It has been a little over a year since Ludwig announced that Vinnie Colaiuta was an official Ludwig artist. I remember when the rumors began that Vinnie was leaving Gretsch and Zildjian. At the time, a quick look at his website revealed that the links to those companies had been replaced with links to Ludwig and Paiste.
Well, guess what?
The Ludwig logo on Mr. C’s website is now absent. In it’s place? A grey box. And to the right of that grey nothingness where the Ludwig logo used to be is the Paiste logo….still firmly in place.
There has been no official word on Colaiuta leaving Ludwig as being a stone cold fact; and I was tipped off to it by a posting on the Vic’s Drum Shop blog. But based on the evidence apparent on Vinnie’s own site, it appears to be highly likely that Ludwig and Vinnie are no more.
A quick look at the Ludwig website shows no Vinnie on their list of artists, either….hmmmm.
Let’s see what happens next.
I know, it’s gossip. But we’re not talking trash about anyone….just watching interesting things happen in the industry we love, with the drummer we all love.
In addition to writing for BANG! The Drum School's "The Drumming Blog," Mark has written for Modern Drummer magazine. You can read more about him on his drumming website,www.markfeldman.org
"The Sybil EP," from Mark's new band, LEVEL5, is coming soon, and features Oz Noy on guitar, Will Lee on bass and Adam Klipple on keys.