Lamb of God’s Chris Adler and Mapex Drums Draw an Impressive 730 Fans to Tour Kickoff in Salt Lake City, Utah

LAMB OF GOD’s CHRIS ADLER and MAPEX Drums were thrilled to see a whopping 730 fans arrive at the “A Throne with a View” tour’s impressive Salt Lake City, UT kick-off show at BackBeats Drum Shop on Monday the 28th. A typical drum clinic will draw about 50-70 attendees. This impressive turnout is only a taste of what is yet to come on the “A Throne with a View” tour, and ADLER hopes to see many more fans out at his upcoming appearances. The tour will take ADLER through the country until March 16th when the tour lands in Hollywood, FL at Resurrection Drums. The tour is sponsored by MAPEX DRUMS, AQUARIAN, PRO MARK, GIBRALTAR, MEINL, and ZOOM (SAMSON).

“Never would I have expected such a massive and warm response,” states ADLER. “I had a blast jamming tunes and talking shop and SLC really brought it. Honestly, I was shocked and a bit of a nervous wreck without my bandmates, but in the end I loved every minute of it. I’m lucky to have the opportunity and I hope to share that, and if all goes well, inspire everyone that stops by.”

“The performance CHRIS ADLER brings to his drum clinic is at the same level as his performance with the band live and in the studio,” states Joe Hibbs of MAPEX Drums. “Because he is truly a musical and drumming artist, fans know it is important to see him in these truly special clinic appearances.”

“The “A Throne with a View” tour with CHRIS ADLER was a huge success,” adds Sean Chase of BackBeats Drum Shop in Salt Lake City, UT. “A sell-out crowd of over 700 attendees witnessed an inspiring performance and insight from one the world’s greatest drummers. Chris’ humility, honesty, and passion for our craft gives us all something to aspire to.”

“GIBRALTAR is proud to support CHRIS ADLER,” affirms GIBRALTAR Hardware Artist Relations manager Kim Graham. “He has been an artist of ours for eight years and is an amazing person and drummer to have on our team.  It’s no surprise that this clinic tour is such a success!”

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On this tour, ADLER is playing on MAPEX’s newly released Black Panther “Blaster” drum set. MAPEX introduced the Black Panther Drum Collection in January at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA and this will be the first opportunity for many fans to see and hear it. The Blaster kit features a unique maple and walnut shell design and is the first in a series of new drum sets based on MAPEX’s popular series of Black Panther Snare Drums.

ADLER appeared at the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival in 2005 and performed a “Battle” clinic tour with his brother Willie Adler across Europe in 2008. “A Throne with a View” is his first and only U.S. clinic tour in 2011. See below for all current clinic tour dates, and watch an example of one of ADLER’s aforementioned drum clinicshere.


  • 3/2 Bellevue, WA @ Donn Bennett Drum Studio
  • 3/3 Fresno, CA @ Bentley’s Drum Shop
  • 3/6 San Antonio, TX @ Jeff Ryder Drum Shop
  • 3/7 Nashville, TN @ Forks Drum Closet
  • 3/8 Kansas City, MO @ Explorers Percussion
  • 3/9 Memphis, TN @ Memphis Drum Shop
  • 3/10 Kenner, LA @ Ray Fransen Drum Shop
  • 3/14 Plainview, NY @ Original Long Island Drum Center
  • 3/15 Portland, ME @ Drum Shop
  • 3/16 Hollywood, FL @ Resurrection Drums

CHRIS ADLER recently announced the release of a comprehensive behind the scenes narrative book, detailing the early days of the band through the writing and recording of the LAMB OF GOD album, New American Gospel. This is the first and only book chronicling the history of the making of this classic album. Known for not pulling any punches, ADLER tells the real story, warts and all. The book includes drum tablature transcribed and verified by master technician Travis Orbin ( and ADLERhimself, and are designed to provide accurate insight into the drumming on the album as well as a convenient learning and teaching tool to teachers and drummers alike. The book is a must-have for any fans of LAMB OF GOD or ADLER’s drumming, as well as fans looking for ‘fly-on-the-wall’ access to how and why critical choices and decisions were made in the process of creating New American Gospel. Throughout the narrative, ADLER speaks frankly of his drumming, the successes, the failures, and obstacles that ultimately led to him contemplating leaving the band years ago. To purchase the book, head to this link, or

Fans should be sure to head to CHRIS ADLER’s brand new website,, to catch up on first-hand information, endorsements, and appearances. The site also includes a small store of exclusive items used by ADLER and special giveaways throughout the year.

