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July 2021:
Introduction to Jazz

Here are a couple of exercises from my Drum Channel course, Introduction to Jazz. There are many different ways to play jazz, just as there are for playing rock, Dixieland, songo, samba, or reggae. One of the things I built my career on is playing many different styles of music. …


September 2020:
MODERN DRUMMER SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER
Beats and Fills
First Person

A Smattering of Favorites from a Few Top Pros This month we’ve gathered a collection of favorite beats and fills from some of the top drummers in the world.Each of these transcriptions was pulled from a Modern Drummer exclusive video lesson that was filmed at DrumChannel.com. Gregg Bissonette: A Ringo …


June 2020:
Gregg Bissonette Breaks Down Tower of Power’s “What Is Hip?”

The contemporary studio/touring great gives his take on a classic beat by funk pioneer David Garibaldi.


May 2020:
Remembering Neil

Some of the worlds greatest drummers and industry members share their memories of what Neil Peart has meant to them.


October 2019:
Remembering Hal Blaine

He helped pave the way for every great studio musician who came out of L.A., and his influence extends to this very day.


December 2014:
Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bissonette

Sure, he can floor you with chops. And his lightning-fast ability to understand and play exactly what the song needs is legendary.


October 2017:
The 2017 Chicago Drum Show

A weekend of rhythmic bliss replete with vintage and modern gear, enlightening workshops, and brilliant performances.


December 2009:
December 2009 – Volume 33 • Number 12

Max Weinberg, Jay Weinberg, Michael Giles, Steve Gorman, Blake Dixon, Michael “Leroy” Bram, Obed Calvaire, Gregg Bissonette, Russ Miller, Chris Frantz, Josh Freese, E.J. Strickland, Brian Blade, Mark Zonder


January 2005:
January 2005 – Volume 29 • Number 1

John Blackwell, Prince, Jason Bittner, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gregg Bissonette, Glenn Kotche, Shelly Mane, Steve Barney, Jack Irons, Brooks Wackerman, Gregg Bendian, Michael Brueggen, Oliver Charles, Benjamin Weikel, Dennis Chambers, Adrian Erlandsson


June 2004:
June 2004 – Volume 28 • Number 6

Vinne Paul, Terence Higgins, Chris Cester, Bill Stevenson, John Riley, Mike Portnoy, Keith Carlock, Mike Lowry, Greg Saunier, Debbi Peterson, Shadow Wilson, John Guerin, Phil Collins, Gary Husband, Sam Loeffler, Gregg Bissonette


August 2003:
August 2003 – Volume 27 • Number 8

Keith Carlock, Steve White, Mike Marsh, Abe Cunningham, Stephen Perkins, Jaimoe Marc Quiñones, Butch Trucks, Terry Bozzio, Pat Mastelotto, Babatunde Olatunji, Spüg, Stewart Copeland, Gregg Bissonette


June 2003:
June 2003 – Volume 27 • Number 6

Shannon Larkin, Matt Wilson, Christian Vander, Paul Crosby, Brian Stephens, Russell Batiste, Ian Froman, Terry Chambers, Mich Fleetwood, Mongo Santamaria, Taylor Hawkins, Mike Portnoy, Gregg Bissonette, Ralph Humphrey, Dave Weckl


May 2003:
May 2003 – Volume 27 • Number 5

Steve Smith, Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips, Gregg Bissonette, Louie Bellson, Dave Weckl, John Dolmayan, Bill Bruford, Thomas Lang, Tommy Aldridge, Mike Mangini, Horacio Hernandez, David Garibaldi, Virgil Donati, Carl Palmer, Paul Doucette, Gavin Harrison, George Rebelo, Duduka Da Fonseca, Jim Keltner, Terry Santiel, Walfredo Reyes Jr.


February 2002:
February 2002 – Volume 26 • Number 2

Jose Pasillas, Scott Travis, Billy Kilson, Claudio Slon, Paul Bostaph, Robin Goodridge, Johnny Morgan, Denise Fraser, Steve French, Mike Luce, Steve Smith, Mike Cosgrove, Steve Jocz, Gregg Bissonette, Gregg Field, Denny Carmassi, Gavin Harrison


January 2000:
January 2000 – Volume 24 • Number 1

Dennis Chambers, Tony Royster Jr., Matthew Cross, Jaki Liebezeit, Johnny Kelly, Chad Taylor, Martina Axen, Gregg Bissonette, Omar Hakim, Alan White, Shelly Manne, Peter Erskine, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Chick Webb, Steve Gadd, Ringo Starr, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, John Bonham


