We wrap up our review of new gear debuted at the NAMM 2014 show! In the news, we learn what happens when Will Ferrell claims to be Chad Smith, why Kenny Aronoff had to sit in with Styx, what’s up with all the late night bands, and the top 10 songs known for their drumming.
Last week, we posted an article discussing how Will Ferrell finally admitted to being Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You can check out Ferrell’s instagram confession as well as Smith’s response challenging the comedian to a drum battle.
Now it seems the two are going to duke it out on a drum kit for charity! No word on when it’s shaking down, but we’ll bring you the scoop when we know!
We continue our tour of new and interesting gear from NAMM 2014 with a look at new cymbal offerings. We all talk about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles British invasion, Max Roach’s collection at the Libray of Congress, Sabian’s acquisition of Billdidit, Inc, and we hear a sweet solo from a DT listener!
We’re covering the coolest and newest gear coming from NAMM 2014 for the next couple of shows! In news, Questlove is named Time’s coolest person of 2013, the 2014 Hit Like a Girl contest is open for entries, the Red Hot Chili Peppers Karaoke through the Super Bowl, and we discuss 11 bands where the drummer is the coolest member!
Beijing 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony is still the standard by which all other opening ceremonies are judged.
Ok, Sochi. Whatcha got? I bet it’s not 2014 drummers playing in nearly perfect unison.
If you blinked, you may have missed the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing in the 2014 Super Bowl Halftime show with Bruno Mars. They certainly gave a crazy (and topless) performance, but if you thought it sounded too good, you may have been on to something. Turns out, the boys were playing along to a track! Dun-dun-dunnnnnnnnn.
Amid all the controversy, however, Flea has come out to explain things and basically says it’s just business.
P.S. They are auctioning off this gently used kit for charity!
In case you were not one of the 150 million people watching the Super Bowl, you may have missed Bruno Mars opening up the halftime show with a pretty killer drum solo. Watch it here, while you still can…
YOSHIMIO, Sawyer, and Bharoocha gathered in the lobby of Pittsburgh’s Union Station for a gorgeous impromptu drum show, which then segued into an energetic outdoor turn by the Kansas City Marching Cobras. Dancers flipped, shook, and pulled onlookers from the crowd along with them — drums rocketing into the night sky.
Thanks to DT reader, Chris McGowan for the pin!
Starting October 1, drummers aged 16 or under are encouraged to enter Mike Dolbear’s Young Drummer of the year contest.
Drum Channel is hooking up with Aaron Spears, DW, Zildjian, Remo, Vic Firth and more to give away some swag like sticks, heads, drums, magazines, and cymbals. Also, 25 lucky winners will win tickets to Spears’ masterclass on November 9.