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Prince Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies at 43

'One of the best to ever pick up drumsticks'

(Newser) - More sad new for Prince fans: John Blackwell Jr., a drummer who played with Prince for 15 years, has died at the age of 43. In an Instagram post Tuesday, wife Yaritza said Blackwell had died peacefully in her company, TMZ reports. Blackwell was diagnosed with two brain tumors last... More »

Journey Drummer Indicted on Rape, Slew of Charges

Deen Castronovo bombarded victim with texts, calls after order to stay away

(Newser) - Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was arrested in Oregon on June 14 and charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing, but he was released on $20,000 bail and told to stay away from the alleged victim, per the Statesman Journal . A few weeks later, he's back behind bars after reportedly... More »

Lynyrd Skynyrd's First Drummer Dead at 64

Bob Burns killed in a crash in Georgia

(Newser) - Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer has died in a car crash in Georgia. Bob Burns, 64, was killed when his vehicle went off a curve in a road near Cartersville just before midnight and struck a tree. No other vehicles were involved, and the crash is under investigation. Burns was... More »

Watch Weezer Drummer Snag Frisbee Mid-Song

Patrick Wilson wows the crowd

(Newser) - Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson got a huge roar of approval from the crowd during a show in St. Augustine, Florida, but this wasn't about a drum solo. Wilson managed to a catch a frisbee mid-song and played on one-handed before stashing it in his teeth, reports Rolling Stone . Frontman... More »

London Victim: Lee Rigby, 25

Army drummer had a 2-year-old son

(Newser) - The victim in yesterday's London attack has been identified as 25-year-old Lee Rigby, reports the BBC . Rigby was indeed in the British army, having served as both a machine gunner and a drummer in a unit called the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. He has a... More »

Band Drummer Levon Helm Near Death

Acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist in final stages of cancer

(Newser) - Rock and roll is about to lose another legend. Levon Helm, drummer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist in The Band, is "in the final stages of his battle with cancer," according to a note posted to his website by family members. The 71-year-old musician from Arkansas was the only non-Canadian... More »

Doobie Brothers Drummer Dead at 65

Michael Hossack had cancer

(Newser) - Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack is dead of cancer at age 65, reports Wyoming's Lake County News . "Big Mike" played with the band from 1971-73, a stretch that included hits such as "Listen to the Music," "China Grove," and "Blackwater," notes... More »

At Yard Sale: McCartney Letter Seeking New Beatle

Now at Christie's; may fetch $11K

(Newser) - Looks like the stars were aligned for Ringo. A 1960 letter written by Paul McCartney sought a drummer for the Beatles two years before Starr joined the Fab Four. The note was discovered folded into a book at a Liverpool yard sale, the AP reports. It was a response to... More »

5-Year-Old Drummer Wows YouTube

Jonah Rocks is sure to be a big deal

(Newser) - The latest sensation getting the Internet’s attention: Jonah Rocks , a 5-year-old drummer whose YouTube videos will likely blow your mind. BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post are both pointing to his website . Check out a few of his videos in the gallery. More »

Corgan Picks 19-Year-Old as Pumpkins' Next Drummer

(Newser) - After the departure of longtime—well, come-and-go—Smashing Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin and the audition of 1,000 hopefuls, frontman Billy Corgan has named a new drummer, the Chicago Tribune reports. And the kid’s 19. Oregon native Mike Byrne played with local groups before receiving the honor from the Chicago-based... More »

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