One Of The Most Amazing Drummers Ever

All of us have seen things in our lives that have amazed us.  If you are a drummer this video will absolutely astonish you.  It did for me.  It is a performance by a young man by the name of Daniel Potts who hails from California.

Daniel Potts in action.
Daniel Potts in action.

Simply incredible and a lesson to us all about determination and grit.  Great job Daniel.  Keep rockin’.  Check out this video of Daniel:


Great White To Return To Rhode Island

Who can forget the tragedy that occurred at a Rhode Island nightclub in 2003 called The Station?  As we all know, during a rock show pyrotechnics went out of control causing flammable sound insulation to catch fire–a fire that ultimately took 100 lives.  This incident ruined many other lives and careers and even put some people behind bars for significant periods of time.  The band performing that infamous night was none other than Great White, which was lead by Jack Russell.

The Station as it appeared before the fire.
The Station as it appeared before the fire.

Now, twelve years later, Jack Russell’s Great White will play its first New England show since The Station incident.  It will take place on August 15 when the band will headline the Party in the Pasture at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, Maine.  The concert will be filmed for a documentary, according to a July 27 post on the North East Concerts Facebook Page.

Promotional poster for the August 15, 2015, show.
Promotional poster for the August 15, 2015, show.

Promoters are expecting to sell as many as 7,000 tickets for Russell’s return to New England.  Promoters have also said that Russell himself is welcoming the return and that Russell is “extremely excited to play our event.”

Jack Russell
Jack Russell

Hopefully, bringing Russell and crew back to New England can help in the healing process.  One can only imagine what emotions this trip will bring out.

Dr. Dre To Put Out New Album

Later this week you can look for something that hasn’t happened in about 16 years.  What is that you say? It’s a new album from the iconic producer and rapper Dr. Dre.

Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre

The title of the new record is Compton which is a companion to the upcoming biopic, Straight Outta Compton.

Guests on the record reportedly include Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.  Look for Compton on August 7.  Here is the track listing for the record:

1. “Intro” Dr. Dre
2. “Talk About It” feat. King Mez & Justus
3. “Genocide” feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay
4. “It’s All On Me” feat. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid
5. “All In a Day’s Work” feat. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius
6. “Darkside/Gone” feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar
7. “Loose Cannons” feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um
8. “Issues” feat. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak

9. “Deep Water” feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus
10. Jon Connor,”One Shot One Kill” feat. Snoop Dogg
11. The Game, “Just Another Day” feat. Asia Bryant
12. “For the Love of Money” feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor
13. “Satisfiction” feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez
14. “Animals” feat. Anderson Paak
15. “Medicine Man” feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak
16. “Talking To My Diary”

 Zoso?  Uh Uh. . . . .Zono!  No Led Zep Reunion Planned

One of the most commonly asked questions of iconic Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is whether or not fans can ever expect to see the supergroup (minus the great John Boham of course) reunite.

Led Zeppelin (from r. to l. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham
Led Zeppelin (from left to right) the late John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and, Jimmy Page

Page recently responded by saying this:

“Led Zeppelin was a creative force that you can’t just snap your fingers and create.  It was a blend of these four master musicians, and each of us were important to the sum total of what the band was. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn’t there, the others would have made the same decision not to carry on. Besides, we couldn’t just get somebody in there and say, ‘Do this, this way?’ That wouldn’t have been honest or of the same creative nature that we had always striven for. And it’s why we still have only done it properly once.”

Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page

Page continued and added that that the band has “tried it a few times,” however, “[i]t always seemed to be done in a hurry and it never worked. That’s why the O2 show was done with such intent. We rehearsed loads so that Jason—John’s son—felt like he was part of the band and not just some novelty. We all needed it to be that way. But I can’t foresee doing it again, because we all have to agree and agree for the right reasons.”

Having said that, is it time for Page to move on?  His answer seems to say that it is.

“I’ve been totally focused for the past few years on getting the remasters right and then promoting them. But on July 31, when the last batch of remasters comes out, I’ll be able to exhale and think about doing something new. I’ll be able to think about the guitar, and recording new music—because I’ve already gotten music written—and I’m really looking forward to that and really focusing on it.”

That answer may not be a popular one but in the end there was no one who could ever replace John Bonham, not even his own son (Jason) who is a great drummer in his own right.

Jason Bonham
Jason Bonham

Thus, what could be a more fitting tribute to one of the greatest drummers to ever perform than for his band to refuse to go on without him?  If you think of it from that angle then there is no greater honor that could have been bestowed on Bonham.  A fitting tribute to Bonzo indeed.

Strength In Numbers Rings True For 1,000 Musicians Jamming To Foo Fighters’ Tune

In this next video you will watch something spectacular; one thousand musicians gathered in an Italian field in Cesena, Italy, to perform the Foo Fighters’ track Learn to Fly. The reason?  To impress Dave Grohl and have him bring his band to play in the town.  It’s pretty amazing to see this many drummers play in perfect synchronization while guitarists rock out in 4/4 time all while a mountain of singers belt out the lyrics in an amazing fashion.  All of this was part of the Rockin 1000 project created by Fabio Zaffagnini.

In a video posted on the Foo Fighters’ Facebook page on July 31 Grohl roughly had this to say in response:

“Hi, Cesena! I am David, hello. I’m sorry, I don’t speak Italian. Only a little, a little. That video — but how beautiful! Very beautiful. Thank you very much. We are arriving [coming], I promise. We’ll see each other soon. Thank you very much. I love you. Bye.”

A job well done by all.




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