‘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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Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses & Velvet Revolver Opens Up

English: Matt Sorum, velvet revolver

Matt Shea of Australia’s The Vine recently conducted an interview with drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, THE CULT). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Vine: [VELVET REVOLVER] was the first time you were out front of a band. Not on stage of course, but just in terms of taking a leading role in the affairs of the group. Was that something that came naturally to you at that time?

Sorum: No. That particular band was really sort of an idea that came from a death of a friend. A friend of mine passed away. I had a tribute concert. IEnglish: Velvet Revolver playing live couldn’t get Ozzy because Ozzy wasn’t available, but the drummer that passed away was Randy Castillo [Ozzy Osbourne‘s drummer during the mid-1980s to early 1990s] so I called Slash and Duff and asked if they’d come and play. We got together, Steven Tyler came,

Saul Hudson AKA Slash, Velvet Revolver concert...

Josh [Todd] from BUCKCHERRY sang. And CYPRESS HILL — those guys got up, which was kind of weird … But it came up killer, and the crowd just loved it, and the next day Slash and Duff were like, “Okay, let’s do something.” That was the beginning of VELVET REVOLVER. Then we spent two years building this project. I was really a leader in that band. Slash and Duff have always kind of taken my voice, even though I was never really represented in that way back in GUNS N’ ROSES — I was always that guy behind the scenes. When VELVET REVOLVER came along, I was like, “We need to make a modern rock’n’roll album here.” I was helping pick the producer, picking the mixer, picking the songs and a lot of the business end of things. I think I was a bit paranoid in a way, too. I didn’t want to screw it up: “Let me help. Maybe if I help we won’t screw this up.”

The Vine: Any further news on a new VELVET REVOLVER record, or nailing down a new frontman for the band?

Sorum: Yeah, they’re at home trying out a guy right now. Their sitting in a room looking at a singer named Jimmy Gnecco [of OURS]. So we’ll see how that goes, and then we’ve got a couple of other ideas. It looks like Slash is going to make another album, but I’m not sure about his touring and stuff yet. So we’ll see how that goes. But we’re all open to it and interested in trying to do something together.

The Vine: GUNS N’ ROSES: how often do people ask you if the band’s getting back together?

Sorum: I just don’t have an answer. That’s the thing: I’m not the guy. I wish I knew, but I’d be the last guy to hear about it, probably. You’d know about it before I would. My grandmother would call me to let me know [laughs]. I’d be a rich man if for every time I got asked that question I got handed a dollar bill. I’d be a wealthy, wealthy man.

The Vine: You’ve got so much else going on now — DIAMOND BABY, DARLING STILETTOS, your other production work — would you even have time or the inclination for a reunion?

Sorum: If the number was high enough [laughs]. No, you know what: I just love creating music. When I left GUNS N’ ROSES, I thought I was starting to lose my soul. Why did I get into this business in the first place? Because I love music, and I want to make some music. I don’t want to sit around and get caught up in a bunch of drama. If I’m going to feel uncomfortable and spiritually not well, what’s the point? It’s like, “Let’s make some music, man.” One thing I do care about is the fans. And the one thing I learned later on in life is that a lot of people got a lot of joy from that. So if that’s the only reason to do it, I think that’s a great reason. If everyone could just put all their differences aside. But if that time will ever come, I’m not sure. I’m cool with whatever.

Read the entire interview from The Vine.

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.

DW Upgrades Industry Standard 5000 Pedals

Drum Workshop, Inc. has recently announced upgrades to its industry-­standard line of 5000 bass drum pedals.

DW5000 Bass Drum Pedal

Among the improvements to the new 5000AD4 pedals are a Tri-Pivot toe clamp that includes 3 self-­adjusting rubber-­coated pads that securely anchors the pedal to a variety of bass drum counter hoop sizes, a Dual-Spring Rocker that improves the feel and recoil of the pedal and a non-skid rubber pad under the base plate designed for wood, carpet and other playing surfaces. DW Director of Research and Development, Rich Sikra, comments, “This pedal has had incredible longevity in the marketplace and part of the reason for that is that we’re always improving the pedal’s functionality. There’s a world of difference between this latest incarnation of the 5000 and the pedal that became popular in the 70s and 80s. Of course, if you still want the original design, we offer our 6000 Series pedals. We’re always thinking about how we can make these pedals better. How can we make a product that can further the art of drumming? We think this new 5000 is our best yet.”

