Danny Carey pays tribute to Vic Firth

Many of you would be aware that Vic Firth passed away on the 26th of July. Vic was best known as the founder of a company that designs and manufactures drumsticks, including those that Danny Carey uses.

Danny is one of their signature artists and his custom drumstick features “a cut-in design at the gripping area for improved comfort and a tapered butt end for improved balance”. I own a pair, and I’d agree they are a unique design, though a little heavy for my personal tastes.

Danny had the following tribute for Vic, which was posted on Toolband recently:

“The world has lost one of its greatest percussionist. Vic Firth, who was the principal timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 45 years, died on Sunday at the age of 85. Vic was a gentleman, scholar, and a father figure to me and everyone I knew that associated with him in the percussion world. His love and knowledge of drumming, stick and mallet making, and… cooking will be an inspiration for generations to come. Vic’s kindness and generosity always shined through. I knew I could call him at any hour and he would call back sharing his wealth of information and help me solve any problem I had come to him with. He will be dearly missed.”
Danny Carey

Danny Carey with his Vic Firth sticks

Danny at NAMM 2009

Gregrohmer from Toolarmy took the following pictures of Danny at the NAMM 2009 convention.  Includes and extreme close-up of the new signature snare.  Thanks to Kat for the tip!

Danny Carey Signature Snare

No official announcement has been made as far as I’ve seen, but ben_o from Toolarmy managed to find this photo:

Danny Carey Signature Snare Drum
Danny Carey Signature Snare Drum

Danny Carey Signature Snare?

Neel emailed me today to let me know that it looks like Sonor will be releasing some kind of Danny Carey signature gear at this years NAMM ConferenceNeel speculates that it may be a signature snare drum, and according to the following picture posted by Sonor on their website, the reveal date seems to be the 15th of January.

DC Sonor gear

Danny judges at Guitar Center Drum-off

According to a post I read on Wired, Danny will be judging at a Drum-Off at Guitar Center (in LA?) on the 10th of January 2009:

including Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Tool’s Danny Carey, No Doubt’s Adrian Young, Avenged Sevenfold’s The Rev and session vet Kenny Aronoff.  Those distinguished musicians will be joined by celebration host and Jane’s Addiction slammer Stephen Perkins, The Mars Volta’s Thomas Pidgeon, Shadows Fall’s Jason Bittner, and Papa Roach, which performs a headliner set.

Sounds like fun!

Paiste Ocheltree Spirit of 2002 Bronze Snare Drum

From the slow news day division of Fourtheye comes an extremely expensive snare drum (US $2,133.43) made by Jeff Ocheltree, the same man who created Danny‘s drumkit from old Paiste Cymbals. This item, available on Ebay is one of only 500 made, so don’t miss out! Thanks to Venomous-voice for the tip.

Danny Mandala video

There’s another Mandala feature video with Danny going about at the moment, which features Danny speaking about how he works these devices into his music:


Danny’s Glass Snare

An article on Toolband today reveals a new snare drum in Danny‘s arsenal, this time made of glass. The post reveals:

Aaron Harris shows me Danny’s new prototype GLASS SNARE while dismantling the drum kit that will be used during TOOL’S performance at the RIVER’S EDGE FESTIVAL on St. Paul’s Harriet Island SATURDAY, JUNE 23. Aaron will be Danny’s drum tech for the gig, so let’s hope the damn thing is shatter proof.

Let’s hope it’s stronger than your typical Radiohead stage! Here’s a pic:

In other news Blair posted some stuff about a thing called a Patuxent Monster. I’m sure there’s probably some kind of code hidden away in there somewhere – first one to decipher it gets a free months subscription!

Danny Carey with the School of Rock house band

I know you all love watching Danny Carey videos, and memphisdj emailed me a new one this morning, where Danny plays with the kids from the School of Rock house band:

Not a bad effort from all involved, and it was great to see Danny rocking out on a relatively small drumkit!

Update: According to Loudwire, Danny also offered an update on the new album:

While the group hasn’t fully returned to recording, he did admit that they “have he framework of at least five good songs,” and that they hope to finish their next album by the end of the year.

Danny Carey Interview in DRUMscene

I mentioned this interview yesterday, but this morning when I visited the local magazine emporium, I spotted a copy of issue 64 of DRUMscene featuring Danny and decided to grab a copy (it was only $10).  And I gotta say it was $10 very well spent, then interview is one of the best I’ve read, and Danny speaks extensively about where the new album is at, the Live DVD, recording/song writing techniques and more.

In fairness to the magazine and copyright laws, I’m not going to scan it for you guys, however here’s some of the highlights of the interview:

  • The loved the Big Day Out tour, it was a great break for them and they love the relaxed atmosphere that comes with playing in the tour. They the it off really well with the guys from Rammstein. The highlight of the tour for Danny was the Melbourne sideshow.
  • As of the time of the interview 4 songs are in the works, which Danny expects is about half the album. Danny seems keen to write shorter and more to the point songs this time round, but things seem to have a habit of growing!  So far the songs seem to be heading along the path set by Jambi.
  • Maynard is expecting to spend some time with Tool before the APC shows and has expressed a desire to be more involved in the writing this time round, as Danny suggested that Maynard found some of the complex rhythms of the last album hard to write for.
  • There will be no further tours until the album is released, which all things going well they hope is 2011. The plan is to be in the studio by the end of the US summer.
  • They are leaning towards using Joe Baressi for the album, but haven’t ruled out using David Bottrill. Depends on how the remaining song writing pans out.
  • Danny’s really keen on getting a Live DVD out, using the footage recorded on previous tours (he talks specifically about the 6 pro-shot shows). As far as he knows the others in the band are keen, but it is a lengthy process editing the footage.  Seemed pretty sure it would see the light of day eventually.
  • Currently in the Lamborghini CD player is the new Trans-am and Rammstein albums, as well as some old Jethro Tull.
  • He’s still keen on doing a drum workshop type DVD, and said he might do one this year if he finds the time.
  • Danny has taken up bike riding, loves Penang Beef Curry, Mexican food and The Big Lebowski

As I said, it’s a great interview, and I would suggest any Australians out there interesting in reading the whole thing head down to their local newsagent and grab a copy! Or you should be able to snag one online here.

Danny Carey DRUMscene

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