Just wanted to give a little update here about some of what I have been up to since the last time I posted!
Back in November/December, I was on the road with Japanese rock icon Eikichi Yazawa in Japan. The sold out tour culminated with a five night stand at the historic Budokan!
I have been doing shows in the US with Go-Go's front woman & solo artist, Belinda Carlisle. We just got back from a short US run including a couple shows on "The 80's Cruise".
I was in the studio with the legendary rock group Foreigner recording drums for the song, "Flame Still Burns" for their latest release.
Last year I recorded drums on former Men At Work front man Colin Hay's new record, "Fierce Mercy", The album will be released next month, (March), on Compass Records. Last July and August, I joined Colin and his band on drums for an east coast and European tour that include a four night stand at New York City's City Winery for a two week run in Scotland at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
I have a been performing around LA with John Lloyd Young (of Jersey Boys), Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams, and Crown and the Mob.
I had a lot of fun recording the drums for the Madden NFL 17 spot featuring Rob Gronkowski. (Check out the clip below!)
Thanks everyone! More to come!
Update! Japan, Australia, more! - April 20, 2016
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!
A photo posted by CharliePaxson (@charliepaxson) on Apr 19, 2016 at 5:01am PDT
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.
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:
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.
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.
Update/Wrap Up! Superbowl/Japan/Colin Hay/France/ - February 7, 2015
Thanks for stopping by! Hope 2015 is going well for you all so far! Here's a little update of what has been happening as well as a wrap up of the last half of 2014.
I recorded drums on two spots for the Wix.com Superbowl campaign. Check it out below:
Modern Drummer/DRUM Magazine/SAKAE Drums Campaign
Sakae Drums has featured me in several ads this past year in Modern Drummer and DRUM Magazine. Thank you Sakae Drums! Below is a photo:
I spent most of 2014 in Japan with Kyosuke Himuro. We Completed a massive sold out 51 date tour of Japan commencing with 2 nights at Yokohama Stadium. This tour marked Himuro's 25th anniversary of being a solo artist. The Yokohama dates were documented on dvd/blu ray. Here are some clips from Night One.
Also while in Japan we recorded Himuro's latest single, "One Life" as well as the b-side, "Before you Fall Asleep". Check out some clips of the songs here:
In addition,Rhythm & Drums Magazine Japan did a feature on me and the gear I used on Himuro's tour. Thank you Rhythm & Drums! Here's a photo of the article:
In 2014, "Timeless Le Film", from the Mylene Farmer "Timeless Tour" was released on DVD/Blu Ray as well as in theaters. The concert film, shot in Lyon, was the biggest selling music DVD in France last year. Here is the live clip from the song "Diabolique Mon Ange":
Last September I embarked on a short west coast tour with Colin Hay as well as a monthly residency at the Los Angeles venue "Largo". We entered the studio to record Colin's upcoming record entitled "Next Year People". To celebrate the release we are playing a series of shows at the venue, "The City Winery" in Nashville Feb 12-13th, New York Feb 16-19, and Chicago Feb 21-23. Below is a link to the track "Trying to get to You". Album out Feb 17th! (you can preview it now on iTunes!)
Thanks again everyone!
best and take care!
Hello! Update..Timeless Dvd/Blu-ray Release, Yokohama Stadium, Additional Himuro Shows, Rhythm & Drums Magazine Japan and Sakae Drums - May 19, 2014
Konichiwa! Hope you are all doing well! Here is a little update:
I am currently in the middle of a 50 date tour of Japan with Kyosuke Himuro. Just announced....Eight shows have been added to the Kyosuke Himuro 25th Anniversary Tour including 2 days at Yokohama Stadium, July 19 and 20!
In addition, I was recently in the studio with Himuro recording some new songs for an upcoming release.
Rhythm and Drums Magazine Japan did a piece on myself and the gear I am currently using on the road in the May 2014 issue. Thank you Rhythm and Drums Magazine Japan! Thank you Sakae Drums, Paiste Cymbals and Vic Firth Drum Sticks for your support and making such fine instruments!
Mylene! The Timeless 2013 DVD/Blueray has been released! It documents last year's epic Mylene Farmer Timeless tour that I participated in.
