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Sonic Temple Festival 2023: Recap + Photo Gallery

Festival season for Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) continued with Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival (formerly Rock On the Range) throughout Memorial Day weekend (5/25-5/28). The festival returned to the Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH after a three-year hiatus…

Modern Drummer
Jun 8, 2023

Gretsch's 140th Anniversary Concert in NYC: Photo Gallery

On May 23rd, 2023, Gretsch drums returned to New York City for a remarkable 140th anniversary celebration. The South Carolina-based drum company organized a special one-night-only concert at The Cutting Room in New York City to honor the rich history…

Modern Drummer
Jun 1, 2023

Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp Announces July Edition in NYC

If you've ever wanted to live out your rockstar dreams, Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp is here to make that possible. Taking place in New York City, Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp will go down from July 13th-16th, 2023. You'll have an opportunity to…

Modern Drummer
May 26, 2023

Terri Lyne Carrington's Debut TLC & Friends To Receive First-Ever Wide Release

  Terri Lynn Carrington, photo by Bob Campbell Accomplished drummer and Modern Drummer's April 2023 cover star Terri Lyne Carrington will be giving her 1981 debut, TLC & Friends, a wide release for the first time. The album will hit streaming…

Modern Drummer
May 25, 2023

Josh Freese is Foo Fighters' New Live Drummer

Josh Freese, photo via Veeps Josh Freese has been revealed as Foo Fighters' new live drummer. Foo Fighters confirmed Freese's involvement on Sunday during a pre-tour livestream called "Foo Fighters: Preparing Music For Concerts." Freese steps into the role previously…

Modern Drummer
May 21, 2023

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2023: Recap + Photo Gallery

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival returned to the N.O. Fairgrounds Race Course and Slots for two weekends — April 28th-30th and May 4th-7th. The festival brought together a staggering 460,000 people over both weekends. There were many highlights…

Modern Drummer
May 15, 2023

Zildjian Celebrates 400 Years With Stellar Anniversary Concerts: Recap + Photos

Herlin Riley (photo by Alex Kluft) Zildjian, the world’s oldest musical instrument brand, turns 400 this year. To celebrate, the cymbal manufacturers hosted two unique events: One at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA in early March and one…

Modern Drummer
May 3, 2023

The All-Star Tribute Concert For Dino Danelli Was a Memorable Reflection on His Legacy: Review

Dino Danelli Tribute Concert (photo by Lisa Girouard)   Without a doubt, Dino Danelli has held an iconic status among drummers world-wide. His style, showmanship and groove were often attempted but never equaled. The “Legend” of Dino was as large,…

Modern Drummer
May 3, 2023

Carl Palmer "Feeling Really Good" Following Heart Surgery

Photo by Alex Kluft Carl Palmer is "feeling really good" after undergoing heart surgery. The Emerson, Lake & Palmer drummer recently underwent an atrial fibrillation ablation to fix an irregular heartbeat. In a Facebook post, he thanked fans for their…

Modern Drummer
Apr 29, 2023

Gretsch Drums Announces 140th Anniversary Concert in New York City

140 years ago in Brooklyn, NY, Gretsch Drums were born, and on May 23rd, 2023, the South Carolina-based drum company is returning to the Big Apple for a big celebration. Gretsch has announced a special one-night-only concert at The Cutting…

Modern Drummer
Apr 25, 2023

Bill Kreutzmann Sitting Out of Dead & Company's Final Tour

Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Image Dead & Company will embark on their final tour without drummer Bill Kreutzmann. "After many long discussions and some good old-fashioned soul searching, we are letting you know that our brother Bill Kreutzmann will not…

Modern Drummer
Apr 22, 2023

How to Get Tickets to MANÁ's 2023 Tour

MANÁ are bringing their "México Lindo Y Querido" tour to North America. "Get ready, we’re coming with a brand new production and all our hits," the band shared in a statement. "We’re excited to be back on the road and…

Modern Drummer
Apr 13, 2023

Kansas' Phil Ehart on the Opening Fill to "Carry On Wayward Son": "I Thought It Was Too Simple"

Phil Ehart, photo by Mark Schierolz Sometimes, the most iconic musical moments emerge from an accident. Such is the case for Kansas' seminal 1976 hit "Carry On Wayward Son," which features a signature drum fill after the band's a cappella…

Modern Drummer
Apr 5, 2023

Violent Femmes' John Sparrow Reveals Why He Plays on a Barbecue Grill: "It Was a Happy Accident"

  John Sparrow, photo courtesy of Two For the Road Media Some drummers obsess over the ring of their cymbals, the pop of their snare, or the dimensions of their bass drum. For John Sparrow of Violent Femmes, however, he's…

Modern Drummer
Apr 4, 2023