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17 Feb

Rodney Howard.. A Pearl Connoisseur

Rodney Howard is a busy guy! After recording and touring with Gavin Degraw on the platinum-selling album "Chariot", he went on to record and tour with the critically acclaimed Regina Spektor. 2007 saw him joining the Pop Punk Princess Avril Lavigne for a two year world tour supporting her multi-platinum release "The Best Damn Thing", recording "Control Room Live" EP and live concert DVD, "Live In Toronto", released in late 2008.

During the Avril tour, Rodney used his White Micro Flake Masterworks Series kit and played it all over the world. "Over the last 2 years of touring with Avril, I've played over 120 arenas in 29 countries, 59 television shows, an hour long TV special, recorded an acoustic EP and a live DVD, as well as other recording projects on the breaks. Not ONCE did my Pearls ever fail to deliver." There were a few occasions where he had to use rental gear but he wasn't worried! "Masters Series Birch on Letterman? Awesome! Masters Series Maple in the studio? Beautiful!  Masterworks Series on tour? Killed it every night!"

Employing three snare drums, two hi-hats, and two bass drums, Rodney also used a unique combination of stands and the ICON rack to build an unforgettable kit.  "My 2000 Series Hardware is the best I've ever used; world tour-solid! Yet the design is versatile enough to change placement with a moment's notice."

When Avril decided to play drums on this tour, she had to look no further than Rodney's kit for inspiration. "Avril loved the sound of my "gnarly" (her words!) Masterworks Series kit, so when she decided to play drums on a few tunes on the tour, we ended up with the MCX Masters Series in Pink Sparkle for her. The look absolutely fits her style as you can see, and everyone from the techs,  to Avril, to ME have loved the sound from day one!" You can see Rodney and Avril's kit for yourself on the 'The Best Damn Tour' DVD documenting Avril Lavigne's triumphant 2008 North American tour

Currently Rodney is touring with Gavin DeGraw for his new self titled release... "Pearl is my sound, my system, my rock...... my complete toolbox."

Visit Rodney's Artist Page for more photos and videos...