Below is a trailer for the film:
Sakae Drums! I received an opportunity to visit the Sakae drums factory in Osaka a few weeks ago where I was allowed to build a snare drum of my choice (with the help and aide of the talented Sakae drums craftsmen and staff!). Thank you to all at Sakae Drums for the warmth and hospitality. I was happy to see once again how these beautiful drums are made and to be reminded of the heart and soul that goes into these handcrafted instruments. Below is pic of me applying a coat of paint to the shell.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Update! HIMURO, Mylène Farmer, James Blunt, Smash Mouth, SAKAE Drums, Batterie Magazine, DRUM SOLO! - January 8, 2014
Hello Everybody! Here's to a happy and healthy New Year! My best to you, your families and friends. I am looking forward to a great 2014.
I feel very fortunate to have gotten the chance to make a lot of music all over the world in 2013..... To all of the fans of the various artists I work with, thank you for coming to the performances and making it all happen. ありがとうございます! Merci! Thanks! Spasibo!.....To all of the Artists, Bands, Musicians and Crew I work with, thank you for having me up there with you!.....To Sakae Drums, Paiste Cymbals, and Vic Firth Drumsticks for making the instruments I rely on, I thank you!
Here is some news about what's in store for this year as well as some highlights of the second half of 2013.
I am excited to announce that this year I will be taking part in the KYOSUKE HIMURO 25th Anniversary Tour! Excited to come back to Japan and perform with HIMURO and the band for all the fans!
You can hear and see my playing on HIMURO's latest cd/dvd, "25th Anniversary Best Album Greatest Anthology".
This past year I got the opportunity to take part in the dream that was the Mylène Farmer "TIMELESS Tour". It was a supreme joy to share the stage with such a dedicated cast and crew, band, staff, dancers and to perform for all of the fans. Thank you for the support of all who took part and attended in person and spirit. Below is the live video for the first single, "Diabolique Mon Ange" from the recently released live album, "Timeless 2013".
BATTERIE Magazine and SAKAE Drums
I am now a proud endorser of SAKAE DRUMS. These drums look and sound fantastic. Here is a link to my artist page:
Last year I performed with Smash Mouth on most of the, "Under The Sun Tour". What a blast it was traveling through North America with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Verticle Horizon and Fast Ball! Special thanks to our hard working crew who brought the whole spectacle to life 6 days a week for about two straight months, and a thank you to the boys in Smash Mouth for letting me have a solo in the middle of our show. This was a real highlight of 2013!
Here are a couple of the drum solos from the tour:
Live at the Greek Theater In Los Angeles:
Live in Hampton Beach:
I had the opportunity to play some additional Hi-Hats on the song, "Bones" from James Blunts new record, "Moon Landing". It was great to be back in the studio with James and Tom Rothrock again! The entire record came out great. Below is a clip of the song I worked on.
I spent a nice day in the studio last year with the UK's own Scarlette Fever recording the song, "Sunday Best". I had the pleasure of playing with the great Davey Faragher on bass and working with Tommy Faragher who was producing the track. Below is a link to the song.
OK everyone, that's all for now! Thanks for checking out this update, and talk to you soon!
Best, thanks and love,
UPDATE! UPDATE! - May 29, 2013
Hello Everyone! It's been awhile since my last update! Hope you are all doing good! Thanks for stopping by! Here are some of the things that have been happening since then.
I was in the studio with KYOSUKE HIMURO recording his new single "North of Eden" with producer Rob Cavallo. It is featured in the latest film by acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Miike entitled "Ware No Tate". Below is a clip of the single and a preview of the film:
Here is the trailer:
I had the pleasure of spending New Year's Eve in Japan playing with Himuro 2 sold out nights, Dec 30 and 31st, at Budokan!
Live audio recordings of the New Year's the shows are available here:
I have been playing drums for Smash Mouth. We recently got back from a fantastic two week tour of Australia, and have been performing regularly all over the US. This summer we will be touring as part of the Endless Summer tour with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball. Below is a clip from our recent performance on VH1. Come check it out the show if you are around!
The Vanity Machine remix of Adam Lambert's song "Trespassing" that I played on was released, here it is:
In addition, I have done some shows with Five for Fighting and have been in the studio with producer Tom Rothrock, Toots (of Toots and the Maytall's), Samantha Ronson, Katy Rose, producer Jimmy Messer, and Scarlette Fever (UK) with producer Tommy Farargher.
Take care everyone!
Best and thanks!
NEW HIMURO! Belinda Carlisle, Five for Fighting and Samantha Ronson - October 8, 2012
Hi everyone! Here's an update for you all! Hope you are all doing good!