Other standard features include, Delta ball-­bearing hinge, 101 2-way beater, light-weight aluminum base plate, Turbo or Accelerator dual-chain and sprocket drive cam, single post casting (5002), precision universal joint (5002), road-worthy all-metal construction and more.

5002 pedals include a free, upgraded ballistic nylon pedal case and all DW pedals include a limited 5 year warranty.

DW Founder, Don Lombardi, comments about his flagship product, “Our company was basically founded on the 5000 pedal and we’ve

5000 Double Bass Drum Pedals

always considered ourselves a pedal company first. I’m really proud of this new pedal and we’ve only improved upon an already good thing. We were really careful not to reinvent the wheel. Drummers are really comfortable with this pedal, so we wanted to maintain the basic feel and keep it as reliable as ever.”

The 5000AD4 Series single pedal retails for $316.99 and the 5002AD4 Double version retails for $699.99.

For further information head over to www.dwdrums.com.

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

ArtistWorks Launches Online Drum Schools with Top Drummers Billy Cobham and Thomas Lang

Italiano: Billy Cobham nell'edizione 2010

Billy Cobham

Thomas Lang

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 08, 2011

Napa California-based music education technology company ArtistWorks has opened the ArtistWorks Drum Academy today with the launch of online drum schools from two of the world’s top drummers: world-renowned fusion and jazz drumming legend Billy Cobham and rock drumming superstar Thomas Lang. Both the Billy Cobham School of Drums and the Thomas Lang School of Drums utilize ArtistWorks’ patent-pending video technology, enabling drummers around the world to receive personalized video feedback and take online drum lessons to an unprecedented new level. In addition, the ArtistWorks Drum Academy will offer a new unique drum looping tool on all video lessons, enabling students a chance to isolate and loop segments until they grasp the material.

“We firmly believe that a passion for playing music is fueled by an interactive environment where Artist Instructors can individually address each students needs, as well as allow students to interact with each other,” says ArtistWorks founder, David Butler. “We are proud to offer students unparalleled, direct access to the world’s best players regardless of their geographic location or skill level,”

The Thomas Lang School of Drums and the Billy Cobham School of Drums contain hundreds of high-quality video drumming lessons that start at a fundamental level of how to play drums and gradually progress to the advanced level. Unlike other static learning methods seen before on DVD or other websites, the ArtistWorks Drum Academy uses ArtistWorks’ groundbreaking Video Exchange™ technology which is currently revolutionizing music education. All of ArtistWorks’ schools take full advantage of high-resolution video, multi-angle camera view selection, cutting-edge social media tools, and the Internet’s vast interactive capabilities to create a robust learning environment. Not only do the schools offer hundreds of real-time and slow motion lessons available 24/7, they enable teaching through personalized video exchanges to drummers all over the world.

Award-winning drumming superstar Thomas Lang is a founding member of the progressive heavy metal trio st0rk, and has worked with artists such as Asia, John Wetton and Vienna Art Orchestra among others. Lang is widely considered to be one of the most talented and technically proficient drummers in the world and was named #13 on Rhythm magazine’s list of “Top Drummers of the Past 25 Years” .

“Learning should be an organic, multi-dimensional experience and with the ArtistWorks Drum Academy students get the benefit of social interaction as well as direct, personal instruction.” – Thomas Lang

Legendary jazz drummer, bandleader and composer Billy Cobham played with Miles Davis, Jack Bruce, and Bobby and the Midnights among others. Cobham, along with John McLaughlin, Rick Laird and Jan Hammer is a founding member of the famed Mahavishnu Orchestra. Cobham has performed, recorded, and produced at the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) with Peter Gabriel and currently serves as an Official Patron of WOMAD. With his legendary drumming style that combines exacting precision and explosive power, Cobham is generally considered to be jazz-fusion’s greatest and most influential drummer.

