this? "To beat cancer," he said. "To help people beat cancer. To inspire people to get off their asses. One sure way to beat cancer - eat healthy and exercise. It may prevent getting cancer, and if you do, you will have the strength to fight. Stay strong, be positive and fight like hell!"
His goal was to raise $500,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. He is a cancer survivor himself and his sister is currently undergoing treatment for Paranasal Cancer.