Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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Monday, October 18, 2010
I meant to post this post a few weeks ago, (25 Sept) but well… better late than never ….
There are drummers and there are DRUMMERS. John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham was the latter. The anchor of the heaviest band ever to grace the stage, Led Zeppelin, and undoubtedly the best drummer in rock 'n' roll history, he died on this day 30 years ago. After a day of heavy drinking, he was put to bed at band member Jimmy Page's home and was found the next morning by his other bandmate, John Paul Jones. A sad day in rock history. When one thinks of this incident, Don McLean's song "American Pie" comes to mind because an aspect of music definitely died that day.
“Bonzo: The Groove Remains The Same," a tribute in honor of the legendary sticksman, is being held today, September 25, at the Key Club in Los Angeles, California. The program features a plethora of renowned drummers. Here’s a list of who’ll be attending:
Steve Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES, ADLER’S APPETITE) Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER) Fred Coury (CINDERELLA)
Jimmy D'Anda (BULLETBOYS) James Kottak (SCORPIONS) Abe Laboriel (PAUL MCCARTNEY) Khurt Maier (SALTY DOG) Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION) Chris Slade (THE FIRM, AC/DC)
Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, CHICKENFOOT) Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, BILLY IDOL) Joe Travers (ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, DURAN DURAN) Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO)
Zoe Bonham Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL)
Kenny Aronoff (JOHN COUGAR, JOHN FOGERTY) Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
Jason Bonham’s set to kick off his own tribute to his dad, the Led Zeppelin Experience Tour, on October 8, 2010, in Canada. Long live the echoes of John Bonham's thunderous, primal beats
1 CD to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the musical career of Mamady Keita--Master of djembé! Recorded & filmed during his world tour in 2009, M. Keita is playing along with drum players & singers of the Sewa Kan band with the great Kora player Prince Diabate & the flute and saxo player Manu Hermia.
Available worldwide: Autumn 2010 European Tour: Autumn/Winter 2010 2011
Monday, October 11, 2010
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Classic case of a drummer spending far too long rehearsing his Motley Crüe poses in front of a mirror, only to find himself, 30 years later, in a church wearing a gold jacket. Don’t stop believing …………………..
Monday, August 2, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
A musician has harnessed the power of two Nintendo Wiimotes to become a cyborg percussionist with the robo-band Jazari. His playing of one drum machine can evoke an automated response from another, so that he can go around the drum circle in a beautiful display of human-robot improvisation.
The man behind the machine, Patrick Flanagan, is a composer who cites music theory, music cognition, and machine learning as the three “chin-stroking disciplines” that influence his work. He created Jazari with a nod to Al-Jazari, a polymath of the Arab world in the 13th century who supposedly created the world’s first robot band.