Joey Kramer Unveils Drum Set for Let Rock Rule Tour

Newly acquired Pearl Artist and drumming legend, Joey Kramer, finally unveiled his highly anticipated Pearl drum kit this week, as Aerosmith kicked off the first dates of the Let Rock Rule World Tour.  For the remainder of Aerosmith’s 2014 touring cycle, Joey will be relying on the proven tones of Pearl’s Masters MCX Series shells, with a jaw-dropping custom lacquer that perfectly complements the drum’s beautiful tones. Joey’s Masters MCX drums can be seen here.

The ideal sound for rock, Pearl’s Masters MCX Series features 6-ply, North American Maple shells, which emit warm midrange tones with a thunderous punch. The high-end quality of the Masters MCX Series is complimented by the highly durable MasterCast hardware and is offered in a wide range of gorgeous Artisan II exotic lacquer finishes. More information on the Masters MCX Series can be found here.

Joey Kramer and Aerosmith will be kicking off the North American leg of the Let Rock Rule World Tour this summer, starting at the Nikon Theatre in Wantagh, NY on July 10th, and continuing throughout the US and Canada before coming to a close at Open Hearth Park, in Sydney, NS, Canada, on September 12th.  For more information on Aerosmith, visit

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altIt’s a Drum-off: Chad Smith vs. Will Ferrell

It’s actually happening. After months of speculation following a highly publicized and very serious online confrontation, Red Hot Chili Peppers’s drummer, Chad Smith, and comedic movie superstar Will Farrell will face-off in a must-see Drum Off to resolve the ongoing argument over who is the better drummer.  The event is scheduled to take place live on "The Late Night Show starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday, May 22nd, after the two celebrities exceeded the requested donation goal of $300,000 for Cancer for College and Little Kids Rock, in order for the battle to occur.

"We're going to have a drum off to see who the real Chad Smith is," the real Chad Smith tells Rolling Stone. "I'm all for it. But unless Will's been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it'll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is. I'm ready to take him down."

Smith continues, "I believe they'll be some cowbell involved," revealed Smith. "And that's what worries me. He might try to win everybody over with his whole cowbell thing. I might have to wrestle and tackle him."

Although both Smith and Ferrell have both suffered from mistaken identities for the past several years, the two have only met once, when Ferrell approached Smith in 2000 after a showing of "The Ladies Man" and said, "You're very handsome," before walking away. 

While prizes will be offered at a later date to raise money for the two charities, including a specially designed T-shirt and custom-designed cowbells, Chad Smith also revealed a personal side bet. "If I win, he has to wash my car for a month and give me pedicures," says the drummer. "If I lose, I have to be his stand-in for his next film."



In Studio with Ryan Van Poederooyen

Pearl Canada Artist, Ryan Van Poederooyen recently flew to Los Angeles to record the drum tracks for the Devin Townsend Project’s yet-to-be-announced double album, slamming through and nailing down 19 completed tracks in a matter of just two days. As a treat to us all, Ryan brought his handy video camera into the studio with him for the occasion, giving fans a behind the scenes look into the recording process, while also displaying his tremendous chops behind the kit and giving fans a slight teaser into the direction of the albums. Ryan’s in-studio video can be found here.  

To ease a bit of the immense pressure of this recording session, Ryan Van Poederooyen turned to the studio proven tones of Pearl’s Reference Series drums, Ryan’s go-to drum series both in the studio and on the road with The Devin Townsend Project. Ryan’s full specs can be found here.

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Ryan Van Poederooyen- In Studio Drum-Cam:


Pearl Welcomes Brandon Pertzborn

Pearl Drums is proud to welcome Brandon Pertzborn to their prestigious Artist Roster! Brandon, a multi-talented musician hailing from Grapevine, Texas, was recently sought out by legendary punk rockers, Black Flag, to take over the drumming responsibilities for the band’s future touring and recording plans. Brandon and Black Flag are currently embarked on a headlining North American tour that is making its way throughout the US and Canada and will continue throughout until their final tour stop, at Maxine’s Pub in Hot Springs, AR, on June 28th. A full list of remaining dates can be found here. More information on, newly acquired Pearl Artist, Brandon Pertzborn, can be found here.

Upon joining the Pearl Drums Artist Roster, Brandon Pertzborn turned Pearl’s newest line of drums- the 6-ply, 7.5mm, all birch shells of the Masters Birch Series (BCX) in the stunning Lava Bubinga Artisan II lacquer. More information on Pearl’s Masters BCX Series can be found here.

Welcome to the Pearl Family, Brandon!


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Nico Vega Drummer Dan Epand Checks In

New Album Lead To Light To Be Released June 22, 2014

Dan Epand, drummer for Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band Nico Vega who has also performed and recorded with The Police’s Andy Summers, took the time to answer questions for Drumhead about his current favorite gear, music and what he’s been working on.

Heather Smith: What is your new favorite piece of gear: 

Dan Epand: I’ve never been much to distinguish between crash and ride cymbals, I use them all for both. I love big and dark cymbals. I just got a Zildjian 20” K Constantinople Medium Thin Ride, Low. It's got so much character, and I can get a great range of dynamics and different textures from it. I also just got one of DW’s new airlift snare stands. Genius.

