Tag Archives: 2009

RIP Drumming Great Louie Bellson

Louie Bellson (1924-2009)

Swing drumming great Louie Bellson passed away on February 14th at the age of eighty-four. Initially inspired by Chick Webb and Sid Catlett, Louie found his drumming voice very early on by combining the clear melodic phrasing and rudimental soloing style of Gene Krupa with the swinging groove of Papa Jo Jones and the extraordinary speed of Buddy Rich. Besides his great technique and always-musical approach to the drums, Bellson was responsible for designing the first double bass drum setup and popularizing its use – thus pioneering a new approach that was later adopted by many rock drummers. The LA Times has a full obit on this drumming legend up now This Link.

RIP Metal Edge Magazine


Run To The Hills

It was this past Tuesday morning that I received an email in my box with the ominous subject heading: “Bad News.” Seeing that the email came from my editor at Metal Edge Magazine, I did not need to be a brain surgeon, or to even have a brain, to know that any email coming from an editor that promises “Bad News” even before you open it can only mean one thing – that magazine is about to fold. And so it is with the great Metal Edge, which will close-up shop on Tuesday, February 11th after sending its final issue to the printer. Phil Freeman (said editor) asked all of us newly axed writers to please keep our fat mouths shut for a week until the closing could be made official, but obviously that was too great a request, as “anonymous sources” had blabbed the news to Metal Sucks and The Daily Swarm by the following afternoon.  So I don’t want anyone to think I’m late to the party here with the Breaking News. It’s just that I didn’t want to be a dick.

RIP Cramps’ Vocalist, Lux Interior


1946 – 2009

For Immediate Release: February 4, 2009

Lux Interior, (born Erick Lee Purkhiser) lead singer of The Cramps, passed away this morning due to an existing heart condition at Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California at 4:30 AM PST . strong>Lux has been an inspiration and influence to millions of artists and fans around the world. He and wife Poison Ivy’s contributions with The Cramps have had an immeasurable impact on modern music.

The Cramps emerged from the original New York punk scene of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, with a singular sound and iconography. Their distinct take on rockabilly and surf along with their midnight movie imagery reminded us all just how exciting, dangerous, vital and sexy rock and roll should be and has spawned entire subcultures. Lux was a fearless frontman who transformed every stage he stepped on into a place of passion, abandon, and true freedom. He is a rare icon who will be missed dearly.

Gail In Print: Modern Drummer, March 2009

The March 2009 issue of Modern Drummer features a cover story tribute to the late Earl Palmer, as well as a  rockin’ feature on Ronnie Vanucci of The Killers and my update on metal master Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Ozzy). Read the entire issue online at This Link!

RIP Ron Asheton of The Stooges


Ron is in the Back Row, Center

Iggy Pop has released a statement to Rolling Stone Magazine following the death of Stooges Guitarist / Bassist Ron Asheton of a suspected heart attack earlier in the week. Asheton was 60 years old.