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September 2020:
MODERN DRUMMER SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER
Avenues to Excellence
Avenues to Excellence

15 MD Cover Artists Reveal the Big Ideas That Put Them on the Road to Success The abundance of educational material online, as well as great teachers to mold your passion and enthusiasm into technique and musicality, are massively beneficial to those seeking proficiency on the drums. But even with …


August 1983:
Carl Palmer: "Sole Survivor"
Rock Charts

From the album Asia on Geffen Records.


April 1978:
Carmine Appice: Leadin' The Way
Carmine Appice

Since Vanilla Fudge, Carmine has anchored Cactus, Beck/Bogart and Appice, and KGB. Now he is the driving force behind Rod Stewart.


February 2018:
Led Zeppelin book, Carl Palmer DVD, Peter Erskine, Todd Sucherman, and more!

I’m a little anal about reading the introductions and prefaces of books before I even flip through the rest of the pages. Their purpose is to set a tone, establish the credibility and character of the writer, and encapsulate the importance of the book’s subject matter, and I want to …


November 1982:
The History Of Rock Drumming Part V
History of Rock Drumming

The ’70s were a drummers smorgasbord.


February 2017:
Paiste – Signature Rides
Paiste Signature Rides

This past year Paiste collaborated with some of its top artists to craft a handful of unique cymbals. These new models include the 20″ Signature Vir2ocity Duo ride for prog-rock legend Carl Palmer, the purple-finished 22″ Signature Dry Heavy ride for Tool’s Danny Carey, the 24″ 2002 Swish ride for …


June July 1980:
Carl Palmer

As a youngster, Carl Palmer exhibited tremendous drumming ability to audiences in his native England. Years later, he exhibited his ability to audiences world wide as one third of the legendary Emerson, Lake and Palmer. With the breakup of E.L.P., Palmer has expanded in new directions with the formation of …


April 1978:
Carmine Appice: Leadin’ The Way
Carmine Appice

Since Vanilla Fudge, Carmine has anchored Cactus, Beck/Bogart and Appice, and KGB. Now he is the driving force behind Rod Stewart.



Posted: September 1, 2020

Category: News
Modern Drummer Festival 2020

Modern Drummer is rebooting its world-famous Drum Festival on September 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time with a live-streaming event honoring the late, great Rush drummer Neil Peart. Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit brain tumor research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The event, which will be produced and distributed …


Posted: August 20, 2020

Category: News
20th Annual Modern Drummer Festival featuring A Tribute To Iconic Drummer Neil Peart.

LiveXLive to Produce and Distribute Live Pay Per View Show Featuring Incredible Lineup Reaching over 150 Million Social Media Fans — Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Thomas Lang, Alex Gonzalez A global platform for livestream and on-demand audio, video and podcast content in music, comedy, and pop culture, announced …


Posted: November 18, 2019

Category: News, News and Events
Carl Palmer Prog Rock Camp Contest Winner

Carl Palmer Prog Rock Camp contest winner attends the Philadelphia camp this past November 8, 9, and 10th.


Posted: October 1, 2019

Category: News
MD Publisher David Frangioni Featured in Living a Life in Full Podcast

New Episode: Music, Technology and Writing Spun into Gold (and Platinum) with Modern Drummer publisher David Frangioni interview.


Posted: July 25, 2019

Category: Contests, News, News and Events
Win a Spot At Carl Palmer's Prog Rock Camp!

Enter to win admission to Carl Palmer’s Prog Rock Camp in Philadelphia, PA, this November 8, 9, 10, 2019.


Posted: July 18, 2019

Category: News, News and Events
MD Subscriber and Ringo Starr Peace and Love Contest Winner Bryan Shadden Shares His Experience

This year, because of Ringo and the good people from Modern Drummer magazine, I got to share the experience with Sir Richard in person!


Posted: March 11, 2019

Terry Bozzio Kit
Category: News, News and Events
Backstage Auctions Presents the "All Access David Frangioni Collection"

Backstage Auctions, Inc presents the upcoming “All Access David Frangioni” auction event which will feature a host of impressive and historic rock and audio memorabilia including drums and drum kits, audio equipment, and more, from award-winning audio engineer, author, and collector David Frangioni.


