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Smash Palace’s Harry Lewis

His movements were overemphasized, and his sound cut through like a cannon. Also, although his concentration was intense, he offered direct eye contact with the audience.

by Denise Skea
Mar 26, 2019

Marillion's Ian Mosley

When was the last time you went to a concert where the audience clapped and sang along to every song?

by Susan Alexander
Dec 12, 2018

Adrenalin’s Brian Pastoria

I first met Brian Pastoria while his group, Adrenalin, was rehearsing some tunes from their recent album American Heart. The group’s road manager, Thom Kuchulan, noticed me standing outside the studio and invited me in to listen. The band was…

by Brian W. Elliot
Sep 20, 2018

Simple Minds’ Mel Gaynor

Mel Gaynor may be a modest, unassuming guy off stage, but behind his intimidating black drumkit, he speaks with a loud, dominant voice. Gaynor’s percussive contributions have helped Scotland’s Simple Minds develop their distinctively rich, but nevertheless, visceral, sound. Before…

by Bill Wolfe
Sep 6, 2018

Valentino Arteaga

Of Mice & Men’s drummer takes a step forward on the band’s third album, tapping into his nu-metal roots and embracing fresh and fierce sounds. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE…

by Stephen Bidwell
Feb 15, 2018

Vic Mastrianni

One can't help but be intrigued by a drummer whose playing experiences range from Ted Nugent to Crystal Gayle, who grew up in Florida, lived in Detroit with Nugent, and now lives in Nashville. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG…

by Robyn Flans
Nov 8, 2017

Up And Coming - Owen Hale

Roger Hawkins mentioned Owen Hale as a new studio drummer in Muscle Shoals who deserved some attention.

by Scott K. Fish
Oct 13, 2017

Up and Coming: Butch Baron

Butch Baron was raised on Long Island, New York, but has spent the last few years on the West Coast. He has taken the seeming "adversity" of being a drummer with only one leg and turned it into an "opportunity."…

by Scott K. Fish
Feb 23, 2017