For more information on the tour, the book, and more, head to and



Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix Tribute

Tickets On Sale Fri, March 11th, 2011 10:00 AM

Jimi (65 x 100)Sat, July 16th, 2011 9:30 PM (Doors open at: 9:00 PM)

Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix Tribute

1 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (503-226-6630)
All Ages. $10.00 Advance. $13.00 Day Of Show.Tickets available from TicketsWest

Ralph Woodson certainly knows his Hendrix.
He has studied his idol to the point of being able to play the guitar behind his back, and with his teeth. Ralph’s a Hendrix authority, and it’s obvious when you see him perform.
The youngest of nine, he grew up in Richmond, CA, and was initially struck by the sound of the “Band of Gypsys” record. Ralph has toured with Hedzoli Sounds (of which Hugh Masekela was a member), as well as The Mighty Diamonds, Lady Bianca, Faye Carol, and a Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead)/Sy Klopps (Herbie Herbert) collaboration called the Trichromes. With the Trichromes and later with the Sy Klopps Blues Band, Ralph played on big stages opening for Tower of Power, James Brown, ZZ Top, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others. He’s appeared at the College of Marin and on KFOG-FM with author/Hendrix expert Steve Roby, demonstrating the sound and techniques of Jimi Hendrix.
Ralph formed the Ralph Woodson Experience in 2001 (which became Purple Haze in 2010), focusing on the Hendrix material that he grew up with and always loved. Purple Haze has gained a steady following in the Bay Area and knock people out wherever they go. Ralph’s showmanship and command of the Hendrix material is second to none. See it for yourself!


Serj Tankian: “Goodbye – Gate 21” Video Debut * “Imperfect Remixes” EP Out Now!

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, political activist and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian releases his digital only Imperfect Remixes EP today on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records. Fans can purchase the EP at iTunes HERE. The lead single, “Goodbye – Gate 21 (Rock Remix)” features Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) on guitar and the video debuted today on Serj’s YouTube page.

Additionally, the EP features remixes of tracks off his most recent solo release, Imperfect HarmoniesRevolver gave Imperfect Harmonies four stars and raved that it “gets under your skin in ways Tankian’s music never did before.” It’s not the first time Morello & Serj have worked together; they co-founded the non-profit organization Axis Of Justice in 2002, which strives to bring together musicians, fans of music and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.Serj Tankian is also in the news for his involvement in a new rock musical called Prometheus Bound. He composed all the music, including the song “The Hunger,” which features Shirley Manson of Garbage on vocals. “The Hunger” is available starting today exclusively on iTunes with all proceeds to benefit Amnesty International:

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An outcry against tyranny, Prometheus Bound illustrates one man’s struggle against the brute force of a ruthless dictator. Written by Tony and Grammy Award-winning playwright and lyricist Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winning System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian, this new musical is inspired by Aeschylus’s Ancient Greek tragedy about the heroic struggle of Western civilization’s first prisoner of conscience. A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus stages this world premiere production, immersing the audience in an environment that has the Dionysian energy and rebelliousness of a rock concert. The A.R.T.’s production of Prometheus Bound runs from February 25 to April 2 at the A.R.T.’s  OBERON.  For further information about this production and the A.R.T.’s  2010-11 season, log on to

System Of A Down just announced a handful of North American headlining shows before their trip to Europe this summer with gogol Bordello. More information, on-sale dates and ticketing information can be found at

System Of A Down Confirmed Dates:

  • 5/10/11: Edmonton, AL – Rexall Place
  • 5/12/11: Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
  • 5/13/11: Seattle, WA – Key Arena
  • 5/15/11: Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 5/18/11: Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
  • 5/19/11: Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
  • 5/22/11: Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl

Imperfect Remixes EP Tracklisting1. Goodbye – Gate 21 (Rock Remix featuring Tom Morello)2. Reconstructive Demonstrations (Rock Remix)3. Invisible Love – Deserving? (Electro Remix)4. Goddamn Trigger – (iTunes Bonus Track)

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Lights Over Paris to Release New Single, ‘I’m Not a Gangsta’ this Spring

