altNothing More's Paul OBrien Discusses His Playlist

Album Drops 6/24 Summer/Fall Tour Schedule


     San Antonio drummer Paul Obrien from the band Nothing More discussed with Drumhead what's recently been on his iPod:

     “My current playlist is crazy, many styles," says OBrien. "Twelve Foot Ninja is a flawlessly executed fusion of reggae, funk and metal. We recently did some gigs with them and they're a class act all the way. Benny Grebb released a solo album years back called Grebfruit, which I absolutely love. [He is] Such an incredible musician all around and a huge influence. Matt Cameron crushes on the new Soundgarden album. I've also been listening to some Alan Watts lectures about different personality types he refers to as ‘Prickles and Goo.’ Look that up if you get a chance it's a real mind blow!!!" [Find Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s animated version of Watts’s lecture here.]alt

     Nothing More’s self-titled debut album will be released tomorrow, June 24 via Eleven Seven Music. You can watch the video for “This Is the Time” here. Later this month the band will set out on the We Are Not Machines tour, headlining with special guests Sleepwave.

     The band played NYC’s The Studio at Webster Hall last week to in advance of their album release. The band’s engaging and energetic performance was enthusiastically embraced by an eager crowd. The band also recently played the Download Festival in the UK, and Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany and have toured the US with Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil. So they can reach even more of their fans, the band is setting out on a run of headline dates prior to their recently-announced big fall tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat and Hellyeah.

Nothing More – with Special Guests, Sleepwave (starting 8/5)
6/23/2014                          Madison, WI                    High Noon Saloon
6/25/2014                          Detroit, MI                      The Shelter
6/27/2014                          Broussard, LA                  The Station Bar and Grille
6/28/2014                          Shreveport, LA                 Strange Brew
6/29/2014                          New Orleans, LA               The Howlin' Wolf
Thu/Jul-31                          Corpus Christ, TX              House of Rock
Fri/Aug-01                          Austin, TX                        Stubbs Jr.
Sat/Aug-02                          Covington, LA                  Rock N Blues
Tue/Aug-05                         Kansas City, MO               The Riot Room
Thu/Aug-07                        Grand Rapids, MI               The Stache @ The Intersection
Fri/Aug-08                          Chicago, IL                       Beat Kitchen
Sat/Aug-09                          Birch Run, MI                  Dirt Fest 2014
Mon/Aug-11                       Pittsburgh, PA                    Altar Bar
Tue/Aug-12                         Lancaster, PA                    The Chameleon
Wed/Aug-13                        Toronto, ON                       Lee's Palace
Fri/Aug-15                          Albany, NY                         Upstate Concert Theater
Sat/Aug-16                          Portland, ME                      Port City
Mon/Aug 18 -18                 Baltimore, MD                      Ottobar
Tue/Aug-19                         Charlotte, NC                      Amos Southend
Thu/Aug-21                        Atlanta, GA                        Masquerade Hell
Fri/Aug-22                          Nashville, TN                      The End
Sat/Aug-23                          St. Louis, MO                     The Firebird
Sun/Aug-24                         Springfield, MO                  Outland Ballroom
Tue/Aug-26                         Little Rock, AR                   Juanita's
Wed/Aug-27                        Dallas, TX                           Trees
Fri/Aug-29                          Houston, TX                       Scout Bar
Sat/Aug-30                          San Antonio, TX                 Sam's Burger Joint
Tue/Sep-02                         Tucson, AZ                         The Rock
Wed/Sep-03                        Los Angeles, CA                 Troubadour
Fri/Sep-05                           Denver, CO                         Marquis
Sat/Sep-06                           Colorado Springs, CO         Black Sheep
Tue/Sep-09                         Seattle, WA                         El Corazon
Fri/Sep-12                           Portland, OR                       Dante’s

Nothing More with Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat and HELLYEAH:

