Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rush: Neil Peart featured in FREE digital magazine, iDrum

Rush fans will absolutely want to check this out.

LickLibrary has announced the launch of iDrum - the world’s first truly interactive magazine for drummers. iDrum magazine is free of charge and contains news, reviews, lessons and hours of video content. View issue 1 here at

iDrum has been created by a team led by industry veteran editor Ian Croft. The launch issue of iDrum features part one of an exclusive in-depth 40-minute video interview with Rush’s Neil Peart, together with exclusive images from the current ‘Time Machine’ tour. Other video interviews include Derrick Mckenzie (Jamiroquai), Gil Sharone (Dillinger Escape Plan) and legendary British drummer Jon Hiseman. You also get exclusive footage of Simon Phillips and Gavin Harrison preparing for their Guitar Center ‘Drum-Off’ duet.

Issue one features literally hours of interactive drum tuition with outstanding teachers like Pete Lockett, Jamie Borden and Jungle Drummer. Some of the finest schools from the UK and the USA will guide you through a variety of musical styles and skill levels, imparting their knowledge in a number of different ways. These new tutorial videos will allow you to pause, rewind, or skip, as you need. All in all it’s like having one-to-one lessons, in the format of your choice in the comfort of your own room, when you want and with downloadable PDF charts.

iDrum filmed Brian Tichy’s John Bonham Tribute at the Galaxy Theatre in LA – The Groove Remains The Same - featuring ten world-class drummers. Coverage of Sabian Live, staring Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music, with special guest appearance from Jojo Mayer and sensational Latin band Sinverguenza, featuring Wally Reyes Jr., Ray Islas and their All Star Band is also included: All this is available to watch in issue 1.

The product and gear review section is bought to life by integrated multi-media video journalism. Not only do you get an in-depth look at gear coming to stores near you over the coming year, but you can hear how it sounds too. Newly released CD and DVD releases are reviewed helping you to make a better judgement when shopping. Better still, you don’t have to put the magazine down, simply click through and find out where it is available, or even order directly.

iDrum’s first issue will include the most comprehensive video round-up of the 2011 NAMM show available on the net. With iDrum’s in depth video reports you are able to view industry product specialists talking about the gear on show, as well as see and listen to artists such as Jojo Mayor discussing his new Sabian Omni cymbals.

As if that wasn’t enough, the first issue will also feature a massive competition, giving readers the extraordinary opportunity to win the ultimate Neil Peart package. Worth in excess of $15,000, this piece of drumming history includes a set of four of Neil’s favourite DW touring snares in a red velvet-lined road-style display case, plus a set of Sabian Paragon Cymbals and a brick of Neil’s custom designed ProMark sticks. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own some seriously collectable Neil Peart signature products, all you need to do to enter is subscribe for FREE!

With over 150 pages iDrum fills a huge gap in the market giving the reader a unique opportunity to engage directly with the magazine’s content. Pages can be shared with fellow players, links can be posted and content sent directly to them on social media channels. Initially, iDrum appears like a print magazine, but you soon appreciate that the online magazine constantly changes as you interact with it, providing a better visual experience, with clearer text and images making it far more informative, exciting and ultimately inspiring.

iDrum is free and easy to use - to check out the first issue, click here

iDrum magazine – debut issue promo (2011)

See also:

Rush: Caravan/B2UB vinyl single set for Record Store Day
Rush: Limited-edition Sabian cymbal pack signed by Neil Peart
Rush: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of ‘Moving Pictures’ due April 5
Rush: Gibson launches Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess guitar
Rush documentary wins Golden Reel Award