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BEYOND THE BEATS: Rock & Rollís Greatest Drummers Speak! Book Coimg Out March 13th

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 8:49 AM


Aerosmith, Metallica, GnR, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janeís Addiction, Journey, Bon Jovi, MŲtley CrŁe And More Superstar Drummers Featured

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A new book hitting shelves and kindles in April features exclusive interviews with the superstar drummers from the biggest bands in Rock and Metal, including Lars Ulrich of METALLICA, Joey Kramer of AEROSMITH, Tommy Lee of M÷TLEY CR‹E, Taylor Hawkins of the FOO FIGHTERS, Chad Smith of the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, Doug ĎCosmoí Clifford of CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, Tico Torres of BON JOVI, Matt Sorum of GUNS N ROSES/VELVET REVOLVER, Jimmy Chamberlin of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, Kenny Aronoff of JOHN MELLENCAMP/JOHN FOGERTY, Stephen Perkins of JANEíS ADDICTION and Steve Smith of JOURNEY telling their stories to fans first hand and in-depth for the first time!

In the pages of BEYOND THE BEATS: Rock & Rollís Greatest Drummers Speak! (Baker & Taylor, ISBN-10: 0983471657 ISBN-13: 978-0983471653, March 13, 2018 publication date), these legendary gods of thunder talk in detail to award-winning music biographer Jake Brown about who first put the sticks in their hands and sat them down behind the kit as kids all the way to their banging away behind the drums live playing before arenas and stadiums full of screaming fans. Along the way, the inspiration behind their most famous beats is broken down, from Lars Ulrich walking fans back through the epic break-down in "One" to what gave Joey Kramer the idea for "Walk This Way"ís instantly addictive percussion introduction, JOURNEYís Steve Smith on the studio creation of "Donít Stop Believiní", and Tico Torres recounting the glory day of BON JOVI recording the legendary anthem "Liviní On A Prayer". Tommy Lee takes fans upside down inside his first-of-its-kind roller coaster drum set live, while Classic Rock fans are taken back to the Ď60s and inside the recording of CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVALís "Proud Mary" by Doug ďCosmoĒ Clifford; Kenny Aronoff talks about taking his shot at the big time, powering up "Hurts So Good" for John Mellencamp in a 100 degree shack in Indiana back in 1981!

A holy grail for rock and metal drummers of any generation, this book features the stories behind hundreds of their favorite beats, whether the reader is a fan streaming his favorite hits by each band while reading along to how they were created in the studio or a young drummer learning how to play each song by these superstar hitters. Beyond the Beats gives a real look behind the kit at the power and pain it takes to stay on top for decades. Excerpts include:

"I canít even tell you how much time I spent with headphones on just wailing through my favorite stuff, because you can sit there and take lessons all day long and get technicallyschooled, but thereís something really different about playing along and emulating some of your favorite drummers."
Tommy Lee, MOTLEY CRUE

"To me, playing live is like sports. When youíre over 35, you move into a different league, and when youíre over 45, youíre a senior. Itís not like if youíre over 45, you get a pass, and you can start playing at a different level of intensity. Youíve got to bring it the same every night!"
Lars Ulrich, METALLICA

"I think that less-is-more is probably, or should be, in my opinion, the golden rule for all drummers. In particular, the best example I can cite is John Bonham, because there were places where he didnít play, and those places that he didnít play Ė if you listen throughout his catalog Ė they really stand out for me. Instead of what the typical drummer would do, I think thatís very important, and I think that a lot of drummers never realize that."
Joey Kramer, AEROSMITH

"My parents werenít about to run out and buy little Johnny a drum set! They were very supportive, but at first, they were like a little wary to see where I was gonna go with this hitting thing, so my dad went to the garbage in the back of the local Baskin Robbins in the local town I lived in at the time, Birmingham, Michigan. He took a few thrown-out ice cream tubs and I used Lincoln Log kidís toys for drum sticks. I started out with only the finest equipment at 6, 7 years old."
Chad Smith, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

"Itís not a clichť, thereís a real energy exchange and thatís what I love about people air-drumming. Those moments are just as important as a guitar riff or vocal scream and so I really love that moment, itís a full-circle moment.Ē
Stephen Perkins, JANE'S ADDICTION

"When we were developing "Donít Stop Believin", I started trying some of those ideas as a counter-point to what was going on melodically and rhythmically with the chords and guitar riffs, and basically I went home after some of our rehearsals, and worked out all of my more complex drum parts - that was my process. They really featured that drum beat in the mix, and I think itís because itís a pretty big signature part of the song."
Steve Smith, JOURNEY

"I was scared sh#tless playing Wembley Stadium, Iím scared sh#tless every time man, because when you walk onto that stage and all those people are there, something about that place is like an optical illusion! Thereís literally thousands of people at all times surrounding you, and itís strange man, itís a strange trip. Itís hard not to let your adrenaline and all that other stuff kind of get ahold of you, and you generally donít play quite as well when youíre too excited. Thereís a fine line between having a lot of energy and being too excited."
Taylor Hawkins, FOO FIGHTERS

Hard Cover and Paperback have a publication date of March 13, 2018 and will be available on April 25th as an ebook from Baker & Taylor; BEYOND THE BEATS will also have an audiobook release by Blackstone Audio May 15, 2018 containing loads of bonus content, including exclusive audio excerpts from each of the drummers interviewed in the book. Yamaha will publish the book in Japan later this year.

Follow updates on the bookís release and free bonus features at Twitter.com/BeyondtheBeats1.


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