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Reissue of Keith Moon’s “Pictures of Lily” Drum Set

Keith Moon’s original 1967 “Pictures of Lily” Premier drum set was not only visually stunning, it was also likely the first customized-graphic kit put into use by a major rock act. Premier’s in-house publication, Talking Drums, states that Moon approached…

Modern Drummer
Feb 1, 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

What Was Your First Favorite Drum Record?

Vivid by Living Colour. Will Calhoun plays masterfully and with tons of power. It was perfect: playable but loaded with nuance.Scott Sparks Manu Katché on Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live. I was around five, and it just blew my mind.…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2020

Keith Moon: An Examination

There is a silver lining to the devaluation of recorded music that has accompanied the streaming revolution. Legacy acts and record labels that have grown accustomed to the passive income generated from their old master recordings are continuously returning to…

By John Colpitts
Oct 30, 2018

The 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time

Whose playing endures through the decades? Whose music do we reach for when we want new ideas? When we want to practice? When we want to laugh? Who inspires and delights us most? TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN…

Entries written by Adam Budofsky, Michael Dawson, and Michael Parillo
Feb 1, 2018

Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins on the Who’s Live at Leeds

“No matter how many times you listen to Live at Leeds, it surprises,” says MD Pro Panelist Stephen Perkins, who’s been touring with Jane’s Addiction behind its latest studio album, The Great Escape Artist. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG…

by Ilya Stemkovsky
Nov 1, 2017

The History of Rock Drumming Part IV

The British Invasion of the '60s literally changed the consciousness of the world. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+ Issues) 40+ Drum…

by Scott K. Fish
Oct 6, 2017

Keith Moon Remembered

Keith Moon gave us laughs, he gave us music, and he gave us himself. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+ Issues) 40+…

By T. Bruce Wittet With special thanks to Phil Evans
Sep 21, 2017

Sounds and Setups

1967 was a year when wild was in. And of the rock bands commanding the world’s attention that year, it didn’t get much wilder than the Who, Cream, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The same could be said for the…

by Adam Budofsky
May 31, 2017

January 2007 - Volume 31 • Number 1

Zak Starkey, Keith Moon, Travis Smith, Joe Russo, Jim Payne, John Fred Young, Aaron Montgomery, Joe Tomino, Joel Stevenett, Kaspar Rast, Sonny Emory, Chick Webb, Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, Terry Bozzio, Carmine Appice TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN…

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Jan 1, 2007

September 2003 - Volume 27 • Number 9

Keith Moon, Adam Deitch, Todd Sucherman, Adam Carson, Joey Kramer, Todd Nance, Jimmy Chamberlin, Dave DiCenso, Jim Christie, Jeremy Hummel, Tiny Kahn, Adrian Young, Raymond Herrera, Ian Paice TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or…

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Sep 1, 2003

January 2001 - Volume 25 • Number 1

Tré Cool, Wuv, Nicko McBrain, Dave Krusen, Phil Ehart, Trey Gray, Steve Gadd, Joe Morello, Rod Morgenstein, Peter Erskine, Neil Peart, Mel Lewis, Roy Burns, Mark Parsons, Rick Van Horn, Tony Williams, Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Tito Puente, Alan Dawson,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 1, 2001

September 1998 - Volume 22 • Number 9

Carter Beauford, Billy Martin, Mike Clark, Keith Moon, Paul Deakin, Charlie Benante, Mark Walker, Scott Rockenfield, Joe Birch, Marky Ramone, Mark Rajakovic, Terry Bozzio, Paul Liem, TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year…

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Sep 1, 1998

January 1986 - Volume 10 • Number 1

Louie Bellson, Alan Dawson, Sly Dunbar, Steve Gadd, David Garibaldi, Danny Gottlieb, Omar Hakim, Larrie Londin, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Andy Newmark, Jimmy Bralower, Jules Moss, Bill Bruford, Gil Moore, Carl Palmer, John Bonham, Karen Carpenter, Nick Ceroli, Papa Jo…

Modern Drummer
Jan 1, 1986

June 1982 - Volume 6 • Number 4

Max Roach, Keith Moon, Vic Firth, Joe Vitale, Chris Parker, Sonny Greer, Mickey Curry, Butch Ballard, Billy Hart, Hal Blaine, Buddy Rich, Rick Marotta, Elvin Jones TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year…

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Jun 1, 1982