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Ed Graham (full name Edwin James Graham) was the drummer in the Englishmarker rock band The Darkness as well as the subsequent successor band Stone Gods, before officially leaving in 2008 due to a physical inability to perform.

Graham was born on 20 February 1977, in Great Yarmouthmarker, Englandmarker, being one of four children. As a youth, he attended Kirkley High School with Dan Hawkins and Justin Hawkins, later The Darkness bandmates.

Before joining The Darkness, Graham had been in bands such as Superfuzz Bigmuff and Q*Sling, but left the latter when he heard that his already friends Justin Hawkins and Dan Hawkins were forming a band. He co-founded The Darkness with them in 2000.

One of the first gigs that The Darkness ever played was at a memorial service commemorating the life of Graham's previous bandmate from Q*Sling, who was called Sam.

On June 9 2008 it was announced on The Stone Gods Blog that due to a serious injury, Graham would be unable to join the band on tour, and a temporary replacement was being sought after.

On July 29 2008 it was announced that Graham was permanently leaving the band due to health issues.

In SPIN magazine it was confirmed that Graham had left with health problems due to a blood disorder called "osteonecrosis", a condition that may have been exacerbated by excessive drinking and has now resulted in him having surgery to replace both of his hips.

Equipment

Graham plays a Drum Workshop Maple Series with 12" and 14" toms and 16" and 18" floor toms with Remo Clear Pinstripe heads and a 24" bass drum with a Remo Clear Triple Power Stroke head. His snare is a 14" Ludwig Black Beauty with a Remo Coated Ambassador CS head.

The cymbals that Graham uses are Zildjianmarker 14" A Mastersound Hi-hats, 17", 18" and 19" Custom A Crashes, a 19" A Medium Thin Dark Crash and a 20" A Ping Ride. He uses Vic Firth American Classic 5B wood tip drum sticks and his hardware is from DW's 5000 series. [61026]

Trivia

  • Ed completed an HND at Salisbury University.
  • He has the nickname of Badger, because of a patch of white hair on his left eyebrow.


References

  1. Stone Gods
  2. http://www.stonegods.co.uk/news.php?nw_id=140 Sad but True
  3. Spin Magazine June 2009


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