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November 2022:
Hal Blaine’s Ludwig and Blaemire 1960s and 70s Studio Kit

The unique studio kit that Hal Blaine designed (shown here) started with a Ludwig Super Classic blue sparkle bass drum and single-headed floor tom, along with a 6.5 X14 Supraphonic chrome snare drum (into which Hal etched his initials.) Then Hal added seven single-headed toms that featured spun-fiberglass shells made …

October 2021:
12 MD Cover Artists on Playing for the Song From the Modern Drummer Archives

As we honor Charlie Watts in this special tribute issue, we wanted to take a look back at how some other drummers accomplished what Watts did so brilliantly—which was create parts and arrangements that enhanced the song. A lot of drummers have discussed composition, production, and collaboration—as well as creating …

September 2021:
Rock Doc Drummers

Maybe there’s something in the water. Or the air. Or perhaps it’s simply the streaming services deluging us with content while everyone is looking for anything to take their minds off of the global pandemic. But, wow, a ton of great music documentaries have exploded onto screens large and small …

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.

October 2019:
What's Your Favorite Hal Blaine Track?

  “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),” with the Raiders. This track shows off his big drumset, and Blaine is playing some intricate patterns throughout the entire song. Steve Short My favorite Hal Blaine performance has to be on Steely Dan’s “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)” …

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 …

January 1984:
L.A. Studio Drummers Roundtable, Part 1
L.A. Studio Roundtable

For a long time, a shroud of mystery covered the fact that our favorite groups on vinyl were not always the same individuals we saw in concert. Certainly the records never revealed anything to the contrary. But as the facts began to unravel, a new hero emerged: the studio drummer.

January 1983:
Jim Gordon Nothing But Music

This conversation took place one night while I was sitting at home in New Jersey and Jim was at home 3000 miles away in California.

April 1982:
Staying In Tune
Staying In Tune

Q. I’m 26 and lost a wife and two children in a divorce. I’ve since remarried a wonderful girl who is supportive of my career. We have a 7-month old boy who seems to enjoy the road as much as my wife and I. Even though the road has a …

June 2017:
Dr. Dog's Eric Slick goes solo, Josh Eppard tours with Coheed and Cambria, and more

Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick goes solo, Josh Eppard tours with Coheed and Cambria, and more

April 1981:
Hal Blaine
Hal Blaine

To chronicle the career of Hal Blaine is an almost awesome task. The office walls of his Hollywood Hills home are adorned with gold records that span the last two decades of music, such memorabilia as a mounted “thank you” letter from George Harrison and various certificates.

November 2013:
What Do You Know About…Frank De Vito
Frank DeVitto

His story—which includes work with some of the most iconic artists of all time—is a timeless lesson in providing exactly what’s needed, and being open to whatever fate sends your way.

April 2011:
April 2011 – Volume 35 • Number 4

John “JR” Robinson, Homer Steinweiss, Camille Gainer Jones, Thomas Pridgen, Scott Amendola, Jared Champion, Ismael Cancel, Roger Earl, Stacy Jones, Wells Kelly, Hal Blaine, Susie Ibarra, Tico Torres, Chris Tsagakis

June 2006:
June 2006 – Volume 30 • Number 6

Chad Smith, Jim Keltner, Hal Blaine, Bill Bruford, Earl Palmer, Steve Hass, Ian Wallace, Terri Lynn Carrington, Andrew Hurley, Phil Maturano, Sammy Siegler, Russ Moy, Steve Smith, Thomas Lang, Zoro

October 2000:
October 2000 – Volume 24 • Number 10

Jon Fishman, Hal Blaine, Vinnie Paul, Paul Wertico, Tom Hambridge, Mike Joyce, Pat Torpey, Michael Cartellone, Bruce Guttridge, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jim Keltner, Adam Nussbaum

December 1997:
December 1997 – Volume 21 • Number 12

Mike Portnoy, Sonny Greer, Louie Benson, Sam Woodyard, Joe Sirois, Gavin Harrison, Bill Bruford, Hal Blaine, Safwan Javed, Joe Morello, Jim Chapin,

November 1992:
November 1992 – Volume 16 • Number 11

In this Issue: Trilok Gurtu, Nick Menza, Jim Hodder, Bernard Purdie, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner, Jim Gordon, Rick Marotta, Paul Humphrey, Ed Greene

March 1983:
March 1983 – Volume 7 • Number 3

Kenney Jones, John Marshall, Kenny Clare, Ginger Baker, Graham Lear, Pete Best, Hal Blaine, Dennis DeLucia, Carmine Appice, Ron Tutt, Simon Phillips

