The long awaited and much talked about return of Phil Collins to the stage is set to be a huge spectacle taking in some amazing venues two of which are the Aviva stadium in Dublin and Hyde Park, London.
Joining Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins on the bill are Blondie (Dublin & Hyde Park), NPG-New Power Generation (Hyde Park), Starsailor (Hyde Park) and KC & The Sunshine Band (Hyde Park).
Above: Ben Stone & Mike Rutherford at Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary festival in Rome.
Above: Mike+The Mechanics pre-show selfie in Germany
Ben will be back playing with Welsh female rock legend Bonnie Tyler during 2017 for a couple of dates on her current tour. Ben is covering for her regular drummer Alex Toff on dates in Chile and Lebanon during 2017.
Ben tours with German Universal Music recording artist “Michelle” for 29 date European tour.
Michelle made her comeback in 2015 with “The Hits” tour after a lengthy hiatus. Michelle then went onto become a judge on the German TV show DSDS (German Pop Idol). Now she is back in 2017 with a 29 date live show covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Ben is playing drums and singing a little on this tour which finishes on the 19th March in Cottbus.
BENSTONEOFFICIAL.COM is very pleased to announce that the new Hornal album is out now on all major platforms.
Entitled “The Game Begins With The Lights Out” which is a lyric from the first track on the album “Staring At The Sky” which has been co-written by Ben.
“The Game Begins With The Lights Out” sees Ben’s old bandmate the multi-talented Iain Hornal collaborate with some heavy weight artists to bring his incredible album to life! Featured artists include – Sophie Elli-Bextor, Graham Gouldman (10cc), Kevin Godley (10cc/Godley&Creme), Billington & Quinn, Mike Stevens (Take That, ELO), Anna Krantz, Dan Gillespie (The Feeling) and Ceiran Jeremiah (The Feeling).
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So it’s been a while since I put an update on here…my apologies! The good news is I’ve been incredibly busy since my last update. During 2016 I launched my remote sessions service officially. After doing remote sessions for years I made it public and it’s been going great with more and more independant artists using my services to record live acoustic drums and electronic drums / programming. More details here: Remote Drum Sessions I recorded a couple of country records which are due for release this year and have more music waiting to be recorded for 2017.
I also took on the job of Musical Director for the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham for their Christmas Pantomime. Lots of programming and writing as well as charts for the band and I also played drums for the 7 week run. We had a lot of fun and broke box office records from previous years with over 42,000 coming through the doors to see the show over the 7 weeks.
5 days off with the family on a short break then straight into rehearsals for the current tour I’m on. After her come back tour in 2015 which I played, German artist “Michelle” has returned with a 29 date tour of Europe for which I’m playing drums and doing a bit of singing. We rehearsed in Gaga Studios Hamburg again run by a great chap called Hans Jurgen. He is a top guy and runs a great recording studio, details here: http://www.gagastudio.eu
After a busy 2015 on the road with European artists Helene Fischer and Michelle, 2016 sees Ben appear on the DVD/Blue-ray/Album releases from these shows.
Helene Fischer’s Farbenspiel Live Die Stadion Tournee played to over 1 Million people during the tour and covered almost every major stadium in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Denmark
Helene Fischer – Farbenspiel Live Die Stadion Tournee
With over 2 million sales of her last album Helene Fischer is at the top of her game so it’s no surprise that the lavish production of the Farbenspiel Live tour was the most succesful in the history of german music! Ben played electronic and acoustic percussion for the stadium tour and appears on the incredibly succesful live DVD, Blue-ray and live double album recorded at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. Ben would like to thank all of his tour sponsors for their incredible support and commitment. A big thank you to Zildjian, DW drums, Meinl Percussion, Remo drum heads, Vater drumsticks, Roland V-Drums, Protection Racket cases, 1964Audio iem’s, Groove Juice cymbal cleaner and Replay clothing.
After a few year hiatus Michelle comes back with a new album and best of tour for her loyal fans. Die Ultimative Best Of Live Tour covered Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium playing some of the most beautiful concert venues these countries has to offer. The live DVD and album recorded in Berlin brought together some of her best and most loved hits in one show. Ben played both acoustic and electronic drums for this tour as well as a neat little percussion set-up for the acoustic spot which also saw him take lead vocals for a song. Ben would like to thank all of his tour sponsors for their incredible support and commitment. A big thank you to Zildjian, DW drums, Meinl Percussion, Remo drum heads, Vater drumsticks, Roland V-Drums, Protection Racket cases, 1964Audio iem’s, Groove Juice cymbal cleaner and All Saints clothing.
Ben has been busy during the later part of 2015 songwriting and producing songs at his studio with R&B artist Andrew Roachford. One of the songs entitled Having You Around which was written and produced by Ben along with Andrew and David Smith will appear on the new Andrew Roachford album Encore due for release on the 11th March and available for pre-order now. During the recording/production process Ben played a number of the instruments on Having You Around. These included Drums, Bass, Guitar, all important claps and programming. Having You Around is the only original song on Encore, an album of covers which sees Andrew paying homage to some of the artists and songs he loves.
IT’S LIKE MOTOWN DOWN IN WALES WORKING WITH THESE GUYS. Andrew Roachford 2016.
Ben will be writing and producing more during 2016 as well as playing live shows during the summer with various European artists. If you are interested in working with Ben as a writer/producer/musician or musical director please get in touch via the contact page HERE stating what kind of work you have in mind and Ben will get back to you as soon as possible.
THE HELENE FISCHER BAND WILL PLAY TO OVER 1,000,000 PEOPLE BY THE END OF THE SUMMER TOUR 2015
Ben is currently on tour playing percussion with Germany’s biggest female star Helene Fischer. Covering 25 stadium dates finishing in July, the all star band line up will play to over 1,000,000 people by the time the summer tour comes to an end.
Keep up with what Ben is doing via social media and look out for footage being added to his drum cam youtube channel.
Back on tour during February/March with Universal artist “Michelle”
Hello all you lovely people on the web and social media sites if you’ve followed a link from my various feeds such as FB, Twitter or Instagram! Welcome to my first update on the site in 2015!!! Just a little update really as I’m prepping to go back out on the road. Last year I toured briefly with a big German artist called Helene Fischer playing percussion (lots of it!) but this time I’m back on drums with a German artist called ” Michelle”. I’ll be honest…I don’t know a lot about this artist but it’s a pop show so I’m planning on using a hybrid kit made up from DW acoustic drums and Roland V-Drums. I love them both equally just like a father loves his kids favouring neither one more than the other. It’s the only way to view it in my opinion. Dance drums just sound better on the machines that make that sound and rock tunes sound better with loud ass acoustic drums! I get the best of both worlds with DW and Roland. The tour is short but should be a lot of fun and a lot of programming judging from my preliminary listenings of the material! I’ll be working with Musical Director Christoph Papendieck again on this which is always such a great pleasure. He is like a machine on the board of keys! In a good way of course! Plus he’s worked with such a great array of amazing artists and sets the bar high which I like. Oh… I forgot to mention I’ll also be playing acoustic guitar and singing on this tour. I know, I know I should stick to the drums but they wanted an average guitarist who can’t sing and I said instantly ‘I’m your man!’ Haha!
Ben has joined one of Germany’s biggest stars Helene Fischer on percussion
Ben has joined one of Germany’s biggest stars Helene Fischer on percussion duties covering for an absent Gary Wallis during the Farbenspiel tour. Ben joined the huge pop show during production rehearsals to take over for the opening week of the tour Whilst Gary was in Australia with Sir Tom Jones. Ben is looking forward to playing more shows with Helene Fischer in the future. Check out the tour dates at –