For Immediate Release Press Contact: Kelly Kapaun/Chris Davis
Autographed Drum by Rock and Roll’s Top Drummers
to be auctioned to support Hospice of Santa Barbara
“Crushed Glass” DW snare drum features autographs by
Jim Keltner, Neil Peart of Rush and Jethro Tull’s Doane Perry
Santa Barbara, CA, August 2, 2013 —Expected to draw huge interest from Rock and Roll fans and drum aficionados alike, this one of a kind DW Drum, autographed by three of rock’s greatest drummers, has been donated to Hospice of Santa Barbara to raise funds for the nonprofit organization. This unique instrument is now available for auction on eBay:
Signers include Rush drummer Neil Peart, who was recently inducted with his band into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the great Jim Keltner who has played with artists including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bob Dylan, and Doane Perry who is chiefly known for his work with Jethro Tull.
About the signers…
Neil Peart holds particular relevance to Hospice of Santa Barbara; the acclaimed drummer and lyricist for Rush has devastating experience with personal loss and grief. Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road is a 2002 philosophical travel memoir by Neil Peart, which chronicles Peart’s motorcycle trips throughout North and Central America in the late 1990s, as he contemplated his life and came to terms with his grief over the deaths of his daughter Selena in August 1997, and his wife Jackie in June 1998. Considered by many to be one of the greatest drummers of all time and perhaps the most accomplished touring today, Peart is a master technician whose exploits behind his DW kit send Rush audiences into a collective frenzy. Peart also holds the unique distinction of being a drummer who is chief lyricist for his band.
Session player and touring performer Jim Keltner is a giant among drummers; never belonging to a band per se he has been the go-to-guy behind the kit for a veritable who’s who of rock luminaries. And he is still in demand decades after getting his first session start with Gary Lewis & the Playboys.
Keltner is best known for his session work on solo recordings by three of The Beatles, working often with George Harrison, John Lennon (including Lennon solo albums, as well as albums released both by the Plastic Ono Band and Yoko Ono), and Ringo Starr.
In addition to his work with three of the Beatles, Keltner, has also worked with Leon Russell, Roy Orbison, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Frankie Valli, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, The Ramones, Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Elvis Costello, The Bee Gees, Jackson Browne, The Manhattan Transfer, Randy Newman, Pink Floyd, Warren Zevon, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, Alice Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Simon & Garfunkel, The Pretenders, and the Traveling Wilburys, among many, many others.
In 1973, Keltner was the session drummer on Bob Dylan’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, which includes the hit “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Keltner says that experience “was a monumental session for me because it was such a touching song; it was the first time I actually cried when I was playing.”
Doane Perry, the drummer for Jethro Tull, started out on piano as a seven year old. At age 11 he was inspired to take up the drums after hearing The Beatles. By the time he was 14 he was working weekends in his own band and at 18 he turned professional while simultaneously attending college. The studious musician attended Browning, St. Bernard’s and Collegiate Schools in New York City. Later he briefly attended New York University and extension programs at The New School, Rutgers, and Juilliard. Accomplished in a wide variety of styles, which include genres such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Fusion, R&B, Classical, World and Folk, Perry has appeared on over 100 successful records within his musical career in various musical capacities as a performer, composer and producer. Many of his collaborations have achieved gold to multi-platinum status.
In 1984 Perry joined Jethro Tull as drummer and percussionist and he continues to record and tour with the band today.
About the DW drum
Drum features and details on this DW Drum are top of the line. No detail has been overlooked; no corners have been cut on this 5×14” Super Solid Maple shell w/ Broken Glass Finish and Chrome Hardware. The Super Solid is one of DW’s most important snare drum innovations in recent years. Utilizing a proprietary molecular compression process, wood is specially treated to greatly increase density, while at the same time make it more pliable. Once the shells are formed into cylinders, a high-tech machining process ensures that the drum is true, both inside and out, and a reinforcement hoop is integrated. The Super Solid is truly a one-piece shell in every way. Orchestral sensitivity, shotgun-like projection and plenty of recording quality warmth and tone, the Super Solid is DW’s most highly prized snare drum.
The Broken Glass Finish Ply is real actual Broken Glass sandwiched between two plies of laminate, the back ply being solid white and the outer ply being clear. Broken Glass is probably one of the best finishes under stage lighting or any lighting as it reflects light similar to crystals.
About Hospice of Santa Barbara
Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to more than 700 children and adults every month who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on 11 local middle and high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.