The Event, following on from the fun of last year's afternoon at the Hard Rock, was attended by many of Zildjian's UK Artists together with industry friends, including associates from the UK's Drum Media (Rhythm magazine and Drummer magazine), representatives from Yamaha Drums and DW Drums, friends from UK Hire Companies, including John Henry from John Henrys Ents, Richard Rayner (Mike Dolbear Young Drummer of the Year 2009 winner), Yard Gavrilovic ('supertech' to Steve Gadd and Ginger Baker) and our very special friends from Cato Music Ltd (Zildjian's UK Artist Outlet) Glen Rowe and Woody.
The Artist Session was hosted by Tina Clarke - International Artist Relations Manager and Bob Wiczling - International Marketing Manager, together with colleagues from Head Office, John DeChristopher - Vice President, Artist Relations and Event Marketing Worldwide and Brad Baker - CEO Marketing Worldwide. Everyone was treated to the wonderful rock n roll hospitality so synonymous with the Hard Rock Cafe organisation and at the same time given the opportunity to see and play all of the latest Zildjian cymbal and drumsticks offerings, including some exciting proto-types cymbals which are due for release very soon! The prize once again for the longest distance travelled to attend the Artist Session went to Russell Gair, Russell travelled to London from the Shetland Isles, Scotland, some 1700 miles return!
Other Artists in attendance included: Steve Alexander, Richard Bailey, Brian Bennett (The Shadows), Ed Bicknell, Rob Bloomfield (Does It Offend You, Yeah), Graham Broad, Richard Brook (Go West), Luke Bullen (KT Tunstall) Ben Carringon (The Thrills), Pete Cater (The Pete Cater Big Band), Paul Clavis, Joe Crabtree, Emily Davies (The Hours), Guy Davis (Reuben), Kevin Earley (Royal Ballet Sinfonia), Laura Fares (Sam Sparro), Paul Francis, Russell Gair, Fergus Gerrand, Davide Giovannini, Lisa Gordon, Alun Harris, Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Geoff Helmsley, Bob Henrit (The Kinks), Carlos Hercules (George Michael/Beverley Knight), Preston Heyman, Memby Jago (Ghost Of A Thousand), Evan Jenkins (Neil Crowley Trio), Bob Knight (Charlotte Church/Alison Moyet), Vinnie Lammi (Spice Girls), Jim McDermott, James Mack, Gary Marshall, John Marter (SAS Band), Ian Matthews (Kasabian), Perry Melius (Billy Ocean), Simon Merry, Nick Millard (Kooks), Mark Mondesir, Ian Mosley (Marillion), Lea Mullen (Happy Mondays), Cherisse Ofosu-Osei (Mika), Gary Powell (Dirty Pretty Things), Keith Prior, Mark Pusey, Matthew Racher (Kylie Minogue), Mike Richardson (Elkie Brooks), Dave Ruffy, Chuck Sabo, Brett Sawmy, Phil Soloman, Paul Smith, Spike T Smith (T4 Project), Joe Spurgeon (The Horrors), Crispin Taylor, Andy Treacey (Faithless), Marcelo Vig (Patrick Wolf), Javier Weyler (Stereophonics), Woody Woodmansey (David Bowie's Spiders From Mars), Danny Woodmansey and Colin Woolway (Drumsense).
Check out some photo highlights below: