Being able to be completely comfortable on any type or size kit has served me well through the years. Sometimes you have to play an odd house kit or use a certain type of kit because of the visual aspect... but when you can dictate your own gear, ask yourself if the music really needs all of the voices you're bringing. This would also be a good opportunity to fill a space with an 'x-factor' voice that you usually don't use like a crasher, cymbal stack, cowbell, small tom/snare, etc. I promise you that your gig won't implode if you don't play that same 'falling down the stairs' fill every other song.😁
Will Hunt always has interesting kits but this one is a total work of art. It was tough keeping my reflection out of a Mirror Chrome kit with Chrome hardware AND Mirror Chrome reso heads😬😁a killer kit for a way killer drummer🥁🥁
Music City Custom
Reference Pure shell specs
Mirror Chrome finish
22x18 bass drum x2
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 VectorCast snare drum
10x8 tom w/ Tru-Trac drumhead x5
ICON Rack System 2019-spec
P3000C Demon Chain pedal x2
H2000 hi-hat stand
S930D snare stand
We just debuted a new video featuring Mike Wengren of Disturbed... these guys are living proof that hard work & dedication = success. He and the entire DISTURBED crew have been in our "inner circle" since the 90's... nothing but big respect for them!
Mike and I go back to the late 90's/00's and I knew the he and the band were something different from the start. They did all of the stuff you'd expect from an emerging metal band but they had serious focus when it came to the music.
I visited Mike and DISTURBED in Chicago during their recording of the follow-up the crazy successful 'Down With The Sickness' CD, Believe. Although I got to interview Mike and producer Johnny K, one of my favorite memories of that trip is riding downtown with Mike in his truck blasting System Of A Down's Toxicity with the windows down. He was showing me some important local spots, went to see a band (maybe Rob Zombie?), and just hung out afterwards... just low key. There are some other highlights that I can't get into details (Memphis, Ozzfest 2000/01/03, House Of Blues for NAMM 2000-and something) BUT it's funny how it has changed to us now talking about our kids and families.
Some artists transcend the roster to become people you connect with and care about... Mike is definitely one of those and I couldn't be more happier about it.
A tremendous show by KISS tonight in Nashville! They smacked us with 10 tons of hits, fire, and explosions... 💿🔥💥 I thoroughly enjoyed the show but the biggest thrill was the lil' one getting a picture with the favorite member... The Demon.
Thanks to Eric Singer (a standard for being a pro rock drummer decade after decade) for taking care of the Pearl Drums crew as always!😸
Happy Birthday to the late Jeff Porcaro... today would've been his 65th birthday and 1st eligible day for MediCare.
Do you remember where you were when you heard about Jeff's passing?
I hit these for about 4 minutes and people in the room clapped afterwards. We did this for about 2 hours and then both decided to call it a night.
Sorry to hear about the sudden passing of drummer Ben Graves. We worked together in the early 2000's when he was a member of Murderdolls... always pleasant and laser focused on his craft. R.I.P.
We only had a 'phone relationship' until finally meeting in person at the Winter NAMM Show mid-2000's. First thing I noticed was he seemed shorter on the phone :) Ben's 6'7" frame ensured his presence filled whenever room he was in... even the massive Pearl booth we had that particular year. We talked drums, music, and what was going on with him at the time... such a nice guy. R.I.P. Ben
Forget coffee... listening to those Michael Cartellone beats is how you start a morning!☀️
Look for our Pearl On Location segment with my fellow-Batman brother coming soon...🥁
So let me tell ya’ about yesterday’s session with Lester Estelle at Pearl Drums HQ... this was my first time seeing him play in person and man oh man what a powerhouse! It was a tremendous pleasure working throughout the day with him and hearing his stories during lunch... you gotta check him out while he's on the road with Kelly Clarkson!