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Jason Bittner “What Drives The Beat” DVD

Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall

Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner is featured on a new Hudson Music DVD release entitled “What Drives The Beat.” The DVD features over 3 hours of peformance and instructional footage from the two-time grammy nominated, multiple readers poll-winning drummer.

One segment titled “Double-Bass Crash Course” will be a highlight for many drummers.

“The step-by-step method for developing foot control, power, endurance and speed is explained and demonstrated in detail while foot cameras and split-screen shots augment the instructional material. 16th, Triplet, 32nd, Combo, Shuffle, Ruff and Blast Beat patterns are covered with all the examples and exercises included in an exclusive PDF eBook that can be printed and used for lessons and practice.”

Some other segments featured include…

  • The Basic Beats and Fills of Metal Drumming
  • Applying Rudiments
  • Hand and Foot Technique
  • Developing Both Feet Evenly
  • Two-Handed Ride Patterns
  • How To “Metalfy” Jazz, Funk, Shuffles, Slow Blues and World Beats
  • Soloing

    Jason Bittner will preseumably be featured playing on one of his Tama Starclassic drum kits on this DVD, and it’s something well worth picking up if you’re a metal drummer.


    October 20, 2008   No Comments

    “No, I Said LEFT At Dave Grohl Alley!”

    Dave Grohl

    Millions of adoring fans, platinum records, two studios (depending on which coast you feel like being on). What do you get for the rock star who already has everything? How about your very own street? That is right, Dave Grohl, our favorite drummer / jack-of-all-trades is to have a street in Warren, Ohio named after him.

    The once Market Alley will soon become ‘Dave Grohl Alley’ as Warren, Ohio celebrates its biggest rock star. Now lets just see how long city officials in Warren can keep THAT roadsign from being stolen. ROADTRIP!

    October 18, 2008   No Comments

    Make Your Own Slipknot Mask For Halloween

    Homemade Slipknot Mask for Halloween

    The “how-to” site Instructables.com is running a DIY Halloween contest where people can submit their homemade Halloween costume ideas. I came across a DIY Slipknot Mask instrutable which can be helpful for anybody out there who doesn’t want to pay top dollar for the official masks.

    A lot of the supplies you need for this project are things that can easily be found around the house.


    Foil If you don’t have at least 4 feet of foil, you will have to buy more.
    Leather I found an old leather jacket and cut up the leather from that.
    Zipper (optional) For my mouth I used some of the zipper from the old jacket, but you can do whatever you want.
    Sewing Needle Get a large one for it will have to be sharp to sew up the mask.
    Thread You will need thread the same color as your leather and some red thread as well.
    Elastic Bands
    Scissors A large, sharp pair is recommended.
    Newspaper For the paper mache part.
    Flour You will need 1/3 cup of flour.
    Water You will need 1/2 cup of water.
    Glue I used a glue stick.

    Depending on what you want your mask to look like, you may use some other items.

    Check out the “How To Make A Slipknot Mask For Free Page” for a walkthrough with pictures and more details. For drummers, some minor adjustments to the mask pictured, (like white fabric instead of leather and dark markings) can turn it into a Joey Jordison mask.

    Of course a lot of people wouldn’t recognize that you’re a drummer unless you’re either carrying around a snare drum and floor tom. To make it easy you could just carry a pair of drumsticks with you.

    October 17, 2008   No Comments

    Buddy Rich Memorial Concert Featuring Neil Peart, Chad Smith & More

    John Blackwell On Drums

    If you haven’t checked out Drum Channel do yourself a favor and visit their site. It has comprehensive interviews, performance footage and updates about everything drumming related.

    On October 18th at 7:30PM EST/4:30PM PST, Drum Channel will be streaming the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The concert will feature Neil Peart, Chad Smith, John Blackwell, Terry Bozzio, Tommy Igoe, Efrain Toro, Nick Rich plus special guests.

    All of these amazing drummers will be paying tribute to Buddy Rich. However, they will also be performing tracks from their respective bands, with Neil Peart playing Rush’s “YYZ” and Chad Smith performing the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit “Dani California”.

    It’s hard to believe that some of these drummers learned so much and got so far from learning on marching drums in their youth, particularly John Blackwell. These guys have years of high-profile touring under their belts too though. This is a drumming event you shouldn’t miss and its free!

    October 16, 2008   No Comments

    Ringo Starr To Fans: Stop Writing Me!


    Famed Beatles drummer and Ludwig Drum endorser Ringo Starr has publicly addressed his fans with a message: stop writing me!


    In a video clip posted on Starr’s official website he says…


    “This is a serious message to everybody watching, I want to tell you that after the 20th of October please do not send any fanmail to any address you have. If that is the date on the envelope, it’s gonna be tossed. I’m warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fanmail. Thank you. No more objects to be signed. Nothing.”


    The NME hypothesized that an abnormally large amount of fanmail being sent to Ringo Starr could be the result of a 1991 Simpsons episode he was featured in. The episode in question is titled “Brush With Greatness” and in it Starr claims that he will answer every piece of fanmail he receives.



    October 15, 2008   3 Comments

    No New Weezer Album After Tour

    Apparently Weezer drummer Pat Wilson misspoke, or something else is a afoot. Pat Wilson told Billboard on the first day of Weezer’s current US tour that the band would be heading back to the studio with Jacknife Lee in November to record a follow up to the band’s “Red Album.”

    Guitarist Brian Bell has just recently told Spinner.com that this isn’t exactly happening…

    “Someone jumped the gun,” Bell notes, without directly implicating his bandmate. Bell suggests that the band’s current aim is to “focus on promoting The Red Album, and when we have the songs and the time feels right, we’ll record.” According to the guitarist, Weezer’s attitude toward non-Cuomo contributions of late has been a friendly one, and as such, productivity’s at an all time high. Even still, says Bell, “it would be kind of silly to put a timeline on a record that we felt wasn’t ready.”

