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January 2020:
Eric Singer of Kiss

With Kiss, his primary function is, and has always been, to support the band and to put on the best show possible.

August 2004:
August 2004 – Volume 28 • Number 8

Bill Stewart, Raymond Herrera, Claude Coleman, Jason Bonham, Clyde Stubblefield, Omar Gongora, Brian Frasier-Moore, Ray Yslas, Andy Narell, Zutty Singleton, Vinne Colaiuta, Anton Fig, Gerald Heyward

June 2002:
June 2002 – Volume 26 • Number 6

Anton Fig, Mike Cosgrove, Butch Vig, John Dolmayan, Danny Carey, Marko Djordjevic, Steve Di Stanislao, Paul English, Billy English, Asa-Chang, Mike Fasano, Chris Adler, Roy Porter, Chris Vrenna, Peter Erskine, Aaron Comess

November 2000:
November 2000 – Volume 24 • Number 11

John Otto, Tito Puente, Nasheet Waits, Dom Famularo, Anton Fig, Ed Blackwell, Tico Torres, Samantha Maloney, Pat Mastelotto, Billy Conway, Jerome Deupree, Eric Bobo, Lou Dog, William Goldsmith, Paul Leim, Russ Miller, Tony Royster Jr.

February 1991:
February 1991 – Volume 15 • Number 2

In this Issue: David Garibaldi, Fred Coury, Ralph Peterson, William Calhoun, Larrie Londin, Tony Williams, Joe Morello, Ed Shaughnessy, Anton Fig, Alex Acuna, Jonathan Mover

February 1987:
February 1987 – Volume 11 • Number 2

Anton Fig, Connie Kay, Jerry Kroon, Neil Peart, Elvin Jones, Billy Cobham, Susan Evans, Steve Jordan, Kenny Washington, Buddy Williams, Barrett Deems, Gary Wallis, Butch Miles, Steve Smith

January 1987:
January 1987 – Volume 11 • Number 1

Gregg Bissonette, Gary Husband, Woody Herman, Rod Morgenstein, Walter Keiser, Pedro Haldemann, Bryan Holmes, Anton Fig, Vinny Appice, Gina Schock

June July 1980:
June July 1980 – Volume 4 • Number 3

Carl Palmer, Derek Pellicci, Bill Goodwin, Charli Persip, Bobby Rosengarden, Anton Fig

Posted: February 3, 2023

Category: News
2023 Jazz Fest Music Lineup Announced!

Dead & Company, Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Santana, Jon Batiste, Jill Scott, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kane Brown, H.E.R., Steve Miller Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark Jr., Leon Bridges, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Plus Hundreds More! To Appear at the 2023 New Orleans …

Posted: October 3, 2022

Category: News

Modern Drummer Magazine today announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Yurt Rock, a widely-recognized producer of loops, samples, and more featuring the world’s leading musicians. As part of this exciting collaboration, Yurt Rock will be releasing a series of custom drum libraries from Modern Drummer’s digital catalog. The first release planned will …

Posted: September 7, 2022

Category: News
LAMB OF GOD Takes Fans Behind The Scenes Of New Album Omens

Watch the The Making Of: Omens Premiere Live Stream Event October 6 Omens Album Drops October 7  The Omens Tour Kicks Off September 9 Photo by Travis Shinn at Henson Studios LAMB OF GOD announces The Making Of: Omens, a short film documenting the recording of their forthcoming album. The documentary will premiere with …

Posted: December 11, 2020

Category: News
Chemical Reactions – Album by Gavin Harrison & Antoine Fafard – Review – 12/11/20

Review by Rob Coen Chemical Reactions – Album by Gavin Harrison & Antoine Fafard Chemical Reactions – Released on Dec 11, 2020 – The latest Prog-Fusion meets orchestral music collaboration between Antoine Fafard and Gavin Harrison, UK virtuoso musicians. Add Jerry Goodman on acoustic and electric Violin, and the orchestral …

Posted: April 30, 2019

Mark Hudson Molly Tentarelli
Category: On the Beat
Producer Mark Hudson and Molly Tentarelli

The reason I’m here “On The Beat” is because I just finished producing a great singer/songwriter, Molly Tentarelli, and she has five of the greatest drummers in the biz on her record as well as one of the world’s best percussionists.

