A Throne With A View: Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler Gives A Drum Clinic In Nashville
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Let’s be honest: Instrument workshops or clinics are usually either self-indulgent, all about show, or strictly educational. You’ve got your Michael Angelo Batio types who think a four-necked guitar is just the coolest thing and can’t wait to start noodling for the crowd. You’ve got your Tim Yeung (Vital Remains, Divine Heresy) types that like to show off ridiculous dexterity and muscle control to the max. You’ve even got your Melissa Cross types, which are mostly educational.
That’s not saying they’re not amazing at what they do, but rarely do you see a musician who checks their ego at the door, talks about their career instead of their techniques, plays more obscure songs, and doesn’t try to instruct everyone in the audience. The drummer from Grammy-nominated American heavy metal titans Lamb of God, Chris Adler, did just that.
"A Throne with A View" is the name given to this clinic tour in support of Adler’s career, Mapex drums, and Meinl cymbals. In February, Adler had a few words for MetalUnderground.com regarding the tour and more in an interview.
It was a cold night in Nashville on Monday, March 7th, but a crowd was already formed in front of Rocketown half an hour before the doors opened. This clinic was sponsored by local mom-and-pop-type drum shop, Fork’s Drum Closet. During the clinic, Adler spoke about the importance of supporting mom-and-pop music stores from his experiences with them. Mostly, Adler condensed sixteen years of his existence within Lamb of God into just over an hour of stage time, performing nine Lamb of God songs in the process and explaining his motivation behind the parts that he writes.
It was a unique experience for attendees, because Adler did more talking than playing. Adler even quipped, "It’s not often you give a drummer the microphone!" More inspirational than instructional, but certainly heavy as hell and informative, the clinic also highlighted Adler’s new Mapex "Blaster" kit and the story behind his Mapex and Meinl cymbal endorsements. This was a chance for fans of his drumming to actually meet the man and step into his headspace for a bit. Afterwards, he stuck around to answer questions personally and sign autographs.
Adler is a natural story-teller, and the crowd very much appreciated the stories behind the Lamb of God albums, other drummers, and his own playing. These are the remaining dates on the tour – Catch it if you can.
3/08 Kansas City, MO at Explorers Percussion
3/09 Memphis, TN at Memphis Drum Shop
3/10 Kenner, LA at Ray Fransen Drum Shop
3/14 Plainview, NY at Original Long Island Drum Center
3/15 Portland, ME at Drum Shop
3/16 Hollywood, FL at Resurrection Drums
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