Yamaha Drums and Guitar Center have announced a very special series of West Coast clinics/workshops featuring Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, BLACKGATES). These FREE workshops will give you a chance to see one of trash/metal drumming’s greatest up close and personal plus learn more about Yamaha Drums with Yamaha artist relations manager Greg Crane. There will also be question-and-answer time with Paul along with specials on all Yamaha Drums and hardware the night of the event.
June 04 – Guitar Center – Emeryville, CA (7:00 p.m.)
June 06 – Guitar Center – Las Vegas, NV (7:00 p.m.)
June 07 – Guitar Center – San Marcos, CA (7:00 p.m.)
June 08 – Guitar Center – Lake Forest, CA (7:00 p.m.)
June 09 – Guitar Center – West Los Angeles, CA (1:00 p.m.)
For more information, visit the Yamaha Drums Facebook page.
Bostaph quit TESTAMENT in December to focus on BLACKGATES, the new East San Francisco Bay Area/New York metal outfit also featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson and guitarist Jeremy Epp (THE VENTING MACHINE).
Bostaph previously stated about BLACKGATES‘s musical direction, “Our sound is drawn from all of our influences. Mostly, we don’t want to be a thrash metal band, although we draw from that genre as well. There is something in our music for everyone. Heavy grooves, good hooks and Dan‘s killer pipes. I think we have an independent sound that will stand on its own.”
In a September 2011 interview with the “Metal Zone” host Nikki Blakk on the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone, Bostaph stated about the “serious injury” which has forced him to sit out the recording sessions for TESTAMENT‘s new studio album and not be able to take part in any touring activities with the band, “I have a rehearsal studio of my own, and [back in March] I finished rehearsing and there was some equipment stacked around my drum set that, when I rehearse sometimes, I keep that studio a little dark… which is always good except for when you can’t see what you are walking around. And I tripped over some stuff on the floor, fell, and subsequently, a couple of hours later, I had a lump on my wrist. I wasn’t sure what it was and I went into physical therapy and the lump had caused tendonitis, so it kept me off the drum set for a while. And I just have had the lump removed. And what it turned out to be was I was born with what they call an extensor muscle that was attached to my index finger of my right hand, which is an extra muscle. They removed the muscle, the tendonitis is gone. Now I’m just recovering from the surgery, so as soon as I do that, I’ll be back behind the kit again.”