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August 2021:
Burn, Baby, Burn!
Billy Amendola by Michele Eve

Hello, everyone. I hope your summer has been going as well as it can be. Welcome to another special issue of Modern Drummer. Come on, you have to admit the last few issues have been pretty amazing. (Thank you, MD team.) The April 2021 issue saw us on national TV …


April 2021:
April 2021
Give the Drummer Some!
Billy Amendola by Michele Eve

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the April 2021 issue of MD. I was hoping by the time I would be writing this editorial we’d be back to some sort of normalcy. Unfortunately, such is not the case yet. Fortunately, day-by-day, it’s getting better all the time. Yes, I hear John Lennon …


April 2021:
April 2021
Fred Armisen
Fred Armisen by Alex Solca

The Multitasking Marvel ofLate Night with Seth Meyers If Fred Armisen was “just” the band leader, drummer, and former guitarist of The 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers, it would be a pretty monumental accomplishment. But Armisen is also an actor, writer, TV and film producer, a former …


January 2021:
Be a Dreamer, and Don’t Stop Believing
Billy Amendola

I hope all is as well as can be for you in these still uncertain times. Since my last editorial, the world has gone a bit nutty, and we’ve all been going through some changes, frustrations, and fears. We all know by now as we head into a new year …


June 2020:
Reflections of My Life

Hi, and welcome to 1970! We editors really enjoy doing these theme issues, and we hope you take as much pleasure from them.


November 2019:
Skipping Down Memory Lane

Hi, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your summer. Did you get out to any live shows? Play some great gigs? Make a record? Let us know what you’ve been up to, and you could be selected to be one our Spotlight Subscribers— our way to let you update us on …


July 2019:
July 2019 cover
Boom, Ba-Boom, Crash! Boom, Ba-Boom, Crash!

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the July 2019 issue. If you’re into gawking at wild and famous drumkits, then you’re going to enjoy our photo-essay on Crash, the new coffee-table book by drummer, collector, and studio sound technician David Frangioni. In addition to talking to the author about it, we couldn’t …


March 2019:
March 19 Cover
It Was Twenty Years Ago….

This is the issue of Modern Drummer that’s given out at the annual winter NAMM trade show, which is being  held between January 24 and 27 at the Convention Center in Anaheim, California.


November 2017:
Make Every Second Count

How’s everyone doing? Hopefully life isn’t being too hard on you. Spending time on social media, as so many of us do these days, we become more and more aware of what’s happening in people’s lives—and we communicate the general vibe of our own lives on a daily basis.


March 2017:
An Editor's Overview – The Uncommon Man
MD Editor Billy Amendola

Hello, everyone! We’re already well into the new year, and I always like to take the opportunity around this time to thank readers, drum industry members, and everyone else who has supported Modern Drummer over the past forty-one years. Some of you will be picking up this issue at the …



Posted: October 4, 2021

Category: News
100 Drummers “Drum Together” for WhyHunger Campaign

The mission is simple, but critical: One Beat. One Mission. End Hunger. WhyHunger—a non-profit founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and radio deejay Bill Ayres to “change systems, policies, and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world”—enlisted more than 100 drummers and percussionists to perform a …


Posted: July 22, 2021

Category: News
Sheila E. is Crowned First Female Winner of the Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame

The Queen of Percussion, Sheila E., is having a great summer. Besides being back to touring, it was announced in June, that the Latin Recording Academy will honor Sheila E. and her father Pete Escovedo with a Lifetime Achievement Award on November 17th in Las Vegas. On July 20th, Modern Drummer, the worldwide leading …


Posted: April 7, 2021

Category: News
Brian Tichy – Interview +“I’m the One” by Van Halen – Play Along & Lesson Video!

  Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne and more) recently recorded a play along and lesson video for Modern Drummer as a tribute to the great Alex Van Halen and the Modern Drummer Legends Vol 2 featuring AVH. Modern Drummer caught up with Brian for a brief Q …


Posted: December 31, 2020

Episode 14
Category: News, The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 14: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Mickey Curry

Episode 14: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Mickey Curry + Dawson’s Shop Talk interview with Steve Stecher & review on two Doc Sweeney snares. David Frangioni & Billy Amendola talk with Mickey Curry about his career & records, his way of playing the drums, and the set …


Posted: December 21, 2020

Pop-Up Podast
Category: News, The Modern Drummer Podcast
Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast with for KING & COUNTRY!

Monday Dec 21st – Check out the Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast with for KING & COUNTRY! Billy Amendola & David Frangioni talk with them about their current drive-in tour which just wrapped up, their Little Drummer Boy worldwide sensation track and video, and the MD + for KING & COUNTRY …


Posted: March 19, 2020

Category: On the Beat
MD Spotlight Subscriber Hal Howland: On The Beat

I really appreciated Billy Amendola’s Editors Overview in the November 2019 issue of Modern Drummer in which he asked readers to let the magazine and fellow subscribers know what we have been up to.


Posted: March 5, 2020

Joey Cassata
Category: On the Beat
Joey Cassata of ZO2

I’m really excited to announce that my recently released autobiography, Start With a Dream: A Drummer’s Journey from Rock & Roll to TV to Broadway, reached number one on the Amazon bestseller list!


Posted: February 6, 2020

Category: On the Beat
Max Silverstein of No1Cares

Comedian/Actor/Drummer Andrew Dice Clay’s son Max talks about his influences, gear, and playing with his brother Dillon.


Posted: February 4, 2020

Category: News
Maná's Alex González at NAMM 2020

Manå’s Alex Gonzålez at the Paiste Cymbals booth during the 2020 NAMM Show.


Posted: January 14, 2020

Category: Clinics and Events, News
Neil Peart Commemoration Added to the Metal Hall of Fame 2020 Gala

Modern Drummer Magazine and the Metal Hall of Fame will hold a special ceremony to honor the legacy of iconic Rush drummer Neil Peart.


Posted: September 10, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Silverthorne’s Brian Tichy

Hello Modern Drummer readers! Having been a subscriber since the ninth grade, it’s always an honor to be somewhere within the world of MD. A big thanks to Billy Amendola for all his support since we met so many years ago.


Posted: August 2, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Brie Darling of Cherie Currie, Fanny, and Boxing Gandhis

Los Angeles-based, female rock icons Cherie Currie and Brie Darling have joined together to record their debut album, The Motivator.


Posted: July 11, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Pete Biggiani of Kodiak

When I was eleven, Modern Drummer and Carmine Appice ran a contest. Carmine was searching for the next child drum prodigy to star in his upcoming Realistic Rock for Kids DVD. We submitted a video of my playing and I won!