Posted: October 9, 2018

Carl Palmer Live Streaming Event
Category: News, News and Events
The iridium's Free Live Streaming Event featuring Carl Palmer!

Live Streaming Event from The iridium feating Carl Palmer!


Posted: August 3, 2017

Category: News, News and Events
Yes Kicks Off Yestival Tour

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Yes and drummer Alan White announce that Dylan Howe, son of guitarist Steve Howe, will be joining the band’s rhythm section on this summer’s North American Yestival tour. Dylan Howe “It’s a pleasure for me to welcome Dylan Howe to the Yes stage,” …


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: September 29, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, On the Beat
On Tour: Tony Leone With the Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Longtime New York City drummer Tony Leone is currently on the road with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.


Posted: July 11, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With David Frangioni: Carl Palmer Show Recap

Hello Modern Drummer readers, fellow drummers, and music lovers! David Frangioni here again and I’m pleased to share with you that the Carl Palmer concert was a resounding success. Carl and his band (along with special guests Steve Hackett, Mark Stein, and Liza Quin) killed it!


Posted: June 15, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With David Frangioni: Inspired by Carl Palmer

Hello Modern Drummer readers, fellow drummers, and music lovers. My name is David Frangioni and I’ve been playing the drums since I was two years old. Doing the math, that gives me about forty-five plus years of drum time.


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 23, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
News: Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy “Rhythm of Light??? Tour Returns to US in November

Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member of both ELP and Asia, is returning to the United States for the final leg of the Rhythm of Light Tour. The tour features his popular ELP Legacy band and will also highlight his collection of …


Posted: May 13, 2015

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Carl Palmer and the “Art??? of Giving Continues

Carl Palmer, one of rock’s iconic figures, and a founding member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia, in association with Los Angeles art company Scene Four, recently completed a three-day run of art exhibits in Rochester, NY, Bath, PA, and Philadelphia PA on May 2, 3, and 4, respectively….


Posted: January 2, 2015

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, What You Need to Know About
What You Need to Know About…Effects Cymbals

The term effects, or FX, is applied to a wide array of cymbals, from tiny splashes to giant, oddly shaped sheets of metal to cymbals with tambourine jingles riveted to them. The key to helping customers find that unique voice they’ve been missing in their setup is to know what’s …


Posted: October 14, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, News and Events
The Essence of Progressive Drumming

What is the rhythmic essence of progressive music? What makes prog so different from other genres? Does it require a specific skill set on the drumkit, or does the nature of the music make it open to interpretation? MD posed these and other questions to the drummers in Spock’s Beard, …


Posted: November 1, 2013

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia Drummer Carl Palmer Video Interview

Modern Drummer magazine caught up with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia drummer Carl Palmer backstage at Yestival 2013 this past August. In Part 1 of this interview Carl waxes poetic about drumming legends Joe Moerllo and Buddy Rich. In Part 2 of this interview Carl talks about his love …


Posted: January 28, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons
Jason Bonham Celebration Day Transcription

Late in 2012, Led Zeppelin released Celebration Day, a CD/DVD that documents the band’s 2007 reunion concert at the O2 arena in London. The opening number was “Good Times Bad Times???—a song that Zeppelin rarely performed live. Jason Bonham, filling in for his late father, John, captured the essence of …


Posted: November 15, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Rög’s Talkin’ DrumZ TV Series

The Minneapolis-based music video network MetalKast has announced a new Internet radio and video streaming show, Rög’s Talkin’ DrumZ. Production for the first season is underway, with a few episodes complete. A Kickstarter fundraiser campaign was started on November 5 to help complete production for the first season. The campaign …


Posted: July 23, 2012

Category: Feature Stories
20 CLASSIC PROG ALBUMS

Odd times, intergalactic themes, and more tom-toms. Rock drumming gets interesting….


Posted: March 22, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
March Web Update News

News on and from the drumming community for March 2012.


Posted: December 15, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Micky Dolenz

The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz on longevity, the Wrecking Crew, and that wacky setup of his.


