Posts Tagged ‘behind-the-kit’

Stone Sour Drummer Roy Mayorga Discusses Recovery from Stroke

Facebook: Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) Stone Sour are enjoying some of their greatest success to date with the two-part album ‘House of Gold & Bones,’ and drummer Roy Mayorga is very happy to be part of it. Back in 2011, Mayorga suffered a stroke and there was concern about whether or not he would be able to continue, but the musician is happy to report he’s recovered. Mayorga tells the Lehigh Valley Morning Call that doctors revealed that his years of violent head-banging led to a dissected artery that caused the stroke. The drummer added that there was “a good seven, eight months” where he was not playing music, and that he was having trouble moving his left side. But rather than replace him, the group called off their tour and waited a year while he recovered. Speaking about his bandmates, Mayorga stated, “That’s incredible. I mean, that’s a lot to be said for them. Those guys are truly my brothers, for them to do something like that … Most bands would have gotten somebody else to play drums, but they didn’t.” Over time, the improvement began. “I got off the meds and got the confidence again to play drums and got behind the kit and then started recording this new album,” explained Mayorga. “Almost two years later, I’m pretty much back to normal, and it’s a miracle, man, I gotta say. I thank God and the universe and lucky stars I’m still here today. I’m just glad that’s over with and I’m able to still walk and play drums and be here with my family.” As for the new record, the drummer says this was the most collaborative effort the band has enjoyed to date. “We all wrote everything together and we all brought songs individually to the table, but once we got them all, we just took them apart and put them back together again and each and every one of us put our own stamp on it,” explained Mayorga. The first part of the ‘ House of Gold & Bones ‘ album is out now, with the latter half expected in April . [button href=”” title=”Next: Stone Sour Win 2012 Loudwire Music Awards Rock Band of the Year” align=”center”]

Robot Band Compressorhead Bring the ‘Metal’ With Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’

YouTube Lemmy Kilmister may be an ageless wonder, but the Motorhead frontman need not worry about his band’s music surviving for the long haul. That’s because the robot band known as Compressorhead does a pretty nifty job of taking on the Motorhead classic ‘Ace of Spades.’ The mechanical outfit is not only quite adept at playing the hard-driving song, but one of the robots, guitarist Fingers, has the headbanging action down pat as well. However, watching Compressorhead play gives you newfound respect for Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, as it’s noticeable that the robot drummer Stickboy has a few more appendages to pull off what Dee normally does behind the kit. Compressorhead take their “metal” roots to heart, also covering such songs as AC/DC ‘s ‘TNT’ and Pantera ‘s ‘ Becoming ‘ as part of their repertoire. Drummer Stickboy previously performed at the 2008 Big Day Out festival in Australia and will return with the full robot group to be part of the 2013 Big Day Out bill . Watch Compressorhead Perform Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch Another Robot Band Cover Marilyn Manson’s ‘Beautiful People'” align=”center”]

Three Days Grace, ‘Chalk Outline’ (In the Studio) – Exclusive Video Premiere

YouTube: Three Days Grace Three Days Grace are enjoying one of the biggest hits of their career with ‘Chalk Outline,’ and fans of the band will now have a chance to see how the song came together thanks to a new “in the studio” video that’s debuting exclusively here at Loudwire. The clip takes you up-close and personal with Three Days Grace as the band works among the stacks of speakers and soundproofing to get exactly the take that they want for their ‘Transit of Venus’ album (available at iTunes ). Neil Sanderson is keeping the beat behind the kit while Barry Stock and Brad Walst bob their headphone-covered heads as they lay down the crunchy riffs that have dominated radio over the past several weeks. Meanwhile, singer Adam Gontier alternates between hiding behind a pair of stacks and a microphone screen during the versus and being front and center for the camera during the chorus. ‘Chalk Outline’ has hovered at or near the top of most rock charts during its run this year and it recently cracked Loudwire’s  10 Best Rock Songs of 2012  list. The track is also currently one of the Rock Song of the Year candidates that fans can vote upon in the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards. Fans will be able to hear ‘Chalk Outline’ and many of the other great tracks from the ‘Transit of Venus’ album when the band teams up with Shinedown on their 2013 North American Tour. The first leg of dates  were revealed back in November, and the second leg of dates were just announced this week. Watch Three Days Grace’s ‘Chalk Outline’ (In the Studio) Video [Exclusive] [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch Three Days Grace’s ‘Chalk Outline’ Music Video” align=”center”]

Anthrax Drummer Charlie Benante Bows Out of Current European Tour

Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Facebook: Jon Dette It’s been somewhat of a roller-coaster year for Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante . The band has made a huge comeback with the critically acclaimed 2011 album ‘Worship Music,’ but the stickman has dealt with some tough issues along the way. The group has revealed that Benante is at home taking care of some “personal stuff” while they’re on their current European run. Anthrax have tapped Animetal USA and former Testament and Slayer drummer Jon Dette to fill in while they travel through Europe. Guitarist Scott Ian delivered the news to fans when it became noticeable that Benante was not behind the kit. In a tweet , he stated: Many of you asking who is playing drums… Our friend Jon Dette is kicking ass while @ skisum is home taking care of personal stuff. — Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) November 6, 2012 In February, Benante mourned the death of his mother , missing some shows on Anthrax’s winter tour. At that time, Testament’s Gene Hoglan filled in for Benante. Then, a hand injury and the recovery time forced him out of the group’s Mayhem Festival dates. During that period, Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner stepped in to help out. While off the road, Benante was involved in an altercation with his wife at a baseball game in which both he and his wife were arrested for the bust-up that occurred in front of their daughter. According to a statement released at the time , Benante was treated at a local hospital for a gash to the back of the head that required staples when his wife allegedly assaulted him as he was walking away with her cell phone. Footage of Jon Dette behind the kit with Anthrax overseas can be seen below. Watch Drummer Jon Dette Performing With Anthrax [button href=”” title=”Frank Bello Talks Anthrax ‘Worship Music’ Reissue + Cover Songs” align=”center”]