This Week's Drum News



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Matt Letley has been unveiled as Softapad's latest endorsee. The Status Quo drummer joins Robin Guy and Dan Flint (You Me At Six) in switching to the practice pad and accessory firm.

He said: "I have to say I'm impressed...I actually found the sounds produced with the pads on both drums and cymbals quite inspiring and I was soon experimenting with my practice regime and coming up with new ideas."

A treat's on the way for our US readers, as Megadeth's Shawn Drover is putting on a trio of free drum clinics stateside.

The thrash master will put on three shows in Florida on 9, 10 and 11 November.

Here's one for your diary, Fear Factory (of course featuring drumming behemoth Gene Hoglan) are heading back to the UK.

Catch the percussion powerhouse at the following shows:

Dec 15 - Nottingham, Rock City
Dec 16 - Glasgow, QMU
Dec 18 - Manchester, Academy 2
Dec 19 - London, Forum
Dec 20 - Bristol, O2 Academy

Rich Chamberlain

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).