Kiss Shouts it Out On "American Idol" Finale
The world’s greatest rockstars, KISS, performed on the Season 13 Finale of "American Idol" this week, joined by show contestant Caleb Johnson for a two-song medley of the hit singles “Love Gun” and “Shout it Out.” A video of the performance can be found here.
Throughout the performance, Pearl Artist, Eric Singer turned to his stunning Masters MCX Series “Mirrorball Kit,” to provide the warm and full bodied tones that are synonymous with rock n’ roll. This particular and one-of-a-kind Mirrorball Kit originally made its debut on KISS’s massive 2012 amphitheater tour, The Tour, which featured a co-headlining effort by KISS and Motley Crue. It has since traveled the world over, putting Pearl’s durability through the ultimate test in part to Eric Singer’s powerful hard-hitting night after night. More information on Eric Singer can be found here.
KISS is currently gearing up for a huge summer tour in celebration of their 40th Anniversary, which is scheduled to kick off on June 23rd at the USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City, Utah. A full list of tour dates can be found below and ticketing information can be found at www.KISSOnline.com.
Chad Smith Takes On the White House
Pearl Artist and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer, Chad Smith, visited the White House this week to meet with the President and First Lady on behalf of The Turnaround Arts Initiative- A public-private partnership designed to funnel money into low-performing schools for arts and music education. At this event, Mrs. Obama talked about the success of the Turnaround Arts Initiative, which initially launched with 8 schools back in 2012, and announced that the program is now expanded to include 35 schools in Des Moines, Chicago, Boston, Minnesota, Louisiana, and California. Chad Smith was one of several celebrities on hand for the expansion announcement and, under the program, he will be travelling to several of the now-35 schools to mentor and educate the students.
During this trip to Washington D.C., Chad also went to Capitol Hill to speak with House Speaker John Boehner, among others, about the importance of arts in education. Speaking on the topic, Chad states:
"I probably wouldn't have graduated and gone on to have a career in music if it wasn't for arts in school," says Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He continues, "When you do well in music and art, it just motivates you to want to excel in other areas."
More information on The Turnaround Arts Initiative can be found at TurnaroundArts.pcah.gov/
Umphrey’s McGee cut the cable
Chicago based groove-rockers, Umphrey’s McGee- who includes Pearl Artists Andy Farag and Kris Myers- recently released an in-studio video for their latest single, “Cut the Cable.” The video, which is linked below, offers fans a behind scenes into the recording sessions of the band’s forthcoming album, Similar Skin, which is scheduled to hit the shelves on June 10th. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available through the band’s website, www.Umphreys.com.
In support of Similar Skin, Umphrey’s McGee will embark on a lengthy summer tour that will find the band rockin’ some of the world’s largest music festivals, along with performing a plethora of 2-set headlining tour stops as part of their 2014 World Tour. Throughout this trek, Umphrey’s stage will be littered with the Pearl Drums brand with Pearl Percussion Artist, Andy Farag, debuting his Havana Series Congas and Bongos - a new series for the Pearl Percussion lineup in 2014 - while Pearl Combo Artist, Kris Myers, will display his uncanny talents behind a set of Reference Series drums. A full list of the band’s upcoming US tour dates can be found below.
Umphrey’s McGee: “Cut the Cable”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgfUDPivKzo
Alabama Awes Millions with Surprise Performance on ‘the Voice’
Legendary and iconic country stars, Alabama, made a surprise guest appearance on the season finale of NBC’s hit television show, "The Voice," this past Tuesday, performing with show contestant and finalist Jake Worthington. The performance video of Alabama’s surprise appearance can be viewed here.
Having captivated and enthralled country fans for the past 40+ years, Alabama has reached legendary status in the music world for their seemingly endless list of hit songs, several multi-platinum selling albums, and for their unmistakable and signature sound which has inspired the genre’s biggest names of today. For their surprise appearance on "The Voice," Alabama performed their former No. 1 hit single, “Mountain Music,” which was the single that earned Alabama their first Grammy Award in 1983.
Pearl Artist, Chuck Tilley, once again provided the backbeat for Alabama- as he’s done for the past several years- turning to the proven and classic tones of Pearl’s Masters Series Drums for Tuesday’s performance in front the millions of "Voice"-viewers. For more information on Chuck Tilley and Alabama, please visit www.TheAlabamaBand.com.
Alabama: “Mountain Music” (live on The Voice) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3rwQj9jt5w
More information on your favorite Pearl Artists can be found at www.PearlDrum.com