Planning Release of New Album in Spring of 2011

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Los Angeles, CA electro-pop punk group LIGHTS OVER PARIS is pleased to announce the upcoming release of their next single, ‘I’m Not a Gangsta’. The single is produced by Dr. Luke’s Ammo (Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Katy Perry) and will be released in mid-April 2011. ‘I’m Not a Gangsta’ is cut from the band’s upcoming untitled release which is due out this spring. The album also features producers Kool Kojak (Flo Rida), Matt Squire (3OH3!, Ke$ha, Panic and the Disco, Boys Like Girls) and features singer Dev (Like a G6, Bass Down Low)

“’I’m Not a Gangsta’ and any single will make you fall in love with the actual band, not just the song,” states vocalist Robb “TaLLLLL” University.

LIGHTS OVER PARIS’ sound encompasses the styles of their many influences in rock, pop, electro, and punk. The band harkens back to a late 90’s punk rock mentality while looping around pop turns and dance rock twists, with the occasional hip-hop influence thrown in for good measure.

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The band’s debut single off of their 2010 Turn Off The Lights EP, title track ‘Turn Off The Lights’, is currently in rotation on numerous Top 40 stations across the country, and has been downloaded over 100,000 times. The music video by RockHard Films (Lady Gaga) premiered on Yahoo Music’s highly trafficked home page on June 3, 2010, and has been viewed over 1 million times on YouTube. The band was also the first in history to be featured on Pandora with an album only previously distributed digitally. The EP is produced by Kevin Rudolf (Lil Wayne, Cobra Starship, Lifehouse) and mixed by Tom and Chris Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Sum 41) and Serban Ghenea (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Britney Spears). The EP officially dropped in April 2010 via Digital Records/Type One Records. Fans can listen to the Turn Off The Lights EP at

In support of the EP, LIGHTS OVER PARIS concluded their sold-out U.S. “Turn Off The Lights Tour” in October 2010. The tour was sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Monster Energy Drink and Icelandic Glacial H2O and promoted drinking responsibly while helping fans stay hydrated!

LIGHTS OVER PARIS initially came together in 2002 by way of a very happy accident. Vocalist Robb “TaLLLLL” University created an AOL profile and listed “singing in the shower” as one of his hobbies. Keyboardist Will Pepper searched for singers nearby and stumbled upon Robb. They bonded instantly and recorded five songs after their first meeting. Those songs eventually made way for the band to meet with well-known producer Kevin Rudolf.

The band—Robb “TaLLLLL” University (Vocals), Will Pepper (Keys), Devin Bronson (Guitar), Mike Torres (Bass), Dave Gentry (Drums) and Shiny (DJ)—could be sonic superheroes. From Robb’s larger than life pipes to Will Pepper’s keyboard sorcery, each element makes for evolutionary dance rock. Vocalist Robb “TaLLLLL” University describes their one-of-a-kind sonic movement. “Each song is completely different because they’re all amplifications of our diverse personalities. We play what we want, and the music is always going to be fresh and new.”

Robb concludes, “There are choices I’ve made because of my favorite bands. I want kids to feel that way about our music. I want them to be inspired to do something that they might’ve been afraid to do before. We’re already creating a community with our fans as well. This is the start of something insane.”

Keyboardist Will Pepper states it in the best way possible. “LIGHTS OVER PARIS is the biggest fucking movement in music, what else needs to be said?”

For more information on LIGHTS OVER PARIS, please visit these sites:

Art Of Dying: “Vices And Virtues” Pre-Order * Avalanche Tour

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First Single, “Die Trying,” Booming At Active Rock Radio

Band Hits The Road for First Annual Avalanche Tour with Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman & Skillet on March 24th

Signed to Disturbed’s Reprise Records imprint Intoxication Records, Vancouver’sArt of Dying will release their major-label debut album, Vices and Virtues, on March 22nd, 2011. An album pre-order, featuring both deluxe and standard editions, launches today on iTunes. The deluxe edition includes bonus cuts “Better Off” and “Watching You Watching Me.” Links for the Deluxe Edition: & Standard Edition:

The first single, “Die Trying,” is blazing at Active Rock Radio (No. 17 at BDS and No. 22 at Mediabase) with new support from WTZR/Johnson City, KLAQ/El Paso, WIXO/Peoria, KQXR/Boise, and KDDX/Rapid City. Stream the lyric track of “Die Trying” HERE and download their new song “Whole World’s Crazy” in exchange for a “like” on their Facebook page:

Produced by Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Three Doors Down), Vices and Virtues expresses Art of Dying’s energy and vitality with a blend of urgent, blaring guitar rhythms, atmospheric and transcendent counter melodies, and vocal harmonies that complement the heaviness of the music. Uptempo songs like “Die Trying” and “Straight Across my Mind” reverberate with the triumphant spirit of a raised fist, while tracks such as the acoustic-based “I Will Be There,” “Best I Can,” and “Raining” (which features guest vocals by Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier) are more reflective and vulnerable, revealing the pain of imperfect relationships and the redemption that lies within their repair.

