(Available digitally June 24, 2014; on newsstands July 3, 2014)

On the Cover

Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars

“I learned from everybody I listened to. But when we started playing, it was just our thing. So I did my thing.” The drummer for 30 Seconds to Mars takes the road less traveled.
-by David Ciauro

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August 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine Featuring Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to MarsAugust 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Table of Contents Featuring Shannon LetoFEATURING

Hitting the Stage
Bonzo Bash: The John Bonham tribute series continues.
-by Mike Haid

Great Drum Covers II
Recollections of rock’s wildest days.
-by Will Romano

Great Drum Covers More classic LP artwork with a drum-centric attitude

Encore – Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours: The art of the song
-by Patrick Berkery

Catching Up With… Billy Hart /// Russ Kunkel /// Paul T. Riddle

Setting Sights – Elaine Bradley gets bold with Neon Trees.
-by Ken Micallef

Influences Harvey Mason, the Chameleon.
-by Ken Micallef

Simon Collins Sound of Contact’s leader slays drums and demons.
-by Will Romano

What Do You Know About…? Lee Goodness Curtis May eld’s ’80s-era foil.
-by Drew Schultz


Basics – Rhythmic Displacement Essentials
Milking the Most From the Money Beats
-by Rich Redmond

Strictly Technique – Upbeat Triplets
Breaking Free From the Downbeat
-by Bill Bachman

Around the World – Samba Starter
Part 2: The Suinge
-by Adam Osmianski

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – Groove Freedom
Part 2: “Funky Drummer” Permutations
-by Mike Johnston

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Syncopation Revisited
Part 3: 5/4 Applications
-by Steve Fidyk

Health & Science – Improve Your Timing!
Jump-Rope Exercises for Drummers
-by Billy Cuthrell


Collector’s Corner
• 1928 Ludwig Deluxe “Black Beauty” Snare

Product Close-Up
• Gaai Big G Series V Neck Drumki
• Istanbul Agop Xist Series Additions
• Vic Firth Titan 5B Drumsticks
• Percussion Kinetics Vector G3 Bass
Drum Peda

Electronic Review Earthworks DP30/C Drum Periscope Microphone

Gearing Up
Between the Buried and Me’s Blake Richardson

New and Notable


• Who Are You Now?
-by Adam Budofsky

Readers’ Platform


Ask a Pro – Jimmy D’Anda, Jon Fishman

It’s Questionable Mind Matters: Band Democracy

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

Critique Featuring Taking the Reins

Inside Methods 100 Essential Drumset Lessons

First Person A Copy Life

Backbeats Modern Drummer/Columbus Pro Percussion’s Drum Daze 2014

Kit of the Month Bells and Whistles

and more!