New Stewart Copeland Composition Premieres In February
UPDATE: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra just released this teaser video to promote the concert. Looks like it will be an incredible show.
Stewart Copeland has once again donned his composer guise and will premiere one of his newest pieces, “Gamelan D’Drum,” with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra augmented by the Dallas-based percussion ensemble D’Drum. Copeland met the members of D’Drum during The Police’s 2007—’08 reunion tour, and composed the three-movement, 35-minute composition with their unique blend of influences from Bali, Africa, Persia, and Western classical music in mind. The performances are slated for February 3—5, 2011, which might seem pretty far into the future to mark your calendar. But the concert’s promoters encourage potential attendees to book their tickets early, since the premiere falls on the same weekend as Super Bowl XLV in nearby Arlington, Texas. For more info, go here.
Stars Turn Out For Boston Drummer’s Benefit Show
It’s good to have friends in high places. Just ask John Sands, a Boston-based drummer who suffered a heart attack on November 15 and, like many musicians, didn’t have adequate health insurance to cover the massive costs of his recovery. So a quartet of some of Sands’ most well-known bandleaders staged a benefit concert on January 21 to help defray some of his expenses. The show took place at Boston’s Paradise rock club and featured sets by Aimee Mann, Ron Sexsmith, Lori McKenna, and Jess Tardy. According to the Boston Globe, at the show Sexsmith called the drummer (who is affectionately known as “Huggy Bear”) “one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.” We extend best wishes to Sands and his family.
Shine Custom Drums & Percussion Closes It Doors
(Left) Shine introduced its mid-priced Select Custom Series last year
It is with a heavy heart that we report the closure of Shine Drums, an American custom drum maker based in Sacramento, California. A victim of the ongoing recession, company founder Sean Staples decided he could no longer invest any more revenue into his struggling young company following a particularly bad 2010 holiday sales season.
Shine seemed to grow in leaps and bounds in recent years, moving beyond the elaborate custom-made kits that initially put the company on the map to a new lower-priced production line. Shine also introduced its own free-floating tom mounting system, and had even begun to carry its own branded series of pedals and hardware. We were impressed by their ambitiousness – they wanted to be Pearl rather than Pork Pie – although in retrospect, it’s possible that the company tried to grow beyond its means.
Ex-Oleander Drummer Jailed For Threatening Sacramento Mayor
A former drummer of the Sacramento-based band Oleander is spending the night in jail in the California capitol’s county jail this evening. Earlier in the day Fred Nelson, 43, was arrested on a probation violation after being accused of threatening the city’s Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Nelson reportedly approached the Mayor this morning at the Citizen Hotel and asked if Johnson would step outside to talk. When the Mayor refused, Nelson allegedly whispered that Johnson would be “out of office in four hours,” prompting the Mayor to signal security guards who detained Nelson.
Nelson was denied bail and is set to appear in court Friday.
Larry Mullen Jr. Loses Brazilian Lawsuit
It’s a good idea to watch what you say when you talk to the press. Just ask Larry Mullen Jr. of U2, who reportedly has lost a civil lawsuit brought against him in a Brazilian court by a local concert promoter.
During an interview he and Bono conducted in 2000 with the Brazilian media outlet O Globo, Mullen suggested that the promoter, Franco Bruni, failed to pay for two concerts the band played in 1998, during U2’s PopMart tour. However, Bruni was able to prove that he in fact had paid the concert fees (although he still owed the band “author’s rights,” which Bruni claimed were beyond his control).
According to a judicial website from Santa Catarina, Brazil, Bono (whose legal name is Paul David Hewson) was acquitted while Mullen, the journalist who conducted the interview, and the Brazilian media company InfoGlobo were found guilty. The three defendants were ordered to pay the equivalent of $480,000 U.S. in damages.