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: September 1, 2011

Category: DVD/Video Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Carl Palmer Drum Solos

This DVD features Palmer’s classic “Karn Evil 9??? solo, from Emerson Lake & Palmer’s 1974 California Jam performance, as well as live solos culled from Asia concerts…


Posted: July 21, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Carl Palmer – Not Slowing Down

MD recently spoke with the prog-drumming giant Carl Palmer while he was on tour with Asia. Palmer, whose career spans four decades, says he has no plans to slow down anytime soon.


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: November 10, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Spencer Dryden: Jefferson Airplane’s Dynamic Rhythm Machine

Spencer Dryden was the drummer of San Francisco psychedelic rock icons Jefferson Airplane. After graduating from the Army & Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California, in 1955, Dryden played in some early rock ’n’ roll bands, but showed a preference for jazz. He was drumming at Hollywood’s Pink Pussycat strip club …


Posted: September 27, 2010

Category: Feature Stories
The Drummer: Classic Rock

An educated, entertaining, essential addition to every drummer’s library—and to the history of modern drumming—The Drummer: Classic Rock Collector’s Edition magazine builds on content from Modern Drummer’s Top-selling The Drummer book with expanded coverage of drumming royalty from the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll.


Posted: September 25, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Richie Hayward: Little Feat’s Timeless Drum Hero

Richie Hayward, the drummer in the band Little Feat since their inception in 1969, was born in Clear Lake, Iowa, and was influenced by rock ’n’ roll pioneer Earl Palmer and big-band jazz drummer Sonny Payne. In 1966 he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Fraternity Of Man, whose …


Posted: August 25, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Steve Jordan: Web Exclusive

If you ask Steve Jordan who his favorite drummer is, be prepared to get hit with a never-ending list of influences, ranging from the obvious—like jazz greats Kenny Clarke and Philly Joe Jones and funk innovators David Garibaldi and Stephen Ferrone—to the more obscure, like Motown/disco session drummer Andrew Smith, …


Posted: April 27, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Marko Tarvonen of Moonsorrow/Barren Earth

We come from Finland and play epic melodic metal…


Posted: March 19, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
The Greats: Carl Palmer

Carl Palmer started out as a jazz drummer in his early youth, gravitated to rock in his teens, and burst onto the international scene in the late ’60s as a member of English proto-progressive rock bands Atomic Rooster and the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown…


Posted: November 24, 2009

Category: Feature Stories
On Tour And On Stage: 9 Lives (+9, +9 More)

On Tour And On Stage: 9 Lives (+9, +9 More). MD’s editors just can’t keep a list of their favorite albums short–even in service of a can’t-resist pun. Twenty-seven live albums you gotta have.


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: June 10, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rob Bujak of Nova

I am currently drumming for the band Nova, out of San Francisco. I'm gonna have to admit that I have an obsession with drums; all I do is think about drumming.


Posted: May 18, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Ira Elliot: Nada Surf’s Vinyl Obsessive Gets Personal With MD

My own little record store, containing only albums I still like after twenty-five years–that’s suddenly what all my records look like splayed out across my room.


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: October 21, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Terry Lee Bolton Blog

Hi, Modern Drummer readers, Terry Lee Bolton here. I recently released the CD American Man, which I produced as well as played all of the instruments on. …


Posted: July 18, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Carl Palmer: Asia, Alpha & Astra = Phoenix

As if channeling the cosmic power encompassed in the prophetic “Alpha and Omega??? from the book of Revelation, tuneful progressive rockers Asia envisioned themselves as near deities when their albums topped the charts and sold millions in the 1980s.


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: 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: 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: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Ted Kirkpatrick of Tourniquet

“We call ourselves ‘Christians who play music,'” says drummer Ted Kirkpatrick, mastermind behind the highly successful Christian metal band Tourniquet….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Steven Drozd Interview

Like all the masters of psychedelic pop, The Flaming Lips blow your mind with the most ordinary of devices. These seem-to-be eccentrics, who’ve recently won a Grammy for the instrumental “Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia),” are really just a bunch of hard-working regular guys, using modest tools: a …



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