Gruv Gear Supports Career Musicians Through Sweet Relief Musicians Funds – Rochester drums |

Gruv Gear Supports Career Musicians Through Sweet Relief Musicians Funds – Rochester drums |

Gruv Gear, Orange County California-based designer and manufacturer of innovative utility

Gruv Gear Stadium Bag

carts, music products and accessories, announces its contribution and support to Sweet Relief Musicians Funds, an organization dedicated to help career musicians career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems, according to a press release from PRWeb,

Sweet Relief was founded by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams in 1993. Victoria, while on a career-making tour with Neil Young was forced to leave the tour in mid-schedule after experiencing unexplained debilitating symptoms. A long and painful diagnostic process revealed she had multiple sclerosis.

A group of friends assembled an all-star album of Victoria’s songs, Sweet Relief, which alleviated much of her medical debt. The line-up included Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, Maria McKee, Soul Asylum, Lucinda Williams and others.

Williams new that there were many musicians in her situation – unable to afford medical expenses and compromised in their ability to work. She donated some of her proceeds from the album to found Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Williams is listed on the Sweet Relief’s website, as a board member, along with an impressive roster of people, many with ties to the music industry.

Gruv Gear’s contribution of its top-of-the-line multi-use backpack for traveling musicians, the Stadium Bag, was a well-appreciated gift to the cause “As a musician, I’m well aware how much we rely on our main tools… Our hands, our minds, our health” says Jay Baldemor, President of Gruv Gear.

“Any disability or health issues directly affect our performance, and for many, their careers and livelihood. Sweet Relief has created an amazing program where everyone can take part and lend support, from large acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, and Cold Play. We’re honored to be a part of this effort.”

Sweet Relief has a local Rochester, NY connection. Matthew Kaplan, an attorney from New Jersey, is on the board of Sweet Relief. Kaplan, whose legal practice represents musical acts, studied music at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester.

For more information on multiple sclerosis in the Rochester area, please contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter.Currently, the Upstate New York Chapter is nationally recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive service programs for nearly 12,000 people with MS and their families in 50 counties.

Click here for the full press release.


‘My Sharona’ Drummer Estate Sues Capitol Records Over iTunes $$$

My Sharona

When the Knack release the famed songs “My Sharona” and “Good Girls Don’t“, there was no such thing as digital download, iTunes, Amazon, etc.  The World Wide Web didn’t exist.  So all these years later, Capitol Records has a lawsuit on their hands.

According to TMZ, the sister of deceased Knack drummer Bruce Gary is now suing

The Knack's late drummer, Bruce Gary

Capitol Records, claiming the company is being less than fair in paying her digital download money, to which her late brother’s estate is entitled.

Gary’s sister — Felice Catena — inherited the rights to Bruce’s music after he passed away in 2006.

In a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming Capitol is paying her a mere  fraction of what she’s owed on download proceeds for Knack hits like “My Sharona” and “Good Girls Don’t.”

According to the complaint, Capitol owes Catena a whopping 50% of net receipts from sales of his music by iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, and others. The complaint, filed by Paul Duvall and Richard Busch of King & Ballow, seeks unspecified damages, an accounting and a declaration requiring Capitol to account to the Knack based on 50 percent of net recepits for the licensing of the masters.

In the “good-old-days, recording contracts  obviously didn’t contain provisions for digital downloads. With the advent of iTunes, it wasn’t clear whether to pay the artist their sale fee (around 12%-18%) or their licensing fee (around 50%). Felice claims sales through digital distributors are actually licenses and therefore, she should be paid accordingly.

The certainly is hope for Catena; Eminem brazenly sued his record label for the same thing back in 2007 … and won.

Good news for Ms. Catena.

The Twelve Drum Solos Of Christmas

Don’t say I never gave you anything. I present my gift to you:  The Twelve Drum Solos of The Christmas. In reality, it is in honor of the holiday season, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day and any other holiday that falls around this time.   Actually, there were supposed to be 12 solos, but I didn’t want to leave any of these out, so there are 13. Well, in fact, if you count them up, there are 15 drummers because there are two group solo videos.  These are not in any order at all and this is not to say these are the best drummers in the world. Well, some of them are, but these are my

favorite drum solos.  I did save the best for last. It is a three-part video of John Bonham‘s famous Moby Dick solo, from the Earl’s Court concert in 1985.  Bonham was the reason I took up the drums way back when, so I had to put him last.

Happy Holidays from 4DrummersOnly. Enjoy!

Neil Peart

Thomas Lang

Sheila E

Terry Bozzio with Chad Wackerman

Buddy Rich

Carmine Appice

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4DrummersOnly Follow Up: Sean Quigley, Canada’s Little Drummer Boy, Is Going Hollywood

Sean Quigley, Winnipeg‘s Little Drummer Boy, has earned the attention of an L.A. talent agent, MacRay Artist Management .

Quigley played all the instruments, sang the vocals, recorded everything and shot, directed and edited the video.

Within 24 hours of being posted it had been viewed over 4,000 times and started getting a social media buzz, with people posting it on Facebook and Twitter.

It has now earned nearly one million hits.

