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Levon Helm

  THERE'S something so refreshing about meeting Levon Helm. Amidst an industry full of people with pretentions and exaggerated airs of self-importance, Levon doesn 't know how to be anything but Levon. I think we were friends the instant we…

by Robyn Flans
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Bob Moses — Dreamer

Watching Bob Moses hover over his drums at Right Track Studios in Manhattan like a marionette spider, deadpanning Buster Keatonish responses to the groove of fellow- percussionists Don Alias, Billy Hart and Pheeroan ak Laff, I thought back to what he'd…

by Chip Stern
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Will Dower — Australian Sessionman

THERE'S no denying that in recent months a very significant amount of the world's innovative music and musicians have been coming from Australia. One has only to look at the hit songs and top acts to see names like Men…

by Rick Van Horn
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Thommy Price — Thunder & Lightening

THIS man is rock 'n' roll history,

by Connie Fisher
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News

Keep up to date with the drum world via news items, interviews, lists, and more

Billy Joel’s Drummer Liberty DeVitto Plays Deftones Song as He Hears It for First Time: Watch

Drumeo’s “For the First Time” video series puts professional drummers on the spot, forcing them to improvise over notable songs they’ve never heard before. The latest “First Time” clip from the instructional platform sees longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto…

Consequence
Feb 22, 2024

Alex Van Halen to Release Memoir Brothers in October

A memoir by Alex Van Halen titled Brothers is set for an October 22nd release via HarperCollins. The 384-page hardcover autobiography comes as a surprise given how private Alex has been since the passing of his brother Eddie Van Halen…

Consequence
Feb 20, 2024

Def Leppard's Rick Allen to Host All-Star Jam Supporting Mental Health of First Responders

(New York, NY) Raven Drum Foundation - the organization founded by legendary drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard and singer-songwriter / healing arts practitioner Lauren Monroe - has announced its first benefit concert taking place in New York City. On…

Modern Drummer
Feb 14, 2024

The Mars Volta Announce Upcoming Dates in June

The Mars Volta announced a string of live dates in June, including an appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester, TN. See tour dates and info below. Drummer for Mars Volta, Philo, was featured in the November…

Modern Drummer
Feb 13, 2024
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Videos

Rig rundowns, play-throughs, interviews, and more featuring your favorite drummers

Andy Hurley - Fall Out Boy - Tour Kit Rundown

Andy Hurley - Fall Out Boy - Tour Kit Rundown

During Fall Out Boy’s "So Much For (Tour) Dust" tour, we caught up with drummer Andy Hurley and drum tech Scott Hall to dig into Andy's Tama Star Classic drums. Starting February 28th, 2024, Fall Out Boy will embark on…

Modern Drummer
Feb 22, 2024
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Gear

Detailed assessments of the latest drum kits and accessories

What do Charlie Watts, Simon Phillips,  and Thomas Lang All Have in Common?

What do Charlie Watts, Simon Phillips, and Thomas Lang All Have in Common?

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Donn Bennet
Jan 31, 2024
SE Electronics BL8 Boundary Microphone - Get Your Kicks!

SE Electronics BL8 Boundary Microphone - Get Your Kicks!

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Jason Mehler
Jan 31, 2024
Melodics - Now for Acoustic Drums

Melodics - Now for Acoustic Drums

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Jason Mehler
Jan 31, 2024
New And Notable February 2024

New And Notable February 2024

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Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2024
The Evolution of the Hi-Hat

The Evolution of the Hi-Hat

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Tim Northup
Dec 31, 2023
CTM CE220 IN-Ear Monitors

CTM CE220 IN-Ear Monitors

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Jason Mehler
Dec 31, 2023
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Kit of the Month

Simple Elegance and Class

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Podcasts

Host John DeChristopher goes in-depth with the biggest names in drumming

This Week's Episode!

Episode 140: My Top 10 most influential albums with Mark Guiliana

From the archives, My Top 10 with Mark Guiliana, Grammy-nominated American drummer, composer and leader of the band Beat Music. Mark G walks us thru his Top 10 most influential albums.

Modern Drummer
Sep 14, 2023

Episode 139: My Top 10 Solo Drum Albums with Glenn Kotche

From the archive, Glenn walks us thru his Top 10 favorite solo Drum & Percussion albums.

Modern Drummer
Sep 7, 2023

Episode 138: My Top 10 Drum Tracks

Oft-Overlooked Drum Tracks With Styx’s Todd Sucherman

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

Episode 137: David Frangioni With Benny Greb

From the archives, Thrill to "The Art of Groove" with Benny Greb with Host David Frangioni

Modern Drummer
Aug 24, 2023
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Hall of Fame

A look back at the legendary drummers elected to Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame

Keith Moon Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982

Excerpted from the September 2003 issue In his last interview, published posthumously in October 1978, Keith told International Musician and Recording World, “You can’t work out things too much. We do certain build-ups and things, but you can run into…

Story by T. Bruce Wittet
Jan 10, 2022

John Bonham Elected to Hall of Fame in 1981

Excerpted from the John Bonham tribute issue, July 1984 John Bonham played, for the most part, a very simple drumkit, consisting of a 14x26 bass drum, a 12x15 small tom—at first mounted on a snare stand and later on the…

Story by T. Bruce Wittet
Jan 10, 2022

Buddy Rich Elected to Hall of Fame in 1980

Excerpted from the January 1977 issue When it comes to interviewing Buddy, one must learn to expect the unexpected. You can end up with a first rate story, or no story at all. He’s a very intense human being, with…

Story by Jim Warchol
Jan 10, 2022

Gene Krupa Elected to Hall of Fame in 1979

Excerpted from the October/November 1979 issue “I’m happy that I succeeded in doing two things: I made the drummer a high­priced guy, and I was able to draw more people to jazz.” The above quote of drum master Gene Krupa…

Story by Karen Larcombe
Jan 10, 2022
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