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Jeff Watts

Arms drawn up short like Joe Louis, ready to deal up dynamite from six inches or less with either hand, Jeff Watts stalks the groove, poised to pounce between the cracks of space and time with panther-like displacements: one second…

by Chip Stern
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Vinny Appice — Playing For The Band

Sometimes before interviewing a musician, I find myself fighting a preconceived image I've gotten of the person. Perhaps it was a picture painted by another journalist in some other publication, or maybe the image was conceived in my own mind…

by Robyn Flans
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George Lawrence Stone — Dedication to Drumming

It’s a fairly safe bet that, if you took a poll to find the single drum book that has been used by the largest number of drummers, Stick Control, by George Lawrence Stone, would be the easy winner. Perhaps there…

by Susan Hannum and Rick Mattingly
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Jon Christensen - European Jazz Master

Jon Christensen is probably one of the few European jazz drummers who has made a name for himself in the U.S. In Norway, of course, he is the father of a whole generation of drummers, easily recognized by the way…

by Carl Stormer
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News

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Punk Legends Unite at Goldenvoice's No Values Festival

Goldenvoice’s No Values Festival took place at the Pomona Fairplex, the former Los Angeles area stop for the Vans Warped Tour and the longtime home of the NHRA Winter and Summer Nationals. The lineup featured SoCal punk legends across genres…

Modern Drummer
Jun 18, 2024

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2024: Second Weekend Highlights

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s second weekend, held from May 2nd to May 5th, featured a performance five years in the making. The Rolling Stones, originally scheduled for the festival’s 50th anniversary in 2019, finally took the stage…

Modern Drummer
Jun 18, 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

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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