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Peter Lavinger, Guinness World Record Holder for The World’s Largest Collection of Autographed Drumsticks is endeavoring to preserve his archive of over 1,400 hand-played and hand-signed drumsticks. The Collection, which embodies musical genres from Rock & Roll, Jazz, Blues and Ska to name a few, and features artists such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, RHCP, Pearl Jam, Tito Puente, John Coltrane and Miles Davis will be featured in a Kickstarter campaign that will go live in September 2014. Peter’s goal is to professionally archive--en masse--this one-of-a-kind collection for music lovers worldwide to enjoy and to provide global access for educational research for generations to come.

A souvenir Peter caught at a concert in 1980, inspired the start of The Collection that is now comprised of drumsticks from the greatest, most influential drummers and bands throughout history. Peter secured every drumstick in The Collection first hand from these legendary drummers and bands all before the inception of the Internet, email and Ebay. The Collection has been on display for fans around the world to view at the famed New York Hard Rock Café in 1989, and from 1995 to 2002 on The Main Exhibition Level at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Peter’s collection is one of the most popular exhibits the museum has ever showcased!

“I’ve had countless amazing experiences working on this project,” said Peter Lavinger. “Meeting generations of musicians--my idols--has been thrilling, I’m grateful for every opportunity!”

The Kickstarter campaign went live on August 28, 2014. The campaign allows fans to help support Peter’s efforts to ensure this historically significant, prestigious and priceless collection--inclusive of untold hand-written letters of provenance--is properly archived, scanned, categorized and digitized in a user-friendly interactive database to honor these iconic musicians and bands. In addition, it will provide generations of music lovers the opportunity to access The Collection in an on-going emerging technology forum while providing an in-home museum-like experience to celebrate these groundbreaking and culturally defining artists.

About Peter Lavinger:

Peter Lavinger is the Guinness World Record Holder for The World’s Largest Collection of Autographed Drumsticks. At age 16, Peter caught his first drumstick from a Good Rats concert. At that moment Peter realized he was onto something huge. He was right. For the next 34 years, Peter has collated hand-played and hand-signed drumsticks from the finest musicians in the world; from today and from generations passed. Over the years, his drumsticks have been showcased publicly and privately to wildly popular reviews.

On August 9, 2014 The Blue Devils from Concord, CA won their sixteenth Drum Corps International World Championship. The victory not only comes with an undefeated season but with a record score of 99.65 set by the corps. The Blue Devils perform exclusively with System Blue instruments and equipment. This line of pageantry products has been designed and developed by the seasoned staff of the corps and their partners.  System Blue is a mixture of products, educational live events and publishing that helps to develop a system of excellence for band directors, teachers, staff, designers, performers, and marching members. The Blue Devils and System Blue continue to make history, not only in their accomplishments on the field, but also with the innovative and cutting edge design of their proprietary brand.  

Congrats from Drumhead!


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Dan Konopka: OK Go Drummer Checks In, US Tour Dates

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Drummer Dan Konopka from the LA-based band, OK Go—whose one-take videos have become legendary (watch the video for “The Writin’s On the Wall” here)—have released a new EP, Upside Out, which they offered to fans free. The EP is a preview their new album, Hungry Ghosts, which is due out this fall via the band’s Pledge Music project site. Upside Out is available in several packages at different pledge levels. Currently on the road, Dan checked in with Drumhead on what he’s currently enjoying playing, both physically and on his iPod, and what he’s been working on technique-wise.

Heather Smith: What's you new favorite piece of gear?

Dan Konopka: I just switched over to DW this year and am totally excited about my 6.5” Edge snare. It's very loud but very characterful. 

HS: And what is your favorite music in your iPod—new to you, or new new?

DK: Lately I've been enjoying lots of electronic music. I check out everything from the label Mad Decent. There're fantastic drum concepts throughout their music. 

HS:  Something you have been practicing/focusing on lately; something in your drumming, a technique or rudiment?

DK: I've been focusing a lot on general dynamics while playing in the studio and live. It’s easy to forget to be balanced and musical when you have in-ear monitors on. I'm always trying to find the sweet spot volume-wise with all of my limbs, while keeping the pulse and groove happy and balanced.

