It is official: after 12 years with Pearl, Virgil Donati decided on ending his relationship with the Japanese drum manufacturer and switch to DW (Drum Workshop). DW just posted the official "Welcome to the DW Family Virgill!!" on Instagram. Virgil has done several shows already on his new DW drums. Below is a video with highlights from Milano, Italy during the 'In This Life European Tour' featuring Anthony Crawford on bass, André Nieri on guitar and Isamu McGregor on keyboards/vocals.
Virgil states that: 'It felt like the time was right to embrace a new sound, and a fresh start. Im thrilled at the possibilities with my new instrument both in the studio and on stage. I will be playing DW for the first time on my upcoming tour in Europe."
The reason for his change in brands is unknown so far. Can it be that it had to do with him playing DW at the Dream Theater auditions? As soon as we get the change, we'll ask him!
Virgil Donati Band Live in Club Legend Milano, Italy 2014