Dan Duggins Health Update: 1 Year Later

April 27, 2010 was the day Dan Duggins life would forever be changed. Dan suffered a major brainstem stroke. For the past 15+ years Dan was a professional drummer, lived in the New York area and has been the drummer for Hot Rod Circuit, The Queen Killing Kings, Zigmat and more. Dan’s initial stroke symptoms were severe head pains, confusion, and numbness in his hands. Luckily, Dan was on his way to a gig and his band mate drove him to a local hospital. While waiting to be seen in the Emergency Room, Dan experienced seizures and was immediately admitted.

It was not initially recognized that Dan experienced a stroke, when in reality this is what Dan had. The introduction of the stroke was from a blot clot that traveled to his brainstem via a torn artery within his neck. At the onset of his stroke, Dan became what is known as “Locked in”. Locked in is a condition in which your brain is functioning and cognitive, but a person's body is not responsive. Dan was on life support, had a trachea implanted, and needed oxygen 24 hours a day. His outlook was grim, and the doctors were saying they didn’t expect him to live much longer. Many people who become locked in never recover, but after nearly two weeks Dan managed to break thru by moving his index finger on his left hand. Contrary to their belief, Dan hung in there and was transferred to a recovery unit where his vitals began to stabilize.

In June 2010 Dan was relocated to Richmond, VA, where his family lives. He spent the remainder of the summer at a local medical facility, where he was weaned off the ventilator and had the trachea removed. At this point Dan started his therapies. The light at the end of the tunnel appeared to be growing brighter; however, since Dan had no health insurance, he was discharged since he no longer needed 24 hour medical-care.

Dan, the Duggins family, and friends did not let this bring Dan's recovery process to halt. Dan is currently into a year of his recovery; he attends speech, occupational, and physical therapy three times a week at a local hospital. Dan is beginning to sound out words, can move all of his limbs (within limited motion), and his core muscles are used under Dan's control. He recently went to an eye specialist to help with his double vision, and the doctors are hopeful that with wearing special glasses his vision will return to normal. Recovery from this major stroke can take nearly a decade and not one doctor can define what recovery truly means.

You can follow Dan's recovery process on the Dan Duggins Trust Facebook Page for details. If you want to send him a note please send it to him at 4317 Joseph Drive, Glen Allen, VA. 23060 or you can e-mail Dan on the trust page. Dan is also available to Skype through the help of our father, Tom Duggins. You can set up a session by emailing Tom at ctduggins@verizon.net .

A PayPal account has been opened for donations. All of the donations from this account will go directly to paying Dan’s medical bills. For those wishing to donate, the account email is dandugginstrust@gmail.com.

There will be more benefit events coming up, so please keep checking back at the Dan Duggins Trust Facebook Page for details.

The Duggins Family would like to thank every person for his or her thoughts and support during the treacherous travel down a long and windy road.


-Stephen Duggins



 Nothing will keep Dan from drums!
Stephen (left) and Dan Duggins (right)

Dan with The Queen Killing Kings:

Dan with Zigmat: 

Dan with Hot Rod Circuit:



Posted by Chad on Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:11 PM

Pixies' David Lovering Joins Vater Family

Vater Welcomes Pixies Drummer David Lovering to the Artist Family.



David Lovering is an American musician and magician. He is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band Pixies, which he joined in 1986. After the band’s breakup in 1993, Lovering drummed with several other acts, including The Martinis, Cracker, Nitzer Ebb and Tanya Donelly. He also pursued a magic career as The Scientific Phenomenalist; performing scientific and physics-based experiments on stage.

As a drummer Lovering was inspired by bands from a variety of genres, including Rush and Steely Dan. Author Ben Sisario described him as the “great unacknowledged anchor” of the Pixies, and stated that his unique influences gave “a precision and versatility essential to following Black Francis’s songwriting quirks”.


"The Pixies have had such a major influence on many of today's top alternative rock bands." said Chad Brandolini (Vater's Director of Artist Relations). "David Lovering has been using the Vater 5A's for years now, so we're very excited to officially welcome him into the Vater Family!"