“I’m very pleased that I now have the ability to work with so many students in such a unique and fun way,” says Cobham. “Students support each other while everyone explores all of the lessons. There is an environment of camaraderie and unity that is essential to learning. This is incredibly exciting.”- Billy Cobham

The Thomas Lang School of Drums and the Billy Cobham School of Drums debuts December 8th and are open to drummers of all levels of proficiency. The Luis Conte School of Percussion will be added in 2012. Student membership plans are reasonably priced per school at $90.00 for 3 months, $150.00 for 6 months, and $240.00 for a 12-month subscription.

Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks’ visual education format allows hand-selected musicians to teach students all over the world by presenting their full method in a series of high-quality video lessons online. Students are able to submit videos to their teachers for custom and personalized critique and guidance – creating an individualized educational experience. ArtistWorks currently offers curriculums from such world-class, virtuoso artists as: Andreas Oberg (jazz guitar lessons); Howard Levy (harmonica lessons); Martin Taylor (fingerstyle guitar lessons); DJ Qbert (DJ lessons); Christie Peery (piano lessons); and the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass with Tony Trischka (banjo lessons), Mike Marshall (mandolin lessons), Darol Anger (fiddle lessons), Bryan Sutton (guitar lessons), Missy Raines (bass lessons), and Andy Hall (dobro lessons).

For an exclusive preview, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfzSf3aO_SI

For more information please visit: http://www.artistworksdrumacademy.com

For original release please visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/12/prweb9024463.htm

Guns N’ Roses Drummer – Reunion Show Unlikely at R&R HOF

Adler's Appetite

As reported elsewhere,  Guns N’ Roses has been inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and Steven Adler is looking forward to the induction. However, the their former stick man isn’t holding his breath for a reunion.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Steven Adler doesn’t feel that the entire original lineup would even attend the ceremony.

“Absolutely not. But, as far as I know, there is a God and a higher power, and it’s possible. Unfortunately, I don’t foresee it. You figure that time could heal all wounds, but some people just really hold a crazy grudge”.

He went on to say that he didn’t believe that GNR frontman Axl Rose even remembered why he fell out with Slash in the first place, but that isn’t going to get in the way of Axl holding onto his grudge.

He continued, “The real shame about the ending of the Guns N’ Roses when I got kicked out wasn’t just that I got kicked out, but Slash and Axl stopped working together. They are the Keith Richards and the Mick Jagger! For 20 years, because of some stupid grudge, which I guarantee you that neither of them could even tell you what it was. They don’t even know! I just had lunch with Slash two days ago. He loves Axl. He holds no grudges towards him. Twenty years of great music wasn’t created because of some stupid grudge”.

Although Axl seems to be on the outs with Slash, Adler says that he and Rose have no beef, and he’s even reached out to him and offered to play on a few of the GNR tour dates.GUNS N' ROSES (Richard Fortus, Izzy Stradlin a...

“I’ve been reading his Tweets about all the shows he’s been doing in the same states. My brother e-mailed his manager to see if I could come play a song. I had him do it twice, and he has not returned the e-mail. He can’t be mad at me!”

So, if all five members do show up,  is there a small chance that a reunion show will happen? According to Adler, maybe, if Axl is down for it.

“I know that Duff and Slash will show up. They’re basically normal human beings. Izzy is a gypsy. He’s happy doing his own thing and he lives life to the fullest. Izzy is one of my heroes. I look up to him more than anybody. Steven Tyler and Izzy are the two coolest people that I’ve ever met or ever wanted to be influenced by,” he said.

“But Axl…it would mean so much to me. I personally just want to finish what I started with those jack-offs. We started off something, let’s end the career playing together, at least once.”

While an impromptu reunion seems unlikely, it would be safe to say,  most fans are still hoping that one day the original lineup will take the stage again. The induction ceremony will take place the Hall of Fame on April 14 in Cleveland.