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08 Sep

Three of Today's Biggest Rock Acts Share One Stage

One of the biggest tours of this summer features 3 of Pearl’s biggest rock acts. Hinder, Papa Roach, and Saving Abel are currently out in support of Nickelback as the summer tour of all summer tours runs across the US and into almost every amphitheater along the way. Playing in front of 20,000 people each night is certainly a great feeling for each of these bands, however, with Hinder, Saving Abel, and Papa Roach all enjoying some of the biggest years of their career, it’s a feeling they are all becoming very familiar with.

As the crowd rushed in Saving Abel took to the stage. Being the first of 3 other incredible bands, a ton of pressure is built knowing that the crowd isn’t warmed up or ready to rock as much as you want them to, but this didn’t seem to be the case for Saving Abel. They stormed into their set immediately getting the crowd singing along and rocking out. Providing the backbone to this band is Pearl artist Blake Dixon. Blake is proving himself to be one of the hottest up-and-coming rock drummers of today and, with the way that he and Saving Abel performed this night, it’s easy to know why. Blake is currently out with his Piano Black Masters Premium Pearl kit. Blake’s configuration, as seen below, consists of a 22x18 kick, 12x8 rack tom, 16x16 floor tom, and an 18x16 floor tom. The snare drum is a 14x6.5 which gives great crack with a full body. The shells of this kit consist of 6 plies of maple which allows for more warmth and resonance, thus making the Master Premium a very popular choice amongst rock drummers.

Just as soon as the crowd took their seats from the Saving Abel set, Papa Roach took them right back out of their seats with an incredibly energetic, aggressive, and explosive 45 minutes of rock. Being one of the most influential rock acts of today, Papa Roach always proves themselves why on stage. They have always been known as one of the best live rock bands since they broke onto the scene years ago, and it seems like they just keep getting better over time. Tony Palermo is the man behind the drums for P. Roach these days, and his hard hitting and simplistic rock approach to each song have locked down his position as the go-to drummer for this multi-platinum act. This tour was the second of many to come for Tony’s Masterworks kit and, based off the buzz around the amphittheater, it seems to be a fan favorite already. This kit consists of a 14x10 rack tom, 16x16 floor tom, an 18x16 floor tom and his bass drum is a MASSIVE sounding 26x16…yes…I said 26x16. Like Blake Dixon’s, the shells consist of 6 plies of pure maple, however, Tony’s custom black sparkle over cherry sparkle finish make this kit a Masterworks. As imagined, this kit sounds absolutely huge and it’s a perfect fit for Papa Roach’s big sound.

As the sun finally settled over the Irvine hills, Hinder kept the 20,000 strong waiting anxiously. After what seemed like an eternity, Pearl artist Cody Hanson finally appeared behind his Reference kit to count into the first song with his kick drum which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Hinder played the role of main support to Nickelback on this tour and, due to their platinum selling albums, hit singles, and massive fan base, they were very warmly welcomed to Irvine, California. Cody Hanson’s Reference Series kit has become the talk of the tour amongst drummers and drum enthusiasts alike. Between the gorgeous mix of the Reference specs down to the custom finish that was airbrushed onto the kit, Cody’s drums are the definition of a perfect drum set. This kit consists of a 24x18 kick drum, 12x8 rack tom, 16x16 floor tom and the custom finish can be viewed below. The loud crack that cuts through the guitars, bass, and 20,000 screaming fans every night comes from Cody’s 14x6.5 brass Reference snare drum.

The Nickelback tour is coming to a close however, Saving Abel, Papa Roach, and Hinder are continuing on within the next couple of months. Saving Abel is preparing to start “The Class of 2009 Tour” which will feature special guests Red, Pop Evil, and Taddy Porter…for more information please visit Papa Roach is heading overseas to rock out in the UK, for more information please visit Last but not least, Hinder will be continuing on throughout September with more dates to come. For more information please visit