John Bonham To be Honoured With Home Town Statue

John Bonham Statue in Redditch

Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham will be immortalized in bronze in his home town of Redditch, England. The Redditch and Alcester Advertiser reports that local councillors  have given the go-ahead for a large bronze memorial in the Redditch town centre. Most of the funds have come from a large private donation, and the bronze memorial is planned to be 1.8 metres high and 4.9 metres wide (that’s 5.9 x 16 feet).

Weighing over 2,500kg (over 5,500lbs), the statue will show Bonham in action sitting behind his iconic drum kit, and is designed to be viewed from all angles. The memorial is planned to be unveiled before May 31st 2018, when Bonham would have celebrated his 70th birthday.

Huge New Article – Fat Snare Drum Tuning

DrumheadAuthority has just released a huge new article on fat snare drum tuning methods.

Fat Snare Tuning All Lugs Low Tension

There’s an overview of some of the traditional and not-so-traditional ways to get a deep, punchy, fat snare sound.  Listen to samples of some of the different tuning methods, and check out some of the best products out there.

Quick Fat Snare Drum Tuning

We’ve also covered some of the best cheap (and even free) ways to get this sound, and some bonus tips to make sure your snare drum sounds as good as it possibly can.

Check out our fat snare drum tuning article here!

Happy 100th Birthday Buddy Rich!

Buddy Rich: Born on this day 100 years ago, September 30th 1917, in Brooklyn New York.

Buddy Rich - Traps The Drum Wonder

Buddy Rich: One of the greatest drummers of all time, would have celebrated his 100th birthday today. To commemorate the great man, we’ve put together a little overview of his life, including some interesting lesser-known facts. A drummer with breathtaking skill, timing, and dynamic range, Rich knew how to play with immense intensity but also the lightest touch. His drum solos are world-renowned, and he was a first-class all-round performer (also having a short career in singing and acting). Rich’s legacy lives on, having directly inspired countless other drumming greats including Dennis Chambers, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Steve Gadd, Simon Phillips, Bill Ward, and Cal Palmer, to name just a few.

Dave Weckl says he used to slow Buddy Rich’s records down to half-speed to learn the patterns.

Jim Chapin considered Rich to have had the most accurate timing of any drummer he’d ever heard.

Gene Krupa famously said that Buddy Rich is  “the greatest drummer ever to have drawn breath”.

Buddy Rich first stepped into the spotlight as a vaudeville child star, starting at just 18 months old. His parents were both performing musicians. Rich became known as “Traps, The Drum Wonder” at a very young age, and at his peak as a child star, he was the second highest paid child entertainer in the world. Rich was performing as band leader by the age of 12. Interestingly, he claims that he never had any formal drum training, and that he could not read music.

Buddy Rich - BR Crest Slingerland

Buddy Rich’s jazz carrer started in 1937 in New York. Not long after, at the age of 21, he got into a fist fight with Frank Sinatra – Rich says he was standing up for a saxophone player, with things getting physical after Sinatra threw a large glass pitcher across the room at Buddy. Over the years Rich played with legends including Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Charlie Ventura, and many more.

Rich was famous for his volatile outbursts, and his extremely high standards for both himself and his fellow musicians. He expected his musicians to perform no matter how sick they were, telling them that if they can stand, they can play. One story has Rich breaking  an arm after tripping while playing handball, and continuing to play shows with one arm for the next three months.

Buddy Rich

Across his career, Buddy Rich drew huge crowds. He performed jazz, swing, big band, and over the years was featured on numerous television shows. Even today, 30 years after his passing, he is arguably still the greatest drummer of all time. Rich suffered heart attacks in 1959 and 1983, with his doctor telling him to stop drumming or risk having another. In typical Buddy Rich style, he continued playing up until his death in 1987, dying of heart failure while having treatment for a brain tumor. Rich used Ludwig, Slingerland, and Rogers drums, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo drumheads across his drumming career. His drumhead of choice was the Remo Coated Diplomat.

While Buddy exclusively played Remo drumheads, Aquarian (!) have recently released a limited edition Buddy Rich snare drum head to commemorate his 100th birthday. This head is released in partnership with Cathy Rich (Buddy’s daughter), and is made with a single 10mil ply and special warm “white vintage” coating. This is a little thicker than the 7.5mil Coated Diplomat, which Buddy preferred.

There are rumors that Buddy Rich was actually born on June 30, 1917. This is unconfirmed though, so we’ll stick with September 30th.