August 1998:
August 1998 – Volume 22 • Number 8

Gregg Bissonette, Martin Atkins, John Kamoosi, Gregg Bendian, John Blackwell, Rich Hoak, Charlie Watts, Nick D’Virgilio, Peter Erskine, Bruce Cox, Brian Jones, Forrest Williams, Joey Baron, Cozy Powell, Carlos Vega, Dennis Charles, Bill Bruford, Bun E. Carlos


October 1995:
October 1995 – Volume 19 • Number 10

In this Issue: Richie Hayward, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Stephen Perkins, Mike Portnoy, Gregg Bissonette, Kenwood Dennard, Rayford Griffin, Alan White, Fergal Lawler


April 1991:
April 1991 – Volume 15 • Number 4

In this Issue: Gregg Bissonette, Carl Allen , Tiny Kahn


February 1990:
February 1990 – Volume 14 • Number 2

In this Issue: Charlie Watts, Frederick Waits, Deen Castronovo, Dave Weckl, Jack DeJohnette, Vinnie Colaiuta, Danny Gottlieb, Gregg Bissonette, Liberty DeVitto, Chad Wackerman, Michael Shrieve, David Beal, Carl Palmer


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 1984:
June 1984 – Volume 8 • Number 6

Tony Williams, Tris Imboden, Willie Wilcox, Dino Danelli, Simon Phillips, Bev Bevan, Elvin Jones, Gregg Bissonette, Terry Bozzio, Russ Kunkel


December 1983:
December 1983 – Volume 7 • Number 12

Carl Palmer, Simon Kirke, Anthony Cirone, Neil Peart, Ed Soph, Rick Allen, Bill Cobham, J.R. Mitchell, Gregg Bissonette, Michael Shrieve, Tommy Aldridge, Gary Chaffee


June 1983:
June 1983 – Volume 7 • Number 6

Bill Bruford, Mike Clark, Mark Craney, Ed Thigpen, George Wettling, Kenny Aronoff, Jim Chapin, Terry Clarke, John Densmore, Gregg Bissonette, Carl Palmer, Russ Kunkel, Graham Lear



Posted: April 13, 2021

Category: News
Todd Sucherman – Interview + All Drummers “Maybe I’m Amazed” Cover & Todd’s Ode to Pearl Drum Solo – 4/12/21

  MD: Hi Todd, tell me about the inspiration for the all-drummers band coming together to do the Paul McCartney song, ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’? TS: Randy Walker, who’s a long time pal put this together. He is a drummer, producer, drum tech, tour manager among many other things. Everyone is …


Posted: January 1, 2021

Category: News, The Modern Drummer Podcast
Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast

Welcome to 2021! Watch this MD “Pop Up Podcast” and start the new year with David Garfield, Gregg Bissonette, and a special surprise guest. David tells us about his version of The Beatle’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” along with his history of playing music with Gregg. Modern Drummer is honored to …


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: June 15, 2020

Category: News, News and Events
Tommy Lee Rocks All Access Hits with Host David Frangioni Livecast

Lee bashing out the groove to “Dr. Feelgood” for the Modern Drummer webcast audience on June 11. Revealing All Access Hits with Host David Frangioni Webinar Digs Deep into Lee’s Creative Process and Drum Techniques Tommy Lee, one of the most recognizable drummers on the planet, provided drum fans with …


Posted: November 14, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Ron Wikso of Gregg Rolie

Hello Modern Drummer “On The Beat” readers! I’m just checking in with a little update and to say a quick hello to the most awesome drumming community in the world!


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: 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: 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: December 3, 2018

Percussive Nation
Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Mike Portnoy's Percussive Nation 2019 Music Camp

Mike Portnoy’s Percussive Nation Music Camp 2019.


Posted: June 19, 2018

Dave Elitch
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Dave Elitch: Talks New Instructional Course

Hello MD readers! I’m writing this from my home in Los Angeles before heading over to my studio for a day of teaching. As some of you may know, in addition to touring and doing sessions, I’ve been a teacher for nearly twenty years.