Photo: Catie Laffoon



HS: What’s your new favorite music in your iPod?

DE: Recently I've been playing a bunch of Electric Light Orchestra. Jeff Lynne is such a great producer and songwriter. Also early ‘80s Phil Collins-era Genesis. I think he's become so underrated. He had one of the most definitive drum sounds. Also the way he combined programmed and live-drum sounds is inspiring to me. Check out "Mama" on Genesis’s self-titled album.

HS: What is something you have been practicing/focusing on lately?

DE: I try and practice consistently when I am not on the road. The opportunities seem rare, but I think it's important to keep inspired and constantly challenge myself. Recently I've been working out of Rod Morgenstein's book Drumset Warm-ups, which has a lot of great exercises for getting around the kit. I also pulled out Gary Chester's New Bralteed recently, something I spent a lot of time with as a kid. These days though I spend equal time in my studio composing and producing music, for both Nico Vega and myself. I'm also taking piano lessons. 

Check out Epand in the video for “I Believe (Get Over Yourself)” here. Nico Vega will release their new album, Lead To Light, on June 22 via Five Seven Music. More info on Nico Vega can be found here. Dan Epand can also be found on Andy Summers 2014 album Circa Hero.








The powerful new rock trio CALIFORNIA BREED, which features legendary vocalist-bassist GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath); drummer extraordinaire JASON BONHAM (Led Zeppelin) and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter ANDREW WATT, will have its first-ever U.S. performance in Los Angeles on WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 at the Whisky A Go Go.

CALIFORNIA BREED'S self-titled debut album, due out May 20 on Frontiers Records, was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. The album features 23-year-old guitarist ANDREW WATT, who was originally introduced to GLENN HUGHES by Julian Lennon at a party in Los Angeles in 2013.

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the hard-hitting trio’s first single “Sweet Tea” is a Top 10 hit on the Classic Rock chart. The video for the explosive track premiered on USA TODAY: Recently, the group debuted an animated lyric video for the new song “Midnight Oil” on Classic Rock. The video was created by Nev Todorović who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts. Check out the clip here:

Watch “making of the album” clips airing on, here: and expect CALIFORNIA BREED to announce a U.K., European and U.S. tour soon.         

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All-Star Judges Join Fourth Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Competition 2014; Will Award $600,000 Prize Package

Los Angeles, Calif. (April 23, 2014) – Yamaha today announced that a number of the world’s top musicians will serve as judges for legendary GRAMMY® winning guitarist and producer Lee Ritenour’s fourth Six String Theory Competition. The competition is open to guitarists, bass players, keyboard players and drummers.

“We have assembled an incredible array of judges who are some of the best musicians on the planet,” said Ritenour. “When busy people with this level of talent devote their time to this endeavor, the musician community affirms its commitment to cultivating the next generation of great players.”

Guitar judges include (*denotes Yamaha Artist): *Don Alder, Joe Bonamassa, Vince Gill, Guthrie Govan, Sonny Landreth, *Steve Lukather, Pat Martino, Brent Mason, Andy McKee, Keb’ Mo’, *Lee Ritenour, John Scofield, Joe Satriani.

Rhythm judges, including keyboards, include (*denotes Yamaha Artist): Victor Bailey, *Ndugu Chancler, *Nathan East, *Sonny Emory, Dave Grusin, Daniel Jobim, Tom Kennedy, *Abraham Laboriel, Harvey Mason, *Patrice Rushen, *John Patitucci, Simon Phillips, *Oscar Seaton, *Dave Weckl.

In addition to Yamaha, sponsors include Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival, Monster, Premier Guitar, JAZZIZ magazine, Music Connection magazine, Concord Records and D’Addario. The competition offers a total prize package value of more than $600,000 this year.

Four grand-prize winners (one in each instrument category) will win an opportunity to perform at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival. In addition to being invited to record on Ritenour’s forthcoming 2014 Concord album, the Six String Theory guitar Grand Prize winner will appear with Ritenour and other guitar legends at the “Legends of Guitar” concert at Montreux, to be filmed in HD. Additional prizes include: four full scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, Yamaha instruments and endorsements, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop scholarships and more. 

Registration is open through May 15, 2014. All applicants must submit two YouTube videos via the website, Guitar applicants may register in the genres of rock, blues, jazz/fusion, acoustic, classical/flamenco and country. For rhythm players, any contemporary music style will be accepted including jazz, fusion, R&B, rock, blues and others. To access video of contest guidelines narrated by Lee Ritenour and filmed by Yamaha, please see the links below. 

The competition debuted in 2010 with the release of Ritenour’s all-star guitar recording SIX STRING THEORY and by popular demand, expanded to include bass, piano/keyboard and drums with the release of RHYTHM SESSIONS in 2012. 


Video filmed by Yamaha Guitars:

Lee Ritenour playing “Morning Glory” on the new Yamaha “L Series” guitar:

Lee Ritenour discusses 2014 competition, new Yamaha “L Series” guitar and plays:

Lee Ritenour discusses 2014 competition, sponsors, Advisory Board judges:

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

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Join Brian Tichy And Rock's Great Drummers And Bassists In Honoring The Who's Kieth Moon and John Entwistle Thursday, April 24th at West Hollywood's House of Blues.

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