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DevilDriver's John Boecklin's Current Drumming Inspiration

DevilDriver's powerhouse drummer, John Boecklin, who's band kicked off their extensive U.S. tour with Trivium last week, shared with Drumhead what is currently fanning the flames of his indefatigable fire. Says Boecklin: 

I would like to talk about a recent inspiring concert that brought back the fist pumping child in me: Gojira.
The band encompass everything metal and execute flawlessly live. Mario Duplantier is one of the few drummers I strongly connect with these days. His approach dominates every category of drumming. Providing speed, power, technique, originality, advanced polyrhythms , groove and showmanship. It's rare to see a player have it all as Mario does.

The singer Joe and Mario are brothers, which is also something that intrigues me. Bands with this connection often are a strong "locked in" force that has a magical sense to it. Like Van Halen and Pantera, Gojira seem to just effortlessly dominate live. I've been touring for 11 years now, and it's not that often I get genuinely excited about concerts anymore outside of what I consider my own personal classics. However, Gojira had the same effect on me that my childhood faves do.
Granted the band on record may not be for everyone, nor do I think they are "THE BEST BAND ON THE PLANET." But Gojira live at the Music Box in Hollywood, CA 2013 was one for the books. Even Slash went.

DevilDriver recently released their sixth studio ablum, Winter Kills, on their new label home, Naplam Records. A video for the song "The Appetite" can be viewed here. Dates for their live shows are as follows: 

DevilDriver with Trivium, After the Burial and Sylosis:

9/12: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

9/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

9/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

9/16: Calgary, AB @ Macewan Ballroom

9/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

9/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon

9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick

9/21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

9/23: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

9/24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix

9/25: Montreal, QC @ Corona

9/27: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

9/28: Boston, MA @ House of Blues

9/29: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts

10/2: Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore

10/3: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

10/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

10/5: Detroit, MI @ Harpos

10/7: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

10/10: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

10/11: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion

10/12: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

10/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Regency

10/16: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

10/17: San Diego, CA @ SOMA

DevilDriver With Trivium, After The Burial and Thy Will Be Done:

11/5: Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market

11/6: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

11/7: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

11/8: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue

11/9: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club

11/11: Lawrence, KS @ Granada

11/12: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

11/13: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater

11/15: Lexington, KY @ Expo Five

11/16: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub

11/18: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

11/19: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

11/21: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

11/22: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live

11/23: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

11/24: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

11/26: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

11/27: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

11/29: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

12/1: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

12/4: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom

12/5: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

12/6: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s

12/7: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

12/8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

12/10: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room

12/11: San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

12/13: Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater

12/14: San Diego, CA @ Soma

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