Posted: July 4, 2017

Category: Industry Spotlight, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos, Web Exclusive
Performance Spotlight: Gregg Bissonette

We recently had the opportunity to bring L.A. session drummer and Grammy award–winning artist Gregg Bissonette into our studio to shoot some exclusive performance videos. In the first video, Gregg plays a dynamic drum solo that covers a multitude of styles, from rock to jazz. In the second video, Gregg …


Posted: March 21, 2017

Category: Feature Stories, Industry Spotlight, Multimedia, Videos
Industry Spotlight – DIXON Product Showcase

Industry Spotlight DIXON Product Showcase Text and video by Miguel Monroy We recently had the opportunity to visit Dixon Drums & Hardware for its first-ever Product Showcase. The hybrid event brought in local drummers from the St. Louis area and gave them a chance to interact with products and spend …


Posted: March 16, 2017

Fantasy Camp
Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp featuring Heart's Nancy Wilson with Special Guests Steven Adler and Gregg Bissonette

Nancy Wilson of Heart with special guests Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses) and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth Band)- headline the next Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp June 29-July 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA


Posted: March 16, 2017

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp featuring Heart’s Nancy Wilson with Special Guests Steven Adler and Gregg Bissonette

Nancy Wilson of Heart with special guests Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses) and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth Band)- headline the next Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp June 29-July 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA


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: July 29, 2016

Category: Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos, Web Exclusive
Backbeats – Woodstick Groove 2016

This past April, Groove Music for Youth and the Emerald Queen Casino held their annual nonprofit drumming charity event, Woodstick Groove, in Tacoma, Washington. Check out our highlight reel of the event below!


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: May 4, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
Thomas Lang Announces Big Drum Bonanza 2015

Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert), has announced the Big Drum Bonanza 2015 (#BDB2015), which will take place July 1 through 5 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California.


Posted: March 27, 2015

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Showroom: Dixon Gregg Bissonette Signature Snare Drums

Dixon has released two Gregg Bissonette signature snare drums. Bissonette chose two 6.5×14 models. One sports a hammered-brass beaded shell with tube lugs….


Posted: February 25, 2015

Category: Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Whiplash Bonus Clip: Star Drummers on Music Education

Here’s a clip from Timekeepers where Chad Smith, Kenny Aronoff, and Ryan Brown reflect on their drumming education….


Posted: December 10, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
News: Guitar Center’s 26th-Annual Drum-Off Finals Brings Together Legendary Drummers to Celebrate the Nation’s Best Undiscovered Talent

Five talented drummers from across the country have been chosen from over 5,000 drummers entered in more than 1,000 local competitions nationwide to compete as finalists in Guitar Center’s 26th Annual Drum-Off, the world’s premier drum competition….


Posted: November 18, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Gregg Bissonette “Mars??? Lyric Video

Drummer Tam Johnstone, son of longtime Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone, recently created this video to accompany the song “Mars??? from December Modern Drummer cover artist Gregg Bissonette’s recent solo album, Warning Will Robinson!


Posted: November 18, 2014

Category: Feature Stories, Multimedia, Spotify Playlists
Listen to the Drumming on Spotify: Great Tracks From MD‘s December Issue

Want to hear music from the artists featured in the latest issue of Modern Drummer? We’ve got you covered. Our December 2014 Spotify Playlist kicks off with legendary D.C. go-go band E.U.’s hit “Da Butt,” which is referenced in this month’s Basics column. We keep it greasy with Wayne Krantz’s …


Posted: November 13, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Night Verses’ Aric Improta: “Time Erases Time??? Live Interactive Drum Cams

The December issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an Up & Coming article on Night Verses’ Aric Improta. This video features Improta and the band playing a live version of “Time Erases Time,??? originally released on the band’s 2013 album, Lift Your Existence.
 To check out a special interactive multi-camera …


Posted: November 5, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Gregg Bissonette “After All??? Chart and Drum Groove Video

Earlier this year Gregg invited MD to film him during rehearsals with Ringo, and here we share a clip of him playing a favorite groove, which he elaborates on below. But first let’s hear what he has to say about creating drum charts such as the one below, for the …


Posted: October 31, 2014

Category: Drum Soloist, Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
Drum Soloist: Solid Soloing, Part 1: Connecting Ideas With Glue Stickings (December 2014 Issue)

This article is on gaining freedom and flow while soloing without the constant burden of thinking about which idea to play next.


Posted: October 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
December 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Gregg Bissonette

See what’s in the pages of the December 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Gregg Bissonette!


Posted: October 10, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Dixon Drums and Gregg Bissonette Northern California Clinic Tour Wrap-up

For students and enthusiasts of any instrument, there are few moments as valuable as an in-depth and intimate session with a professional. Drummers in Northern California were given that opportunity when Ringo Starr’s Gregg Bissonette and Dixon put on clinics in five venues, from September 10 to the 14….


