Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rock drummers 'are top athletes'

Blondie's Clem Burke took part in the study
Playing the drums for a rock band requires the stamina of a Premiership footballer, research suggests.
Tests on Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, revealed that 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.
Despite rock's reputation for unhealthy living, Dr Marcus Smith, from Chichester University, said drummers needed "extraordinary stamina".
A hour in concert could burn between 400 and 600 calories, he said.
Clem Burke, who provided the beat for hits such as "Heart of Glass", "Atomic" and "Call Me" was invited to take part in the eight-year project by Blondie fan Dr Smith.
It is hoped that the results could help develop outreach programmes for overweight children who are not interested in sport.
It is clear that their fitness levels need to be outstanding
Dr Marcus SmithChichester University
Burke was connected to equipment to measure his heart rate and oxygen uptake, and the levels of lactic acid in his blood.
He found that during a performance, his heart averaged between 140 and 150 beats a minute, peaking at 190, levels comparable to other top athletes.
However, Dr Smith said that while top footballers were expected to perform once or twice a week, drummers on tour would be doing it every night at a different venue.

Drummers burn 4-600 calories per hour
He said: "Footballers can normally expect to play 40 to 50 games a year - but in one 12 month period, Clem played 90-minute sets at 100 concerts.
"Footballer find playing a Champions League game once every two weeks a drain, but these guys are doing it every day when they are on tour.
"It is clear that their fitness levels need to be outstanding - through monitoring Clem's performance in controlled conditions, we have been able to map the extraordinary stamina required by professional drummers."
The project was conducted jointly by the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Chichester.
A dedicated "drumming laboratory" is now being built at the Gloucester campus and it is hoped that other professional drummers will be tested.
Dr Steve Draper, from Gloucestershire University, said: "This is the first facility of its kind in the world."
Professor Edward Winter, a specialist in the physiology of exercise at Sheffield University, said that the challenge of playing the drums should not be underestimated.
He said that at 190 beats per minute Clem Burke was probably exceeding the maximum heart rate predicted for a man of his age.
"Rock drumming in particular is very energetic, and to add to this, these guys are playing in a hot environment - you'll see them literally dripping with sweat."

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Coast ...

Gay Drug Addict claims to “know nothing” ” Interview on Larry King tonight and watch live footage from his backyard on Youtube.- Reuters

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Joel on the radio ; today Thursday , July 24 , on Q104 in Halifax ., promoting the Aug. 1 show ... and maybe playing a new song or two .

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

largehearted boy , is a hip indie blog with free daily downloads and has posted a couple of songs from the forthcoming Dave Marsh album The True Love Rules . Check it out at http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2008/07/daily_downloads_1624.html

Monday, July 21, 2008

DUB SABBATH , SUNDAY NIGHTS AT TRIBECA , HALIFAX . If you likes yr Iommi riffs in a Dubby Style , this is the place for you . Sweet leaf indeed .

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Heads up ! Sydney , Cape friggin' Breton , friday night . Smooth Hermans ..............
........squid squirmin'...... voracious vermin............not discerning .....book learning ... stomaches turning ....tires burnin' ....Nat Shermans ....oxycotin and drunk germans ....

gonna be awesome .
Remember that night in Quebec city ?

Moose, Joel Plaskett and Quebec City
Posted by josephyarmush on May 08, 2007
last thursday, a few members of kill the lights had to quit the band. not due to infighting or artistic differences. that's shit. but due to the fact that yann and joseph hit a moose and almost died. that's a real reason. it was thursday last, and we were driving to quebec with a few friends to party and see a joel plaskett concert. you don't need a good reason to either of those, because they both are usually good times. we're making good time, eating chips or whatever, and we drive through Trois Rivieres, the industrious town between Montreal and Quebec. The stars are out, we're surrounded by spruce trees and Neil Young comes on the radio. Its almost too Canadian. But, no. More Canadian would be a moose running across the highway! Yep, the scariest thing a motorist who's doing 120 km/hr could see 50 meters in front of him. So I start slowly saying, "moose, moose" because I'm a little surprised at the Farley Mowatt novel unfolding in front of my eyes. As we rapidly approach the 7 ft Yoko, I'm yelling, "MOOSE!!!". The brakes screech, I duck and there's a very loud "smack". We don't know if we're alive, injured or what. It's too early to tell. I hear, "are you alright?", everyone responds "yeah" with a holy-fuck-did-that-just-happen?! tone in their voices. We get out of the car, there's a sedan in the ditch across the highway, and the moose is on the shoulder of the road with it's legs going every way. There are hugs all around, then stares, then wide eyed gawking at the moose, the car in the ditch and ourselves. It was weird. So the cops shot the moose, we got towed to Quebec and walked in to the Joel Plaskett concert during "Snowed In". Caught his last 5 songs, drank 6000 shots of whiskey and danced all night in the old town. It was great. Kill the Lights will fortunately stick around and look out this summer for shows and we can tell the story in person.joe

Friday, July 11, 2008

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Toronto , Molson Amphitheatre , Saturday July 12

with Great Big Sea
Hopefully a good a time as it was playing with the Oliver Jones Trio at Parliment Hill , Canada Day . Man , them cats can swing !

Thursday, July 03, 2008

There's two ?

From: Fan - M38574638 0 (Go to Page)
Subject: A&E Biography
Status: Pending
Date: 2008-06-20 13:49
Dear Dave,
My name is M&%^%#@ and I'm a Producer working on an A&E Biography about Bruce Springsteen. I contacted your Record Company and a woman named (^$& *^)%#^ said she would forward my info. along to you but in order to save time, I thought I'd contact you directly. I'd love to interview you for the Biography and was wondering if you'd be interested and available. We're shooting our interviews in July in the New York City area. The interview for the Biography would be 30 minutes in length. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at my office at (212) 4..-.... or via email at ...