Catch OK Go on the road across the US through October. Complete list of dates below. Watch the band perform their song “Here it Goes Again” at The Kennedy Center here. For more information on OK Go, visit

7/22/2014 The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA

7/23/2014 The Echo, Los Angeles, CA

7/24/2014 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA

8/08/2014 The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT
8/09/2014 Gothic Theater, Denver, CO
8/12/2014 The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
8/13/2014 Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
8/14/2014 Deluxe, Indianapolis, IN
8/15/2014 Lincon Hall, Chicago, IL
8/16/2014 Fine Line, Minneapolis, MN

9/04/2014 Santa Monica Pier Twilight Series, Santa Monica, CA

9/13/2014 The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
9/14/2014 Bluebird, Bloomington, IN
9/16/2014 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
9/17/2014 Paradise, Boston, MA
9/18/2014 Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
9/19/2014 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
9/20/2014 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
9/23/2014 Headliners, Louisville, KY
9/24/2014 The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
9/25/2014 Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC
9/26/2014 Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
9/27/2014 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
10/13/2014 Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA
10/24-26/2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, NV





SEVENDUST has been selling out clubs and theatres across the country on their acoustic US tour, “An Evening With SEVENDUST,” which launched April 1 in Athens, GA. On July 23, the band--Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals)—will plug back in for a new round of electric shows with Gemini Syndrome supporting.

Their critically acclaimed acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, was released April 15 on the band’s 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart (their second consecutive #1 album). 

Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Wed 7/23          Cleveland, OH               House of Blues

Thu 7/24            Pittsburgh, PA              Altar Bar

Fri 7/25             Lynchburg, VA              Phase 2

Sat 7/26            Inwood, WV                  Shiley Acres

Mon 7/28          Pensacola, FL               Vinyl Music Hall

Wed 7/30          Baton Rouge, LA          The Varsity Theatre

Thu 7/31            Biloxi, MS                     Hard Rock Live

Fri 8/1               Chattanooga, TN          Track 29

Sat 8/2              Morristown, TN             Jefferson Federal Amphitheatre

Tue 8/5             Flint, MI                         The Machine Shop

Wed 8/6            Des Moines, IA             Wooly’s

Fri 8/8               Lincoln, NE                   Bourbon Theater

Sat 8/9              Sturgis, SD                   Buffalo Chip Fairground

Sun 8/10           Minot, ND                     City Auditorium

Mon 8/11          Fargo, ND                     The Venue

Thu 8/14            Pontiac, IL                    Freakster’s Road House

Fri 8/15             Cedar Falls, IA              Pepsi Pavilion

Sat 8/16            Sedalia, MO                  Grandstand/Missouri State Fair

Sun 8/17           Wichita, KS                   The Cotillion

Tue 8/19            Tulsa, OK                     Cain’s Ballroom

Thu 8/21            La Crosse, WI              La Crosse Center

Fri 8/22             Fond Du Lac, WI           Shack Event Center

Sat 8/23            Sioux City, IA                Hard Rock Hotel & Casino





New York, NY (July 8, 2014)—Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album, NOW What?!, is heading stateside for a North American trek! The tour kicks off August 4 in Scottsdale, AZ (tour dates below).

NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013. The album marked the next great chapter in the band’s 40+-year career, blending the classic ‘70s Deep Purple spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top 20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purple celebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.

In anticipation of their return to North America, Deep Purple will release their next single to radio: “All The Time In The World.”

Blazing off the success of NOW What?!, Deep Purple is ready to bring the sizzle to the States this summer!

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Deep Purple US / CANADA Dates:

08/04/14    Scottsdale, AZ     Talking Stick Casino

08/05/14    Ventura, CA       Ventura County Fair

08/06/14    Costa Mesa, CA   Orange County Fair

08/08/14    Lincoln, CA          Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre

08/09/14    Roseburg, OR          Douglas County Fair

08/10/14    Snoqualmie, WA     Snoqualmie Casino

08/13/14    Saratoga, CA           Mountain Winery

08/14/14    Valley Center, CA   Harrah’s Rincon Casino Event Center

08/15/14    Las Vegas, NV       Fremont St. Downtown

08/16/14    Wendover, NV       Peppermill Casino Concert Hall

08/20/14    Elgin, IL                   Festival Park

08/21/14    Windsor, ON           Caesars Casino

08/22/14    Rama, ON                Casino Rama

08/24/14    Morristown, NJ        Mayo PAC

08/25/14    Englewood, NJ        Bergen PAC

08/26/14    Westbury, NY           NYCB Theatre at Westbury

08/29/14    Biloxi, MS                Hard Rock Casino

08/30/14    Orlando, FL             Hard Rock Live

08/31/14    Hollywood, FL        Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena

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