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The 5/4 Half-Time Shuffle

For those of you who’ve never heard the coveted half-time shuffle, which is also commonly referred to as the Purdie shuffle,...

by Daniel Bédard
Aug 26, 2019

Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin II was released on October 22, 1969. Although initially panned by some critics, the album became the band’s first number-one album.

by David Ciauro
Aug 26, 2019

Procol Harum's B.J. Wilson

Most who experienced his playing first-hand—including Jimmy Page, who nearly nabbed him for Led Zeppelin—believed he was one of the best drummers who ever lived.

by Patrick Berkery
Jul 31, 2019

What’s Your Favorite John Bonham Performance?

In this month’s Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic, the drummer and educator Powell Randolph explores a classic John Bonham foot pattern. In keeping with the “Bonzo” theme, we were curious to find out from our readers and social media followers which…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2018

Must-Know Grooves - Demystifying the Half-Time Shuffle

This month we’re tackling a groove that has confounded drummers for more than forty years: The half-time shuffle. This groove’s ghost note placement has been a mystery to many drummers since legends such as Bernard Purdie, John Bonham, and Jeff…

by Jim Riley
Jul 31, 2018

John Bonham

Perhaps you live in a town to which the Led Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same comes once every few weeks for the midnight showing. The audience at such events is a rough cross section of Led Zeppelin fans,…

by T. Bruce Wittet
Jun 28, 2018

Led Zeppelin book, Carl Palmer DVD, Peter Erskine, Todd Sucherman, and more!

I’m a little anal about reading the introductions and prefaces of books before I even flip through the rest of the pages. Their purpose is to set a tone, establish the credibility and character of the writer, and encapsulate the…

Modern Drummer
Dec 28, 2017

Led Zeppelin Experience’s Jason Bonham

Jason Bonham and his Led Zeppelin Experience band have been touring for the past year to celebrate an important anniversary. “It was forty years ago when Led Zeppelin toured the USA ,” says Jason, with a big smile. Jason has…

Interview and photos by Sayre Berman
Dec 28, 2017

Favorite 1960s Drum Tracks?

As we were taking a look back at some of the most iconic drummers and performances of 1967 for this month’s cover feature, we wanted to find out which tracks our readers and social media followers felt marked the greatest…

Reader Responses
May 31, 2017

John Bonham In Retrospect

Without doubt, the dominating force in heavy metal rock during the entire decade of the 1970's was Led Zeppelin. John Bonham led the way with his wildly enthusiastic style, both on stage and in the studio. His syncopated but rock…

Modern Drummer
Mar 20, 2017

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

A high-flying double album featuring some of John Bonham’s most exciting drumming hits shelves again, with cleaned-up sound and a bunch of bonus workshop tracks. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE…

Michael Parillo
Feb 23, 2017