Hello! Update..Timeless Dvd/Blu-ray Release, Yokohama Stadium, Additional Himuro Shows, Rhythm & Drums Magazine Japan and Sakae Drums - May 19, 2014
Konichiwa! Hope you are all doing well! Here is a little update:
I am currently in the middle of a 50 date tour of Japan with Kyosuke Himuro. Just announced....Eight shows have been added to the Kyosuke Himuro 25th Anniversary Tour including 2 days at Yokohama Stadium, July 19 and 20!
In addition, I was recently in the studio with Himuro recording some new songs for an upcoming release.
Rhythm and Drums Magazine Japan did a piece on myself and the gear I am currently using on the road in the May 2014 issue. Thank you Rhythm and Drums Magazine Japan! Thank you Sakae Drums, Paiste Cymbals and Vic Firth Drum Sticks for your support and making such fine instruments!
Mylene! The Timeless 2013 DVD/Blueray has been released! It documents last year's epic Mylene Farmer Timeless tour that I participated in.
Below is a trailer for the film:
Sakae Drums! I received an opportunity to visit the Sakae drums factory in Osaka a few weeks ago where I was allowed to build a snare drum of my choice (with the help and aide of the talented Sakae drums craftsmen and staff!). Thank you to all at Sakae Drums for the warmth and hospitality. I was happy to see once again how these beautiful drums are made and to be reminded of the heart and soul that goes into these handcrafted instruments. Below is pic of me applying a coat of paint to the shell.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Update! HIMURO, Mylène Farmer, James Blunt, Smash Mouth, SAKAE Drums, Batterie Magazine, DRUM SOLO! - January 8, 2014
Hello Everybody! Here's to a happy and healthy New Year! My best to you, your families and friends. I am looking forward to a great 2014.
I feel very fortunate to have gotten the chance to make a lot of music all over the world in 2013..... To all of the fans of the various artists I work with, thank you for coming to the performances and making it all happen. ありがとうございます! Merci! Thanks! Spasibo!.....To all of the Artists, Bands, Musicians and Crew I work with, thank you for having me up there with you!.....To Sakae Drums, Paiste Cymbals, and Vic Firth Drumsticks for making the instruments I rely on, I thank you!
Here is some news about what's in store for this year as well as some highlights of the second half of 2013.
I am excited to announce that this year I will be taking part in the KYOSUKE HIMURO 25th Anniversary Tour! Excited to come back to Japan and perform with HIMURO and the band for all the fans!
You can hear and see my playing on HIMURO's latest cd/dvd, "25th Anniversary Best Album Greatest Anthology".
This past year I got the opportunity to take part in the dream that was the Mylène Farmer "TIMELESS Tour". It was a supreme joy to share the stage with such a dedicated cast and crew, band, staff, dancers and to perform for all of the fans. Thank you for the support of all who took part and attended in person and spirit. Below is the live video for the first single, "Diabolique Mon Ange" from the recently released live album, "Timeless 2013".
BATTERIE Magazine and SAKAE Drums
I am now a proud endorser of SAKAE DRUMS. These drums look and sound fantastic. Here is a link to my artist page:
Last year I performed with Smash Mouth on most of the, "Under The Sun Tour". What a blast it was traveling through North America with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Verticle Horizon and Fast Ball! Special thanks to our hard working crew who brought the whole spectacle to life 6 days a week for about two straight months, and a thank you to the boys in Smash Mouth for letting me have a solo in the middle of our show. This was a real highlight of 2013!
Here are a couple of the drum solos from the tour:
Live at the Greek Theater In Los Angeles:
Live in Hampton Beach:
I had the opportunity to play some additional Hi-Hats on the song, "Bones" from James Blunts new record, "Moon Landing". It was great to be back in the studio with James and Tom Rothrock again! The entire record came out great. Below is a clip of the song I worked on.
I spent a nice day in the studio last year with the UK's own Scarlette Fever recording the song, "Sunday Best". I had the pleasure of playing with the great Davey Faragher on bass and working with Tommy Faragher who was producing the track. Below is a link to the song.
OK everyone, that's all for now! Thanks for checking out this update, and talk to you soon!
Best, thanks and love,
UPDATE! UPDATE! - May 29, 2013
Hello Everyone! It's been awhile since my last update! Hope you are all doing good! Thanks for stopping by! Here are some of the things that have been happening since then.
I was in the studio with KYOSUKE HIMURO recording his new single "North of Eden" with producer Rob Cavallo. It is featured in the latest film by acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Miike entitled "Ware No Tate". Below is a clip of the single and a preview of the film:
Here is the trailer:
I had the pleasure of spending New Year's Eve in Japan playing with Himuro 2 sold out nights, Dec 30 and 31st, at Budokan!
Live audio recordings of the New Year's the shows are available here:
I have been playing drums for Smash Mouth. We recently got back from a fantastic two week tour of Australia, and have been performing regularly all over the US. This summer we will be touring as part of the Endless Summer tour with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball. Below is a clip from our recent performance on VH1. Come check it out the show if you are around!
The Vanity Machine remix of Adam Lambert's song "Trespassing" that I played on was released, here it is:
In addition, I have done some shows with Five for Fighting and have been in the studio with producer Tom Rothrock, Toots (of Toots and the Maytall's), Samantha Ronson, Katy Rose, producer Jimmy Messer, and Scarlette Fever (UK) with producer Tommy Farargher.