June 1982:
June 1982 – Volume 6 • Number 4

Max Roach, Keith Moon, Vic Firth, Joe Vitale, Chris Parker, Sonny Greer, Mickey Curry, Butch Ballard, Billy Hart, Hal Blaine, Buddy Rich, Rick Marotta, Elvin Jones

April 1982:
April 1982 – Volume 6 • Number 2

Max Weinberg, Narada Michael Walden, Danny Gottlieb, Prairie Prince, Hal Blaine, Gina Schock, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Bruford, Ed Shaughnessy

November 1981:
November 1981 – Volume 5 • Number 8

Jim Keltner, Terry Bozzio, Ed Blackwell, Sonny Greer, Hal Blaine, Bobby Rosengarden, Stewart Copeland, Lenny White, Barrett Deems, Ron Zito

August September 1981:
August September 1981 – Volume 5 • Number 6

Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzmann, Barry Keane, James Bradley Jr., Casey Scheuerell, Colin Bailey, John Robinson, Buddy Rich, Hal Blaine, Alan Schwartzberg, Paul Humphrey, Steve Jordan, Ed Shaughnessy

December 1980 January 1981:
December 1980 January 1981 – Volume 4 • Number 6

Buddy Rich, Clem Burke, Bruce Gary, Stan Lynch, Alan Myers, Louis Hayes, Alan Dawson, Joe Morello, Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Tony Williams, Danny Seraphine, Bobby Colomby, Lenny White, Billy Cobham, Roberto Petaccia, Les DeMerle, Hal Blaine, Charles Collins

Posted: March 12, 2019

Hal Blaine
Category: Multimedia, News, News and Events
Hal Blaine Tribute on New York's Q104.3

Hal Blaine Tribute from DJ Maria Milito on New York’s Q104.3

Posted: December 18, 2018

Dennis Diken
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Dennis Diken of the Smithereens in On The Beat

Hello MD! Greetings from our tour bus, which is rolling from St. Charles, Illinois to Youngstown, Ohio. I’m currently drumming on Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! 2018 tour.

Posted: November 28, 2017

Chris Camilleri
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Chris Camilleri of Liverpool and the Happy Together Tour: Talks Legends and Opportunities

Hello, MD “On The Beat” readers! Growing up in the ’60s, and learning my instrument as that amazing music was being produced, I never had any idea that I’d be playing it (and getting paid) five decades down the road. But here we are.

Posted: May 31, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Web Exclusive
Web Exclusive: Hal Blaine

The July 2017 Modern Drummer is a special theme issue about the birth of classic-rock drumming. In it we examine the work of some of the most famous and influential players of the time, including the Beatles’ Ringo Starr, the Doors’ John Densmore, and Vanilla Fudge’s Carmine Appice.

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 21, 2017

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
PMC Reunites Hal Blaine and Ronnie Spector at NAMM Show

Hal Blaine, one of most recorded musicians of all-time, famously drummed with Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” studio band, nicknamed the Wrecking Crew. One of the most popular songs they recorded was “Be My Baby,” sung by Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes.

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 27, 2017

Category: Feature Stories, Featured, Friday Nuggets
Friday Nuggets: Joe Butler’s Cannons

Check out the drum production on this number-one hit by the Lovin’ Spoonful, from August, 1966. You didn’t often hear drums quite so prominently on a pop hit in the mid-’60s.

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: April 29, 2015

Drummer Blog: Billy McCarthy on the Documentary Ferocious Drummers
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Billy McCarthy on the Documentary Ferocious Drummers

Hello Modern Drummer readers! My name is Billy McCarthy, and right now the trailer for my documentary film, Ferocious Drummers, is up at www.kickstarter.com. With this film, I am hoping to move drummers to a place they hardly visit on the actual stage—right up front and center….

Posted: April 29, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Billy McCarthy on the Documentary Ferocious Drummers

Hello Modern Drummer readers! My name is Billy McCarthy, and right now the trailer for my documentary film, Ferocious Drummers, is up at www.kickstarter.com. With this film, I am hoping to move drummers to a place they hardly visit on the actual stage—right up front and center….

