Lamb of God Drummer Up for Performing in Space: 'How Will I Play Drums in Zero Gravity?'

Band up for a collaboration with Richard Branson, Chris Adler explains.

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Already being an epitome of cool, a space jam is still undoubtedly something that would take Lamb of God to an entirely new level. It's also a project drummer Chris Adler is quite up for.

Chatting with Metal Injection, Chris noted that the band should give it a go with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. "I think if we approached Richard Branson in the right way, we could help them prove how safe it is," he said. "Take a heavy metal band to space and we're all going to get back just fine. How will I play drums in zero gravity? I'll worry about that when I get there."

As reported, the drummer also discussed the band's new album, noting that Randy Blythe's recently announced hiatus could make less of an impact than expected. "I can't blame him at all, and I think we all need to some time off," Adler said. "But, last November, at the end of our tour, we all spoke for a little while about a time table.

"And we don't really need Randy to be there while we're writing music," Chris continued. "Normally, he comes in with the lyrics last, sometimes even in the studio. So, we can a great head start while he does his own thing. We talked about getting together around June-ish."

In related news, the band premiered "As the Palaces Burn" documentary on February 27 in the UK, giving fans a behind-the-scenes insight of Blythe's manslaughter trial. So far, the film's received mostly positive reviews from the critics.

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    What would make this perfect is if there were enough room for enough passengers to have a zero-G moshpit. Make it so.
    Easiest way is obviously an electronic drum kit. And yes, sound will travel in zero gravity. It won't travel in a vacuum (i.e outsde a spaceship), but as there is air inside the spaceship there's no problem.
    Okay dont judge me im not too familiar with science, but will sound travel the same in zero gravity ? And also i always dreamed of recording a song in space.. seems someone might beat me to it!
    should be fine as long as the ship's cabin has air. If they were space walking in the vacuum of space, then no it wouldn't travel as there's nothing to vibrate (air). Based on hours of watching discovery channel and wikipedia surfing
    Actually there isn't such a thing as zero gravity. I'd imagine the moon is further from Earth than they will be and it wouldn't be there right now if it wasn't affected by Earth's gravity. The reason why sometime it looks like they're just floating is because of the way the ship is flying. I'm sure if they do this, they'll fly to make it easier to play.
    How oblivious are you? There is such a thing as zero gravity and you don't even have to be in space to experience it. The International Space Station is not even in Space, it is in Low Earth Orbit and there is no gravity. You can even simulate the effect by flying a plane in consecutive parabolic arcs (see Vomit Comit) which is how NASA trains their future astronauts to handle zero G. Zero G just means the affect of gravity is being negated out, not that it is completely absent, which is why if shuttles and the ISS didn't make routine altitude corrections they would be pulled back into the atmosphere. Once you get a certain distance out of the Earth's orbit even this phenomenon disappears, and this is how we put satellites and other objects into geosynchronous orbit, meaning they wont de-orbit unless wanted and you can set them up to constantly point at one specific point on the ground.
    On every conceivable technical level, Kratos is correct. Gravity is present almost everywhere. It's responsible for holding this galaxy together and all objects are under the influence of gravity from some source, be it a star like the Sun, a black hole, a distant galaxy cluster... As for "zero-g", what astronauts in low earth orbit is not an actual lack of gravity, but free fall, where the craft carrying them has the same sideways velocity as the force of gravity pulling them down, leaving them in a perpetual state of "falling" within their ship without ever losing much altitude. In fact, the ISS and other spacecraft in LEO continually have to adjust their trajectory, lest the slight amount of atmospheric drag (which still does exist) at that altitude brings them down. It isn't till you get further away that the effects of Earth's gravity diminish enough to float in a zero-G environment. Remember that Apollo astronauts didn't even really get to see a zero-G environment most of the trip up, since they spent it accelerating. Funny thing is, the newest Star Trek movie depicts this rather beautifully with a starship dead in space over Earth at a pretty substantial distance being pulled down, since it has no angular momentum to keep it in orbit. That's probably what would happen, albeit slower. The ship would definitely plummet.
    All matter in the universe exerts a force due to gravity on all other matter in the universe. There is no such thing as zero gravity. What you are describing is zero acceleration, and if you read my comment, I actually say that there is a way to fly to make it as if there is zero gravity. Zero G is not a scientific term. You can't negate gravity, you only counteract it with another force so that the two are balanced. My whole comment is meant to convey the fact that he won't have to worry about his drumset floating away as he's playing, and that is 100% correct. Travislausch gets it.
    There is, it refers to the effect that gravity has upon an object. The reason the term is used is because an object in orbit has a horizontal velocity, so instead of falling to the centre of gravity of the planet, it always misses it whilst staying at the same altitude. That's called free fall, the ISS is constantly falling towards the Earth but due to it's horizontally velocity it always missing the Earth.
    Sound waves need a medium to travel in - solid, liquid or gas. The only thing gravity would affect is the density of the medium, so the stronger the gravitation force is, the faster the sound waves will propagate than through the same medium but at a lower density.
    Way Cool JR.
    I doubt there is room on Branson's little spaceship for a drum kit to be setup. And if they plan on the entire band jamming out he's crazy. They better bring an I-Pod and one of their CD's to listen to instead. LOL
    This is how to get it to work Mr.Adler: large elastic bands attached from the floor to your feet to simulate gravity. No reason this won't work. Do i get a free ticket for solving the problem?
    The title of this article is Gold...wonder if they caught their own worplay in using the term "up for" when referencing playing in zero-G... Also, this just sounds awesome.
    Misleading title. It sounds like he's not up to it because he can't figure out how to do it. Anyway, I'd love to see it!