Friday, November 28, 2014

BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 14-AVAILABLE AT FORKS DRUM CLOSET THIS SATURDAY-11/29

The Beier 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 will be available at Forks Drum Closet starting this weekend. This drum has been extremely well received by the drumming community. It is the go-to live snare for Monte Yoho of The Outlaws & Blackhawk, Andy Parker of UFO, Pat McDonald of The Charlie Daniels Band, Trent Anderson (Tuff, Bang Tango, Dmolls) in his show band Sushi Roll Band, and Achim Faerber in one of his many roles playing with Eisbrecher, Project Pitchfork, Prag, Automat & Peter Heppner. Artimus Pyle is currently rehearsing with the drum and will be starting with it live in December, and Jack Gavin (Tanya Tucker, Rising Sun Studio) has also just started using it in live shows. The drum has been used extensively as well in the studio, and live for select shows by numerous players in the industry. Please see my Audio Page for clips of this drum. It retains the traditional sound of all of the 1.5 Steel Series, with added bottom and mid. The 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 15 will arrive at Forks the first week of December as well.












Friday, November 21, 2014

UFO-NEW ALBUM RELEASE AND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED-ANDY PARKER-BEIER DRUMS~

UFO just announced the release date of their always anticipated new record, and tour dates. The new record-"A Conspiracy Of Stars" will be released worldwide on February 23rd. The World Tour in support of this record will start in Barby, Germany on February 20th. Andy Parker is a long time supporter of Beier Drums, has a complete set in Europe and the US, and plays them exclusively live. The newest addition to that is the 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 15, which I am really looking forward to hearing feedback from Andy on. Please see their website for information on picking up the new record, and for all live dates and information...







Thursday, November 20, 2014

UPDATE-FRANKIE BANALI-QUIET RIOT-BANG YOUR HEAD TOUR & THE BEIER 1.5 STEEL SNARE--5.5 X 15~

This is an update to the story this Summer with Quiet Riot headlining the Bang Your Head Tour, and Frankie Banali taking time out to give the Beier 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 15 a whirl live. This was an interesting experiment, as Frankie plays snares that are 6" or deeper live-Always. The drum went over extremely well, had numerous comments from drummers in the audience, and the entire show that evening was simply a great time. Even Trent Anderson (Tuff, Bang Tango, Dmolls) was there to pick up his 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14. All of these bands are sounding great, and I hope this tour comes around again. Check out the link below for clips from the show. Thanks Again Frankie. I always appreciate your time and counsel. Looking forward to seeing Quiet Riot live again very soon....








JACK GAVIN-RISING SUN STUDIOS-BEIER 1.5 STEEL SNARE--6.5 X 14......

Jack Gavin has just started taking his Beier 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 out for live gigs. This was great news here. Jack is the owner of Rising Sun Studios east of Nashville. He also was the drummer for Charlie Daniels for many years, Tracy Lawrence, and has been with Tanya Tucker since 2003. He is a much sought after session player in Nashville, and has endless experience in live performance with numerous artists. Thanks for taking time out Jack. Will look forward to your feedback. Will be updating this story....





ARTIMUS PYLE-THE LEGEND BEHIND THE SOUND OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD-BEIER 1.5 STEEL SNARE--6.5 X 14~

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame drummer Artimus Pyle just received his Beier 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14, & I am very happy about it. He will be using the drum live with The Artimus Pyle Band starting 12/4 at their next show. Will update this story as clips and audio come in here. I met Artimus through one of the all-time greats in music, ardent long time supporter of Beier Drums, and all-around great guy-Monte Yoho of The Outlaws. I saw The Artimus Pyle Band that day, and they were incredible. Thanks Again Artimus. I appreciate your interest, your communication on the drum, and am looking forward to working with you for a long time to come.







MARK BECKETT'S KIT-OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN-"SUMMER NIGHTS"-FLAMINGO-LAS VEGAS-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--4 X 15......

Mark Beckett just sent me this great pic of his kit at The Flamingo on the set of Olivia Newton John's show "Summer Nights". The drum is the new Beier 1.5 Steel--4 x 15. It is done in gloss white, and will be a whole new series here at Beier Drums. The drum has a huge range, and not only just for a piccolo. The Mid/Bottom range is amazing, and the projection and tone were exactly what I had hoped for in this drum. The specs and concept were Mark's, and I am really thrilled to see it in live use. Thank You Mark....








DENNIS DIKEN-LIVE CLIPS WITH THE SMITHEREENS & DAVE DAVIES OF THE KINKS-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14

I was fortunate enough to see Dennis Diken perform twice in the last month: Once with The Smithereens, and the second time on Dave Davies solo tour. Both times Dennis used the Beier 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 live, and he also has been using it in shows with The Smithereens. I was introduced to him by Brad Elvis. He is a super nice guy, and he also is a spectacular drummer. There are a number of new clips on my You Tube Channel of his solo, and songs live with The Smithereens and Dave Davies. Thanks Again Dennis....Looking forward to seeing The Smithereens live soon~












BRAD ELVIS-THE ROMANTICS-NEW LIVE VIDEO CLIP--

Recently posted an excellent live clip of Brad Elvis with The Romantics and his Beier 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14. This was from last month's show at The Arcada Theater in St. Charles, Illinois. As I said in my initial post in October...This was an amazingly fun show, and Brad Elvis's playing say's it all. I asked Brad, and he said he does not solo per se. But his fills are something I simply have to catch on video next time I see him live with his band The Handcuffs, or with The Romantics. They are....Amazing. Thanks for sending this Brad...Look forward to seeing you soon....








