Danny 'Dante' Needham, drummer with black metal outfit Venom has become drumstick maker Regal Tip's latest endorsee.
Needham, who joined the band in 2009, has picked the company's 222R 2b and PFTC 'Tommy Clufetos 313' series sticks – made for the Ozzy Osbourne drummer – for his live shows.
Since becoming part of the Venom line-up, 'Dante' has played some of the biggest festivals in the world and shared stages with bands like Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Slayer, Glenn Hughes, Tony Iommi, Twisted Sister, Killswitch Engage, Foreigner and Nazareth.
Unsurprisingly, Needham requires his sticks to be tough and durable. "I've used pretty much every stick you can think of in my career," he said, "and I've always had issues with breakages, but Regal Tip sticks have the perfect balance of weight and durability."
John Hornby Skewes & Co is the UK distributor for Regal Tip.
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