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".
Here is a link to the album/dvd: http://www.himuro.com/disco/detail.asp?id=756&ca=
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:
I was interviewed for the November 2013 issue of BATTERIE Magazine (French Drum Magazine). Thank you Batterie for the article!
Here is a link to their website http://www.batteriemagazine.com
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,