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December 2021
December 2021
Features

Toppermost of the Poppermost

Pop-Culture Triumphs, 1977-2021 Modern Drummer has reported on a colossal number of drummers in its 45-year history, but pop-culture doesn’t revolve solely around drums and drumming. (Drats!) Creativity does not exist in a vacuum. Other events tend to inspire, inform,…

By Michael Molenda
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By the Numbers MD Covers Reveal Drum-Culture Stats

Forty-five years provides a lot of perspective on the artists, styles, and techniques Modern Drummer has covered, as well as how those subjects informed the drum community from year to year. Any magazine editor will tell you that choosing cover…

By Michael Molenda
Features

Remembering Ron Spagnardi

Quotes from the Original Fearless Leader No plan. No staff. Just a grand passion, the personal savings of Ron Spagnardi and his wife Isabel, and the sweat entity of his dad and their daughter. There was little hope that a…

Remembering Ron Spagnardi
Education

Choosing The Correct Job

Some readers might look at this heading and think, “What? It’s hard enough to find any job!” But I’m quite serious about the ramifications—musical, emotional, and financial—of knowing where to put yourself. Of course, we all know there are monetary…

By Michael Blair, Head Talk, January 1992
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News

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

Celebrating Joe Morello's birthday with a free lesson

Buzz Roll Studies: 8th Notes With Buzz Rolls In Joe Morello’s book Master Studies, he details different techniques to develop control on the drums. These exercises develop technique, control, and will help you develop different vocabulary from the different sounds we…

Modern Drummer
Jul 17, 2024

Ringo Starr's 84th Birthday Celebration

Since 2008, Ringo Starr has invited everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #peaceandlove at noon their local time on July 7th to fulfill his birthday wish of a wave of Peace and Love encircling the planet. This year the world’s most…

Modern Drummer
Jul 11, 2024

Danny Carey Performs in “Psychic Energy” Bodysuit at Tool Show in Paris

Danny Carey sported a new look during Tool’s recent show (June 5th) in Paris, as the drummer wore a form-fitting glow-in-the-dark bodysuit in the style of artist Alex Grey’s “Psychic Energy System” artwork. Grey is a longtime Tool collaborator, having…

Consequence
Jun 10, 2024

Drummer Successfully Plays Every Foo Fighters Song in One Sitting For Charity

We recently told you about the drummer Greg Barton and his ambitious undertaking to play every single Foo Fighters song in one sitting to raise money for charity. This past Friday, Barton completed that challenge. After playing 128 songs over…

Consequence
Jun 9, 2024
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Videos

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

Danny Carey - TOOL - Tour Kit Rundown

Danny Carey - TOOL - Tour Kit Rundown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7oqWdMvt8 Welcome, fellow audiophiles, drumming enthusiasts, TOOL fans, and lovers of all things progressive! Today, we've scored an exclusive backstage peek into the rhythmic labyrinth that is Danny Carey's drum kingdom for TOOL's Fear Inoculum Tour. Surrounded by instruments, Danny…

Modern Drummer
Mar 10, 2024
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Gear

Detailed assessments of the latest drum kits and accessories

Frank Ferrer’s Guns ‘N’ Roses Pork Pie Drums

Frank Ferrer’s Guns ‘N’ Roses Pork Pie Drums

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By Donn Bennett
Jul 1, 2024
Yamaha Tour Custom Maple Shells

Yamaha Tour Custom Maple Shells

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Brian Hill
Jul 1, 2024
New and Notable July 2024

New and Notable July 2024

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Modern Drummer
Jul 1, 2024
The Bobby Rock Peavey “Renaissance” aka.  “Sistine Chapel” Kit

The Bobby Rock Peavey “Renaissance” aka. “Sistine Chapel” Kit

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Mark Griffith
Jun 1, 2024
Dialtune Snare Drums

Dialtune Snare Drums

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Jason Mehler
Jun 1, 2024
Trinity 18” Heavy Holey Crash

Trinity 18” Heavy Holey Crash

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Brian Hill
Jun 1, 2024
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Kit of the Month

Tony Ferrari’s One of a Kind Fibes Kit

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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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