    When I first heard the news from Billboard about another Weezer album coming out so soon, I was skeptical. Last time the band had a successful record (The “Green Album”) and immediately followed it up (”Maladroit”), that record didn’t do so well.

    It is exciting that all of the band members will be collaborating this time around. It seems some of the bands best early material was the result of collaborations. Drummer Pat Wilson was never really known for being a busy or even complicated player, but his early work with the band on his Yamaha drum kit was exactly what the songs needed. He is now a Ludwig drums endorser and can be seen playing Ludwig drums exclusively.

    Weezer is currently in the midst of finishing up their current US arena tour with Angels & Airwaves as the opener.

    10-14 Inglewood, CA - Great Western Forum
    10-17 San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
    10-18 Phoenix, AZ - Arizona State Fair
    10-20 Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
    10-21 Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theater
    10-23 Houston, TX - Reliant Arena
    10-25 Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena


    October 14, 2008   No Comments

    Led Zeppelin To Recurit New Singer For Reunion Tour?

    A while back rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion were squashed by Robert Plant, via a statement on his website indicating that he would not be participating.

    However, a new rumor has surfaced recently, courtesy of former Twisted Sister front man Dee Snyder (of all people). Supposedly, the other original members of Led Zeppelin and Jason Bonham are considering reuniting with the singer of Creed off-shoot Alter Bridge as a sort-of bargaining chip.

    Snyder told MuchMoreMusic: “They’re saying [to Robert], ‘We’re all rehearsed, we’re ready to go, here’s a gazillion dollars on the table. If you don’t do it, we’re going out with this kid. And he can sing the shit out of Zeppelin.’ And they’re gonna, like, hope that Robert, at the last minute, will go, ‘OK’, and step in…”

    It is quite mysterious how Dee Snyder could know this kind of information, but it is interesting nonetheless.

    Jason Bonham, (John Bonham’s son), has gotten many accolades for his drumming at Led Zeppelin’s 02 Arena Reunion show. Dave Grohl even stated in the press that Jason Bonham’s performance was “amazing.” His current kit is somewhat simlar to his father’s in that he plays larger size Ludwig drums.

    My own drum kit is meant to be in the style of John Bonham and Dave Grohl, but its a combination of Pacific drums and Tama drums. I’d love to get a set of Ludwig’s similar to Bonham’s setup, as I’ve played them and they sound great.


    October 13, 2008   No Comments

    Nine Inch Nails Drummer, Josh Freese, Leaving After US Tour


    It’s official…Josh Freese is leaving Nine Inch Nails sometime during their upcoming US tour. Front man, Trent Reznor, wrote a message to fans on the band’s web site:

    Freese has explained that his reason for leaving is nothing personal with Reznor and they have mentioned that they will remain friends.

    “Josh Freese [NIN's current drummer] fans, be sure to check out a show on the upcoming North American leg of the tour, as sadly they will be the last ones he’s playing with us. He informed me he’s leaving the tour at the end of this year. Yes, we are still dear friends. No, I’m not sure what we are going to do.”

    Maybe he should ask his fans for advice… He has already recently asked fans to take an online survey saying,”As we’ve moved from the familiar world of record labels and BS into the unknown world of doing everything yourself, we’ve realized it would benefit us and our ability to interact with you if we knew more about what you want, what you like, what you look like naked, etc.”

    Maybe he should follow in Radiohead’s steps, doing a video remix contest or Weezer by getting fans to come play at their shows.

    October 12, 2008   No Comments

    Lars Ulrich Selling Basquiat Painting For $12 Million

    Looking for some fine art? Got 12 million dollars? Then head over to the Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale in New York on November 12th. In addition to being a famous drummer for heavy metal band, Metallica, Ulrich is also known for being a fine art collector.

    “As a collector I view myself as a caretaker of works of art, rather than simply an owner,” said Ulrich.

    “I’ve been fortunate enough to have shared 10 great years with this truly iconic painting by Basquiat and it’s time to put it back into circulation and let someone else enjoy it as much as I have over the last decade.”

    I have to admit that when Lars Ulrich comes to mind, the last thing I would think of is a collector of fine art. However, he seems to be very passionate about his hobby. I think his outlook is admirable for someone who is rich enough to have pretty much whatever he wants. He seems to care more about the actual art and appreciation of other artists rather than simply owning something of value.

    October 11, 2008   No Comments

    Guns N’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” Release Date

    The Guns N’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” album, which was 17 years in the making, will finally be released on November 23rd, a Sunday.

    The album has been rumored, made fun of and talked about so much that it is hard to believe its actually coming out. The album is a Best Buy exclusive, so fans looking to purchase it will have to head there to pick up a copy. After what supposedly happened to an unsuspecting blogger who downloaded and leaked the tracks, you might want to forget about downloading it.

    Drummers featured on the “Chinese Democracy” album include Josh Freese and Brain. I have no idea what kind of kits these guys played, or even how many other drummers could’ve been involved in the sessions. I did see pictures of a Pearl drum set accompanying an article about the recording of the album. Both Freese and Brain endorse DW Drums though.

    Guns N’ Roses also has a few tracks from the album coming out in various other ways. Chinese Democracy track “Shaclker’s Revenge” will debut in the video game Rock Band 2, while “If The World” will be featured in the credits to “Body of Lies” the new Leonardo DiCaprio/Russell Crow film.


    October 9, 2008   No Comments