A few words from his peers: 


"From the first time I heard the opening drums on the Pixies 'Bone Machine' I became a fan of David Lovering. His style is unique and musical. I've logged a lot of hours listening to his drumming on those Pixies records and have always found his parts and approach to drumming fresh and exciting." -Josh Freese (Devo/A Perfect Circle/Weezer) 


"No one else sounds like David Lovering. He has his own "thing," and it's genius. I just saw the Pixies at the Ryman in Nashville recently and it was as powerful and as fresh as ever. I'm proud to be in the Vater family with him." -Fred Eltringham (KD Lang)


"No Pixies, No Boston Rock. No David Lovering, No Pixies...No Boston Rock. Dave Lovering is a Great Drummer!" -Mike Levesque (Seven Mary Three/Independent)


"David Lovering is one of rocks most underrated drummers. His drumming screams precision and taste."-Jose Medeles (The Breeders/1939 Ensemble)



About the Pixies:

The Pixies formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group consists of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, vocals), and David Lovering (drums). While the Pixies found only modest success in their home country, they were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, although never achieving prolonged mainstream success with their studio albums. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004.

The group has been described as a big influence on the alternative rock boom of the 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them. Avowed fan Kurt Cobain's acknowledgement of the debt his band Nirvana owed to the Pixies, along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, helped the Pixies' legacy and popularity grow in the years following their break-up, leading to sold-out tours following their reunion in 2004.

In the 11 years following the break-up, rumors sometimes circulated regarding a reunion. Though Frank Black steadfastly dismissed them, he did begin to incorporate an increasing number of Pixies songs in his sets with The Catholics, and occasionally included Santiago in his solo work and Lovering's magic show as an opening act to concerts.

In 2003, a series of phone calls between band members resulted in some low-key rehearsals, and soon to a decision to reunite. By February 2004, a full tour was announced, and tickets for nearly all the initial tour dates sold out within minutes. The band's four night run at London's Brixton Academy was the fastest selling in the venue's 20 year history.

The Pixies played their first reunion concert on April 13, 2004 at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a warmup tour through the U.S. and Canada was followed by an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band then spent much of 2004 touring throughout Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the U.S. The 2004 reunion tour reportedly grossed over $14 million in ticket sales.

In June 2004, the band released a new single, "Bam Thwok" exclusively on the iTunes Music Store. The song reached number one in the UK Official Download Chart. 4AD released Wave of Mutilation: The Best of Pixies, along with a companion DVD, entitled Pixies. The band also contributed a rendition of "Ain't That Pretty At All" to the Warren Zevon tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich. The band continued to make appearances through 2006 and 2007, culminating in their first-ever appearances in Australia.

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Doolittle, the Pixies launched a tour in October 2009, in which all the album's songs and B-sides would be played. The tour began in Europe, continued in the United States in November, with Australia, New Zealand, and more European dates in spring 2010, and back to North America in autumn 2010 and into spring 2011.


The Pixies Live:

Here Comes Your Man

Where is My Mind


Wave of Mutilation

loudQUIETloud: A FILM ABOUT THE PIXIES - Official Trailer

Posted by Chad on Monday, April 25, 2011 12:04 PM

Vater Artist News


Didi Negron has a new web site up at didinegron.com



Anthony Steele will be touring this summer with J. Holiday.  


The 2011 Modern Drummer Festival is right around the corner! You can catch Vater Artists Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts) and Trevor Lawrence Jr. both performing at the show. moderndrummer.com for more info.


