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J. D'Addario (Evans Drumheads): News From The Front

News about our products, Artists and people


Ride the Wave:

The word is out! Planet Waves cables are quickly becoming a favorite among professional techs and artists alike. Below is a sampling of our most recent feedback from the field.

"Planet Waves cables are phenomenal. They deliver a strong signal and fit easily into our pedalboards without the bulk of other cables. The compression springs are a must!" - Andre Torres (Linkin Park)

"Planet Waves cables are simply superior. The difference is in their tone. PW cables are clean and quiet and provide plenty of punch. Brilliant construction." - Lee Dixon (Eric Clapton)

"Planet Waves cables have a clean and crisp sound. I like them a lot." - Larry Cragg (Neil Young)

"There is nothing out there better than Planet Waves cables." - Reginald Veal (bassist)

"Planet Waves instrument cables are very sturdy and tonally superior to any cable that I have played in the past. " - Mark Tremonti (Creed)

New Releases:

The Soundtrack for the film "Valentine" starring Denise Richards is packed with D'Addario artists. This horror flick features tunes from D'Addario string endorsee Brad Delson and his band Linkin Park, Static-X featuring Evans endorsee Ken Jay, Orgy featuring D'Addario endorsees Amir Derakh and Ryan Schuck, and Marilyn Manson featuring D'Addario endorsee John 5. Look for "Scream," the latest solo release from Evans endorsee Chad Wackerman. Available on the Favored Nations label, "Scream" features twelve new Wackerman classics. Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist John Frusciante's solo album, entitled "To Record Water For Only Ten Days," will be released by Warner Brothers Records in February. John is featured in the 2001 D'Addario calendar. Visit www.daddario.com to order your free copy! "Red Heat," the latest release from bassist Jimmy Haslip is currently available. Jimmy gets his tone from D'Addario Prism's and XLs. The Dave Matthews Band's latest release is entitled "Everyday" and features 12 new songs co-written with producer Glen Ballard of Alanis Morrisette fame. Evans endorsee Gerry Brown releases an instructional drum video. The video is available at all Mars Music Stores and online at http://www.marsmusic.com

In The Studio:

Eric Clapton is currently rehearsing in the UK for his upcoming world tour. The tour begins Feb. 1st at the legendary Albert Hall. Mr. Clapton, bassist Nathan East, and guitarist Andy Fairweather Low are all relying on Planet Waves instrument cables to get their signals through loud and clear. Andy Fairweather Low is also using D'Addario Chromes Flatwounds. Evans endorsee Peter Erskine recently recorded tracks for artist Diana Krall. Peter used the new Evans EMAD bass drumheads and was extremely impressed with the results. Bassist Billy Mohler and drummer Nate Wood have been laying down tracks with RCA recording act Next Door. Look for a late March release. Flamenco guitarist Robby Longley is hard at work on tracks for his upcoming April 2001 release, entitled "Baraca." Robby recently performed on behalf of D'Addario at the annual Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Acoustic Café. Robby gets his great tone from D'Addario Pro Arte EJ46 Classical guitar strings. Guitarist Poncho Sampedro has been locked away in a San Francisco studio with Neil Young and Crazy Horse working on material for future release. Poncho provides rhythm guitar muscle with heavy XLs (PL012, PL015, NW026, NW034, NW044, NW052). Bassist Hutch Hutchinson is working on the latest Bonnie Raitt project. Hutch relies on EXL170 Nickel Wound bass strings for his signature tone. According to Hutch, the band is writing some rockers!

Mark Tremonti of the band Creed is currently writing new material with singer Scott Strapp. Mark uses D'Addario EXL110s and Planet Waves cables. Bassist Mike Visceglia is currently in the studio with Suzanne Vega working on her new album for Interscope Records. D'Addario endorsees Slayer are in Vancouver working with producer Matt Hyde.

Performing Artists On Tour:

Bassist Dave Carpenter is touring Europe with Simon Phillips. Dave is using D'Addario Helicore Hybrid Series Medium Tension upright strings. Evans endorsee Doc Gibbs is on the road with Erika Badu. Guitarist Elliot Easton with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic featuring D'Addario endorsee Dewayne McKnight. Dewayne says the new Planet Waves cables are funkadelic! Evans endorsee Liberty Devito is providing the beat for Billy Joel. D'Addario endorsees Systematic are sharing the bill with Godsmack on an arena tour beginning late this month. Evans endorsee Gerry Brown is on the road keeping it funky with Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross. That's also Gerry (with Stanley Clarke) that you are hearing on the Showtime series "Soul Food" soundtrack.


D'Addario endorsee Martin Simpson will host a clinic at Strings and Things in Memphis, TN at 7:30pm on Saturday, Feb 10. Martin will perform using our new EXP17 Extended Play coated acoustic strings.


The Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA was a great success for J. D'Addario & Company, Inc. New for us this year was the creation of two performance stages. One stage featured live performances by Evans artists and the other showcased D'Addario and Vandoren players. Headphones were set-up outside the enclosed Evans soundroom to enable convention goers to listen to Evans drumheads (featuring the new EMAD bass drum system) being played by Johnny Rabb, Zoro, Tony Royster Jr. and Thomas Pridgen. Our new EXP (Extended Play) acoustic strings were demoed by guitarists Steven King, Martin Simpson, and Jacques Stotzem. Vandoren artists Eric Marienthal and Norbert Stachel delighted crowds with their outstanding sax compositions. Thanks to all the artists listed above and to our friends at Drum Workshop, Shure, Mackie, DrumFrame, The Music People, and Beyer Dynamic for helping to make these performances possible. The NAMM show is always a great place to catch up with endorsees, managers, and friends of the company. A few of this year's visitors to the D'Addario booth included string endorsees Peter Frampton, Andy Summers, Kip Winger, Nils Lofgren, Mark Tremonti (Creed), Ronald Muldrow, Amir and Ryan from Orgy, singer-songwriter Meredith Brooks, Ben Harper, bassists Juan Nelson, Oteil Burbridge, Steve Bailey, Adam Nitti and Carlos D'L Puerto, Evans endorsees Peter Erskine, Dennis Chambers, Chad Wackerman, Dean Butterworth, Will Kennedy, Peter Michael Escovedo, Liberty Devito, Kalani, Drew Hester, Jeffery Suttles, Gerry Brown, Johnny Blas, and percussionist Jesus Diaz. Guitar tech Chainsaw, who is currently on the road with Billy Joel, stopped by to thank D'Addario for supplying strings for the tour. Cody, tech for the band Queens of The Stone Age came by to tell us how much the band is digging its Planet Waves cables, and Doug Reesh, tech for Matchbox Twenty, was amazed by the new Planet Waves AutoTrim tuning machines. For information on any of these new products, please visit our website (www.daddario.com). Bassist Mike Visceglia's website is being launched early this month. Tune in for in-depth playing tips, news and events from this in-demand studio bassist (www.mikevisceglia.com) D'Addario endorsees David Northrup and Travis Tritt performed at the recent Presidential Inauguration for George W. Bush. D'Addario endorsee David Gray's "White Ladder" has recently been certified Platinum. Congratulations David! The "White Ladder" track "Sail Away" will be featured in an upcoming Robert DeNiro film, "15 Minutes," set to hit U.S. theaters in March.

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