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January February 1979
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Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford By Michael Shore Bill Bruford has never attained the widespread fame of Carl Palmer or Billy Cobham. But whenever Bruford's name is mentioned, it is almost invariably prefaced by the term "drummer extraordinaire" or "precise percussionist." Bruford, through…

Bill Bruford
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Max Roach: Back On The Bandstand

Max Roach Back On The Bandstand Max Roach remains the essential modern drummer. The quality of his work has been proclaimed world-wide as melodic, subtle and intensely musical. Over the last thirty years, jazz percussionists have studied and imitated Roach's…

by Harold Howland
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Les DeMerle Up Front

Les DeMerle Up Front by Gary Farmer Les DeMerle enjoys spending his free time improving his art. Lately, he has found less spare time for such a venture. With a recently completed itinerary of clinics and his new book Jazz/Rock…

Les DeMerle Up Front
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From The Past - Profile Of A Legend: Dave Tough

From The Past Profile Of A Legend: Dave Tough by Scott Kevin Fish Almost without exception, every drummer that has left a mark in the jazz world, will tell you that to some degree, they were influenced by Dave Tough.…

From The Past - Profile Of A Legend: Dave Tough
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News

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

New Photos - The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex at the El Rey Theater in LA

On March 12th, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex performed at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The concert was one stop on a string of seven shows between Las Vegas, California, Seattle, and Portland. With Pumpkins shows ranging from…

Modern Drummer
Apr 10, 2024

Charlie Benante Breaks Down Pantera’s “Walk” on Drums: Watch

Drummer Charlie Benante breaks down the Pantera classic “Walk” in a new video for Drumeo (watch below). Benante, the longtime and still current drummer for Anthrax, joined Pantera in 2022 as part of the legendary metal act’s revamped reunion lineup.…

Consequence
Apr 8, 2024

Gerry Conway of Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull dies

Drummer and percussionist Gerry Conway, who performed with Jethro Tull in the 1980's has passed away. Jethro Tull singer Ian Anderson recently posted the announcement on the band's website. From JethroTull.com: "It is with great sadness that we learned on…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2024

Ex-Slipknot Drummer Jay Weinberg Joins Suicidal Tendencies

Drummer Jay Weinberg, who was let go from Slipknot late last year, has become a member of veteran crossover-thrash band Suicidal Tendencies. He will begin playing shows with them next week. It was previously announced that Weinberg would be drumming…

Consequence
Mar 5, 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

Mapex 600 Series Drum Thrones - Comfort Meets Endurance

Mapex 600 Series Drum Thrones - Comfort Meets Endurance

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Brian Hill
Apr 1, 2024
New and Notable April 2024

New and Notable April 2024

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Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2024
1928 Ludwig “Ludwigold” The “Rajah-Supreme” Trap Set

1928 Ludwig “Ludwigold” The “Rajah-Supreme” Trap Set

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Tim Northup
Mar 1, 2024
Scorpion Percussion Immortal Series Drumsticks - A Venomous Mix of Style and Functionality

Scorpion Percussion Immortal Series Drumsticks - A Venomous Mix of Style and Functionality

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Jason Mehler
Mar 1, 2024
Xvive PX Personal Mixing System

Xvive PX Personal Mixing System

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Jason Mehler
Mar 1, 2024
New And Notable March 2024

New And Notable March 2024

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Modern Drummer
Mar 1, 2024
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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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