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Chris Parker

When Chris Parker was an aspiring young drummer, he figured that if he could play with Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles, well, he'd have accomplished something truly special in his career. To be sure, it was a tall…

by Robert Santelli
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Chris Slade — Technique And Heart

Inside one of New York's most elegant hotels, the new rock conglomerate, The Firm, has taken up residence, calling the place "home" for the last leg of its first U.S. tour. In the hotel's bar, I'm waiting for Chris Slade's…

by Teri Saccone
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Mickey Roker — The Natural

The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, lays claim to a set of freedom-founding parchments, a legendary local kite flyer, a big cracked bell, and a roster of incredible jazz artists, including a fiery drummer who proved himself on these historic…

by Jeff Potter
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Eddie Bayers — Overcoming The Obstacles

While growing up, Eddie Bayers dug R&B and the likes of Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin. It seems like a far cry from his position as one of the primary drummers in Nashville, recording with such notables as…

by Robyn Flans
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News

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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

Kenny Aronoff in Clinic celebrating 50 years of Tama Drums hosted by Guitar Center

  WHO: Guitar Center is teaming with Tama Drums and legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff for exclusive drum clinic events at the three Guitar Center locations: La Mesa, CA; Arlington, TX; and Atlanta, GA. WHAT: Tama and Guitar Center are partnering…

Modern Drummer
Jun 7, 2024

Historic Auction of Alex Van Halen Memorabilia

Alex Van Halen Cleans Out His Warehouse for Historic Auction The auction event will feature rare music memorabilia including iconic tour and studio used gear and personal items direct from the private collection of Alex Van Halen. Houston, TX -…

Modern Drummer
May 30, 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

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
New and Notable June 2024

New and Notable June 2024

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Modern Drummer
Jun 1, 2024
Slingerland Radio King Drums - 1938 And 1950 Gene Krupa Super Deluxe Ensembles

Slingerland Radio King Drums - 1938 And 1950 Gene Krupa Super Deluxe Ensembles

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Tim Northup
May 1, 2024
Rock Locks - Secure Your Tension Rods

Rock Locks - Secure Your Tension Rods

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Jason Mehler
May 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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