Posted: May 21, 2019

Rich Scannella
Category: On the Beat
Rich Scannella of Jon Bon Jovi & the Kings of Suburbia

Hi MD readers, Rich Scannella here, I am checking in between my gigs with Jon Bon Jovi & the Kings of Suburbia.


Posted: May 14, 2019

Matt Tecu
Category: On the Beat
Matt Tecu of Jakob and The Echo In The Canyon Band

I am the drummer on the movie and album Echo In The Canyon. It’s a documentary/concert film about the sixties Laurel Canyon music scene, featuring the music of such artists as the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Mamas and the Papas, and Brian Wilson.


Posted: April 18, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Bob Holz on His Latest Album and More!

What a pleasure it was to headline at the world famous Catalina Jazz Bar in Hollywood and share the stage with Dean Brown, Brandon Fields, Andrew Ford, and Hans Zermuehlan!


Posted: February 7, 2019

Mario J. McNutly
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer/Producer Mario J. McNulty in On The Beat

Hello Modern Drummer! My name is Mario J. McNulty and I am a producer/mixer based out of New York City. What an honor to be writing this “On The Beat.” I started my musical life as a drummer, and of course I’ve been reading MD since I was a kid.


Posted: June 26, 2018

Brooke Colucci
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Brooke Colucci: Talks Getting Started, Posting Covers, and Gear

Hey Modern Drummer family! I just wanted to start by saying thank you to Billy Amendola and Modern Drummer for the opportunity to introduce myself and share a little bit of my story here “On The Beat.”


Posted: May 22, 2018

Gabor Gabs Dornyei
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Gabor Gabs Dornyei: Delivering Under Pressure

Hi there Modern Drummer readers, it’s always a pleasure to check in and stay in contact with you all. I’d like to thank my “Brother in Drums” Billy Amendola, and everyone at MD, for providing me with this opportunity.


Posted: May 8, 2018

Austin Curcuruto
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Austin Curcuruto of the Oak Ridge Boys: Talks Challenges, Recording Styles, and Gear

Hello, fellow MD readers! My name is Austin Curcuruto and I’m currently on tour with the legendary Oak Ridge Boys. With more than 150 dates per year—not including Opry spots—the Oak Ridge Boys remain one of the busiest acts in show business today.


Posted: April 19, 2018

Manny Elias
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Manny Elias of Tears for Fears and Gregory Darling: Talks New Albums

A massive hello to all you MD readers, Manny Elias here and it’s great to chat with you again! As some of you may remember I’m the original drummer from Tears For Fears (The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair).


Posted: March 22, 2018

Alan Childs
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with NYC Session Drummer Alan Childs: Talks New Album and Making a Living as a Drummer

Hey MD Drummers, Alan Childs here. Some of you might know me as the drummer for David Bowie, John Waite, Julian Lennon, and too many others to list here. I was blessed to do many recording sessions, radio, and TV jingles as well.


Posted: February 1, 2018

Gerry Polci
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Gerry Polci of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and the Hit Men: What’s Up After All These Years

Hello MD Drummers! My name is Gerry Polci. I have been playing professionally for more than fifty years, yes, fifty years, and I’m happy to say I still love what I do and love to share my acquired skills with the rest of the drumming world.


Posted: January 23, 2018

Ivan Hampden Jr
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Ivan Hampden Jr.: Shares Musical Journey

Hello everyone! I’m Ivan Hampden Jr. and I’ve spent a large majority of my career performing and recording with various major artists, most notably Luther Vandross, Ashford and Simpson, Roberta Flack, Jennifer Lopez, Eartha Kitt, Phil Perry, Patti Austin, and many more.


Posted: November 7, 2017

Warren Benbow
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with NYC Drummer Warren Benbow: Once a Drummer, Always a Drummer

Hello MD fans! Warren Benbow coming at you courtesy of this “On The Beat!” Like most drummers, I started out early and by the time I was sixteen I was playing my first professional gigs. It seemed to me that I was born a drummer.


Posted: September 19, 2017

Ben Smith
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Ben Smith of Roadcase Royale and Heart: Talks New Band and Debut CD

Hey everyone in Modern Drummer land, Ben Smith here! I’m happy and honored Billy Amendola asked me to put something together for this “On The Beat!”


Posted: May 31, 2017

Gethin Davies
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Gethin Davies of the Struts: Talks Touring and Influences

Hello MD! I’m Gethin Davies, drummer for British glam rock ’n’ roll band the Struts. Thanks to Billy Amendola and Modern Drummer for having me write a few words for you all—it’s an honor to be part of such a great publication.


Posted: April 26, 2017

Category: A Different View, Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Web Exclusive: Producer Russ Titelman on 10 of His Favorite Drummers

The June issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an interview with three-time Grammy Award–winning producer Russ Titelman who in his long career has worked with musical giants including Little Feat, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Cyndi Lauper, Graham Central Station, Rickie Lee Jones, George Harrison, Chaka Khan, the Bee …


Posted: February 8, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Legendary Bassist Nathan East on His New Album Reverence

On Nathan East’s second solo album, Reverence, he once again steps into the spotlight as bandleader. Produced by East and Yamaha Entertainment Group of America founder Chris Gero, it’s no surprise that shortly after its debut (less than one month ago), the album hit the number-one spot on both the …


Posted: January 31, 2017

Category: Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Kenny Aronoff Studio Tour!

 This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the March 2016 issue, which is available here. On The Cover Kenny Aronoff This is one of life’s simple truths: The more you learn, the more you realize how much more you have to learn. Here is another simple …


Posted: December 20, 2016

Joey Cassata
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Joey Cassata of ZO2 and the Musical "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812": Talks Challenges of Broadway

Hey, Modern Drummer readers! It’s Joey Cassata, drummer for the new Broadway musical starring Josh Groban called “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”.


Posted: December 20, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Joey Cassata of ZO2 and the Musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”: Talks Challenges of Broadway

Hey, Modern Drummer readers! It’s Joey Cassata, drummer for the new Broadway musical starring Josh Groban called “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”.


