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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.

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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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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Chad Smith, Will Ferrell, and Lars Ulrich set to do drumming battle!

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Chad Smith, Will Ferrell, and Lars Ulrich set to do drumming battle!

After the much anticipated drum battle between Will Ferrell and Chad Smith, the world was left wondering what could possibly top it! Their next doppelgänger target: Lars Uruich!

“Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith,” Ferrell told Spin recently. “He can settle that score now, too.” Smith added, “There it is. The gauntlet is down.”

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Guy trolls Chad Smith, Chad Smith retweets to his 323k followers

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Guy trolls Chad Smith, Chad Smith retweets to his 323k followers

In the spirit of good natured ribbing for the upcoming Chad Smith/Will Ferrell/Lars Ulrich drum off, Chad popped off a little trash talk on Twitter.

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It seems one dedicated Metallica fan took it personally:

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So naturally, Mr. Smith retweeted it to his 323k followers.

Chad Smith – 1, Internet troll – 0.

The winner of the “Greatest Drummer of All Time” bracket is…

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The winner of the “Greatest Drummer of All Time” bracket is…

We’ve been following these brackets on the show, and the final votes are in!  The greatest drummer of all time, as voted by the readers of consequenceofsound.net, is none other than Neil Peart! With a staggering 87% of the vote, Peart crushed John Bonham in the final round. What do you think about it?

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Midnight Oil to reunite?

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Midnight Oil to reunite?

If you’ve had too many good nights sleep due to a lack of burning beds, then fear not!  In a recent interview, drummer, Rob Hirst, indicated the Aussie band would be up for a reunion tour.

“We’ll just see down the track. Hopefully it wont be so long that we wont be able to put on the sort of show that we’d like to put on,” Hirst said.

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Micky Dolenz and the Monkees still at it!

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Micky Dolenz and the Monkees still at it!

It’s sad that it took the death of Davy Jones to finally bring all the Monkees back together, but with Mike Nesmith on board, the band is hitting the road!

Dolenz says there wasn’t anything about Jones’ and Nesmith’s relationship that prevented a reunion while Jones was alive. For decades, Dolenz says, “there’s always been talk” about reuniting with Nesmith, “and we invited Mike on every tour that we did.”

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Who just called Lars Ulrich an “Unbelievably Bad” Drummer?

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Who just called Lars Ulrich an “Unbelievably Bad” Drummer?

Because the world needs more musician feuds, Barry Burns of Mogwai (a Scottish post-rock band… ya know, in case you were like “who?”) had a few choice words about Lars Ulrich regarding Metallica’s upcoming stint in the Glastonbury rock festival.

“I can’t wait to hear that guy play the drums again — unbelievably bad. He’s terrible.”

You’d better be careful, Barry.  Lars don’t take kindly to people disrespecting him (just ask Napster’s Sean Parker)!

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