Prior to joining the revamped lineup of the hit alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin, Shaun Foist spent thirteen years immersing himself in all things drumming, including playing with Picture Me Broken, a band fronted by Gregg Allman’s daughter, Brooklyn Allman. Over the years Foist enjoyed a few “wow” moments, including opening the 2013 Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson Masters of Madness tour. MD recently spent some quality time talking with Shaun about those and other precious “wow” moments that he’s been having with Breaking Benjamin.
Chart-topping metal band Disturbed has returned from a four-year hiatus this past August 21 with the Kevin Churko–produced album Immortalized. We caught up with drummer Mike Wengren as he was prepping for the band’s first show since 2011 at Chicago’s House of Blues….
The eleventh studio album by the Maryland-based band finds singer/guitarist Neil Fallon, guitarist Tim Sult, bassist Dan Maines, and drummer Jean-Paul Gaster working once again with Machine, this time at the producer’s relocated studio in Texas….
Watch this video with Jay Postones of TesseracT as he demonstrate “Dystopia” from the brand-new Polaris Album….
Glenn Kotche has one of the most distinctive setups in the industry, with more sticks and homemade percussion trinkets than we could list fully. We caught up with Kotche during a Wilco show at Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater, where he was using a Sonor ProLite drumset. “It’s a beautiful maple kit, kind of based after the old vintage drums with thin maple shells and a little reinforced hoop,” he says. “They sound beautiful. Nice and dark, just the way I like them, but they are able to project in these outdoor amphitheaters with no problem.”
During an all too brief tour break, Bordin took a moment to talk to Modern Drummer about why Faith No More got back together, the DIY ethos that drove the making of Sol Invictus, how he manages to deliver such a physical set every night, and much more….
Listening to the recently released Sly and the Family Stone set, Live at the Fillmore East (Epic/Legacy), the band’s original drummer, Greg Errico, admits to getting quite excited, “almost like a fan,” partly because he’s long wondered what became of the recordings. “They disappeared for years,” he says. “I had copies in boxes stored away, and then it started showing up on bootlegs. It was 1968 when we did that—for some reason it just never came to be.”
Joe Vitale is currently touring with Joe Walsh as well as starring in the movie Ricki and the Flash, featuring Meryl Streep. We continue talking with Joe about a few practice tips as well as some of his influences….
Modern Drummer was saddened to hear of the passing of Vic Firth. The following profile on the performing and manufacturing giant, written by Lauren Vogel Weiss, first appeared in the July 2013 issue of Drum Business magazine….
Guitars, guitars, and yet more guitars, served up hot. The drums ain’t too shabby either….