Posted: December 13, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Joe Bellia of the Weeklings: Talks Second Album and Abbey Road Studios

Hi! My name is Joe Bellia. I’ve toured with Southside Johnny, Dave Mason, Jon Bon Jovi, and the KOS band, to mention a few. I am currently a member of the Beatles-inspired band the Weeklings and last June we recorded our second CD Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in …


Posted: November 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Web Exclusive
Track-by-Track: Frank Zummo Discusses Sum 41’s 13 Voices

Born in Long Island, New York, Zummo began drumming at the early age of three when he discovered his dad’s drumkit. By the time he was seven he was an award-winning drummer, taking home the top prize in Long Island Drum Center’s Battle of the Beats. In 2004, Zummo helped …


Posted: October 27, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Ernie Durawa of the Texas Tornados: Talks Projects and Performances

Well, 2017 seems to be approaching fast! There are a lot of great music performances and some tours and recordings to talk about.


Posted: October 11, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Damon DueWhite: Five Tips When Starting Out and More

Hello Modern Drummer readers, my name is Damon DueWhite. Before I get into my background let me first thank Billy Amendola and Modern Drummer magazine for providing me with this opportunity to introduce myself to you—especially considering the circumstances under which we met.


Posted: September 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Issues
November 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Living Colour’s Will Calhoun

See what’s in the November 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Living Colour’s Will Calhoun!


Posted: August 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Issues
October 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Toto’s Shannon Forrest

See what’s in the October 2016 Issue of Modern Drummermagazine featuring Toto’s Shannon Forrest!


Posted: August 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Featured
Drummer/Programmer/Producer Steven Wolf

Steven Wolf is, without doubt, truly one of today’s modern day drummers. He has all the technique and chops, he can groove like a feel-good metronome, and his programmed drum parts make you think, are these real drums or not?


Posted: July 19, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Marc LaFrance of the Randy Bachman Band: Singing Drummer

Hello, On the Beat readers! My name is Marc LaFrance and I am the drummer/singer for Randy Bachman (Guess Who/BTO) and Bachman and Turner. I’m also a producer, songwriter, and session singer. I have performed on many albums over the years with such acts as Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, the …


Posted: July 5, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Lynn Coulter of Rita Coolidge: On the Road With the Delta Lady

Hello “On the Beat??? readers, Lynn Coulter here. I just got back from two weeks out with the fabulous Rita Coolidge doing dates in the New England area. Rita just released her memoir, Delta Lady.


Posted: May 31, 2016

2016 Gear of the Year Issue Modern Drummer magazine
Category: Drummers, Featured, Issues, News, News and Events
July Modern Drummer magazine 2016 Gear of the Year Issue

See what’s in the July Modern Drummer magazine 2016 Gear of the Year Issue.


Posted: May 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Featured, Issues, News, News and Events
July Modern Drummer magazine 2016 Gear of the Year Issue

See what’s in the July Modern Drummer magazine 2016 Gear of the Year Issue.


Posted: April 21, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Iconic Singer, Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist Prince Dies at Age Fifty-Seven

Prince’s massive appeal crossed genres and generations, and besides his singing, songwriting, and production prowess, the influential artist was adept on many instruments, including the drums. In fact, Prince and his longtime drummer John Blackwell appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer in January of 2005, soon after the release …


Posted: February 26, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Narada Michael Walden: Drummer, Singer, Songwriter, Educator, and Producer to the Stars

In this exclusive online article, he discusses working with a couple of his famous former drum students and comments on the individual tracks from Evolution.


Posted: January 29, 2016

March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Barry Kerch
Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Barry Kerch

See what’s in the March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Barry Kerch.


Posted: January 29, 2016

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Barry Kerch

See what’s in the March 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Barry Kerch.


Posted: November 13, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Hollywood, CA 2015

On November 6, Modern Drummer’s Billy Amendola hosted an afternoon Q&A at David Fishof’s Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with legendary drummer Ginger Baker. Later that evening, Amendola threw his annual “drum hang??? with special guests Erik Eldenius, Matt Star, Denny Seiwell, percussionist Pamela Seraphine, bassist Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali, …


Posted: November 6, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Roger Taylor Discusses Duran Duran’s Paper Gods Track by Track

Roger Taylor and the hit-making British “new romantic??? band Duran Duran are back on the road, promoting their fourteenth album, Paper Gods. Taylor, who originally joined Duran Duran in 1979—replacing a drum machine—takes us through the release track-by-track….


Posted: October 14, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Web Exclusive: Producer David Frangioni on the Brian Frasier-Moore “Grooves For Life??? Loop Library

In 2009, Audio One’s sound-specialist and producer David Frangioni spoke to Madonna’s musical director Kevin Antunes about Brian Frasier-Moore contributing to Frangioni’s series of drum sample libraries. Antunes thought it was a wonderful idea and three years later, in 2012, David Frangioni Presents Brian Frasier-Moore, Volume 1 was released.


Posted: October 9, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
News: John Good and DW Drums Visit Guitar Center NYC for DW Day

On October 3, 2015 in New York City, original Kiss drummer Peter Criss, session drummers Shawn Pelton and Billy Ward, along with Foghat’s Roger Earl, Modern Drummer’s Billy Amendola, and DW Senior Executive Vice President and drum making guru John Good made an appearance at DW Day at the Guitar …


Posted: October 1, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
November 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Brian Frasier-Moore

See what’s in the pages of the October 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Brian Frasier-Moore and where you can get it….


Posted: September 15, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Web Exclusive! Joe Walsh’s Joe Vitale: Practice Tips and Influences

Joe Vitale is currently touring with Joe Walsh as well as starring in the movie Ricki and the Flash, featuring Meryl Streep. We continue talking with Joe about a few practice tips as well as some of his influences….


Posted: August 27, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
October 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Ilan Rubin

See what’s in the October issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Ilan Rubin!


Posted: May 28, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
July 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Daru Jones

See what’s in the pages of the July 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Daru Jones!


Posted: February 26, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
April 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Bernard “Pretty??? Purdie

See what’s in, and where to order, the April 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Bernard Purdie.


Posted: January 29, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
March 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Animals as Leaders’ Matt Garstka

See what’s in the March 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Animals as Leaders’ Matt Garstka and where to get it!


Posted: October 30, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Podcasts
Modern Drummer Associate Editor
Billy Amendola Appears on
The Shoe Podcast

On the most recent episode of the podcast The Shoe, Modern Drummer associate editor Billy Amendola discusses the current state of the music industry, the effects of the Internet on musicians, and the Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp….


Posted: October 20, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jonathan Joseph: Tracking Soul Legend Betty Wright’s Living…Love…Lies

Jonathan Joseph recently wrapped up his second tour with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, a gig that you can read all about in the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Here we talk with Joseph, who’s also singer Joss Stone’s drummer and musical director, about his work with R&B singer Betty …


Posted: September 30, 2014

Category: Issues, News, News and Events
November 2014 Issue of
Modern Drummer
featuring
Mark Guiliana

See what’s in the pages on of the November 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Mark Guiliana!


