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June 2017

Anika Nilles

Perhaps it’s fitting that when it came time to name her brand-new debut album, the German drumming phenomenon…

Story by Michael Dawson | Photos by Alex Solca
Apr 26, 2017

Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer

Features Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer Story by Bob Girouard Photos by Craig Clingan Listen to Don Brewer’s…

Bob Girouard
Apr 26, 2017

Poison’s Rikki Rockett

Features Poison’s Rikki Rockett Story by Patrick Berkery Photos by Alex Solca In July of 2015, Rikki Rockett,…

Patrick Berkery
Apr 26, 2017

Rival Sons' Michael Miley

Features Rival Sons' Michael Miley In the school of hard rock, the members of RIVAL SONS are at…

Ken Micallef
Apr 26, 2017


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

Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp Announces July Edition in NYC

If you've ever wanted to live out your rockstar dreams, Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp is here to make that possible. Taking place in New York City, Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp will go down from July 13th-16th, 2023. You'll have an opportunity to…

May 26, 2023

Terri Lyne Carrington's Debut TLC & Friends To Receive First-Ever Wide Release

  Terri Lynn Carrington, photo by Bob Campbell Accomplished drummer and Modern Drummer's April 2023 cover star Terri Lyne Carrington will be giving her 1981 debut, TLC & Friends, a wide release for the first time. The album will hit streaming…

May 25, 2023

Kirk Arrington, Longtime Metal Church Drummer, Dead at 61

Longtime Metal Church drummer Kirk Arrington died Monday, May 22nd, at the age of 61. The band shared the news of Arrington’s passing in a social media statement on Monday night, writing, “We just received the sad news, Kirk Arrington…

May 23, 2023

Nandi Bushell Performs Her Top Rock and Metal Drum Intros of All Time: Watch

Music prodigy Nandi Bushell, who turns 13 this Friday (April 28th), recently posted videos of her performing her Top 5 rock and Top 5 metal drum intros of all time, paying tribute to songs by Nirvana, Black Sabbath, System of…

Apr 25, 2023
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Rig rundowns, play-throughs, interviews, and more featuring your favorite drummers

Melvins' Dale Crover and Mr. Bungle's Dave Lombardo Talk Drum Sets and Touring

In a recent edition of Consequence's "Two For the Road" series, tourmates Dale Crover of Melvins and Dave Lombardo of Mr. Bungle took a deep dive into drumming, touring, and everything in between. Their respective bands have just embarked on…

May 12, 2023
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Detailed assessments of the latest drum kits and accessories

DW Launches the Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare

Drum Workshop, Inc. is proud to present the Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare; a tribute to the legendary drummer of Latin pop icons Maná. Alex Gonzalez and his band, Maná, are one of the biggest pop/rock bands in the world.…

Apr 30, 2023

Your Sonic Universe Awaits with Evans Hybrid and Sensory Percussion

EVANS Drumheads, maker of the most technologically advanced drumheads on Earth, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Sunhouse Technologies Inc. Building upon Sunhouse’s foundational Sensory Percussion technology, the joint venture features completely redesigned versions of both the hardware…

Apr 30, 2023

PDP Concept Metal Snare Drums Brushed Aluminum, Copper, and Brass Shells

Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) was formed by Drum Workshop (DW) in 1999 to provide a more affordable premium quality brand of drums, pedals, and hardware. PDP features “boutique-inspired, player friendly features, and best-in-class build-quality to more drummers around the…

By Brian Hill
Apr 30, 2023

Latin Percussion Launches Tito Puente Signature Timbale and Cowbell Sets

Latin Percussion is proud to launch the limited-edition Tito Puente Signature Timbale and Cowbell sets to mark the centennial of the birth of ‘El Rey del Timbal’. Famed composer, band leader, and percussionist, Tito Puente, had a career that spanned…

Apr 30, 2023

Roland TD-27KV2 Another V-Drum offering

Having already experienced some of Roland’s recent upgrades to their V-Drums lineup, I was eager to get ahold of their TD-27KV2 model. The TD-27KV2 is Roland’s mid-level kit, which is a step up in features (and price) from their TD-17KVX2.…

By Jason Mehler
Apr 30, 2023

WFL III Drums Birdseye Maple Snare Classic Maple Mahogany Shell with a Modern Twist

William F Ludwig III, WFL III Drums chief drum designer, sent Modern Drummer one of their new G2 shell series, Birdseye Maple snare drums for us to put through the paces. WFL III Drums have been upping their game considerably…

By Brian Hill
Apr 30, 2023
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Kit of the Month

Sonor and Paiste Beauty from the UK

For this month’s Kit of the Month, Modern Drummer brings you London, England’s Arnaldo “Arnie” Rogano’s drum set that he uses with his band Madre Sun. His drums are Sonor, his cymbals are…

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

John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Vinnie Colaiuta

From the archives, this episode of Live From My Drum Room With Vinnie Colaiuta! originally aired on January 29, 2022.  John’s guest is legendary drummer, Vinnie Colaiuta! John and Vinnie discuss Vinnie's years at Berklee College of Music and living in…

May 25, 2023

John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Cindy Blackman Santana

John’s guest is the incomparable Cindy Blackman Santana! Cindy talks about her formative years as a drummer and hearing Max Roach for the first time, and shortly after, the great Tony Williams and the influence Tony has on her playing.…

May 18, 2023

John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Jeff "Tain" Watts

John’s guest is legendary Jazz drummer, composer, band leader and seven-time Grammy winner, Jeff “Tain” Watts. John and Jeff talk about when they met in 1980 while Jeff was attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Jeff’s background in Classical…

May 11, 2023

John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room - Remembering Lennie DiMuzio

A special episode of Live From My Drum Room remembering Music Industry icon and Artist Relations pioneer, Lennie DiMuzio! Lennie is best known for his 40+ years working at Zildjian, most notably in Artist Relations, as well as other key…

May 4, 2023
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Hall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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
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