Bonham hometown holding fundraiser for memorial

Bonham hometown holding fundraiser for memorial

There is probably not much known to have come out of Redditch England (other than being the needle capital of the world in the 19th century), but this little town of less than 85,000 did give Rock and Roll one of its best drummers: John Bonham.

In August, the town is holding a concert to raise money for a permanent memorial for the Zeppelin drummer. The concert will feature John’s sister, Deborah Bonham, and looks to raise £50,000 for the installation.

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Tim Alexander (Primus) has successful open heart surgery

Tim Alexander (Primus) has successful open heart surgery

Tim Alexander of Primus and Puscifier suffered a heart attack last weekend and is doing well after open heart surgery to remove a blockage. We wish you a speedy recovery, Tim!

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For the record, Primus’ Sailing the Seas of Cheese is one of my favorite records of all time.

Drummer Talk 222 – Surviving The “Pro” Audition

Drummer Talk 222 – Surviving The “Pro” Audition

We’re back from our Summer hiatus with a show on how to survive the “pro” audition! It’s kind of a sad news day as we explore why Chris Slade left AC/DC, talk about the passing of Tommy Ramone, and how both Tim Alexander and Dennis Chambers wound up in the hospital!

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Dennis Chambers on the mend!

Dennis Chambers on the mend!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dennis Chambers who was recently hospitalized in Europe for unknown reasons.

Gary Husband has reported, “It looks as if our dear brother Dennis Chambers is OUT of intensive care, conscious and talking with his wife! It has suddenly become a much better day! I’m immensely happy to be able to say this!”

Here’s some Dennis to remind you of his awesomeness:

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Why did Chris Slade leave AC/DC?

Why did Chris Slade leave AC/DC?

Before Phil Rudd came back to the fold, AC/DC had a run in the 80′s with drummer, Chris Slade. Why did Slade leave the band when it was at its most popular? As it turns out, the band wanted to try and bring back Rudd on a temporary basis, but Slade would have no part of that!

“… they wanted to keep me on for months and months and that didn’t feel right,”

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Drummer Talk 220 – Breaking Into a New Scene

Drummer Talk

Drummer Talk 220 – Breaking Into a New Scene

Dave and Prof. Troy talk about how to break into the music scene when moving to a new town.  In news, we chat about a long lost forgotten Beetle, how to best dispatch an Internet troll, who the next drum battle victim will be, and the departure of Dave Mackintosh from Dragonforce.

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Jimmy Nicol, the forgotten Beatle drummer

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Jimmy Nicol, the forgotten Beatle drummer

In 1964 when the Beatles were set to launch their world tour, little did many know that Ringo wouldn’t be joining in right away! When Ringo got sick, the band had to bring in another sticksmith to carry the beat on. Who knew?!

But when tonsillitis laid Ringo Starr low on June 3, on the eve of the Fab Four’s world tour, he wouldn’t have been top of many lists to replace him.

If George Harrison had got his way, Nicol wouldn’t even have had two weeks at a Beatle.

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Dave Mackintosh leaves Dragonforce

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Dave Mackintosh leaves Dragonforce

Dragonforce, the über mathmetal shred band made popular by their blistering track in Guitar Hero III, is replacing longtime drummer, Dave Mackintosh. Mackintosh leaves the group to pursue his “first love,” prog rock.

Those are going to be some fast shoes to fill!

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