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Gregg Bissonette moves to Dixon Drums

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Gregg Bissonette moves to Dixon Drums

It’s probably true that Gregg Bisonette could play just about any drums he wants on the planet, but Dixon Drums has just announced that he’s joined their artist roster and left Mapex. I’d say it’s quite the coup for Dixon who still has a pretty shallow artist pool.

10 Questions for Billy Cobham (theartsdesk)

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10 Questions for Billy Cobham (theartsdesk)

The legendary Billy Cobham recently spoke with the folks at theartsdesk.com and answered questions about the 1973 album, Spectrum, coming up with his sound, and the next frontiers of jazz and fusion.

MATTHEW WRIGHT: When Spectrum was released in 1973, did you think you were doing something ground-breaking? How do you look back on that moment now?

BILLY COBHAM: It was a mistake. I didn’t know I was doing anything. I was making a record based on my experiences, based on who I’d worked with: I wasn’t going out of my way to break new ground, it was just who I was, that’s all the reputation means. You have to keep in mind that the people talking about it now didn’t exist back then.

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Green Day on recording 21st Century Breakdown

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Green Day on recording 21st Century Breakdown

I gotta say, I love me some Green Day. Whatever you want to say about their success and relationship to the punk scene, you can’t deny that they can write same really catchy tunes!

Electronic Musician recently caught up with the team who put together their album, 21st Century Breakdown.

“For the kick drum, I placed a Shure Beta 52 inside the shell—there was no front head—and routed the signal to a Chandler Limited TG Channel MKII preamp… If you have the two mics in the same spot, and you don’t reverse the phase, you get a really nice sound with a lot of attack.”

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Vinnie Paul reflects on Pantera’s top album two decades later

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Vinnie Paul reflects on Pantera’s top album two decades later

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Pantera’s , Far Beyond Driven, was released. Feel old yet?

In a recent interview with the Delaware County Daily Times, Vinnie Paul recounts what it was like to hear that the album had hit Number 1.

We were holding our breath, kind of figuring that we’d be in the Top 10 — maybe the Top 5 if we were lucky — and there was an outside shot we’d hit No. 1, who knows?

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ARTIST Direct Interview with Matt Sorum

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ARTIST Direct Interview with Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum (of Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver fame) recently sat down with ARTIST Direct to talk about his latest album, Stratosphere.

Something happened to me in the last couple of years where I fell into a place where I felt like I could actually write lyrics and I could be very profound with what I’m saying. It just takes believing in yourself to be able to write something you could actually be proud of.

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Matt Chamberlain Tours with Soundgarden

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Matt Chamberlain Tours with Soundgarden

With Matt Cameron off working with Pearl Jam, Matt Chamberlain is filling in on drums for Soundgarden with their first show in Peru. Chamberlain will be with the band through the end of their current tour in late August.

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Who is the greatest British drummer ever?

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Who is the greatest British drummer ever?

It’s no secret that Britain has provided the world with some of the best drummers to ever sit behind the tubs.  Indeed, the island nation has no shortage of amazing drumming talent.

Music Radar has polled, and the readers have answered and given their top 10 greatest British drummers! Did your favorite make the list?

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Mickey Hart drums with Oculus Rift

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Mickey Hart drums with Oculus Rift

Whether you think Facebook’s acquisition of the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift, is a good or bad thing, you can’t deny that virtual reality (VR) is here to stay (maybe).

Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead is no stranger to the frontiers of music and science, and he recently strapped on the Oculus Rift VR headset and this is what happened!

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Original Nirvana drummer learns he won’t be in the Hall of Fame by text message

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Original Nirvana drummer learns he won’t be in the Hall of Fame by text message

We can add Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs right up there with break ups to the list of things you shouldn’t have to find out by text message.  Chad Channing, Nirvana’s original drummer on their record, Bleach,  discovered by this text to Nirvana’s manager from the Hall of Fame that he won’t be inducted with the band:

“Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn’t being inducted… It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt.”

Ouch.

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