Posted: September 2, 2014

Category: Issues, News, News and Events
October 2014 Issue of
Modern Drummer
featuring
Ian Paice of Deep Purple!

See what’s in the page of the October 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine Featuring Ian Paice of Deep Purple!


Posted: July 22, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Video! Drumming Great Jim Keltner Q&A Session at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

In this video Modern Drummer’s Billy Amendola sat down with legendary drummer Jim Keltner at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which took place in November of 2013, to have a conversation about Ringo Starr, the Traveling Wiiburys, recording with George Harrison, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, his unique drumming …


Posted: June 6, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Modern Drummer Online All-Starr Tribute To Ringo Starr

Fest For Beatles Fans’ Michelle Joni Lapidos introduces the Ringo Symposium for our first video tribute to Ringo Starr. Saturday Night Lives’ Shawn Pelton kicks it off by sharing and explaining his favorite Ringo drum tracks….


Posted: April 29, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
June 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Nate Morton of The Voice

See what’s in the June 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Nate Morton…


Posted: March 26, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
May 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Jim Riley

See what’s in the May 2014 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine featuring drummer Jim Riley…


Posted: March 19, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Alvin Taylor

Classic Tracks With George Harrison, Elton John, and Beyond…


Posted: February 25, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
April 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Mike Johnston

See what’s in the April 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring drummer/educator Mike Johston. Click here to see the issues contents…


Posted: February 6, 2014

Mike Brennan ReverbNation/MD Fantasy Camp Winner
Category: Drummers, Multimedia, On the Beat, Videos
Mike Brennan ReverbNation/Modern Drummer Fantasy Camp Winner

Hi! I’ve been playing drums for thirty-four years and have been performing for almost that long. I started with playing drums in the high school jazz band. I’ve been teaching and writing method books for about twenty-five years; I taught in Santa Rosa, CA until the time I moved to …


Posted: February 6, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, On the Beat, Videos
Mike Brennan ReverbNation/Modern Drummer Fantasy Camp Winner

Hi! I’ve been playing drums for thirty-four years and have been performing for almost that long. I started with playing drums in the high school jazz band. I’ve been teaching and writing method books for about twenty-five years; I taught in Santa Rosa, CA until the time I moved to …


Posted: January 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
March 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time

See what’s in the March 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time!


Posted: October 1, 2013

Category: Feature Stories
Hidden Gems
Great Drum Performances Uncovered

The October 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an article in which seven MD Pro Panelists share some of their favorite “hidden gems.??? Here MD’s editorial staff weighs in on their personal favorites….


Posted: September 26, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
November 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Ray Luzier

See what’s in the November 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Ray Luzier!


Posted: August 16, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
The Goo Goo Dolls’ Mike Malinin Discusses Magnetic
Track by Track

For Mike Malinin and his bandmates in the Goo Goo Dolls—bassist Robby Takac and singer/guitarist John Rzeznik—having their tenth album, Magnetic, debut at number eight on Billboard’s Top 200 chart shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Grammy-nominated trio from Buffalo, New York, has sold more than ten million albums worldwide …


Posted: June 3, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
July 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Carter Beauford

See what’s in the July 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Drummer Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band


Posted: April 2, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Matchbox Twenty’s Paul Doucette Discusses North Track by Track

The May 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an Update with Matchbox’s Twenty’s Paul Doucette. Here, we continue the conversation about the band’s latest album, North, and Doucette gives his impressions of each track from the record.


Posted: March 25, 2013

Category: News, News and Events
Rock Photographer Rob Shanahan Book Signing

On April 9, between 7 pm and 10 pm, the Cutting Room and Modern Drummer will present “An Evening With Rock Photographer Rob Shanahan,??? which will include a gallery show of Shanahan’s work and a book signing. Modern Drummer associate editor Billy Amendola will also premier the video for the …


Posted: November 28, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Billy McCarthy of Ferocious Drummers

As a drummer myself, I had a burning question, “Why is it we’ve never heard from the drummer’s personality and character on and off the stage????


Posted: January 31, 2012

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Ringo Starr Ringo 2012

There’s something timeless about Ringo’s drumming. Though he’s not one to get with “the click-track way??? of making records, you simply can’t ignore his flawless time and backbeat, and he always makes the simplest drum parts…(more)


Posted: January 17, 2012

Category: Back Through the Stack, Drummers, Feature Stories
Back Through The Stack
Teddy Campbell

This article originally ran in the September 2005 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.


Posted: October 20, 2011

Category: DVD/Video Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
John Robinson
The Time Machine

In this long awaited new video, “the world’s most recorded drummer” shows us why he holds that title—and how we can get some of what he’s got.


Posted: August 19, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Adam Fischel with Debbie Gibson and Midtown Men

Hello to all you drummers in MD-land! I am currently touring with ’80s teen idols Debbie Gibson and Tiffany on their Journey Through the ’80s tour…


Posted: July 28, 2011

Category: A Different View, Drummers, Feature Stories
A Different View with Danny Kortchmar

More with the world-renowned right-hand man to rock’s singer-songwriter royalty, who is featured in the Different View column of this month’s issue of MD.


Posted: February 16, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
John “JR” Robinson: Web Exclusive

Story by Billy AmendolaBetween his appearance on this year’s Grammys and his upcoming performance at the Oscars, JR continues his conversation with MD about what a typical day in the studio is like, his early influences, his upcoming DVD, drum solos, reading charts, and taking a break from the studio …


Posted: February 8, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Paul Nicholasen’s Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Experience

Hello, MD readers! I want to share my brush with greatness with you. I’m an amateur drummer who was lucky enough to be sent to David Fishof’s Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Philadelphia by my wife. The camp was held the weekend of October 22-24 and was a blast, …


Posted: January 9, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ty Dennis of The Doors

It is my privilege to be invited to contribute here at moderndrummer.com, as I’ve looked forward to each new issue of the magazine for over twenty years! A little update: This past summer was pretty cool. May through August found me once again on the road with Ray Manzarek and …


Posted: December 17, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jimmy Bralower: Web Exclusive

Jimmy Bralower was born to make records. The drummer started playing at a very young age, and by the time he was in his early teens, his first band, the Young Ones, had signed a deal with a major label. In the ensuing years Bralower worked his way from clubs …


