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BEN IS CURRENTLY TOURING WITH HELENE FISCHER IN EUROPE

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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.

More information on tour dates can be found here – http://www.helene-fischer.de/termine/„Farbenspiel%20Live“%20Stadion-Tournee%202015

 

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FEBRUARY 2015 TOUR UPDATE – “MICHELLE” – GERMANY

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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 – http://www.semmel.de/de/suche/?wpf_crawler=Michelle 

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

BS.

LEONA LEWIS IN BERLIN 2014

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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.

BS.

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Luke Juby doing his MD thing

 

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BEN SIGNS ENDORSEMENT DEAL WITH CYMBAL GIANT AVEDIS ZILDJIAN.

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After many years of using Zildjian cymbals Ben has signed an international endorsement deal with the cymbal giant. Zildjian create some of the finest cymbals in the world which is one of the reasons so many of the worlds top drummers use them.

I am so pleased to be associated with such a fine company who’s instruments I’ve been using for my whole career as a drummer and percussionist. Tina and the team are first class and Ihope we get to work together for many years to come.

You can check out Ben’s Zildjian set-up at www.zildjian.com/Artists/S/Ben-Stone.

Above: Ben’s Set-up for Sir Tom Jones during the “Praise & Blame World Tour” 2011.

BEN SWITCHES TO DW DRUMS.

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After almost 10 years with Tama drums Ben has made the Switch to Drum Workshop drums ahead of his US tour with Sir Tom Jones. Through a series of chance meetings and certain other factors, Ben made the switch and is said to be totally at home with such a great and forward thinking company.

After playing a friends kit on a tour I was blown away by the sound and feel of DW’s drums under my stick. I’d not felt like that about any of my kits in the past although I didn’t know it at the time. I had know the guys from DW for a while in the UK and so it was a chance conversation that made me float the idea of me playing these fine instruments. Their answer was a resounding yes and they welcomed me into the DW family. I have never felt more at home with a company that always goes the extra mile for me wherever I am in the world. The finishes rock too :-). BS.

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