9/16   Salt Lake City, UT                            Maverik Center
9/17   Billings, MT                                     MetraPark
9/18   Bismarck, ND                                  Civic Center
9/20   Cedar Rapids, IA                              US Cellular
9/21   Grand Rapids, MI                             Delta Plex
9/23   Hamilton, ON                                   First Ontario Center
9/25   Baltimore, MD                                 Baltimore Arena
9/26   Lowell, MA                                     Tsongas Center
9/27   Albany, NY                                     Times Union
9/28   Syracuse, NY                                  The Oncenter
9/30   Portland, ME                                   Cumberland County Civic Center
10/01 Reading, PA                                    Santander Center
10/03 Newark, NJ                                     Prudential Center
10/05 Louisville, KY                                  Louder Than Life Festival
10/07 Fort Wayne, IN                                Allen County War Memorial Arena
10/08 Detroit, MI                                       Joe Louis Arena
10/10 Huntington, WV                               Big Sandy Superstore Arena
10/11 Duluth, GA                                      Gwinett Center
10/12 Knoxville, TN                                  Civic Center
10/14 Orlando, FL                                     CFE Arena
10/16 Biloxi, MS                                       Coast Coliseum
10/17 Little Rock, AR                                Verizon Arena
10/18 Oklahoma City, OK                          Chesapeake Center
10/20 Wichita, KS                                      InTrust Arena
10/21 Lubbock, TX                                      Lonestar Amphitheater
10/22 Rio Rancho, NM                               Santa Ana Star Center
10/24 Las Vegas, NV                                 The Joint
10/25 Phoenix, AZ                                     Big Red Night of The Dead Festival


Photo Credit: Frank Gargani



Set To Perform First Four Albums – In Their Entirety – For Fans in New York, Chicago & Cleveland
Additional East Coast Shows Announced
Previously Announced West Coast Exclusive Acoustic Tour
Headlining Portland’s Pickathon Festival

X will present a special four-night engagement at Los Angeles’s The Roxy this July. The band will play their first four groundbreaking albums, in their entirety, performing the songs and albums exactly as they were recorded. Three more cities will get this exclusive engagement: New York, Chicago and Cleveland (see below for dates).

The series begins with the band’s debut, Los Angeles, followed by Wild Gift (both of which appear on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time), Under the Big Black Sun and finally finishing the fourthnight with More Fun in the New World the band will play for one hour each night, rotating albums. A number of songs (“Bad Thoughts”, “Come Back to Me”) have never been performed live – they will all be performed that night! This also means band members will play instruments you’ve never seen them play before–Billy on sax, DJ on vibes. It’s going to be four nights of special music not to be missed!

In-between, the band will perform their amazing live electric show for fans in Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, Ferndale and Grand Rapids, MI.  In addition, X are planning an exclusive west coast acoustic trek culminating with a headlining spot on the Portland, OR based Pickathon Festival” on August 2 and 3.  This marks the first time all four original members (Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake) have left the electric guitars behind and will play X material acoustically.

The L.A. punk scene in the late ‘70s saw its share of greatness, but few acts were as talented as the now world-class, live, rock ‘n’ roll band X. Their 2008 13-31 Tour across the U.S. was extraordinary, celebrating the band’s 31st anniversary. 2009 shaped up to be just as amazing for the veteran rockers, with appearances at SXSW and Coachella Festivals, along with their own “X – TRL” Tour, where fans helped select each night’s set list.  In 2011, X celebrated the 31st anniversary of the legendary album, Los Angeles, one that not only defined their career, but an entire musical era as well. The band also celebrated the re-release of their landmark award-winning rock-umentary, X: The Unheard Music.

X remains John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.  

Full X Summer Itinerary:

The Roxy Theatre

July 10                   X to play Los Angeles

July 11                   X to play Wild Gift

July 12                   X to play Under the Big Black Sun

July 13                   X to play More Fun in the New World

July 17                   X at the OC Fair with Bad Religion                    Orange County, CA

West Coast Acoustic Tour

July 19                  Pappy & Harriets                                      Pioneer Town, CA

July 20                   Belly Up                                                 Solano Beach, CA

July 23                   Slo Brew                                                San Luis Obispo, CA

July 24                   PAC                                                       Grass Valley, CA

July 26                   City Winery                                            Napa, CA

July 30/31              Triple Door                                             Seattle, WA

Aug 2/3                  Pickathon                                               Portland, OR *

East Coast/Mid-West Tour

August 18            Center Stage                                             Atlanta, GA

August 20            Black Cat                                                  Washington, DC

August 21            City Winery – X to play Los Angeles             New York, NY

