‘Greatest drummer ever’ dies aged 90

Tributes are being paid to “the greatest drummer ever” Hal Blaine following his death at the age of 90.
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The Cure drummer dies after cancer battle

The Cure drummer Andy Anderson has died aged 68 following a battle with cancer.
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Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dies at 54

The drummer and founding member of heavy metal band Pantera, Vinnie Paul, has died at the age of 54.
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Belle and Sebastian Loses Drummer at Walmart

The indie-pop group lives a real-life comedy after accidentally leaving their bandmate in another state.
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Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill dead at 44

Craig Gill, the drummer of Manchester alt-rock band Inspiral Carpets, has died at the age of 44.
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Bowie’s Drummer Dennis Davis Dies From Cancer

The musician first worked with the British legend in the mid-1970s and went on to play on many of the singer’s best loved songs.
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Dale Griffin, Matt the Hoople Drummer and Co-Founder, Dies at 67

Dale Griffin, the drummer and founding member of British glam rock band Matt the Hoople, died Sunday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 67. His label, Angel Air, announced the news on its website. Griffin was born in Ross-on-Wye, England, and got his start by playing in local bands including Charlie Kingsley Creation,… Read more »



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Arctic Monkeys Drummer Matt Helders Buys Zooey Deschanel’s House


Arctic Monkeys Drummer Matt Helders paid top dollar for Zooey Deschanel’s house in Los Angeles. The “New Girl” actress got $ 135,000 more than the original asking price from Helder, who paid $ 2.33 million for the property this month.

The 29-year-old drummer is now the proud owner of the three-bedroom home, which was built in 1933. The traditional estate has a lot of original detail, including French doors throughout the property that allow plenty of natural light to flood many of the rooms. The formal dining room is a bit more rustic, with a pitched wooden ceiling and a dark wood dining room table set. The dining room seamlessly flows into the living room, which is also full of character. There’s a wood-burning fireplace, a wood-beamed ceiling and a dark wood floor.

Deschanel is a musician herself, so it’s no surprise that the living room features a piano. We bet that will soon be replaced by a drum set. The 2,957-square-foot home sits on half an acre with a separate guest house on the property. Maybe Helders will use the guesthouse for band practice!

According to property records, “The New Girl” star owned the home with her former husband, Death Cab for Cutie front man Ben Gibbard. The two split back in 2011.

Deschanel has already moved on from her former abode. The actress recently scooped up another property with her fiancé, producer Jacob Pechenik. The Cape Cod style home in Manhattan Beach was more expensive than Deschanel’s former home, at $ 4.569 million. It’s also a bit bigger, which makes sense; the couple is expecting their first child soon and will most likely need the extra space for their growing family.

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The Posies drummer dies

Darius Minwalla, drummer for The Posies since 2001, has died at age 39 in Vancouver. His cause of death is still pending.
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Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead Drummer, Joins Street Musician In San Francisco (And No One Noticed)

Tickets to the sold-out Grateful Dead concerts in Chicago this summer are fetching thousands of dollars online, but one member of the band played briefly for free in public on Sunday in front of a crowd of almost no one.

A video posted on Facebook shows Bill Kreutzmann, drummer and a member of the Dead since the band began in Palo Alto, California, in 1965, joining a street musician outside the Ferry Terminal Building in San Francisco.

The musician appears to be John F. King II, who’s known for drumming on garbage cans and other found objects. Kreutzmann posted the clip showing himself performing “undercover” in front of a decidedly smaller crowd than the ones he’ll face in Chicago.

In fact, it seems as if no one noticed at all:

Remember parking lot drum circles? I do. (And I’ll still join in, undercover… even after Sunday brunches in San Francisco.)

Posted by Bill Kreutzmann on Sunday, April 5, 2015

The video can also be seen here.

Kreutzmann has been busy of late. His tell-all book, “Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead” will be released in May. And of course, in July he’ll take the stage in the Windy City with his old bandmates for what’s being billed as the Grateful Dead’s final concerts.

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Scorpions Drummer Jailed: James Kottak Reportedly Sentenced For Offensive Behavior In Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai.

The government-backed National newspaper reported Tuesday that James Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport. The Gulf News daily says he was arrested April 3 en route from Russia to Bahrain, where the German band was scheduled to perform at a Formula One race. Kottak was a no-show at the April 5 concert.

The newspapers say Kottak admitted to drinking but denied other charges.

The Scorpions’ manager didn’t respond to requests for comment. Kottak’s local lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached.
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Drum Kit Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Drummer

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