I'm excitied to say I have been recording drums on some new HIMURO KYOSUKE recordings. Here is a clip of the new single "WARRIORS".
Here is a clip of a song entitled "Play Within A Play" from the "GOSPELS of JUDAS" project featuring HIMURO on vocals. This is the b-side to the new single.
Here is another new HIMURO song, "ENEMY'S INSIDE" featured in a Japanese Good Year Tire commercial.
Another song we recorded, "Bloody Moon", from the "GOSPELS OF JUDAS" project featuring HIMURO, is featured in the new video game "Yakuza 5". Here is a clip with the song in the background.
Belinda Carlisle: Last month I had the pleasure of doing some west coast shows with Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's. What a fantastic band and crew, a joy to work with. Here is a clip from the San Diego show of us playing "Our Lips are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat".
In the past few months I have done some concerts with Five For Fighting including a show in Grand Rapids, Michigan accompanied be a full orchestra. It was great evening of music. A big thank you to all the talented musicians, arrangers and our fantastic conductor Arnie for all of their hard work. Below is a photo from the show.
And..... We completed a residency with Samantha Ronson and the Undertakers at the Malibu Inn. Thank you to all who came to the shows! We hope to see you again soon! Below you can stream or download the album "Chasing the Reds" produced by my friend Jimmy Messer. I co-wrote track 7 "Promise" and track 9 "Half Awake (Meltdown)".
That's all for now! Take care everybody! Thanks and talk to you soon!
Leno w/ Meiko and..Vic Firth interview! - July 1, 2012
Hi Everyone! Here is a video clip from the performance with Meiko on the Tonight Show a few weeks ago!
Joe Testa form Vic Firth interviewed me earliar in the year at the NAMM show.
Check it out! (My inteview is around the 6:40 mark)
Thanks everybody! Take care and best!
Behind the scenes! - March 28, 2012
Recording drums with Kevin Hastings and Will Kennedy for the new Vanity Machine record at East West Studios in Los Angeles. Check it out! Thanks! どうも! Charlie!
NEW HIMURO DVD/BLU RAY!!! - February 7, 2012
This is the trailer for the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray Release of HIMURO'S "2010-2011Rock and Roll Suicide Tour" that I participated in. What a tour! Check it out! Take care! Charlie!
UPDATE 2011 wrap up! - February 2, 2012
Hello everyone! It has been a while since my last update!
February 2011 marked the end of the Kyosuke Himuro Borderless Tour.
6 months/51 shows!. The DVD comes out later this month.
Soon after the tour ended Himuro invited me into the studio to record the benifeit single “If you want”. We have also been working on some recordings for Himuro’s new album.
I have been doing some shows With Five for Fighting and Smash Mouth (subbing for Randy Cooke). Here is a clip of Five for fighting performing at the Heritage Classic in Calgary.
I have been playing with Liz Phair. Recently we performed in London. Here is a clip from a show At the Mountain Winery in Northern California.
I have been playing and recording with Concord records artist Meiko. Her record comes out this spring. https://www.facebook.com/meikomusic Check out a song from her upcoming album:
I was in the Studio with Vanguard artist Trevor Hall.
Take care and thanks!
NEW STUFF! Hello Everyone!! KONICHIWAAAA! - August 17, 2010
Hello Everyone, It's been a while! Here is some of what I've been up to this year!
First off, I am excited to say that I am about to embark on the KYOSUKE HIMURO"50x50 ROCK AND ROLL SUICIDE TOUR 2010/2011!" I am very proud to have played drums on HIMURO'S new record "BORDERLESS". A few of the tracks were recorded with producer and awesome musician Alain Johannes. (For tour info and dates go here http://www.himuro.com/index.html )
Also, recently I have been doing some T.V. shows and concerts with Enrique Iglesias. Here we are having a BLAST on the George Lopez Show performing Enrique's latest single "I Like It". Check it out!
Earliar in the year I recorded Spanish Artist Antonio Carmona's new record. I had the honor of working with Grammy and Emmy award winning producer and composer Gustavo Santaolalla. Here is the video for the first single "Bum Bum".
All of March I was touring in Australia with the great Colin Hay (Men at Work) in support of his newest release "American Sunshine". We played all over the country including a very inspired show at the Byron Bay Blues Festival. Colin has a DVD from our 2007 Australian tour "Colin Hay Live at The Corner Hotel" that has just been released. Check out the Trailer!
Just a few weeks ago I did a show with Five For Fighting in Chicago!