Quigley’s dad Bill told CBC News that talent manager Jason MacRay contacted him and said he wants to help make Sean a star.

“[He’s] trying to get him some more exposure in the United States, number one, because we’re going great here in Canada. And number two, if he could land a record deal for Sean that would be on the top of his list, too.”

Bill said he’s always been aware of his son’s talent but the sudden surge in attention is taking some getting used to.

“He’s always had a real gift for that and we’ve certainly supported that over the years so, am I totally surprised this has happened? No. But we are surprised, you know what I mean?” Bill said.

He noted there was a chance his son would be on the Rosie O’Donnel talk show but the producers ran out of space for the Christmas season.

No More Off-The-Cuff Walk-On Songs For Jimmy Fallon’s Drummer, Questlove


The Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drummer, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, will no longer be able to select songs for the show without first clearing them with three NBC execs. Questlove, the drummer for Fallon’s house band, The Roots, chose the song ”Lyin’ Ass Bitch” when Rep.  Michele Bachmann (R), a Republican presidential nominee hopeful, appeared on the late night talk show recently.

According to an interview with Rolling Stone, Talking to Rolling Stone before the incident, Questlove  admitted he was planning the number.

“I’m gunning for Bachmann,” he said. “I want to try and do Fishbone’s ‘Lyin’ Ass Bitch.’ I just don’t know if I’m going to tell Jimmy.”

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

While Bachmann didn’t object on camera, the song’s lyrics caused a huge stir and NBC had to apologize. Questlove told the magazine he was awakened by a 9 a.m. call the next morning summoning him to 30 Rock. He was told he must clear every song with three different NBC execs, and he was forbidden to tweet about the incident.

“It was a real bummer,” adds Fallon. “We don’t want to censor anyone, but … I don’t know. Maybe Questlove is a Romney guy.”

This was not the first time the show’s musical director has run afoul with his selections. Fallon had to censor Questlove’s previous choices of intro music when he wanted to use “She Blinded Me With Science” to introduce Katie Holmes, a prominent follower of Scientology. The New York Post reported his reaction to Fallon nixing the Thomas Dolby 80’s hit “That would have been good,” Questlove laughed.

Sixteen year-old Sean Quigley racks up 800,000 views in 1st week, Goes Viral with ‘Little Drummer Boy’ Video!

(Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 12, 2011) Sixteen year-old Sean Quigley, of Winnipeg Canada, posted his video version of the classic Christmas carol ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and a week later (at the time of this release) hit 800,000 views. Having played every featured instrument, sung every word, mixed every note, directed every shot, and edited every cut, the video is proving to the world that Quigley is (as Simon Cowell would say) “the complete package.”

Sean had no idea the video would be so popular, but as fans sprung up from all over the globe the newly minted overnight success scrambled to launch his official web-site, Twitter and Facebook pages this morning (Monday). After getting a call from a Los Angeles talent manager who signed Quigley on the spot, Sean seems to have everything going in the right direction. But don’t be fooled. All the attention hasn’t blinded Sean from the true reason he ever picked up a guitar or sat behind a set of drums: he is here to inspire and influence through his art.

Sean is currently available for interviews and will be in the Los Angeles area in the coming week.

More information:
Twitter: @SeanQuigley204

It Was 49 Years Ago Today…

49 years ago, today, The Beatles made their historic appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr, was the drummer for the Beatles on that day and until the end.  John Lennon and George Harrison have left us, but we still have Ringo and Sir Paul McCartney to cherish. Enjoy this great video from that historic show:

A Tribute to Eric Carr of KISS

I’m sorry I did not get to post this yesterday. This tribute was posted on the KISS website to honor Eric Carr, who passed away 20 years ago yesterday.

Eric Carr Tribute

Twenty years ago today, our friend Eric Carr passed away after losing his battle with cancer. Over the eleven years Eric spent with KISS, he played over 800 concerts to millions of fans around the world, and he brought joy to and touched the lives of so many people. Here are some thoughts and memories that the band would like to share.

At a time when KISS was in the midst of upheaval and turmoil Eric brought calm, and an optimism that refocused our priorities so we could move forward. I can’t overstate his contribution to our rebirth. His dedication to his music was only matched by his dedication to his fans. He was a kind soul who couldn’t say an unkind word about anyone and I think of him all the time.

Paul Stanley

Eric Carr was a beloved member of KISS for 11 years. His drumming was as powerful as his love and devotion for the fans and remains in the hearts of many to this day…

Eric Singer

Eric Carr was a special person and a friend. He would always go out of his way to be friendly and say something nice. I remember the band was mixing Hot in the Shade back in 1989 at Cherokee Studios in LA. HITS was a miss-mash of sorts and everyone was throwing in their two cents on the mix, you know, ‘Turn up the guitars, turn up the bass..” I was listening and remember saying to the engineer, “Where’s the drums?” At the end of the night, Eric quietly pulled me aside and said, “Thanks for mentioning the drums..” He appreciated that.. A good guy.

Tommy Thayer

I never knew anyone more humble in my life.
Eric Carr was a kind soul who never said anything bad about anybody.
He was also a double threat on drums, and vocals.
I miss him.

Gene Simmons