Drummer Rod de’Ath dies at the age of 64

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Rod de’Ath, former drummer for guitar legend Rory Gallagher’s band in the 1970s, has died at the age of 64.

The Welsh sticksman was brought in to Gallagher’s band to replace Wilgar Campbell who left the group in 1972. de’Ath appeared on five of Gallagher’s albums: Blueprint, Tattoo, Irish Tour ’74, Against The Grain and Calling Card.

Speaking via a statement on his official Facebook page, drummer Ted McKenna, who replaced de’Ath in Gallagher’s band in 1978, said: “I got the sad news earlier today that Rod de’Ath had passed away. I only met him a couple of times when I worked with Rory, but was delighted to meet him again in 2012 when, for the first time, Rod, Brendan O’Neil and I, three of Rory’s drummers, had all been together. Unfortunately, it was for another sad occasion when we gathered to pay our respects to Lou Martin. My thoughts are with his family, friends and those who knew him well.”

It is thought that de’Ath had been unwell for some time, having had to undergo surgery earlier this year, and that he passed away in his sleep.

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Weezer preview new track “Return To Ithaca”


Weezer have revealed new song “Return To Ithaca” from their forthcoming album Everything Will Be Alright In The End.

The new album is due out on the 29th of September and has been described by the band as a cross between The Blue Album and Pinkerton. You can hear the new track below.

In an interview with EW, Weezer drummer Pat Wilson said: “If you took the ‘Pinkerton’ band and then play all the other records, that’s what we sound like now: bombastic, loose, kind of booming. This record sounds like it’s going to have the tight structure of ‘Blue Album’ with a little bit more abandon like ‘Pinkerton’.”

Everything Will Be Alright In The End is produced by Ric Ocasek, The Cars singer who also produced Weezer’s The Blue Album in 1994 and The Green Album in 2001. It’s Weezer’s first album since Hurley in 2010.

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