Posted: September 29, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Narada Michael Walden: Web Exclusive

by Billy Amendola More—way more—with the fusion and pop maestro. In a continuation of our interview with Narada Michael Walden from the November 2010 issue of Modern Drummer, the fusion and pop drumming/producing maestro reflects on his early days, teaching, spirituality, playing in odd time signatures, and coming full circle …


Posted: September 1, 2010

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
September 2010 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Phish’s Jon Fishman

See what’s in the September 2010 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Phish’s Jon Fishman…


Posted: August 26, 2010

Category: Feature Stories, What We're Listening To
What We’re Listening To 8/10

Associate Editor Michael Parillo Ah, Gong. For me there are times when nothing else will do. Some days I just need to hear a lot of notes — a lot of well-played, precisely ordered, yet totally rocking notes. I have only two of the European prog/fusion band’s many albums, 1975’s …


Posted: June 17, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Steve Moore: aka Drummer At The Wrong Gig

Hello, MD readers! My name is Steve Moore, aka “Drummer At The Wrong Gig.??? A few years ago someone shot video of me and uploaded it to YouTube, where it sat idle until last week, when someone renamed it “This Drummer Is At The Wrong Gig.??? In one week, it …


Posted: March 22, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Eric Singer: Just Being Himself

For eighteen years, Kiss’s drummer has helped his world-famous band stay in our hearts and on the radio by doing what he does best—being himself. In this special online extra from his May 2010 MD cover story, we begin by asking Eric about…The Band’s Younger Fans. In 2004 we did …


Posted: November 24, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Yoko Ono Talks Drums With Modern Drummer

by Billy AmendolaAt the young age of seventy-six, there’s just no slowing down for artist, activist, and avant-garde queen Yoko Ono, widow of the late Beatle John Lennon. Her latest CD, Between My Head And The Sky, made with her new Plastic Ono Band, was coproduced by Yoko and her …


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: September 21, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Brian Delaney: Guiding The New New York Dolls

His current gig may not call for much in the way of subtlety, but the well-rounded drummer knows how to tailor his touch to suit each project.


Posted: July 27, 2009

Category: Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp 2009 Jam

Fishof and friends, along with MD associate editor Billy Amendola, celebrated in high style, with a star roster of counselors and a killer drum jam in this video.


Posted: June 1, 2009

Anthony "Tiny" Biuso of T.S.O.L. : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
T.S.O.L.'s Anthony "Tiny" Biuso

It’s Anthony Biuso here, checking in with a blog to let you know what’s been going on in my world. I left (hed) p.e. in August of 2008 to devote more time to my previous band, T.S.O.L. I had a great time touring and playing with (hed) p.e., and it …


Posted: June 1, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
T.S.O.L.’s Anthony “Tiny” Biuso

It’s Anthony Biuso here, checking in with a blog to let you know what’s been going on in my world. I left (hed) p.e. in August of 2008 to devote more time to my previous band, T.S.O.L. I had a great time touring and playing with (hed) p.e., and it …


Posted: May 18, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Fantastic Four: From The Church To The Shed

In this online exclusive, we continue our conversation with Gerald Heyward, Aaron Spears, Cora Coleman-Dunham, and Nisan Stewart.


Posted: April 9, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Papa Roach’s Tony Palermo

Tony gives Modern Drummer associate editor Billy Amendola a drum-centric, song-by-song breakdown of Papa Roach’s new album, Metamorphosis.


Posted: January 12, 2009

Category: Feature Stories, What We're Listening To
Great Drum Parts = GENIUS

The March issue of MD (out now) features Billy Ward’s fascinating conversation with Simon Phillips, Doane Perry, Marco Minnemann, Thomas Lang, and Jerry Marotta about the grooves that inspired them to play drums early on, and that continue to today. It seemed to make perfect sense for MD’s editors to …


Posted: December 18, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Eric Valentine: Firing It Up With Luke

Eric Valentine has always enjoyed performing with different people, so going from Patti LaBelle to former Toto six-stringer Steve Lukather wasn’t really a challenge for him, it was just another gig.


Posted: November 1, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Web Exclusive Interview: Jon Wysocki of Staind

Jon Wysocki has been laying down his tasteful, well thought–out grooves with the chart-topping band Staind for thirteen years. The group, which hails from Springfield, Massachusetts, also includes lead singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, and bassist/vocalist Johnny April. They’ve recorded six studio albums and four number-one singles, and …


Posted: September 27, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Buckcherry’s Xavier Muriel

The last time MD spoke with Xavier Muriel–for an online Web Exclusive interview in late 2006–Buckcherry was celebrating their brand-new lineup and huge “comeback??? success story….


Posted: September 1, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Tony Palermo: Web Exclusive Interview

No one who knows him would argue that Papa Roach’s Tony Palermo wasn’t one of the hardest-working drummers around this past summer. Touring with Papa Roach on the Cruefest was a dream come true for Tony. In fact, the drummer got to live his dream twice every night—performing not only …


Posted: July 25, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Glen Graham: Back With Friends

It’s a hard thing to lose a loved one, especially when not only is it a close friend, but also the front man and voice of your top-selling band.


Posted: May 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Ryan MacMillan of Matchbox Twenty

Over the past ten years, Matchbox Twenty sold over 28 million records, including three multi-platinum albums and a string of hit singles….


Posted: May 1, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chad Smith: Web Exclusive Interview

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith takes a much-needed rest—for a minute—and fills MD in on the many cool side projects he’s involved in…


Posted: April 1, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Randy Cooke

By Billy Amendola Photos by Rob Shanahan Randy Cooke was born in Toronto, Canada, and has been playing drums since he was a kid. Influenced by his dad, a snare drummer for The Toronto Scottish Pipe & Drum Band, Randy began learning drums in the military drum corps known as …


Posted: January 25, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Roger Taylor: Update

It shouldn’t really be much of a surprise that Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and Nate “Danja??? Hills all have production credits on Duran Duran’s new album, Red Carpet Massacre.


Posted: December 15, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jason Bonham

Jason Bonham was born on July 15, 1966, to parents Pat Phillips and John Henry Bonham. Most rock fans are familiar with the story of Jason’s father and the gargantuan impact he made on music and on drumming. But many are unfamiliar with Jason’s journey to rock stardom, from his …


Posted: December 1, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Update: Roger Taylor

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and Nate “Danja??? Hills signed on to co-produce Duran Duran’s latest CD, Red Carpet Massacre. After all, the band—keyboardist Nick Rhodes, singer Simon Le Bon, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor (guitarist Andy Taylor decided to bow out …


Posted: November 15, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Cora Coleman-Dunham: Rising To The Challenge

For the past two and a half years Cora Coleman-Dunham has been fulfilling her drumming dreams as part of Prince’s latest band–which also includes her husband Joshua Dunham on bass.