Dana Spellman and Hurtsmile will be hitting the road soon. hurtsmile.com for more dates added soon. Dates confirmed so far include:

May 13-The Cube-Delaware

May 14-M3 Festival-Maryland

June 2-House Of Blues-Los Angeles, CA (opening for Cinderella)

June 3-Club Red-Phoenix, AZ

June 4-Casino Del Sol-Tuscon, AZ

June 24-Bottom Line-Nagoya, Japan

June 25-Redbox-Kurasiki, Japan

June 26-Caravan Sary-Kochi, Japan

June 27-Big Cat-Osaka, Japan

June 28-Radio Promo-Sendai, Japan

June 29-Enn 2-Sendai, Japan

June 30-O East-Tokyo, Japan

July 2-STB 139-Tokyo, Japan

July 22-BB Kings-NY, NY

July 23-Showcase Live-Foxboro,MA


Hurtsmile's video for "Just War Theory":

Jen Lowe will be playing drums for the 2008 Tony Award Winning musical "Passing Strange" from May 1-22nd. in Boston, MA. The show will be at the Arsenal Theater and more info can be found here: newrep.org/passing_strange.php

The trailer for the documentary about Nathan Followill and Kings of Leon has been released.

Talihina Sky - The Story of Kings of Leon Official Movie Trailer:



Kim Thompson's debut album, "Like Clockwork", can be purchased here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/like-clockwork/id401451531

Kim is also currently raising money to help funding for the Pattonville High School Drum Line Summer Program for 2011. Donations can be made through her site at www.kimthompson.net



Brian Tichy is on tour with Whitesnake. Whitesnake's new album, "Forevermore" entered the Billboard Charts at #48.

Whitesnake's video for "Love Will Set you Free":



Chris Johnson in in rehearsals for another world-wide arena tour with Rihanna. Like Chris, Rihanna rocks the Vater 3A's on the drums!



Will Hunt is in the studio working on the new Evanescence album.


Danny Thompson and Face to Face will release "Laugh Now, Laugh Later" on May 17, 2011.

Posted by Chad on Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:58 AM

Branden Steineckert Update

Update from Vater Artist Branden Steineckert (Rancid)

Live Online Performance: April 9, 2011


"My project "Apocalypse Radio" is releasing a live performance and documentary online this Saturday. We've got a brand new website that we've teamed up with a pretty rad company to be able to do a multi-angle HD live performance (that we shot on March 6th) and viewers can register for $1.99 to watch it unlimited, high quality sound/video and the viewer can select which of the many camera angles they want to watch from at anytime in real time without interrupting the show.

We also have a 20min documentary about the band/project that people can get for only $0.99 (if people register for both they also get a free live download of our song "Lost Souls"). Pre-registration is available now at our website: www.Radio801.com and the show will release this Saturday, April 9th 2011

"Apocalypse Radio" released a new self titled album on Nov 30th 2010. "Apocalypse Radio" is myself along with my best friend Brian Patchett. He and I write, perform everything ourselves. I play drums on the whole album, we both play guitar, sing, and we both played bass on all the songs. I personally recorded, engineered, produced and mixed the entire album myself. It was a lot of work but very rewarding!! We released it by ourselves through iTunes and our online store on our site. We've just arranged with Hot Topic to be the exclusive retailer of our cd too. We've worked really hard on this project doing it all 100% independent, by ourselves.

Our live performance features our good friend Atom Willard (Angels & Airwaves) on drums and Drew Hamnett (The Trademark) on bass while Brian and I sing/play guitar. This online performance will be cool because with our "live" line up, it makes it very hard for this band to tour properly due to everyones careers, etc. So with this we can bring the event right to people in the comfort of their own home."

Hope you get to check it out!


-Branden Steineckert






Posted by Chad on Thursday, April 07, 2011 3:01 PM

Modern Drummer Review

Check out the review of some of Vater's new models in the May 2011 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine on page 24. Modern Drummer reviewed the new Mike Johnston 2451, Chris Pennie, Chris McHugh, Big Mike Clemons, and Cora Coleman-Dunham Vater Player's Design models. Also reviewed is the Swing, Bamboo Splashstick and Bambooo Splashstick Slim models.




Posted by Chad on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:29 PM

Chris Fehn of Slipknot Joins Vater!

Vater is happy to welcome percussionist Chris Fehn aka #3 of the iconic metal band Slipknot to the Vater Artist Family.

You can catch Chris with his Vater Rock Wood Tip sticks and T-4 Mallets live this summer with Slipknot.



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