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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.




Michelle – Die Ultimative Best Of Live

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.,k:B013TSVGQG%20%7C%20B013TSVJFY%20%7C%20B013TSVJCC%20%7C%20B013TSVJOU&site-redirect=de&tag=kochuniversalmusic02-21&url=search-alias%3Daps



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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.



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.

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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.

More information on tour dates can be found here –„Farbenspiel%20Live“%20Stadion-Tournee%202015




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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!

For my German speaking friends the tour dates can be found here – 

Hope to see you on the road my friends. Stay well and be nice to one and other.



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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 –

Be sure to check Ben’s Facebook page for more updates, videos and info of life on the road.

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Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Sorry for the silence recently via my web blog. It’s been a busy time at Stone towers or rather on numerous planes and tour buses!

A few months back I had the pleasure of working with a great singer by the name of Leona Lewis originally of X-Factor fame. Since being on that show she has carved an incredible career for herself and had many hit songs. She has recently signed a new deal with Island records so I’m interested to hear what she’ll be doing artistically for the next album. It was a pleasure to have been asked onboard to play drums with her in Berlin and we had a great time bashing the tunes into shape. Originally I was booked for an acoustic show but we did some acoustic versions of some of her hits and a few covers, then a whole bunch of fully produced tunes from her back catalogue. I was actually quite shocked as to how professional Leona was and how she is a stickler for the details much like myself. I had kind of expected her to be what you would expect a typical X-Factor (new to fame) pop star to be like… all about the designer clothes and diva attitude and less about the music and how to craft  a show into something that is entertaining, musically respectable and honest. Leona was a true pro and spent a long time working on vocal parts and making sure she was happy with the vocal arrangements. We had a lot to do in a very very short space of time which is not new and I’m used to that but it was a lot of fun for me and the rest of the band…and I hope for her too. The show came together and was a good mix of acoustic and full band music which I hope we did justice to?

I played cajon / shakers and tambourine on the acoustic tracks which were kindly supplied by my percussion company AA Meinl who are based in Germany. Man…these percussion instruments always sound great which is why I use them and the range of shakers are just out of this world. I have a lot of shakers in my gear stores and always enjoy choosing the right one for various situations. I love that I can get so many different textures from them. Sad I know but I love shakers! I used the SH8BK and the Luis Conte signature SH4BK shakers on this gig along with a CAJ3MB-M cajon with a sure Beta 91 inside and an SM57 on the front. Along with these I used a mounted TMT2-BK and an incredible Artisan AE-MTA2B hand tambourine. The artisan stuff is just the best! Along side my percussion I had a small DW Collecters series kit with Remo coated ambassadors, my Zildjian cymbals and signature Vater sticks/splash sticks.

Although we’d known each other for a few years it was only my second time working with danish guitarist Peter Honoré. The first time was with Brian McFadden for a one off show in London which again was very little prep time and a full show of 25+ songs with only one day rehearsal! There is a pattern forming I can see it!! Anyway, it was a real treat working with Pete and indeed the rest of the great line-up of musicians on this gig. I especially enjoyed the company of the bass player 😉

The band were –

Leona Lewis (Artist)

Luke Juby (Piano/MD)

Peter Honoré (Guitar/Ambience)

Marizia Skeete (BV’s)

Charlotte Mckay (BV’s)

Logic (Bass/clicks & pops)

Ben Stone (Drums/Percussion)

Here are some pics from Rehearsal and the after party which was a lot of fun as you can see. Catch you soon on the road and thanks for visiting my site.


Leona Lewis 2014

Luke Juby doing his MD thing


Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014


Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014


Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014

Leona Lewis 2014



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image image image image imageI’m sitting on a train traveling back home writing this after having just done a one off show with Sir Tom Jones on the 8th March 2014 in Moscow, Russia. Actually only the second show Tom has done in 2014. It was such a great pleasure to play and spend time with the legendary singer again after a break of 18 months since the last show I did with him in Dallas, Texas.

Moscow which I’d never travelled to before this show, was an interesting place. I can safely say I would not want to travel back there for anything other than a tour but I had a blast and was put up in an incredibly swanky luxury hotel/village which is never a bad thing in my book!

The band for this gig consisted of some of the finest musicians I know and we had a great time performing and having fun on and off stage as I always do with these great people.

I hope to upload some video footage soon of some of our performances. Keep a look out for this in the coming weeks.

It’s about time for some sleep now. See ya at a show soon.


The Tom Jones band in Moscow where –

Trevor Mires – Trombone

Henry Collins – Trumpet

Francis Walden – Saxophone

Jamie Moses – Guitar/Vocals

Alex Meadows – Bass

Sam Grimley – Keys/Guitar/Vocals

Christoph Papendieck – Keys/Vocals

Sophie Hiller – Background Vocals

Laura Critchley – Background Vocals

Ben Stone – Drums



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I’m pleased to say that towards the end of 2013 I finished recording drums & percussion on the debut solo album from James Walsh entitled “Turning Point”.  The album from the ex-Starsailor front man will be out on the 7th April 2014.

I hope you all buy and enjoy the album as much as I did playing on it. James is an incredibly talented song writer and I wish him all the best with what I believe is a stand out record for 2014.


This is from James’s blog –

In April I am taking ‘Turning Point’ on the road around the UK and can’t wait to get back out there and play you all my new stuff that I have been working on. The Album release date has now been moved back to 7th April but guys don’t worry it is all for a good cause! I have some special guests up my sleeve and I want to make sure everything is perfect for you all.

Tickets are now on sale for my April tour, details below:

6th April- Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
7th April- King Tuts, Glasgow
8th April- Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10th April- Deaf Institute, Manchester
11th April- Bodega, Nottingham
13th April- Thekla, Bristol
15th April- Bush Hall, London
16th April- Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Thanks again for all your support, 2014 is going to be a great year and I can’t wait to share Turning Point with you all.

To pre-order Turning Point you can pledge on PledgeMusic 



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Ben has been busy writing and recording for various TV ads/programs recently. Some of these examples can be previewed on his SoundCloud page. Ben says his SoundCloud page is primarily a way for various TV program and TV promo producers to preview a selection of his work with a view to using it or commissioning new pieces.

Ben offers the full recording/production package from initial compositional ideas through to the finished mastered piece of music. Drawing upon some of the worlds best session players if needed or taking care of the whole process in house, Ben can deliver the highest quality in a verity of formats to suit your needs.

Should you wish to use any of Ben’s music please don’t hesitate to get in contact with him via the Book Ben page of his website.



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