Posted: September 8, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Hena Habegger of Gotthard

After fifteen number-one albums in Switzerland, lots of chart successes, and releases in Europe, Russia, South America, and Asia, we are very proud to present to you our new album, Bang!


Posted: September 3, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Dixon Presents California 2014 Clinic Tour with Gregg Bissonette

Gregg Bissonette signed with Dixon drums this past April just in time for the Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band’s North American tour. While on break between legs, Bissonette will present his first US clinic tour as a Dixon artist in Northern California…


Posted: August 12, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, News and Events
A Tale of Two Tull Drummers: Doane Perry and Mark Craney

Modern Drummer recently chatted with longtime Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry while doing research for an article on drummer Dean Zimmer. Perry spoke at length about his relationship with Zimmer as well as his great friendship with the late, great Mark Craney, who, in addition to preceding Perry in Tull, …


Posted: August 12, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Dean Zimmer: Drummer Still Wanted

Drummer Dean Zimmer spoke with Modern Drummer about his viral success and life since gaining notoriety through the short film, “Drummer Wanted.”


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 17, 2014

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Gregg Bissonette Joins Dixon Drums

Dixon Drums and Hardware has announced the addition of Los Angeles–based, Grammy-winning recording and touring drummer Gregg Bissonette to its artist program. According to Dixon, Bissonette’s choice of Dixon comes from their synergetic vision to advance the art of drumming through quality craftsmanship, innovation, and education. Gregg will be involved …


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: July 17, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
KoSA 18th International Percussion Workshop, Drum Camp, and Festival

The KoSA International Percussion Workshop Camp and Festival will take place July 23–28 at Castleton State College, nestled in the mountains of Vermont near the resort destination of Killington….


Posted: April 29, 2013

Category: News, News and Events
Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band Announce Latin American Tour Dates

Ringo has been having so much fun with this incarnation of the All Starr band, with whom he just wrapped up a tour in the Pacific Rim including dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, that he has announced another leg of tour dates.


Posted: February 21, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Gorden Campbell at the 2012 Regina Drum Festival

Check out this montage of Gregg Bissonette’s master class and clinic performances at the Regina Drum Festival, held this past September 14 and 15 at the Performing Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Other drummers on the bill included Scott Pellegrom, Paul Leim, Gorden Campbell, Ronn Dunnett, Mike Michalkow, and …


Posted: February 21, 2013

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Ringo at the Ryman

A DVD of Ringo and his All Starr’s performance at Nashville’s historic Ryman, is being released March 19, 2013….


Posted: February 19, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Gregg Bissonette at the 2012 Regina Drum Festival

Check out this montage of Gregg Bissonette’s master class and clinic performances at the Regina Drum Festival, held this past September 14 and 15 at the Performing Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Other drummers on the bill included Scott Pellegrom, Paul Leim, Gorden Campbell, Ronn Dunnett, Mike Michalkow, and …


Posted: February 14, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Jayson Brinkworth at the 2012 Regina Drum Festival

Check out this montage of Jayson Brinkworth’s master class and clinic performances at the Regina Drum Festival, held this past September 14 and 15 at the Performing Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Other drummers on the bill included Scott Pellegrom, Gregg Bissonette, Gorden Campbell, Ronn Dunnett, Mike Michalkow, and …


Posted: February 4, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Mike Michalkow at the 2012 Regina Drum Festival

Check out this montage of Mike Michalkow’s master class and clinic performances at the Regina Drum Festival, held this past September 14 and 15 at the Performing Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada….


Posted: January 25, 2013

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Paul Leim at the 2012 Regina Drum Festival

Check out this montage of Paul Leim’s master class and clinic performances at the Regina Drum Festival, held this past September 14 and 15 at the Performing Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Other drummers on the bill included Scott Pellegrom, Gregg Bissonette, Gorden Campbell, Ronn Dunnett, Mike Michalkow, and …


Posted: December 28, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Gregg Bissonette Hosts First-Ever Drum Groove Camp March 15th – 17th in Thousand Oaks, California

regg Bissonette will host the Gregg Bissonette Groove Camp on March 15th -17th in scenic Thousand Oaks, California…


Posted: November 26, 2012

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Scott Pellegrom at the 2012 Regina Drum Festival

Check out this montage of Scott Pellegrom’s master class and clinic performances at the Regina Drum Festival, held this past September 14 and 15 at the Performing Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Other drummers on the bill included Paul Leim, Gregg Bissonette, Gorden Campbell, Ronn Dunnett, Mike Michalkow, and …


Posted: October 18, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band To Tour The Pacific Rim In 2013

Ringo Starr announced that his All Starr Band will tour the Pacific Rim this winter with select dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The band has the same line up which just completed a North American tour this past summer….