Posted: November 1, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Billy Amendola: Favorite Words & Music

There’s been a fantastic wave of pop lately, so for you fellow pop-heads, I wanted to share some of what I’ve been diggin’ on my iPod….


Posted: July 16, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
James Gadson: R&B Sound Legend

Most longtime readers of Modern Drummer are familiar with the soulful grooves of the great James Gadson. But for younger, up & coming players who may not know, you’re about to be introduced to one of the greatest timekeepers of the past forty-plus years….


Posted: December 15, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
John Blackwell

John Blackwell had a problem most drummers wouldn’t mind dealing with. Does he wait around for Prince to decide what his next adventure will be? Or does he work on his solo record, Forever Jia (dedicated to his late daughter).


Posted: November 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Xavier Muriel

MD Online spoke with the busy drummer mid-tour about what it’s been like going from rebuilding motorcycles to playing on hit records and sold out shows around the world….


Posted: September 25, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Michael Bland

Most MD readers know Michael Bland as that funky R&B drummer who played with Prince for seven years during the ’90s. And in fact, you can hear him on the title track of Prince’s latest recording, 3121….


Posted: August 1, 2006

Category: Feature Stories, News, News and Events
Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp 2006

I’ll start by saying, What an amazing five days I recently had—Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp promoter David Fishof is a genius! This past August 13–17, I was invited to the sixth Camp in New York City; my second as a guest and my first as a Battle Of The …


Posted: June 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
An Interview with Lisa Loeb

The very beautiful and talented singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb talks drums on MD Online….


Posted: May 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Prairie Prince: An Interview

Prairie Prince was born on May 7, 1950 in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been a founding member of art-rock band The Tubes since 1969. He was also a major player in getting the band Journey off the ground, and over the years he’s worked with Brian Eno, Jefferson Airplane, …


Posted: March 1, 2006

Category: Drummers
A Few Minutes With Rick Marotta

Rick Marotta is no stranger to MD readers. And he’s certainly familiar to anyone who’s had the pleasure to see him play or crack jokes while hosting Yamaha’s Groove All Star show….


Posted: February 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Aaron Comess: On the Re-Formed Spin Doctors, His Early Influences, and His Many Outside Projects

In the early ’90s, The Spin Doctors burst onto the music scene with a fresh, funky rock sound that generated several hits and millions of record sales. The band graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and drummer Aaron Comess became one of the most talked-about drummers of the time, …


Posted: February 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
The Fab Faux’s Rich Pagano

New York City drummer Rich Pagano is way more than just a member of the hippest Beatle cover band you’ll ever hear. He’s also an accomplished singer and producer. As we journey through Rich’s MD Online interview, we’ll learn that not only does he do a stellar job of providing …


Posted: September 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson has the coolest job in the world right now, because he gets to be in a band with a Beatle. The reason Mark became a musician [he started on drums] was because he wanted to be like his hero, Ringo Starr.


Posted: July 20, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Tony Thompson

Not many drummers dictated the sound of the 80’s like Tony Thompson. That big, huge drum sound was everywhere: on classic recordings like Power Station’s “Some Like It Hot,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love,” the list goes on.


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Damien Fahey

Damien Fahey has a dilemma: These days he’s having a difficult time finding the time to play his drums. You see, Damien hosts one of MTV’s most popular shows, Total Request Live, which airs weekdays at 5:00 P.M. EST to an audience of 50 million viewers.


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
David Northrup

Growing up on a mix of R&B, pop, rock, and country, David Northrup, originally from Syracuse New York, moved south in the early ’90s playing sessions and gigging the Florida club scene. One of those gigs led him to meeting and working with ace session guitarist Les Dudek…


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
An Interview with Hal Blaine

Paving the way for some of the great studio musicians of our time, like Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Jeff Porcaro, and John JR Robinson, were Earl Palmer and Hal Blaine. MD recently sat down with the jovial drummer to walk a bit down memory lane.


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Joey Kramer

Joey Kramer could be the first superstar to become a “modern-technology studio drummer.” With Joey’s new Drum Loops And Samples CD set, anyone can now have the legendary Aerosmith drummer’s incredible feel on their record or demo….


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Kevin Franks of Silvertide

Drummer Kevin Frank, singer Walt Lafty, bassist Brian Weaver, and guitarists Nick Perri and Mark Melchiorre of Silvertide created quite a buzz in their hometown of Philadelphia. In fact, the band was so hot, it led to an all-out label bidding war that veteran music mogul Clive Davis won. That’s …


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Pete Best

Over the years many have claimed the title “The Fifth Beatle.” When you think about it, original Beatle drummer Pete Best deserves the tag as much as anyone. The Beatles: The True Beginnings (St. Martins Press), Pete’s new book written with his brothers Roag and Rory, makes the case as …


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Web Exclusive Interview: Ringo Starr

At an age where most would be settling back and reaping the rewards of their major accomplishments in life, Richard Starkey, better known to the world as Ringo Starr, is not even thinking about slowing down. In fact, he’s exactly where he wants to be at this stage of his …


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray Interview

The SoCal band Sugar Ray, with poster-pinup lead singer Mark McGrath, guitarist Rodney Sheppard, bassist Murphy Karges, DJ Craig “Homicide” Bullock, and drummer Stan Frazier, have definitely proved to all the critics who once labeled them “one-hit wonders” that they are here to stay….


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Steve Jordan Interview

Steve Jordan has accomplished more in his drumming career than he ever could have imagined. Of the big names he played with, a short list would include Ashford & Simpson, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, David Sanborn, Tom Scott, …


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee is in a great mood, and he has every reason to be. His new CD, appropriately titled Never A Dull Moment, has just been released, and it’s off the hook! We recently caught up with Tommy while preparing for his upcoming tour.


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Zac Hanson

Storming out of Tulsa, Oklahoma with their major-label debut, Middle Of Nowhere, featuring the “Can’t get it out of my head” hit “MMMBop,” drummer Zac Hanson and his brothers Isaac and Taylor became the biggest-selling teen idols of 1997. Zac, only eleven years old at the time, found himself a …


Posted: May 24, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
An Interview with Jim Keltner

Jim Keltner needs no introduction to Modern Drummer readers. Jim has played with just about everyone in music royalty, and it’s no mystery why: Everyone wants Jim’s feel-good vibe on their recordings. And if you ever met the man, you would know instantly that it’s not only great playing he …


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Ned Brower of Rooney

I saw the California-based pop band Rooney perform live before I was familiar with their music. Besides featuring some very powerful, tasteful drumming, I found them to be extremely melodic, with hooks that stuck in my head for days after the show….