Posted: January 29, 2019

Meathook Bus
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Anthony Citrinite of The Collective and MeetHook in On The Beat

Dear MD! My name is Anthony Citrinite and I have been lucky enough to play drums professionally for many years with a number of great bands including Boston, Coheed & Cambria, and currently with Embers Only.

Posted: May 17, 2018

Dan Needham
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Dan Needham of Michael McDonald: Talks Making Yourself Valuable

Hello fellow MD drummers! We recently returned from an amazing two-month American/European tour with the great Michael McDonald and I’m excited to be home with my family again.

Posted: August 10, 2017

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Ralph Rolle of Chic: Passion and Persistence

Hello Modern Drummer family. One of the birthplaces of hip-hop, the Bronx River Houses, East 174th Street, Bronx, New York, is where I grew up. Why would I start an article with this? When I was eighteen years old and growing up in the projects, I dreamt of being on …

Posted: March 31, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
Anton Fig On Tour With Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band

From 1986 to 2015, few drummers were more visible than Anton Fig. You could find him on network TV practically every weeknight backing the World’s Most Dangerous Band—later rechristened the CBS Orchestra—on David Letterman’s former NBC and CBS late-night programs.

Posted: February 19, 2016

Category: A Different View, Drummers, Feature Stories
A Different View: Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. By Frank Maddocks by Will Romano   The last time I talked with Gary Clark Jr., it was over a decade ago and he was fitting a harp into a harmonica rack at Antone’s blues club, in Austin, Texas, where I was doing research. Gary was quiet …

Posted: November 2, 2015

Category: Feature Stories
Dom Famularo’s Teachers List

Over the course of his forty-year career traveling the globe to teach, perform, and conduct clinics, Dom Famularo has interacted with some of the finest drummers and drum instructors in the world. The following list contains many of those names, organized by country/continent. If you’re looking for top-notch drum instruction, …

Posted: October 14, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Evan Burrows of Wand on 1,000 Days

The Los Angeles–based group Wand, featuring drummer Evan Burrows, singer and guitarist Cory Hanson, and bassist Lee Landy, are among the most prolific of the current crop of galaxy-gazing garage-rockers, producing three full-lengths in just over a year. Burrows makes the most out of the group’s ambitious music-world view, muscularly …

Posted: June 30, 2015

Category: Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO LESSON! Samba Independence Tips With Jazz Great Antonio Sanchez

In this short video lesson, supplied by Drum Guru and Hudson Music, August 2015 cover artist, Antonio Sanchez, shares his favorite exercise for developing complete creative freedom with the left hand in a Brazilian samba style….

Posted: February 4, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
Modern Drummer Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Other Styles

We asked the members of the Modern Drummer Education Team if they felt that it’s important for all drummers to study Latin music and other musical genres, even if they don’t intend to ever perform those styles. Here’s what they had to say….

Posted: December 31, 2014

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Album Review: Anton Times Two

A pair of recent recordings, Eric Johnson and Mike Stern’s Eclectic and Joe Bonamassa’s Different Shades of Blue, reveal what Late Show drummer Anton Fig is up to when he’s away from the TV cameras—namely, making some famous guitar slingers very, very happy.

Posted: December 8, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Big Something’s Ben Vinograd on the Real-World Education of the Road

I graduated with a music degree from Catawba College, and before that took drum lessons in MD where I grew up. When I turned twenty-one, I began touring with Big Something. From that point on my conventional education ended, and my real-world education began….

Posted: August 14, 2013

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Anton Fig Signs With Evans and PureSound

Longtime Late Show With David Letterman drummer Anton Fig recently joined the artist rosters for Evans drumheads and PureSound accessories. Fig has appeared on the nightly CBS program since 1986, and during this tenure he has played with dozens of renowned artists, including Miles Davis, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Steve …

Posted: August 12, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Patrick Wheeler of the Wheeler Brothers

My name is Patrick Wheeler, and I play drums in a little family affair called Wheeler Brothers. We just released our sophomore album, Gold Boots Glitter….

