The Modern Drummer Podcast

Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.


Episode 84: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Joe Vitale

Originally aired live on August 18, 2021. A very special and enjoyable chat with one of my drumming heroes, the legendary Joe Vitale! Joe and I discussed his incredible 50+ year career as the groove behind rock icons, Joe Walsh,…

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Aug 18, 2022

Episode 83: Remembering Jeff Porcaro

In this episode, John remembers the great Jeff Porcaro whom we lost August 5, 1992. Joining John is a legendary group of Jeff’s friends and contemporaries and a literal “who’s who” of the drumming community, including Jim Keltner, Vinnie Colaiuta,…

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Aug 11, 2022

Episode 82: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Myron Grombacher and Gregg Bissonette

Originally aired live on March 16, 2021. John chats with two of his best pals and incredible drummers, Myron Grombacher and Gregg Bissonette! Myron talks about playing with Rick Derringer before joining the Pat Benatar Band, his iconic drum sets and…

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Aug 4, 2022

Episode 81: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Stan Lynch

John’s guest is drummer, producer, songwriter, and original drummer for "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers," Stan Lynch. Stan discussed reuniting with his longtime friend and Heartbreakers bandmate, guitarist extraordinaire Mike Campbell, and his recent tour with Mike’s band, "The Dirty…

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Jul 28, 2022

Episode 80: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Jeff Hamilton

John’s guest is the legendary Jeff Hamilton! In this episode Jeff talks about his early drumming influences, attending Indiana University and studying with the great John Von Ohlen, joining Woody Herman’s band in 1977 at age 23, and being invited…

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Jul 21, 2022

Episode 79: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Ed Toth & Marc Quinones

John’s guests are drummer Ed Toth, and percussionist Marc Quinones, of The Doobie Brothers. Ed recalled being invited to audition for the Doobie Brothers in 2005 after his band "Vertical Horizon" disbanded, to replace the late-great Keith Knudsen and be…

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Jul 14, 2022

Episode 78: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Peter Erskine

John’s guest is the legendary Peter Erskine! Peter and John discussed Peter’s MD Legends Series Book (available now!), and numerous other topics including vintage drums, selecting ride cymbals, home recording and much more. They also talked about Peter’s upcoming induction…

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Jul 7, 2022

Episode 77: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Chris Hart

John’s guest is Chris Hart, Director of Artist Relations at Remo Inc. Chris has built relationships with the world’s top drummers and percussionists and in this show, you’ll see why he is one of the most loved and respected figures…

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Jun 30, 2022

Episode 76: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Lorne Wheaton

John’s guest is Lorne Wheaton. Lorne is one of the most respected and sought after drum techs and stage managers in the business, and has worked for a who’s who of drummers and bands, including Steve Smith/Journey & Vital Information,…

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Jun 23, 2022

Episode 75: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Ronn Dunnett

John’s guest is Ronn Dunnett, CEO & President of Dunnett Classic Drums, The George Way Drum Company and Milestone Percussion. John and Ronn discussed Ronn’s early years as a drummer playing throughout Canada, forming Dunnett Classic Drums 30 years ago,…

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Jun 16, 2022

Episode 74: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Mike Dolbear

John’s guest was Mike Dolbear, well known drummer, teacher and Drum Industry figure. Mike talks about writing his book, “Rhythm and Fills,” launching, his love of teaching and some of his students who have gone on to being successful,…

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Jun 9, 2022

Episode 73: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Donn Bennett

John’s guest was Donn Bennett, drummer, educator and founder of Donn Bennett’s Drum Studio in Seattle, WA. Donn talks about how he went from a teaching studio to opening his retail store, how he got into collecting vintage drums, creating…

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Jun 2, 2022

Episode 72: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Matt Sorum

John’s guest this week is Matt Sorum, drummer for Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Velvet Revolver, Kings Of Chaos, as well as numerous side projects. Matt and John discussed Matt’s long and successful career, with lots of great stories including…

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May 26, 2022

Episode 71: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Aaron Comess

John’s guest is Aaron Comess, drummer and founding member of the "Spin Doctors.” In this episode Aaron talks about growing up in Dallas, his early influences, his teachers, attending North Texas State, then Berklee College in Boston for a year,…

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May 19, 2022