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Category: Feature Stories

Feature stories and articles from Modern Drummer.

Shaun Foist of Breaking Benjamin

Shaun Foist of Breaking Benjamin: Failure Was Never an Option

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.

photo by Travis Shin

Mike Wengren of Disturbed on Immortalized

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….

Glenn Kotche Kit

Video Tour! Gearing Up with Wilco’s Glenn Kotche

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.”

Drummer Greg Errico

Greg Errico on Sly and the Family Stone’s Fantastic, Forgotten Concert Document Live at the Fillmore East

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.”

Firth at a rehearsal with the BSO in the ’70s

Vic Firth: 1930 to 2015

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….