What’s your favorite Manu Katché performance?

His drum break in “Come Talk to Me” on [Peter Gabriel’s] Secret World Live totally opened my mind ten years ago.
Richie Henry

“The Wild Wild Sea” by Sting. The man paints a portrait in that song.
John L’Ecuyer

His work on Boys for Pele by Tori Amos is so creative.

“Badman’s Song” by Tears for Fears. I’ve been listening to that track since it came out in 1989, and it blows me away every time.
Jay Hayward

“Animal” by Francis Cabrel. Amazing groove.
Rudy Rosselli

“Home” by Joe Satriani.
Danny Moore

“Somewhere Down the Crazy River” by Robbie Robertson.
Tommy Benedetti

I love Manu’s drumming on I Took Up the Runes by Jan Garbarek.
Jon Mattox

Tracy Chapman’s Matters of the Heart album.
Chris Hansen


First Play-Alongs

What records did you play along to the most?

Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism.
Aaron Condon

No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom and Dream Theater’s Awake.

Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Between Nothingness and Eternity and Return to Forever’s Where Have I Known You Before.
John Fell

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Chris Carhart

Led Zeppelin IV, Deep Purple’s Machine Head.
Robert B. Heyman

Radiohead’s The Bends and OK Computer and Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero.
Thom Mills

Everything by Thin Lizzy.
Myles Lally

Chicago at Carnegie Hall.
Darren Day

Living Colour’s Vivid.
Marc van Hout

Seaweed’s Four.
Andy Cearnal

Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic and Rush’s A Farewell to Kings.
Ross Vumbaco

Shogun by Trivium, any Tool album.
Mathew Sanchez

Little Feat’s Waiting for Columbus.
Brandon Allen

The Police’s Zenyatta Mondatta.
Lucas Steuerwald


If Not for Drums

Where would you be if drumming and music weren’t in your life?
I’d be in politics, activism, or the judiciary, following the family.
Doni Hagan

Michael Samman

Wait, not drumming was an option this whole time?!
Myke Lewis

I’d be in a much darker place without music. It’s my love and my life.
Brian Randall

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