NASHVILLE'S MICHAEL GRANDO LIVE WITH JOE DIFFIE-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14~

Nashville's Michael Grando just sent me a message, and is now using his Beier 1.5 Steel Snare--5.5 x 14 as his go-to drum, and I was very happy to hear this. For many years he was Chris Knight's drummer & appeared on his "Heart Of Stone" album & "Little Victories". After years of touring with Chris, he left to pursue other projects. In 2013 he took the drum seat for multi-platinum recording artist Joe Diffie, and continues to perform live with him. He has also recorded and/or performed with Charlie Daniels, Jason Aldean, Dan Baird, Todd Snider, Warner E. Hodges (Jason & The Scorchers), Bomshel, Cowboy Troy, Mike Aiken, Austin Cunningham,  Shawn Mullins, Kristen Hall, Francine Reed, Col. Bruce Hampton, "Big Bill" Morganfield, Blueground Undergrass, and many others. Link below for live dates for Joe Diffie. Thanks Michael Grando for your support.....I really appreciate it.





ACHIM FAERBER-ACOUSTIC TOUR WITH PETER HEPPNER~BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14

Achim Faerber (Eisbrecher/Project Pitchfork/Prag/Automat) just sent me these pics from the acoustic tour he is doing with Peter Heppner. The tour has been much welcomed by fans with the first show in a large old church being sold out in Bochum, Germany. Achim is using the Beier 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 for the entire tour. Please see the link below for Achim's website, tour dates, and other info. Thanks for these images Achim....Have a great run...







Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MIKE COLLINS-METTS RYAN & COLLINS-NEW VIDEO AND ALBUM~

I recently heard from Mike Collins (Throwback Suburbia/Dilana/Earl Slick), and he sent me a link to the video for the song "Oregon" from Metts Ryan & Collins upcoming self-titled debut release. Mike used the Beier 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 on this record, and his sound, and this band are simply phenomenal. Check out the link for the video below. It is absolutely one of the best productions I have seen in quite some time, and the song is rockin. Mike will also be appearing with Dilana at NAMM this year on the Go Pro Stage at The Grand Plaza, January 23rd at 11:00 am. Later that day they will be doing an acoustic set at the Sennheiser Stage. Metts Ryan & Collins will also be playing January 24th at an industry party in LA on the Strip. Please check their Facebook for details as the location is announced. Congrats Mike on some great work. And Thank You Metts Ryan & Collins for making this new record available on vinyl when it is released. Release Party is February 7th, 2015 at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland. Link below for info. and tickets.













Monday, November 17, 2014

SIMON WRIGHT'S 1998 BIRCH CRAVIOTTO SNARE AVAILABLE ON EBAY~

I saw Simon Wright's 1998 Solid Shell Birch Snare on Ebay, and simply had to note this for several reasons:

*These drums are considered relatively rare, and are very cherished by players. This was the time of Johnny Craviotto's career when he was working with DW-1998. He then went on as well all know to start Craviotto Drums, and become one of the greatest drum manufacturers since the day's of Nile's. The drum is a solid Birch Shell--5.5 x 14, has 10 Brass Turret Lugs, is stamped with the "A" inside the shell, has the Black & Gold Badge with serial number, and is signed by Johnny Craviotto and Simon Wright. The hoops are replacements, and are new. This drum was used as a back-up. Solid Birch shells are scarce, and this drum from Johnny Craviotto is even more so.

*Without a doubt, Simon Wright (UFO, AC/DC, Rhino Bucket, Dio, Dio Disciples, Geoff Tate's Queensryche-Now Operation Mindcrime, Hellion) has had one of the, if not the most successful career in music history in Hard Rock/Metal drumming. The chance to own a drum that Simon Wright owned is a true opportunity. I have seen him play many times, and from early on to present day, his skill level never changes. In short-He simply does not miss, has enormous power coupled with finesse, and is simply an amazing & naturally talented player The most recent example is his work on Hellion's latest release: "Karma's A Bitch". This is an incredible record, but what he did on the song "Betrayer" illustrates it perfectly.



  


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BEIER DRUMS NOW AVAILABLE AT FORKS DRUM CLOSET-NASHVILLE~

Beier Drums are now available at Fork's Drum Closet. There will be several sizes in stock. If your interested in a different size...Please contact Beier Drums and I will be happy to send the drum your interested in to Fork's for you.  Please note Beier Drums can only be purchased through Forks, and the other Dealers which will be added throughout 2015. Thank You.....