Sad news for the drumming world today, as Charlie Watts passes away at a hospital in London.
No cause of death has been released, however Watts’ publicist released a statement saying that he “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”
Charlie Watts joined the Rolling Stones in 1963, and was part of the band’s first stable lineup. Since then, he has formed the band’s rock-solid rhythm foundation and has been an integral member both in the studio and live.
Earlier this month it was announced that Watts was to undergo an “unspecified medical procedure”, and was unable to perform with the band.
Travis Barker has listed a huge range of drum kits, drums, mixers, electronic drums, drum machines, and more for sale on Reverb.
Central to the collection are two drum kits:
The OCDP “Troy Lee Designs” Drum Kit that was used in the music video for “I Feel So” by Box Car Racer. The kit is comprised of three toms (12×9, 14×12, 16×14), a 22×20 bass drum, and a 14×7 snare.
The OCDP “Evel Knievel” Drum Kit used in Blink 182’s video for “Adam’s Song”. This kit includes 12×8, 14×12, and 16×14 toms, a 22×20 bass drum, and a deep 14×8 snare drum.
Both of these Travis Barker drum kits have some minor scuffs, but are otherwise in great condition. The Troy Lee kit will set you back USD $30,000. If you’re short on cash, the Evel Knievel kit is a more affordable USD $25,000. The kits sport Remo drumheads across the board, with Remo Emperor and Remo Ambassador drumheads on the snare and toms, and Remo Powerstroke heads on the bass drums.
You’ll also find a lot of electronic drum gear, all with much more reasonable price tags.
Here are a few highlights:
A Roland SPD-SX for USD $550 (heavily used but fully functional besides a row of pad lights)
A Roland SPD-S for USD $400 (fully functional with a few scuffs)
Yamaha, Roland, and Alesis electronic drum kits ranging from USD $800 to USD $2,300
Drum machines and MPCs
A large number of boom boxes and turntables
Bongos and congas
PA systems, studio monitors, amps, and a lot of recording hardware
Two new articles are now online, this time focusing on the all-important practice pad.
As a drummer, the practice pad is the go-to tool to improve your chops. There’s an endless number of pads out there, making it difficult to figure out which one is best. Luckily we’ve come across a great one: the Freddy Charles signature practice pad. It’s built for bounce, and (importantly) you get some very nice educational content with the pad to ensure you’re making the most of the rebound the pad provides.
Read our deep-dive into the history of the Ludwig drum company. From humble beginnings, Ludwig rose to become the most recognizable drum brand in history, endorsed by some of the biggest names in music, and recorded on countless albums.
Our latest article looks at how you can build a tiny, powerful, full-featured electronic drum kit that is perfect for playing quietly in an apartment. It even blows most full-size electronic drum kits out of the water when it comes to the number of pads, features, and functionality.
Peart’s concert toms feature unnumbered Remo experimental heads – while there’s no clear information on the exact type of head these are, they look like Remo Controlled Sound with a white dot (rather than the standard black dot). Remo Experimental heads are prototypes, and are sometimes given to performers for testing purposes.
Neil Peart originally purchased the drum set from Toronto music store Long & McQuade in mid-1974, very shortly after first joining Rush.
A few weeks later, he was playing these drums on Rush’s first USA tour, where the band opened for Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
The drum set was then used to record the classic Rush albums Fly by Night, Caress of Steel, and 2112, along with the 1976 live-in-Toronto album All the World’s a Stage. Soon after, the drum set was retired.
This Neil Peart drum kit is clearly roadworn from the years of touring and recording: The drumheads are covered in stickmarks, paint is missing from the bass drum hoops, and there’s snare rash on the rack tom from years of heavy use.
The drum set has an incredible starting bid of US$80,000, and will likely be sold for much more. Read more on auction house Bonham’s webpage.