earl Drums is extremely proud to welcome a stellar new member to their famed Artist Roster, drummer JOE RICKARD!
Joe was voted one of the Up & Coming Drummers and one of the Rising Stars of the past few years!... And was just announced being the new timekeeper for Swedish metal titans IN FLAMES!!
From February to April of 2016, In Flames recorded their newest album, “Battles” with legendary producer Howard Benson, who introduced them to one of his trusted and extremely talented studio drummers… Joe Rickard.
Joe had formerly been a member of Grammy nominated RED, toured with numerous bands such as Islander and RED, and has played drums on many successful albums for artists such as RED, Vamps, Starset, Brian “Head” Welch and In Flames’ upcoming new album “Battles”.
Performing and recording with RED gave Joe the opportunity to play some of his dream shows like The Conan OʼBrien Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Most importantly, it gave him a creative freedom that went far beyond being "just the drummer.”
Encounter Joe off the stage, and you're probably going to run into someone who's either just come from practicing, studying or writing, or is on his way there now. He's that into it. “I love watching really great drummers and trying to figure out what they do”, Joe explains. "I also spend a lot of time recording, writing and working on parts. Being consistent every show is what I strive for.”…“I asked for a drum kit when I was 13 and I was absolutely hooked; obsessed, even." Joe remembers.
Joe currently lives in Los Angeles and is in and out of the studio doing sessions for major producers. You might have seen him out on the road also though, playing for many different artists. Joe: “I love being able to play for so many different artists. From hip hop, singer/songwriter, pop, rock, and of course metal. It’s really keeping me on my toes going from gig to gig. Always pushing myself to get better. I love drums, it’s what I enjoy the most. I am so grateful to be doing what I love to do and working with amazing people and I am extremely honored that Pearl is welcoming me to the Pearl family. It's definitely an exciting time in my life and I can't wait to get all of this started!”
In Flames: “Joe has such natural talent behind the kit; it seemed effortless. Once we witnessed him laying down drums to our own songs with parts we couldn’t have imagined better ourselves — we knew we had to have him join In Flames. During nearly two months recording in Los Angeles with Howard Benson, Joe quickly became not only a musician that we highly respected, but also a friend and we are proud and excited to finally announce that Joe Rickard will be taking over the drums for In Flames. We feel by adding such a talented and pure musician to our band and brotherhood that we are doing Daniel a great justice in ensuring his hard work and talent will continue on.”
Joe will be playing the highly acclaimed Pearl REFERENCE series. Sonically, it’s looks, plus the fact the gear needs to endure In Flames’ heavy touring schedule still making sure it performs each and every gig, the Reference series will fit the high Swedish standards of In Flames just perfectly — together with Joe it will be the solid backbone of the band!... Joe continues: “I'm a huge fan of Pearl Reference series, the sound, the look. It's exactly what I'm wanting to play on stage and be part of the look and sound of In Flames.”
Please join us in welcoming JOE RICKARD to the Pearl family and make him feel welcome! You will see him out on the road very soon!
Joe and In Flames will start touring in support of their newest album “Battles” soon… so keep your eyeballs on their tour schedule…
First announced dates:
November 6 – Tokyo, Japan @ Knotfest Japan
November 12 – Orlando, FL @ Kink Festival
November 14 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
November 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
November 16 - New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater
November 18 - Binghamton, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
November 19 - New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
November 20 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
November 22 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
November 23 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
November 25 - Detroit, MI @ The Crofoot
November 26 - Fort Wayne, IN @ The Hub
November 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
November 29 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
November 30 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
December 1 - Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theater
December 3 - Saint Paul, MN @ Myth Live Event Center
December 4 - Green Bay, WI @ The Sandlot
December 6 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
December 7 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
December 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
December 10 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
December 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
December 13 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
December 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
December 16 - Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
December 17 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
December 18 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
December 19 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed
January 10 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro
January 12 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
January 13 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Genting Arena
January 15 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena
January 16 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
January 18 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
January 19 – Cardiff, Wales, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
January 21 – London, UK @ Peninsula Square O2 Arena
January 22 – London, UK @ Peninsula Square O2 Arena
More about Joe can be found here:
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