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Caroline Corr of The Corrs

MD Online caught up with drummer Caroline Corr while the band was in Dublin doing some pre-show promotion before heading out on tour. This time around, the road trip will be a completely different experience for Caroline, who will now be singing and playing percussion….


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chad Cromwell: Web Exclusive Interview

We first featured Chad Cromwell in the March ’04 issue. There wasn’t quite enough room for all the great stuff Chad had to say, though, so we decided to share the rest of it with you here.


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chris Cester of Jet

The band Jet has released what many consider to be one of the best rock records of the year, Get Born, which features the hit single (and Apple iPod anthem) “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.” MD Online recently had the opportunity to speak with drummer Chris Cester on one …


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Tico Torres of Bon Jovi

The last time we spoke to Tico Torres (November 2000), Bon Jovi had just made a triumphant return to the limelight with its eighth album, Crush. That CD’s success brought their total album sales to over 90 million. In 2003, Bon Jovi will celebrate its twentieth year in the music …


Posted: January 1, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Louie Appel of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Feel-good party music is what Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes have alwaysbeen about. And for the past two years, Louie Appel has been a very big part of bringing that feel-good groove to audiences around the world….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Lil’ John Roberts

Lil’ John Roberts’s name has been popping up more and more here at MD – in interviews with other artists, in conversations with people in the drum industry – and, most importantly, in mail from fans. It seems everyone is talking about Lil’ John. And after seeing him play, you’d …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Prince: School Of Funk

Performing on stage twenty years after releasing Purple Rain, Prince doesn’t look like he’s aged a bit. In fact, it looks and sounds like he has more energy now then ever – and he seems to be enjoying it all a lot more this time around.



Posted: October 21, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 54: Billy Amendola with Ed Toth.

Welcome to this weeks Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola and Doobie Brothers drummer Ed Toth. (with special “pop in guest,” radio personality, actor, & film maker Al Bandiero). Al mentions the upcoming Rocky IV movie he is in, which features a new directors cut theatrical release on November 11th. …


Posted: October 14, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 53: Billy Amendola with Josh Freese.

Welcome to this week’s Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola and his guest Josh Freese. If you’re not familiar with his enormous body of work, please look up his discography, and it’ll make your head spin. Since a very young age, Josh has been a touring musician, a first-call studio …


Posted: September 30, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 52: Billy Amendola with Mike Sleath.

Welcome to this week’s Modern Drummer podcast with Billy Amendola, featuring one of Canada’s most in-demand drummers Mike Sleath. Mike’s main gig has been touring with pop-superstar Shawn Mendes for over five years on sold-out worldwide tours. Sleath fills us in on his acoustic DW setup, playing a high-profile gig …


Posted: September 16, 2021

Episode 33

Posted: September 9, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 50: Billy Amendola with Randy Cooke.

Welcome to this week’s Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola and his special guest, session, and touring drummer, Randy Cooke. Born in Canada, Randy grew up listening to Top-40 radio and folk music as well as watching his dad perform in marching band, where Randy also learned Drum Corp playing …


Posted: September 2, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 49: Billy Amendola with Jess Bowen.

Welcome to the Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola featuring the Summer Sets’ Jess Bowen. Jess is one of the drummers highlighted in the inspirational Netflix documentary, out now, about drums and drumming, titled “Count Me In.” We highly recommend watching it. Jess fills us in on her early days, …


Posted: August 26, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 48: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Sheila E.

Welcome to MD’s #ThrowbackThursday Podcast with Sheila E.! We had a blast with Sheila and honored her with the announcement of winning the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame Award; picked by the readers of MD. Sheila made history for us with this prestigious award as the first-ever woman to be …


Posted: August 19, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 47: Billy Amendola with Shannon Forrest.

This week on the Modern Drummer Podcast, Nashville studio drummer, engineer, and producer Shannon Forrest joins Billy Amendola to talk about his years touring with Toto, his early days with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and his road says with the Dukes of September in 2012. (Featuring Boz Scaggs, Donald …


Posted: August 12, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 46: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Nic Collins.

This week’s Modern Drummer Podcast with David Frangioni and Billy Amendola features drummer, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer Nic Collins. The talented nineteen-year-old talks to MD about his band Better Strangers’ debut EP, Luna’s Daydream. The rock band from Florida are long-time friends featuring Collins on drums, Joey Rodriguez on …


Posted: August 5, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 45: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Chad Cromwell.

This week’s Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola & David Frangioni features session / live drummer Chad Cromwell. A first call Nashville and LA studio drummer who brought his Memphis roots to Nashville recordings since 1990, with Lady Antebellum, (now known as Lady A) LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant, Dave Stewart, …


Posted: July 22, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 43: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Sheila E.

This week’s Modern Drummer Podcast features the newest member of the MD Hall of Fame, The Queen of Percussion, Sheila E. Join Billy Amendola and David Frangioni as they announce the award to Sheila and congratulate her as the first woman ever to be inducted in the magazine’s 45 year …


Posted: June 17, 2021

Episode 38
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast #ThrowBackThursday! David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Rick Astley

Happy #ThrowBackThursday! If you missed the Modern Drummer Podcast with Rick Astley the first time; here it is again. A must watch! This week on the Modern Drummer Podcast, Billy Amendola and David Frangioni bring you an exclusive interview with their special guest Rick Astley. Tune in as Astley talks …


Posted: June 3, 2021

Episode 36
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 36: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Mark Schulman

Episode 36: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Mark Schulman This week P!nk’s Mark Schulman joins Billy Amendola and David Frangioni for the Modern Drummer Podcast to celebrate Pink and her Billboard Icon Award and new streaming Amazon Documentary. as well as catching up with Mark about his …


Posted: May 13, 2021

Episode 33
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 33: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Fred Armisen and Eric Leiderman

Episode 33: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Fred Armisen and Eric Leiderman An exclusive and extraordinary Modern Drummer Podcast with bandleader-drummer, TV/Movie star Fred Armisen and TV Writer/Producer/Drummer Eric Leiderman. Both Eric and Fred join hosts Billy Amendola and David Frangioni to chat about their April 2021 …


