It was at the Five Points Festival that I spotted this amazing painting by artist Paul Fernandez-Carol that mashes up The Beatles with characters from Star Wars in a very clever way. On one hand, we could be looking at The Beatles, dressed in their colorful, highly-recognizable satin band suits from the Sgt. Pepper-album cover — Ringo in Pink, John in Yellow, Paul in Blue and George in Red — who are avoiding being recognized by wearing disguises on their heads. On the other hand, this might be the Star Wars saga characters of a Scout Trooper, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and an Imperial Stormtrooper (who are all distinguishable by the helmets they wear) posing as The Beatles. Who can say? Speaking of posing, I believe that the figures’ poses in this painting were copied from This Photo of the Fab Four taken in 1967 during a promotional photo shoot for the Sgt. Pepper album cover. You can see more art by Fernandez-Carol on his page at Seven Arts Gallery.
All that is known about Darth Vader Princess is that she was photographed at Comic Con in San Diego this past July. No further information is available about Darth Vader Princess.
When it comes to carrying your lunch, your delicious dark side treats need an extra level of protection. Encase your precious lunch in the sinister Darth Vader Helmet Lunch Kit. Even more exciting than the way it looks is a feature that allows you to press a button on the lunch bag and prepare to be captivated by Darth Vader sound effects!
Darth Vader Helmet Lunch Kit Features:
- Lunch bag shaped just like Darth Vader’s helmet
- Press the button to hear Darth Vader sound effects
- Insulated bag keeps food hot or cold
- Zippered enclosure
- Padded handle
- Easy to clean inside and outside surfaces
- Size: 9″ x 10″ x 3″ (22.9 cm x 25.4 cm x 7.6 cm)
This Rad Lunch Bag sells for just $14.95! Sadly, this item is no longer available.
The Darth of a Disco Dancer (Image Source)
While I did very much enjoy Carrie Fisher’s one-woman Broadway show, Wishful Drinking – I’d never stoop to call myself a Star Wars fan. The thing is, the whole Darth Vader mystique is iconic enough that it bleeds over into the mainstream, not obsessed-with-Star Wars culture. Anyway, I saw this item over on the Geekologie blog and, due to my passion for all things big, shiny and geeky, I had to snag it. Thank you, please drive through.
I am not a huge a Star Wars fan, but if this exhibit came to NYC I would be there to check it out in two seconds. The Vader Project is a jaw dropping collection of 100 Darth Vader Helmets re-imagined by some of today’s hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists and designers. Here’s bit more information from the Vader Project Website. “The Vader Project is curated by Dov Kelemer & Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys. Kelemer and Marks gathered 100 contemporary artists. Each artist was given a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet used in the STAR WARS™ films. Each helmet served as a blank slate for each artist to paint, design, mash up and customize.
Featuring work by Shag, Peter Kuper, Attaboy, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Dalek, Paul Frank, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Michelle Valigura, Frank Kozik, Wade Lageose, Joe Ledbetter, Alex Pardee, Suckadelic, Cameron Tiede, Mister Cartoon, Marc Ecko, Amanda Visell and many more, The Vader Project provided an opportunity for artists to use one of the most iconic pop culture characters in film history as their canvas.”
While the project has been around since May 2007, the collection makes its museum premiere at The Andy Warhol and will be on display from February 13 to May 3, 2009. Check out a really cool Slideshow here.
As one of the most popular and well-respected drummers in metal today, Helmet’s John Tempesta is a star on the rise. John started his career as the drum tech for Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, but he soon took the drum throne behind thrash metal legends, Exodus. John recorded three albums with Exodus before jumping ship to join Testament. But the gig that made him a household name was his tenure with Rob Zombie; first with White Zombie and, later, Zombie’s solo band. In 2004, John joined up with guitarist/ vocalist Page Hamilton to reform Helmet, one of the most highly influential metal groups of the ‘90s. Helmet’s comeback CD, Size Matters, was released in late 2004 and the group has been touring the globe ever since. A new Helmet CD is planned for release in spring 2006. Metal Edge was lucky to catch up with John between tour stops for some serious drum talk.
