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HIMURO, James Blunt, Foreigner, Belinda Carlisle, YAZAWA, Colin Hay - May 4, 2017


Hope everyone is doing good! I wanted to share some of the things I've been up to recently with you. Thank you for your time and support!



As most of you know, for some time now I have had the privilege to work with the great Japanese artist Kyosuke Himuro. We have done many tours and recordings together over the years and last year it was an honor to be invited to participate in the epic and historic Kyosuke Himuro #LastGigs tour. We played baseball stadiums all over Japan, finishing with 3 nights at the Tokyo Dome. Himuro's fans are incredibly gracious and inspiring to play for and the band and crew are like a family to me. It's hard to put into words the powerful energy of these shows and how grateful I am to have been included in the experience. Extremely proud of all the work we have done. A thank you & arigato to all Himuro fans for your continued warmth and support! Below is a preview of the tour film, which in addition to dvd/blu-ray release, will also be shown at theaters all over Japan later this month.





James Blunt

James Blunt's latest single, "Bartender" has been released! I contributed drums to this track as well as the song, "Over", off his newest album, "The Afterlove". It was great to be back in the studio with James.




Also, a little while back, I got the opportunity to record with the legendary rock band Foreigner. It was an honor to play drums for new versions of 2 of their songs, "The Flame Still Burns", and "I Don't Want to Live Without You". These tracks are included on their upcoming 40th anniversary collection entitled, "40", which comes out later this month.







Belinda Carlisle

In February I did some touring with Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's, it always fun going out on the road with her and the band. Some of the concerts we did on that run were part of, "The 80's Cruise". Below is a clip of the Go's Go's classics, "Our Lips Are Sealed", & "Vacation", from one of the performances on the ship. I'm looking forward to doing some more shows with Belinda later this summer!





Colin Hay

I recorded drums for Colin Hay's new record, "Fierce Mercy". There is something very special about this collection of songs, perhaps one of my favorite records I've been a part of thus far. There is a pure, beautiful and honest sentiment permeating through these recordings. This album feature a cast of talented musicians from all over and I am incredibly happy for its release. Please check out "Fierce Mercy" below and if you are not already familiar with Colin's post Men at Work solo albums, I encourage you to delve into his extensive catalog.





(*I'm on all tracks with the exception of Tr. 12 & 13 which feature the great David Kemper.)




E. Yazawa

I spent the later part of 2016 overseas on the road with Japanese rock and roll icon, Eikichi Yazawa. We did a sold out two month tour of Japan culminating with a five night stand at the historic venue, Nippon Budokan. For more info on Yazawa :




Madden NFL 2017

Last year, I recorded drums for the Madden NFL 17 commercial featuring Ron Gronkowski.






Other recent happenings: I played a few shows in the US with Smash Mouth including performances at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX for Big League Weekend and the Auto Club Speed Way in Fontana, CA for NASCAR. Later this month, I am looking forward to performing with John Lloyd Young (of Jersey Boys).



Thanks again as always!



Update! Japan, Australia, more! - April 20, 2016

Hello everyone!



Greetings from Tokyo! Just a quick check-in here! I have been in Japan the past few weeks rehearsing for the sold out KYOSUKE HIMURO #LASTGIGS Dome Tour. In just a couple days we will play the first of two shows in Osaka. We then go to Fukuoka, Nagoya, and culminate with 3 nights at the Tokyo Dome. I am happy to announce Himuro's latest record, "L'EPILOGUE", which I played drums on, is the number one album in Japan! Thank you Himuro for including me on the journey!








Just a week before I flew to Japan, I was in Australia on tour with the great Colin Hay, (of Men at Work). We had a fantastic run of shows, including headlining the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival, shows at the Melbourne Zoo and Sydney Zoo, Lizzottes in New Castle and many others. I hope to return to AU soon! Also, we have been in the studio working on Colin's next record. Below is a clip of the drum solo and last chorus of the Men at Work classic, "Down Under", live in Australia from our recent tour. (If you look closely you may see a little dancing from Colin!).





Here are a few other things that I have been up to recently:


I spent some time at Ocean Studios in Burbank with Austin based singer songwriter, Shawnee Kilgore and Writer/Director Joss Whedon, (The Avengers/Buffy the Vampire Slayer), on a colborative project they are working on. Great to lay down some tracks with them and my friend Eric Holden on Bass. Sara Watkins is featured on fiddle and vocals on some of these songs. Excited to hear this one!


