June 26, 2013 |
Chances are in coming days when you're reading about percussionist Alan Myers, who died Monday after a battle with brain cancer, the words "human metronome" will be used. Myers' drumming for punk band Devo came to define the band's off-kilter sound. Musician Ralph Carney, who was friends with Myers, announced the death of the Devo drummer on his Facebook page: " Alan Myers passed yesterday from cancer. he was Devo's best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz.
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June 6, 2013 |
Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington was killed in a single-car crash in Palm Springs on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Covington, 67, a Palm Springs resident, was driving alone when his coupe left the road at a curve in South Belardo Road and crashed head-on into a retaining wall. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Riverside County coroner. The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs reported that a guest at a nearby motel tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Covington.
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May 25, 2013 |
Ed Shaughnessy, whose mutton-chop whiskers and swinging rhythms made him one of the most famous drummers in jazz during his nearly three decades with Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band, has died. He was 84. Shaughnessy had a heart attack Friday at his Calabasas home, said William Selditz, a close family friend. While his nightly gig on "The Tonight Show" brought him the kind of drumming fame previously bestowed on giants such as Gene Krupa, Shaughnessy also delved into more far-reaching musical realms.
May 23, 2013 |
The soldier who was hacked to death on a London street was remembered Thursday as a popular ceremonial drummer and machine-gunner, loving father and lifelong fan of the Manchester United soccer club. Lee Rigby, 25, served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the British Defense Ministry said. He was born in the Manchester suburb of Crumpsall and had a 2-year-old son, Jack. Rigby joined the army in 2006 and served with distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus, according to his commanders.
May 14, 2013 |
Los Angeles can be tough on newcomers, particularly among musicians. A key figure in the fertile Chicago jazz scene and member of the groundbreaking indie band Tortoise, guitarist Jeff Parker is midway through a relocation to L.A. that has found him straddling two cities during the last few months. Though Parker never wanted for gigs in a city that found him collaborating with musicians who included the late saxophonist Fred Anderson, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and flutist Nicole Mitchell, Los Angeles has proved to be a bit of a challenge so far. "There's so many great musicians out here, man....
May 7, 2013 |
Though it's been 27 years since the Police disbanded, Stewart Copeland, its American drummer, remains best known for his nine years with the seminal British rock band. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been busy beyond the Police's 2007 reunion tour. From the mid-1980s through the mid-2000s, Copeland was a prolific composer of movie and TV scores. More recently, he's been writing operas and ballets. On May 11, his fourth and latest opera, "The Tell-Tale Heart," based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story of the same name, receives its American premiere at Long Beach Opera, on a bill with another one-act opera.
May 6, 2013 |
Helen Mirren reverted to Jane Tennison mode on Saturday when she cracked down on noisy street drummers who disrupted a performance of her West End play "The Audience. " The Oscar-winning actress left the Gielgud Theatre during intermission of the play -- in full costume -- to verbally berate the drummers, who had taken to London streets to promote a music festival. The Daily Telegraph reported that Mirren appeared from the stage door and used some salty language to express her annoyance.
May 3, 2013 |
Jimmy Fallon, who has made high art out of his impersonation of Neil Young, gets a shot at getting inside the mind -- and tight leather pants -- of another Rock and Roll Hall of Famemember on his show tonight when he fills in for the Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison during an appearance by the group's original drummer, John Densmore. With a lot of help from Fallon's house band, the Roots, they plan to tackle the Doors' rave-up “Roadhouse Blues,” in which Fallon will get to spout that classic opening line, “Well I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer.” GRAPHIC: Jimmy Fallon's musical moments Densmore, 68, is visiting Fallon's show to discuss his new book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial.” No, it's not an account of the notorious criminal case in Florida in which Morrison was charged with indecent exposure during a concert.
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April 4, 2013 |
While breaking away from his family's business dynasty, Robert Zildjian took a closely guarded secret with him - a cymbal-making process with roots in the 17th century - and founded his own noisy empire in 1981. A legal settlement prevented him from trading on the Zildjian name long synonymous with cymbals, so he called his Canadian-based company Sabian, an acronym based on the names of his children, Sally, Bill and Andy. As Sabian evolved into a premier cymbal manufacturer, it cut into the market once dominated by Zildjian, the Boston-based company he left behind in a bitter feud with his brother.
March 14, 2013 |
Clive Burr, former drummer for Iron Maiden, has died at age 56. Burr, who played on the heavy metal band's first three albums -- "Iron Maiden," "Killers" and "The Number of the Beast" -- had been suffering from multiple sclerosis. "He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days," Steve Harris, the group's founder and bass player, wrote. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Burr joined the band in 1979 and left it in 1982, as they were rising to world prominence.