Metal Edge: The new Helmet music is very different from the high-speed thrash metal you played with Exodus or Testament or the programming- heavy Rob Zombie records. Did you apply any new techniques for this gig?
John Tempesta: Actually, I went back to one bass drum and a single pedal and simplified my whole kit. Recently, I’ve been very influenced by John Bonham. He just has the whole package: power, dynamic, sound and technique. I started listening to him a lot when the How The West Was Won CD and DVD came out. When I did the demos with Helmet, I brought out my John Bonham-sized kit with a 26” bass drum. I wanted to get away from all the electronics and click tracks and just be raw and organic.
Metal Edge: You’re a bit of a drum collector, aren’t you?
John Tempesta: I’m a bit of a drum freak (laughs). I’ve got drums all over my house. I have one of my (TAMA) Bubinga wood kits in the living room and right now I’m looking at my John Bonham amber Ludwigs that they’ve reissued. I also have a blue Vistalite kit that Mike Piazza gave to me – which is amazing – and a Sonor Vistalite kit, like the one Phil Rudd from AC/D used to play. Finally, I have half of Cozy Powell’s drum kit, which is like a shrine to me.
Metal Edge: What are your feelings on the prevalence of recording software?
John Tempesta: Protools does save time and speeds up the recording process, but I love the analog sound tape. I love to listen to old vinyl by Queen or Zeppelin. Tape is just much more organic and fat sounding, but the sound of Protools is definitely improving. I do think maybe some of the artistry of playing the part yourself might be lost though. I listen to stuff these days and it all sounds the same to me. It’s kind of sad in a way.
Metal Edge: What is a ‘normal’ practice schedule for you?
John: The studio where the band rehearses is two minutes from my house. I try to go there every day, maybe for an hour or two and just jam out. I’ll work on my chops or my time or whatever, but there’s nothing specific that I practice. It’s cool though because the guy who taught me to play double bass when I was in New York, Pat Nestor, lives in Vegas now. Pat was a student of (famous studio drummer and educator) Gary Chester I’ve been trying to get together with him out in Vegas every so often and also get back into my reading, which I never finished. The books he’s turned me onto include Haskell Harr’s Drum Method and New Breed by Gary Chester.
Metal Edge: Tell me about playing on Tony Iommi’s solo album.
John Tempesta: That was a big thrill of my life. When Zombie was on the Ozzfest tour in 1999, we would go on before Black Sabbath. I would watch Bill Ward every night and just think, “This is just too amazing.” When Tony was putting together this record he’d been working on for a while, he was gathering singers and different musicians and I guess he liked the way I played. He asked if I could do a couple tracks and I was like, “Are you kidding me? Hell yeah!” We had a few days off and we went to Massachusetts to record at this studio called Longview Farm. I wrote a song called “Skin” in the studio and recorded it right there. I’m really proud of that track and the production – they got this massive drum sound. But it was just a great thrill riding on Tony’s tour bus and hanging out with him.
Drums: TAMA StarClassic, African bubinga wood shells in piano black finish
Sizes: 24”Bass Drum, 10” & 13” Rack Toms; 16” & 18” Floor Toms, 7”x14” Snare
Hardware: TAMA hardware
Sticks: Zildjian John Tempesta model
Microphones and Monitors: Shure
Official Website: http://www.johntempesta.com
(Note: John Currently plays with The Cult)
John Tempesta Wall of Snares Photo Courtesy of John Tempesta Dot Com
This article was originally written for Metal Edge Magazine as part of a monthly column by Gail Worley (under the pen name Jayne Rollins). With the magazines’ dissolution, the article has been added to the content base of The Worley Gig for our readers’ enjoyment.