August 22            City Winery – X to play Wild Gift                 New York, NY

August 23            City Winery – X to play Under the Big Black Sun           

August 24            City Winery – X to play More Fun in the New World

August 26            The Sinclair                                                                  Cambridge, MA

August 28            The Trocadero                                                               Philadelphia, PA

August 29            Webster Theater-TNT Fest-X to play Los Angeles             Hartford, CT

August 31            Alter Bar                                                                       Pittsburgh, PA

September 2      City Winery – X to play Los Angeles                               Chicago, IL

September 3      City Winery – X to play Wild Gift                                    Chicago, IL

September 4      City Winery – X to play Under the Big Black Sun             Chicago, IL

September 5      City Winery – X to play More Fun in the New World          Chicago, IL

September 6      The Magic Bag                                                              Ferndale, MI

September 8      The Pyramid Scheme                                                    Grand Rapids, MI

September 9      Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall – X to play Los Angeles      Cleveland, OH

September 10   Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall – X to play Los Angeles      Cleveland, OH

September 11   Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall – X to play Los Angeles      Cleveland, OH

September 12   Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall – X to play Los Angeles      Cleveland, OH

*Headlining the Pickathon Festival

altRay Luzier Thrills at Drum Daze

Pearl Artist, Ray Luzier, recently headlined The Drum Daze festival- hosted by Columbus Percussion in Columbus, Ohio- where he performed a stellar clinic filled jaw-dropping drum solos, fan-favorite play-along tracks, and took part in a highly informative and educational Q&A session with the packed house of aspiring drummers.  Ray, who is best known for his work with the Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum album selling rock icons, Korn, has recently earned himself some much deserved attention for his new all-star side-project, KXM, and performed a play-through of the KXM track, “Gun Fight” as part of his Drum Daze appearance.  A video of Ray’s “Gun Fight” performance can be found here.

Ray Luzier and Korn are currently gearing up for their summer trek headlining the widely popular Mayhem Festival, which runs from July 5th – August 18th, and comes in support of Korn’s most recently studio release, The Paradigm Shift.  As he has throughout his past several tours, Ray will be relying on the road-proven tones of Pearl’s Reference Series drums topped off with Ray’s preferred 14x6.5 Phosphor Bronze Free Floating snare drum

For more information on Ray Luzier, please visit his official

altVirgil Donati Announces ‘In This Life’ US Tour

World renowned drummer and Pearl Artist, Virgil Donati, will be bringing his sensational and mesmerizing drum skills to a town near you on the recently announced “In This Life” US Tour.  The 12-date tour kicks off on July 12th at the legendary Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA, and will make its way around the US for the following 2 weeks before coming to a close on July 25th, at Douglas Corner in Nashville, TN.  A full list of tour stops can be found here.

For Virgil Donati, this tour comes primarily in support of his debut solo album, In This Life, which was released in July of 2013.  In This Life stands as the first album in which Virgil wholly wrote, composed, and orchestrated himself, with his astounding technicality and mathematical approach to the drum kit being ever present throughout each highly complex track of the album.  Along with performing tracks from In This Life, Virgil will be also be performing a few tracks each night from artists whom he has previously collaborated with in the past, including Planet X, Allan Holdsworth, and others. 

Virgil Donati will turn to Pearl’s highly innovative Reference Series drums for this tour, topped off by his preferred Virgil Donati Signature Series Snare Drum.  Virgil’s full specs can be found here.

For more information on Virgil Donati, and for ticketing information for the “In This Life” US Tour, please visit Virgil’s official 

MyPet Releases Live Video for "Bodysnatcher"

MYPET- the Los Angeles based trio featuring Elmo Lovano on drums- recently released their new live video for the fan-favorite track, “Bodysnatcher,” which can be viewed here.  MYPET has been thrilling audiences worldwide since their debut in 2012, bringing their highly complex electronic compositions to life in a more-traditional live setting- meaning, with actual musicianship and without the assistance of backing tracks.  As seen in the video, Elmo is beautifully demonstrating his chops using a very scaled down electronic setup, relying on Pearl’s Tru Trac Drumheads and switching between several custom configured drum setups throughout each track.  Elmo explains:

"With MYPET, I have at least 3 kits per song, so we needed to find away to perform this meticulously, accurately, while bringing the record fully to life. With the Tru-Trac heads, I'm able to dual trigger, and have a drumhead-like feel in an electronic pad, which I need in order to make the samples have the proper swing. These heads give me a realistic response to an un-realistic scenario. In 'Bodysnatcher' my kits rotate 10 times. Can you find where they change?"