Take a look at the master in action below:

Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations: September 30th in L.A.

Dave Weckl

If you can get yourself to Los Angeles on Saturday September 30th, Yamaha is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a bang.

There will be some huge names performing: Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy), Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), and Dave Weckl (who needs no introduction)! Along with this, you can test out Yamaha drum gear, get behind-the-scenes knowledge from Yamaha drum designers, and see Yamaha legacy kits from the past 50 years. A food truck will be on site, and there will be raffles and other action happening throughout the day.

If you’re interested, get in quick and register. Space is limited, and you need to RSVP to attend. Doors open at 11 a.m., with performances from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Register and see more information at Yamaha’s website.

Zildjian Release Limited Edition 25th Anniversary A Custom 23″ Ride

Zildjian A Custom 25th Anniversary 23inch Ride Cymbal

Zildjian have just released a small run of limited edition A Custom 23″ ride cymbals, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the iconic A Custom cymbal range. There are only 1,000 of these limited edition cymbals made, and each one is personally signed by Craigie Zildjian herself. These cymbals come packaged in a commemorative box, along with a Certificate of Authenticity. The 23″ ride cymbal has a brilliant finish, and is medium thin weight.  It is crashable, and like a lot of the A Custom range, has a nice cutting bell. To take a look, head to your local drum store – if you’re lucky, they’ll have one on display!

More information on Zildjian’s page here.

The UK Drum Show: 23rd & 24th September

UK Drum Show 2017

The UK Drum Show kicks off tomorrow in Manchester. If you’re in the area, this will be a huge event dedicated to everything drum-related. There will be masterclasses, clinics, gear from all of the big brands, and live performances from some drumming legends (take a look at some of the names below!). There is some great stuff happening for drummers of all levels, and you can test out some amazing gear first-hand.

Here’s the Main Stage schedule:

Saturday September 23rd

11:15 Thomas Lang
13:00 Dennis Chambers
15:00 Emmanuelle Caplette
17:00 JR Robinson

Sunday September 24th

11:15 George Kollias
13:00 Gerald Heyward
15:00 Craig Blundell & Michael Schack
17:00 Simon Phillips

Everything is at Manchester Central, from 10am to 6pm each day. Take a look at the UK Drum Show website for more information and tickets.

Buddy Rich’s Tonight Show Drum Kit – Yours For Just $40k!

Buddy Rich Tonight Show Drum Kit

Buddy Rich’s drum kit, played from 1974 to 1977 on the Tonight Show, has surfaced. It’s in great condition, with the BR crest bass drum head signed by the man himself. This drum set has had a few different owners over the years, starting out in a Slingerland sales rep’s home after Buddy changed to Ludwig in 1977. This Slingerland rep has signed a note verifying its authenticity, and a few parts of the kit (but not all of it) match Tonight Show videos from the time. One of the coolest features (besides this being a Buddy Rich kit) is the canister throne, which matches the drums and can store hardware.

Buddy Rich Tonight Show Drum Kit Canister Throne

Take a look at the full details (or purchase it if you’ve got a spare $40,000) at Donn’s Drum Vault.

Need cymbals too? Donn also has a set of Buddy Rich’s cymbals, if you’ve got an additional $40k laying around.

Roland Announce Red Special Edition of the SPD-SX

Red Roland SPD-SX Special Edition

Roland have recently announced a red special edition of their legendary SPD-SX. The biggest change to this version is the huge onboard memory expansion – the Roland SPD-SX Special Edition comes with 16GB of internal storage. This allows for up to 50 hours of mono sample storage, which is a big increase from the 4GB of storage in the current version of the SPD-SX. The Special Edition also comes with Ableton Live Lite, which can be used for recording, production, and live sample triggering (using the SPD-SX as a controller to trigger and manipulate effects). The sparkling red finish of the SPD-SX Special Edition is designed to stand out on stage, and (in our opinion) gives this device a bit of a retro look.

Check out Roland’s website for more information.

Announcing DrumheadAuthority’s News Page

Here’s some news! DrumheadAuthority.com is happy to announce a brand new news section. From humble beginnings, we’ve expanded things to be able to keep you up to date. Keep an eye on the drum news page for the latest important and interesting happenings in the drumming world.

A huge thank you to everyone who uses this site or has sent in some kind words! DrumheadAuthority is a website built by drummers, for drummers, and will always be a completely free drumming resource for the drumming community.