Saturday Night Live has given drummers a bad rap lately, what with Chris Fox sabotaging Ashlee Simpson’s career and Paul Giamati revealing that drummers are douchebags because they steal wives [e.g., Fred Armisen (ex-Trenchmouth)].
Not sure what SNL has against drummers, but today we’re gonna give them a few minutes of attention. Here’s a list of recent news items about drummers. Guess which one is totally made up. You may even learn something!
Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers) > died.
Daniel Adair (3 Doors Down) > quit.
John Otto (Limp Bizkit) > launched record label.
Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle) > joined Sting’s touring band.
Ryan Vikedal (Nickelback) > fired.
Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane) > died.
Branden Steineckert (The Used) > launched skateboard company.
Johnny-5 (Starfield) > quit.
Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) > died.
Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) > had a baby with Moon Unit Zappa.
Bill Reiflen (Ministry) > joined R.E.M.
Tommy Lee > went to college for reality TV show.
Norman Diamond (Sparks) > died.
Dave Grohl (Nirvana) > played on new Foo Fighters, Garbage, NIN discs.
Travis Barker (Blink 182) > signed on for Newlyweds-style reality show.
Greg Upchurch (Puddle Of Mudd) > quit.
Jon Fishman (Phish) > lent cassette tape dress to museum recyclying exhibit.
Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins) > released solo album.
Larry Mullen Jr. (U2) > publicly apologized for massive ticket pre-sale snafu.
Jim Capaldi (Traffic) > died.
Mark O’Toole (Audio Fiction) > caught on HBO’s Taxicab Confessions
Ringo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) > busted for pot possession.
Gemma Clarke (Babyshambles) > quit.
Vinnie Paul (Damageplan) > announced plans to perform for first time since brother/bandmate’s murder.
Ringo Starr (All Starr Band) > agreed to play superhero in Stan Lee multimedia project.
Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) > dumped by Charlie’s Angel.
RELATED: I really hate what Nonpoint did with this Phil Collins classic. You may have heard it in commercials for the new movie Coach Carter.
Nonpoint – “In The Air Tonight”