In February I was invited to take part in the 25th anniversary concert of Cecilia Noel & the Wild Clams at Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. I consider The Wild Clams a musical institution and feel it's an honor to perform as a part of that ensemble. Musicians performing that night included, Jimmy Earl, Mitchito Sanchez, Alan Deremo, Jeff Babko, Toshi Yanagi, Kevin Ricard, Cleto Escobedo III, Munyungo Jackson, Richie Gajate Garcia, Bernie Dresel, Greg Bisonette, Fred Kron, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Motejo....just to name a few! A great night!


I continue to play around LA with Tony Award winner, John Lloyd Young, (Jersey Boys). I always look forward to playing John and the band which consists of the monster duo of Tommy Faragher (Musical Direction and keyboards) and Davey Faragher on Bass.


Speaking of Tommy, I had the pleasure of recording drums for a movie he scored, the animated short, "Follow You Heart". Included on this soundtrack is a song featuring Lucinda Williams, "It Hurts Me Too". Davey Faragher played bass and Marcus Watkins played guitar. "Follow Your Heart", is curently being screened at various film festivals right now. Thank you Tommy! Below is a teaser for the film.



Follow Your Heart | Official Teaser from Inklings Creative on Vimeo.



Alright everyone! Thank you all for the support!


Take care!



Update! - July 25, 2015


Hello everyone!


Hope you are all doing well, just a little update. Here are some of the things that have been happening the past few months as well as some upcoming stuff. Thanks!



Belinda Carlisle


Coming up in late August I will be on tour for a couple of weeks playing drums with Go-Go's front woman, Belinda Carlisle, on her dates in the US and Canada. Looking forward to this!


Here are the shows:


Sat 08/29/15   Winnipeg, MB Club Regent Event Centre
Sun 08/30/15   Enoch, AB River Cree Resort And Casino
Tue 09/01/15   El Cajon, CA Sycuan Live & Up Close
Thu 09/03/15   Germantown, TN Germantown Perf. Arts Center
Fri 09/04/15   Tulsa, OK River Spirit Casino
Appearing at "Woodstock Fair"
Sun 09/06/15   South Woodstock, CT Woodstock Fairgrounds
Tue 09/08/15   New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Wed 09/09/15   Saint Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
Fri 09/11/15   Los Angeles, CA The Fonda
Sat 09/12/15   Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Special Events Ctr.




Colin Hay


Back in February I hit the road with Men at Work frontman, Colin Hay. We played a multiple night sold out run at each of the City Winery venues in Nashville, New York and Chicago. (Thank you City Winery!). This tour was in support of Colin's latest album, "Next Year People", check it out if you get a chance. Here is a mini documentary on the record and the City Winery tour:







Stars Beyond


A little while back I was asked to be a part of a project titled, Stars Beyond, featuring Gary Beers (of Inxs) on Bass, Cirian Gribban (of Inxs) on Vocals, Alain Whyte (Morissey) on Guitar, Michael Krompass (Smash Mouth, Nelly Furtado) on Guitar, Mike Farrel (Alanis Morrisette, Richie Sanbora) on Keys, Heather Jeanette (Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez) on Vocals and myself on drums. We recently spent some time in the studio and shot a promo video at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles.



John Lloyd Young


A few months ago I accompanied Tony Award winning singer John Llyod Young, (Jersey Boys), as part of an amazing trio with musical director Tommy Faragher on piano and the mighty Davey Faragher, (Elvis Costello/Cracker), on bass. We will be performing again August, 10th at Sterling's Upstairs in Los Angeles.




Eric Wainaina


I just completed recording some drum tracks for Kenyan singer-songwriter, Eric Wainaina. These sessions were produced by my friend Will Kennedy. We recorded these at Dave Bianco's studio "Daves Room".



Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams


I have been recording and playing around Los Angeles with Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams. This band is an honor and thrill to be a part of. Her line up often includes musicians such as, Albert Wing (from Frank Zappa's Band) and Jimmy Earl (Jimmy Kimmel Live/Chick Corea), as well as my fellow Colin Hay band mates, Yosmel Montego and San Miguel Perez and host of other talented musicians and singers. We will be playing at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, Friday August, 14th.



Thanks everyone!

Take Care,


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