Posted: January 23, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Jan Web Update News

Ringo Starr’s seventeenth solo studio record, Ringo 2012, will be released on January 31 in the United States and January 30 internationally. The album, which was produced by Starr, was recorded in L.A. and mixed in England by Ringo and Bruce Sugar. For more, visit www.ringostarr.com. Kenny Aronoff is still …

Posted: December 9, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
National Music Workshop’s 2012 Pat Metheny Summer Music Workshop

For intermediate and advanced jazz musicians, all instruments (limited enrollment) — Event to be held August 20-24, 2012, The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, CT– The National Music Workshop is proud to announce the 2012 Pat Metheny Summer Music Workshop. World-renowned guitarist, composer and bandleader Pat Metheny will return to …

Posted: November 22, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Paul Motian: Embracing The Past, Forging the Future

An interview with post-bop master Paul Motian, which ran in the April 2005 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.

Posted: November 22, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
November Web Update News

Drumming news for the month of November complied in one place.

Posted: October 31, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Freddie Gruber

Right up until his passing on October 11, Freddie Gruber was a source of deep and important knowledge for many top drummers.

Posted: July 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
MD Readers Poll 2011 Results

Welcome once again to the MD Readers Poll, where the greatest drummers on the planet are honored by the most educated drum fans around. Let’s get right to it: the envelope, please….

Posted: May 2, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Danny Seraphine: Update

by Bob GirouardIt seems that since Danny Seraphine made a comeback of sorts of the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival, he’s kicked the current phase of his drumming career into high gear, appearing at events like Drummers for Jesus, the 2009 Chicago Drum Show, and a Terry Kath tribute, and making …

Posted: April 29, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason Hartless – Crüe Fest Veteran And More

Hey everyone in Modern Drummer land! My name is Jason Hartless, and I come from The Motor City. I am fifteen years old and have been a drummer for all of my life. I have been fortunate enough to, by the age of fourteen, have already toured or performed with …

Posted: October 20, 2009

Category: A Different View, Drummers, Feature Stories
A Different View: Paul Shaffer

The longtime Letterman bandleader and keyboardist chats with MD about some of his favorite drummers.

Posted: October 20, 2009

Category: Feature Stories
Drumming On TV

In celebration of the great, sometimes groundbreaking drumming performances of TV’s golden age, we present to you highlights along the illustrious Drumming On TV timeline…

Posted: February 19, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
J.J. Johnson: John Mayer’s Right-Hand Rhythm Man Brings A Jazzer’s Ear To Big-Beat Rock

Among today’s pop stars, John Mayer is unique. Despite his fame and frequent appearances in the tabloids, a deeper listen reveals that the singer/songwriter/guitarist is a real musician. If he hadn’t have been lucky enough to be picked up by a record label and thrust in front of the public …

Posted: May 29, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Seven Antonopoulos

We've been out with Filter and Ours for about four days now. It feels so good to be back out on the road again after almost two years off. (continue reading)

Posted: April 10, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tony Nesbitt-Larking with The Most Serene Republic

With our new CD, Population, hot off the press, and with the backing of Yaris and Arts & Crafts, we hit the road last October for a two-month mega-tour across Canada and the US.

Posted: January 16, 2008

Category: Feature Stories
Best Of ’07

I’m convinced that, ten years from now, we’re going to look back at 2007 as an unusually fertile time in music and in drumming.

Posted: December 15, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Antonio Sanchez

Best known for his multi-timbral, multi-textural, orchestral jazz drumming with The Pat Metheny Group, Antonio Sanchez spreads his solo sticks wide for his debut as a leader, Migration….

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Anton Fig

For the past four years, Anton Fig has been hard at work conceiving and creating his first solo effort, Figments. Thanks to a bank loan (so he could record a good portion of it at home with Pro Tools) and his consistent work on The Late Show With David Letterman, …

Posted: January 5, 2023

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Holiday Special

A special Holiday episode of “Live From My Drum Room” with John’s old friends dropping by to spread some Holiday Cheer! Steve Gadd, David Garibaldi, Jack Bruno, Eddie Tuduri, Steve Smith, Todd Sucherman, Jeff Hamilton, Gregg Bissonette, Anton Fig, Joe Franco, Dave Mattacks, Rob Wallis and Robyn Flans all stopped …

Posted: September 15, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 88: Live From My Drum Room Remembering Charlie Watts – Part 4

Part 4 of John DeChristopher’s series Remembering Charlie Watts. John’s guests were Jim Keltner, Vinnie Colaiuta, Charley Drayton, Pete Thomas, Anton Fig and Aaron Comess. They shared some beautiful stories about Charlie and even turned to Ringo, as drummers often do. Hold on to your hats because this is one …