For more information on MYPET, please visit their official website-  More information on Elmo Lovano can be found here.


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The Dead Daisies are a powerful musical collective with a rotating line-up that features some of the planet’s best rock musicians and a sound that’s influenced by late ‘70s and early ‘80s hard rock: big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. The Daisies release the Face I Love EP on August 5 and are elated to announce a month-long tour with KISS & Def Leppard in August. These follow the seven East Coast dates the band has with Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd starting July 10.

The Dead Daisies were formed by singer-songwriter Jon Stevens and guitarist David Lowy in 2012. The 2014 lineup includes Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS) on vocals, David Lowy (Mink/Red Phoenix) on guitar, Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/Psychedelic Furs) on lead guitar, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake) on bass, Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses/Hookers & Blow) on keys and the new addition of Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne/Billy Idol) on drums.

For this tour, KISS and Def Leppard will be honoring their dedicated fans in the armed services by partnering with numerous military organizations. All military personnel will be given exclusive access to discounted tickets for the tour and military charities will receive a portion of ticket sales with the money raised being split amongst all the non-profit organizations participating with the summer tour.

"I am pretty pumped to hit the road with The Dead Daises and bring some kick ass, analog rock and roll music to all of you with the legendary KISS and Def Leppard and help make your summer as memorable as possible," proclaims Dizzy Reed. "So fire up the grill, chill the beer and the Jager and get ready to ROCK! See you soon!"

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014 The Dead Daisies will release the "Face I Love" single and launch the “Face I Love” App on their Facebook page, which will allow fans to be a part of the album cover art and music video. Created to represent the iconic daisy skull logo of the band, Facebook users will be able to upload an image of the face they love to the App to create a photo-mosaic portrait of The Dead Daisies skull and make it bloom. The promotion is a true collaboration between the band and their fans, bringing real meaning to the title of the song, “Face I Love.”

That same day, the EP will be available for pre-order with the title track given away as an instant-grat track to those who pre-order the album. Enjoy an early taste of the track and the band performing live with the video of The Dead Daisies performing "Face I Love" Live in Sydney. View the video HERE and feel free to post.

This is set to be a busy year ahead for The Dead Daisies with more dates to be added worldwide.

The Dead Daisies Tour Dates

July 10 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion*

July 12 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center*

July 13 – Darien, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center*

July 15 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheater*

July 16 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion*

July 18 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center*

July 19 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live*

Aug 02 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall #   

Aug 03 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center #

Aug 05 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center #  

Aug 06 – Wantaugh, NY – Jones Beach #

Aug 08 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureay Live at Virginia Beach #

Aug 09 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavillion at Montage Mtn #

Aug 10 – Hartford, CT – The Xfinity Theatre #

Aug 13 – Darien, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Ctr #

Aug 15 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre #

Aug 16 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater #

Aug 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center #

Aug 20 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena #

Aug 22 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center #

Aug 23 – Clarkson, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre #

Aug 24 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion #

Aug 26 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center #

Aug 28 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amp #

Aug 29 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center #

Aug 31 – Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion #

* w/ Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd

# w/ KISS & Def Leppard

The Dead Daisies

Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS) - vocals

David Lowy (Mink/Red Phoenix) - guitar

Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/Psychedelic Furs)  - lead guitar

Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake) - bass

Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses/ Hookers & Blow) - keys

Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Foreigner/Billy Idol) - drums








Steve Smith, Zakir Hussain: Path Of Rhythm Drum Camp

July 14-18, 2014 Near Woodstock, NY

Join Steve Smith and Zakir Hussain for an incredible drum-camp experience, July 14-18, near Woodstock, NY. The Path Of Rhythm camp allows for total immersion into the world of rhythm for drum-set players and percussionists. Even interested non-drummers are invited. Expand your understanding of rhythm and develop your drumming vocabulary with these two legends!

Watch the introductory video here. All ages and playing levels are welcome. Space is limited.

Learn more and register today:

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