Art of Dying, which is vocalist/lyricist Jonny Hetherington, guitarist Greg Bradley guitarist Tavis Stanley, bassist Cale Gontier, and drummer Jeff Brown, hit the road this month for the first annual Avalanche Tour with Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman, Skillet, and Halestorm. The tour kicks off Thursday, March 24th in Chicago. Please visit for details.

The band has launched a contest enabling fans to win free tickets to see them on the Avalanche Tour by entering a name, email, and nearest tour stop city at Winners (who are selected at random) will receive two free tickets to a show.

Want more about Art Of Dying? Check them out here:



Bobby Bare Jr. Northwest Tour Dates

photo by Joshua Black Wilkens


Bobby Bare Jr. will be headlining shows at Tractor Tavern in Seattle and Bunk Bar in Portland on 3/24 and 3/26, respectively.  He will also be playing a house party show above Pike Place Mkt in Seattle with Carey Kotsionis on 3/30.  In the past, Bobby Bare Jr. has toured with Dr. Dog, The Walkmen, The Black Crowes, Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, The Drive By Truckers, and Andrew Bird, just to name a few.  He was nominated for a Grammy at age 6 for a duet with country legend father Bobby Bare.  Throughout the 90’s, Bobby’s band Bare Jr. stomped out alt-country albums that earned him his current level of reverence in the songwriter community.  His recent release – his first solo album in four years –  A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head, co-produced by musical icon David Vandervelde, had been called one of the year’s best by critics.  The album also features the likes of Carl Broemel, Patrick Hallahan, and Tom Blankenship of My Morning Jacket. You can find out more about Bobby Bare Jr. at

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John Bercaw Jazz, “Bevis” CD Release Date – March 1st, 2011

Announcing the release of a 2011 rendition of “Bevis” by Jazz Master, John Bercaw.

John Bercaw CD BevisIncluded in the release, tracks will range from original cuts to covers that span across a lifetime journey of artistic expression. With the expected publish date of “Bevis” to be in the upcoming weeks, John has crossed into another direction of sharing his talent with the world.

Recent credits and appearances have given new life and more importantly, exposure to a true legend of piano. John’s own words perhaps explain best:

“I would like to sell my music to anyone who appreciates good piano. These are some of my best efforts and represent a lifetime of continued study with the best instrument. Everyone likes the aero-phone, membrain-o-phone, chord-o-phone, and ideo-phone. These instruments play only one note at a time, but the piano (which I consider a chord-o-phone) is a whole orchestra.

“At present I am working on personally recording all of the tunes in my head. It will take a while.

“The term BEVIS came when Cal Collins and I were driving down route 27 to Colerain for a gig and our drummer Terry Moore noticed a little town sign: BEVIS. Cal, who could never remember anyone’s name, had a habit of calling everyone baby, which came out BYAABIS. Terry noticed the similarity and started calling me BEVIS. It stuck and I have been known as BEVIS ever since. Later

Album Description:
I don’t know of any pianist who has recorded all of his storeroom of knowledge. These selections represent many years of gigs, practice, schooling and study. I would like to leave a legacy of the songs I love and some I don’t. I began in the late fifties thinking all I wished to do would be to take a decent improvised chorus on blues or rhythm changes. I was able to do that and went on to just be the best piano player I could be. Here they are, mistakes and all.

I have been into music all my life. From the hours I spent under my Mom’s piano, to the time spent in the practice room studying Bach and Chopin I somehow managed to become a reasonably good improvisor.

One always wishes to do the recordings over but time and money usually prevent it. I hope someone out there wants to have my renditions of the tunes I like the most, however, there’s more to come in the future. Just keep the faith. Anybody can hear Tatum or Peterson or Shearing play flawlessly and now is your chance to hear BEVIS play maybe in a different way.