Posted: April 29, 2021

Episode 31
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 31: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Eric Singer and Ramon Yslas

Episode 31: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Eric Singer and Ramon Yslas This weeks Modern Drummer Podcast with David Frangioni and Billy Amendola features KISS drummer Eric Singer and Chicago percussionist Ramon Yslas talking about drums & percussion on Paul Stanley’s Soul Station project. The duo talk about …


Posted: April 22, 2021

Episode 30 Tico Torres
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 30: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Tico Torres

Episode 30: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Tico Torres Welcome to this week’s Modern Drummer podcast with Billy Amendola, David Frangioni, and the multi-platinum-sold-out arena-selling drummer of supergroup Bon Jovi, “The Hitman” himself Tico Torres. Since the mid-eighties, Tico and the band have released over thirty albums …


Posted: April 15, 2021

Episode 29 Ash Soan
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 29: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Ash Soan

Episode 29: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Ash Soan Welcome to this week’s Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola & David Frangioni. Our special guest is one of the U.K.s most in demand session drummers of the last twenty-plus years Ash Soan. Ash has had 58 Top-10 …


Posted: April 1, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 27: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Rick Astley

Episode 27: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Rick Astley This week on the Modern Drummer Podcast, Billy Amendola and David Frangioni bring you an exclusive interview with their special guest Rick Astley. Tune in as Astley talks about his early days as a drummer, leading up to …


Posted: March 18, 2021

Episode 25
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 25: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Gerald Heyward

Episode 25: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Gerald Heyward Another week, another MD Podcast! Join David Frangioni & Billy Amendola talking with “The Godfather” himself, Gerald Heyward. Gerald talks about re-inventing himself in the “new norm,” as well as recording with Rob Thomas & Michael Jackson. Gerald …


Posted: March 11, 2021

Episode 24
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 24: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Nir Z Part 2

Episode 24: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Nir Z Part 2 Join us for part two of the Modern Drummer Podcast as Billy Amendola & David Frangioni continue their talk with one of the world’s most called session drummers, Nir Z. Listen and watch Nir in his home studio …


Posted: February 25, 2021

Episode 22
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 22: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Nir Z

Episode 22: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Nir Z Join us this week for part one of the Modern Drummer Podcast as Billy Amendola & David Frangioni talk with one of the worlds most called session drummers, Nir Z. Listen and watch Nir tell us how his …


Posted: February 11, 2021

Episode 20
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 20: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Gerry Brown

Episode 20: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with legendary pocket-drummer Gerry Brown Join David Frangioni and Billy Amendola for this week’s MD video/audio Podcast as they speak with legendary pocket-drummer Gerry Brown about his tours with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, George Benson, Lionel Ritchie, and more. For drum …


Posted: February 6, 2021

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast 2/6/21 – Featuring Dave Weckl & Rob Silverman Drumology

In this episode Billy Amendola & David Frangioni interview Dave Weckl & Rob Silverman from Drumology. Dave talks about his online drum school http://www.daveweckl.com and his upcoming record release in April on his new label – Autumn Hill Records. Rob discusses the Drumology album featuring drum duet tracks with Simon …


Posted: January 28, 2021

Episode 18
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 18: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Simon Kirke

Episode 18: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Simon Kirke + Shop Talk featuring the Doc Sweeney Pure Series Ash Snare. Join us this week on the Modern Drummer Podcast as David Frangioni and Billy Amendola chat with Free/Bad Company’s Simon Kirke. Simon reflects on his sixty years …


Posted: January 16, 2021

Pop Up Podcast Rick & Lauren
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast

Join Modern Drummer’s David Frangioni and Billy Amendola for this special Pop Up Podcast with Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and drummer/singer/songwriter Lauren Monroe, who fill us in on THE BIG LOVE BENEFIT CONCERT January 23rd, 6PM PST / 9PM EST Also joining us is special surprise guest, drummer John Lum …


Posted: January 14, 2021

Episode 16
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 16: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Kenny Aronoff

Episode 16: Superstar Drummer Kenny Aronoff + Shop Talk featuring the Doc Sweeney Pure Series Elm Snare. Modern Drummer Publisher and CEO David Frangioni along side Editor-At-Large Billy Amendola talk with world renowned Drummer Kenny Aronoff About his performance at the Modern Drummer 2020 festival featuring a tribute to Neil …


Posted: January 8, 2021

Pop Up Podcast Steve Jordan
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast

Steve Jordan joins Billy Amendola & David Frangioni on this “Pop Up Podcast” to talk about a few topics not mentioned in his January 2021 cover story, as well as a few of the drummers who had a significant influence on him. His new record, “Beat Odyssey,” with former Beastie …


Posted: December 31, 2020

Episode 14
Category: News, The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 14: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Mickey Curry

Episode 14: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Mickey Curry + Dawson’s Shop Talk interview with Steve Stecher & review on two Doc Sweeney snares. David Frangioni & Billy Amendola talk with Mickey Curry about his career & records, his way of playing the drums, and the set …


Posted: December 21, 2020

Pop-Up Podast
Category: News, The Modern Drummer Podcast
Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast with for KING & COUNTRY!

Monday Dec 21st – Check out the Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast with for KING & COUNTRY! Billy Amendola & David Frangioni talk with them about their current drive-in tour which just wrapped up, their Little Drummer Boy worldwide sensation track and video, and the MD + for KING & COUNTRY …


Posted: November 19, 2020

Episode 8
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 8: Billy Amendola with Gethin Davies

Episode 8: Billy Amendola interviews Gethin Davies of the Struts, Tycoon Percussion’s Quincy Yu, Shop Talk – Zildjian i Series Cymbals. In this episode Billy Amendola interviews Gethin Davies of the Struts. Gethin talks about his influences, how he got his start in music, and he does a deep dive …


Posted: October 22, 2020

Episode 4
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 4: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Andy Newmark

Episode 4: Andy Newmark, Jack Douglas, John Lennon’s Final Album, Rob Silverman’s Drumology release, Shop Talk – ddrum Dominion Birch. In this episode, MD CEO|Publisher David Frangioni & Editor at Large Billy Amendola talk with session and touring legend Andy Newmark about his career & records. Producer Jack Douglas, surprise …


Posted: October 30, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Podcasts
Modern Drummer Associate Editor
Billy Amendola Appears on
The Shoe Podcast

On the most recent episode of the podcast The Shoe, Modern Drummer associate editor Billy Amendola discusses the current state of the music industry, the effects of the Internet on musicians, and the Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp….