Drumming and Drumstick Pioneer Ron Vater Has Died, Age 63

Another crushing loss early in 2020 for the drumming world as Ron Vater, whose drumming sticks and gear defined an entire generation of playing at Vater Percussion, has died.  He was 63. The news came via an announcement on the company’s social media accounts, as well as a memorial on the Vater website. Vater was actually founded in 1956, the year before Ron was born, and the first Vater sticks were made by Jack Adams, who passed down the Hollbrook, Massachusetts company to his grandsons, Ron and Alan. We send out our sympathies to the entire Vater family, their many fans and players around the world at this difficult time. Continue reading

BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on How Many Local Shows to Play

A question I get asked all the time by local level bands is ‘How much should we be playing locally?’ and this is a tricky one. There are so many good tours coming through all the time that need opening bands. This isn’t even touching on your friends coming through who you want to play with just so they don’t have a bad show in your hometown. I know how tricky it is to find this balance, it’s not an obvious one to figure out and it’s one that is going to routinely give you headaches. So in this article, I wanted to break down precisely how many times you should be playing in your hometown in a year, why I think that and how you can implement a strategy around that and then how you can decide which hometown shows you want to be playing. Continue reading

Palaye Royale Announce “The Bastards” US Tour

Rockers Palaye Royale has booked a new US tour! “The Bastards” Tour will feature direct support from The Hunna, Arrested Youth, and Jessie Paige and begins in Sacramento, CA on April 17th and hitting a further 26 cities before culminating in the previously announced show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on May 29th. Tickets and VIP packages for ‘The Bastards’ North America 2020 Tour go on general sale on Friday, January 31st at 10am local time. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #314: Maybe Don’t Mock The Dead Hmm?

Tact. Everybody needs it. Not everybody has it, but to get ahead in the world, especially the music world you need to exercise some at times. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast #314 is streaming now and it’s all about Maybe Don’t Mock The Dead Hmm? Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Boston Calling Books Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run The Jewels, Andrew WK, Liam Gallagher and More

Boston Calling, which had already leaked Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers as being headliners previously, has also booked Jason Isabell and the 400 Unit, Brittany Howard, NONAME, The Struts, Andrew WK, Run the Jewels, Banks, RJD2, Koffee, and Pink Steat$, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the 1975, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Dinosaur Jr and many more! Tickets are on sale now! Continue reading

New Dio Singles Streaming from BMG Remasters Series Due This Spring

The legacy of Ronnie James Dio continues to be honored and cherished in 2020. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of his passing and his late-era albums with Dio vocalist, BMG Records will reissue Dio’s long out-of-print 1996-2004 studio albums – 1996’s Angry Machines, 2000’s Magica, 2002’s Killing the Dragon and 2004’s Master of the Moon, releasing on March 20th, 2020. BMG has made four tracks available for streaming which you can hear below! Continue reading

The Music World Reacts to The Death of Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity

We are still reeling from the devastating news we brought you last night of the devasting loss of Metal legend and drummer Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity. While we gather our thoughts to prepare a proper tribute, the entire music world seems to have mobilized an outpouring of love for Reed and support for the C.O.C. family at this time. Here are some remembrances from across the music world right now of the life and times and of Reed. Continue reading