I played on track for my friend producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, James Blunt, Elliot Smith) who has been making some really cool club/house music lately.
And last but not least, Mylene Farmer's DVD "Stade de France" has been released. It was filmed in front of over 80,000 people!Here are a few clips:
OK! Big thanks everyone, I'll check into with you soon!
YO! Enrique, Rickie Lee, Mylène, Himuro, Colin Hay, Steve Stevens!! - December 2, 2009
Hello Hello Hello! Hope you're all doing great! In a nutshell, this past spring, summer, and fall have been filled with tours and shows with Mylène Farmer, Enrique Iglesias, Rickie Lee Jones, Kyosuke Himuro with Steve Stevens, and Colin Hay. Also, there are some new recordings I am on that I am really excited about!
N°5 on Tour - Mylène Farmer .
Balm in Gilead - Rickie Lee Jones
American Sunshine - Colin Hay.
And...Here are a couple clips of some recent stuff...
With Enrique Iglesias in Lara, Venezuela.
Here's a short clip with Rickie Lee Jones at the begining of the video
All the best! Take Care! Talk you soon!
HIMURO BUDOKAN DVD RELEASED! - August 5, 2009
and from a few years back w/ Everlast...
Italian Pop and Japan Rock! - February 17, 2009
First off, hope everyone is having a great New Year!
Some new stuff that I have played on has been released!
BINECKS have released there 3rd single "The Sun" featuring HIMURO bandmates Daita (guitar god) and Tessy (computer genuis) check it out!
I recorded the debut single for Italian Artist Enricco Bicchi on Sony Italy. This is produced by my good buddy Enrique Gonzales Muller!
Happy Holidays!!! and...HIMURO DVD! - December 26, 2008
Happy holidays to everyone! To an amazing 2009 for us all! Health and Happiness for the the new year!
Also......I am excited for the upcoming release of the HIMURO 20th anniversary tour DVD!!!!! Below is the trailer!!!!! (we rocked it hard! watch in High Quality mode if possible!)
ps. for those of you in Japan : NANDEYANEN!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!
Rickie Lee Jones! From the studio! - November 28, 2008
I spent the week before Thanksgiving at Red Star studios recording with Rickie Lee Jones. Here is a pic of the drums from some point during the sessions! I hope everyone had a great holiday!
BINECKS! - November 11, 2008
This is a clip of the video for the single "Real" by the band BINECKS. I recorded their new album in Japan while on tour with Himuro. BINECKS features Daita on Guitar and Tessey on Keys from Himuro's band! I had a great time making there record. Everyone in the band and staff were a pleasure to work with! Check it out! (and no, thats is not me in the video!)
Back from JAPAN!! - October 3, 2008
I am back in California! The Himuro tour was AWESOME! 3 months in Japan! Great shows, all sold out! Great people, good to see all of those from the 2007 tour again and great to meet new friends as well. Fun times, great shows, amazing food. Thank you to HIMURO, the band, the staff and all of the fans! Hope to see you all again!
I also had the honor of recording with the band BINECKS. BINECKS features DAITA from HImuro's band and Siam Shade on Guitar and Tessey from Himuro's band as well! The record will be released early 2009. (DAITA is a MONSTER gutiarist)
Coincedentally, the one and only Marie' Digby happened to be in Japan promoting the Japanese release of "Unfold" while I was there! I joined her on percussion for some promotional performances!
Also, I have been doing a video diary/update for Paiste Cymbals from japan!
Click here for the 1st installment:
I miss Japan, but it is good to be back in California!
Speak to you soon!
All the best !
HAPPINESS - July 14, 2008
My new e.p. will be done very soon!
Also.. very excited, the first show of the HImuro tour almost here!
Keep the Faith! - June 23, 2008
For those of you in Japan, you can hear me on the track "Keep the Faith" on HImuro's new greatest hits collection that was just released. You can also see me on tour with Himuro all over Japan this summer.
This is a clip from a few weeks ago w/ Marie Digby at the sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. (you can't see me though!)
WE ROCK. - June 10, 2008
HIMURO In The Mood Tour Trailer
I also added Marie' Digby's Video for "Say it Again" in the Drumming/Vids section.
Happiness - June 10, 2008
I put up a new demo on my myspace page of the song Happiness, I wrote and demoed it today, I also put another demo up, "You'll never leave this town" these songs will be on the new record I am making. Recording starts this week.
Check them out here www.myspace.com/charliepaxsonmusic.