Posted: August 30, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jayson Brinkworth

Hey there, Modern Drummer readers, Jayson Brinkworth here again from Canada. Things have been crazy busy up here with Aaron Pritchett and One More Girl gigs, as well as many sessions….


Posted: August 27, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
2012 Regina Drum Festival

On the heels of a very successful first year, the Regina Drum Festival is gearing up for a return on September 14 and 15 at the Regina Performing Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada….


Posted: June 11, 2012

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Ringo Starr Art Exhibits To Show At Select Cities On 13th All Starr Tour

Ringo Starr is hitting the road this summer with his 13th All Starr Band, including Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera, Gregg Rolie (Santana), Todd Rundgren, and Gregg Bissonette.


Posted: March 26, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jose Rosa

My name is Jose Rosa, and I’d like to tell you about my latest book, The Art of Latin Drumming, and share information about the Contemporary Drums & Percussion Camp.


Posted: February 8, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Announcing Ringo Starr & His 13th All Starr Band Featuring Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette

Ringo Starr announces his 13th All Starr Band, which will launch June 14, 2012 from Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario and conclude July 21, 2012 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. New to the All Starrs are Steve Lukather (Toto) and Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey) who …


Posted: January 31, 2012

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, On the Beat, Videos
Ringo Starr

Ringo checks in on the occasion of the release of his brand-new album, Ringo 2012, in this exclusive Modern Drummer video.


Posted: December 19, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Dec Web Update News

Drumming news from around the web for December 2011.


Posted: November 21, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage

In a Web-exclusive addendum to MD’s December 2011 cover story, we continue our conversation with Rush’s Neil Peart, discussing, among other topics, “drum solo week??? on Letterman, Neil’s surprise appearance at the KoSA Drum Camp, and the new Taking Center Stage DVD.


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: November 1, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Catching Up With Gregg Bissonette

Have you seen the movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin? Or watched Spinal Tap perform on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien? Or maybe caught a rerun of the ever-popular NBC sitcom Friends?


Posted: February 19, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Mitch Mitchell: Drummers Weigh In

Mitch Mitchell was not alone in blending jazz and rock drumming styles, but he may have pushed the combo further than anyone who came before him. Here a number of noted drummers provide further insight into Mitch’s influence….


Posted: October 19, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, The Greats
Max Roach

Simply put, Max Roach brought jazz drumming into the modern age. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell revolutionized jazz with new melodies and concepts; Max matched these musical geniuses with startling rhythms and reactive, action-packed drumming that still influences drummers on a profound level today….


Posted: December 25, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Evan Johns of Hurt

Evan Johns says the last two and a half years have been a long journey for his band, Hurt. “There was a lot of not eating, yelling, and screaming, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do, man,’??? Johns reports….


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: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Josh Freese

Looking at Josh Freese across a Starbucks table, it’s hard to believe I’ve known him since he was eleven years old. Suddenly it struck me that he was then the same age that my son is now, and the comparison was mind-blowing. At eleven years old, Josh was already fiercely …



Posted: September 8, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 87: Live From My Drum Room Remembering Charlie Watts – Part 3

Part 3 of John DeChristopher’s series Remembering Charlie Watts. A fabulous discussion with drumming legends, Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free) Steve Gorman (Black Crowes/Trigger Hippy), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr All Star Band) and Don McAulay (Charlie’s drum tech and currently Steve Jordan’s drum tech). Check out John’s other episodes of “Live …


Posted: August 11, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 83: Remembering Jeff Porcaro

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


Posted: August 4, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 82: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Myron Grombacher and Gregg Bissonette

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


Posted: January 1, 2021

Category: News, The Modern Drummer Podcast
Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast

Welcome to 2021! Watch this MD “Pop Up Podcast” and start the new year with David Garfield, Gregg Bissonette, and a special surprise guest. David tells us about his version of The Beatle’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” along with his history of playing music with Gregg. Modern Drummer is honored to …


Posted: November 12, 2020

Episode 7
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 7: Narada Michael Walden & Gregg Bissonette.

The Modern Drummer Podcast – Narada Michael Walden’s UPBEAT: Gregg Bissonette, Roland TD 27 KV product review & more. In this episode Narada Michael Walden talks with Gregg Bissonette. They discuss how Gregg started playing drums, memorable recording sessions, the artists who have influenced him over the years, and of …


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 …