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Johnny Kelly Talks New Supergroup Eye Am, Debut Single, and Type O Negative Reissues

Johnny Kelly will not sit still, but he has a very good reason. In 2010, when Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele passed away, Kelly was confronted with both the loss of his best friend and possibly his career. It…

Jun 5, 2023

Gretsch's 140th Anniversary Concert in NYC: Photo Gallery

On May 23rd, 2023, Gretsch drums returned to New York City for a remarkable 140th anniversary celebration. The South Carolina-based drum company organized a special one-night-only concert at The Cutting Room in New York City to honor the rich history…

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Jun 1, 2023

Remembering John Bonham: Drummers Pay Tribute to the Led Zeppelin Legend

Heavy Consequence contributor Greg Prato is also the author of several rock books. His 2020 oral history, titled BONZO: 30 Rock Drummers Remember the Legendary John Bonham, pays tribute to late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Below he shares excerpts…

May 31, 2023

Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp Announces July Edition in NYC

If you've ever wanted to live out your rockstar dreams, Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp is here to make that possible. Taking place in New York City, Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp will go down from July 13th-16th, 2023. You'll have an opportunity to…

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May 26, 2023

Terri Lyne Carrington's Debut TLC & Friends To Receive First-Ever Wide Release

  Terri Lynn Carrington, photo by Bob Campbell Accomplished drummer and Modern Drummer's April 2023 cover star Terri Lyne Carrington will be giving her 1981 debut, TLC & Friends, a wide release for the first time. The album will hit streaming…

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May 25, 2023

Kirk Arrington, Longtime Metal Church Drummer, Dead at 61

Longtime Metal Church drummer Kirk Arrington died Monday, May 22nd, at the age of 61. The band shared the news of Arrington’s passing in a social media statement on Monday night, writing, “We just received the sad news, Kirk Arrington…

May 23, 2023

Josh Freese is Foo Fighters' New Live Drummer

Josh Freese, photo via Veeps Josh Freese has been revealed as Foo Fighters' new live drummer. Foo Fighters confirmed Freese's involvement on Sunday during a pre-tour livestream called "Foo Fighters: Preparing Music For Concerts." Freese steps into the role previously…

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May 21, 2023

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2023: Recap + Photo Gallery

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival returned to the N.O. Fairgrounds Race Course and Slots for two weekends — April 28th-30th and May 4th-7th. The festival brought together a staggering 460,000 people over both weekends. There were many highlights…

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May 15, 2023

Zildjian Celebrates 400 Years With Stellar Anniversary Concerts: Recap + Photos

Herlin Riley (photo by Alex Kluft) Zildjian, the world’s oldest musical instrument brand, turns 400 this year. To celebrate, the cymbal manufacturers hosted two unique events: One at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA in early March and one…

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May 3, 2023

The All-Star Tribute Concert For Dino Danelli Was a Memorable Reflection on His Legacy: Review

Dino Danelli Tribute Concert (photo by Lisa Girouard)   Without a doubt, Dino Danelli has held an iconic status among drummers world-wide. His style, showmanship and groove were often attempted but never equaled. The “Legend” of Dino was as large,…

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May 3, 2023

Nandi Bushell Performs Her Top Rock and Metal Drum Intros of All Time: Watch

Music prodigy Nandi Bushell, who turns 13 this Friday (April 28th), recently posted videos of her performing her Top 5 rock and Top 5 metal drum intros of all time, paying tribute to songs by Nirvana, Black Sabbath, System of…

Apr 25, 2023

Drummer Mike Portnoy Quits Twitter: Anybody Can “Simply Buy” a Blue Check Verification

Legendary metal drummer Mike Portnoy is saying goodbye to Twitter, citing the social media platform’s new policy that allows anyone to buy a blue check verification for $8 a month. Twitter recently started stripping verified accounts of their blue check…

Apr 24, 2023

Dave Lombardo Steps Away From Testament Due to Conflicting Commitments

Last year, Dave Lombardo joined Testament, replacing fellow legendary thrash drummer Gene Hoglan. This year, Lombardo will not be touring with the veteran metal act, citing his commitments with his other bands. Lombardo is, of course, the founding drummer of…

Apr 14, 2023

Lars Ulrich on Being Called a “Genius” by Gojira’s Mario Duplantier: “The Goal Has Never Been Genius”

Back in 2021, Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier came to the defense of the oft-criticized Lars Ulrich, praising the Metallica drummer as a “genius” for his showmanship and rock-solid presence behind the kit. Duplantier doubled down on that sentiment in another…

Apr 6, 2023