Jay-sus, man. Lots of musical drum thrones lately in terms of endorsements. Sonor and Tama are the big losers here as Thomas Lang and Dave Grohl jump ship to sign on with DW. Also joining them in Drum Workshop’s ample, woody bosom are extreme metal master Derek Roddy, Creed stickman Scott Phillips, studio legend John J. R. Robinson, and Muse drummer Dominick Howard.
A little self-effacing drummer humor, courtesy of a very old Dave Grohl article, to get us in the holiday spirit:
10. What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band?
“Hey guys, why don’t we try one of my songs?”
9. How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb?
None: they have a machine to do that now.
8. What do you call a drummer that breaks up with his girlfriend?
7. How can you tell when the drum riser is level?
Drool comes out of both sides of the drummer’s mouth.
6. How can you tell a drummer’s at the door?
He doesn’t know when to come in.
5. How can you tell a drummer’s at the door?
The knocking speeds up.
4. How many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb?
Five: One to screw the bulb in, and four to talk about how much better Neil Peart would have done it.
3. What is the difference between a chiropodist and Ginger Baker?
A chiropodist bucks up your feet.
2. How many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb?
Just one, so long as the roadie gets the ladder, sets it up and puts the bulb in the socket for him.
1. What do Ginger Baker and canteen coffee have in common?
They both suck without Cream.
Too goddamn cool. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins on stage last night. Here’s Hawkins taking over vocals on “Rock and Roll.” Grohl is playing drums.
Grohl and Abe Laboriel Jr. pound the piss out of “Back in the U.S.S.R.” Check it out before YouTube gets wise:
Just about every five years the Metallica fever starts firing up something fierce. And no one is immune, not even rock drummer royalty. Case in point: Dave Grohl resorts to penning an open letter to the band.
Hey, it’s Dave! Remember me? Yeah, I’m the guy that’s been listening to your band faithfully since 1983. I bought your first album ‘Kill ‘Em All’ from a mailorder catalogue called Under The Rainbow, I think. Actually I can’t remember. It was 1983 for Christsakes! But that album changed my life and I’ve been listening to your albums ever since (even ‘St Anger’!).
I can’t wait to hear the new shit, and no matter what you guys do I’ll always be first one at the shop waiting to hear it. I’m sure you’ll come out and blow everybody’s fuckin’ minds, because you’re fuckin’ METALLICA!
Good luck. And don’t release it until it’s kick-ass.
Yours, Dave Grohl.
P.S. Are you finished recording the drums yet?