Posted: January 20, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
UPDATED – Beats, Brews & Banter with Patrick Berkery (War on Drugs, Wesley Stace, Danielson, Pernice Brothers)

Due to inclement weather, Philly Drum Project’s monthly event, Beats, Brews & Banter, has been postponed and will continue on Monday, February 10, at The R Bar (formerly Roosevelt’s Pub) at the corner of 23rd and Walnut in Philadelphia. The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and feature …

Posted: January 9, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Danny Seraphine
Ready For the Next Phase

anny Seraphine fueled a long list of classic tracks in his twenty-three years as a member of Chicago, inspiring generations of drummers in the process. Since returning in 2006 from a long performing hiatus, he has been grooving in peak form with his current band, CTA, as heard on its …

Posted: September 9, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Modern Drummer and Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp to Host “Rock’s Rhythm Masters??? Camp November 8–10 in Las Vegas

In an effort to add camps that are shorter in duration and more affordably priced for every musician to experience, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is proud to announce Rock’s Rhythm Masters, powered by Modern Drummer magazine. This session will take place November 8 through 10 at the camp’s facility …

Posted: January 18, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ernie Durawa of Texas Tornados

Well, it’s 2013. I will say that 2012 was a good year full of music for me. I spent most of the year touring with the Texas Tornados….

Posted: September 21, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Russell Simins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Hey, all, Russell Simins from the one and only Blues Explosion here. I play drums and write music with bandmates Jon Spencer and Judah Bauer, two of the greatest guitarists I know, and I know a lot of them.

Posted: March 23, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Rich Pagano to Lead Six-Part Art of Recording Classic Drums Course

Rich Pagano to Lead Six-Part Art of Recording Classic Drums Course

Posted: March 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tim Walsh of the Stepkids

I’m Tim Walsh of the Stepkids, and I’m excited to be on here and hope to add to the wealth of knowledge that is MD’s awesome thirty-five-year history…

Posted: December 28, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Marky Ramone: Punk Legend

Marky Ramone held the drum chair with legendary punk pioneers the Ramones longer than anyone else. But there’s much more to his story…

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: December 8, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Tom Roady: Down Home Percussionist

An interview with the late, great Nashville percussionist, which originally appeared in the May 1996 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.

Posted: November 30, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Drum Roll Please…

The drummers of Sticks ‘n’ Skins are now among the honored innovators and artisans on display at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Posted: September 21, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
September Web Update News

Mark Schulman has been touring with Foreigner all summer and is also on the band’s three-disc set Feels Like the First Time, containing two audio CDs and a live concert DVD. For more, visit www.foreigneronline.com. Also check out Mark’s article “Easy Drum Charts” in the October issue of MD, out …

Posted: September 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Felipe Torres 2011 Blog

Hello, Modern Drummers, and thanks again for checking out my blog! Felipe Torres here. It’s been a while since I checked in, and I wanted to share with you some of the fun and amazing things that I’ve experienced this year thanks to my drums…

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: July 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
MD Readers Poll 2011 Results

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

Posted: May 2, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Danny Seraphine: Update

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

Posted: March 10, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rich Redmond with Jason Aldean

Hey there, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in. I wanted to personally thank everyone who voted me “Best Country Drummer” in last year’s Modern Drummer magazine Reader Poll. It is a real thrill and an honor to receive this award! A huge thanks to the fine staff …

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: August 11, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Bell Gardens’ Charlie Woodburn

Hello, Modern Drummer readers! I’m Charlie Woodburn, and I am a session drummer in Los Angeles, California. First, I would like to say thank you to Modern Drummer for letting me add to the blog because I have been reading the magazine since I was fifteen years old. MD has …

Posted: March 15, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
The Greats: Hal Blaine

Blaine came to define the drum beat of Top-40 radio…

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: 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: August 1, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Web Exclusive Interview Blind Melon’s Glen Graham

Blind Melon’s Glen Graham talks to MD Online about the band’s dramatic resurrection, and the release of their first album in thirteen years, For My Friends.

Posted: February 28, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Paul Garisto and his days with the Psychedelic Furs, Iggy Pop, etc.

I was lucky enough to land a national tour at a young age about a year after I moved into New York City to pursue my drumming career. How excited I was to step onto that tour bus for my first time as we rolled out for a tour of …

Posted: February 1, 2008

Category: Caught in the Web, Drummers, Feature Stories
Ira Elliot: Caught in the Web

Nada Surf is one of the smartest, freshest-sounding rock bands of the past ten/fifteen years. And like they say, behind every brilliant band is an equally crafty drummer. Kit man Ira Elliot is as sharp as they get.

Posted: December 5, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Dee Pop of The Bush Tetras

As with most people around my age, my heroes were Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa (who both seemed to turn up regularly on variety television shows), Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Mitch Mitchell…

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
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: November 17, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Jim Keltner

John’s guest is the legendary and incomparable, Jim Keltner! John and Jim discuss Jim’s incredible and prolific career starting with his first recording, Gary Lewis and the Playboys’ “Just My Style.” Continuing with his work with Bob Dylan, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Gary Wright, …

Posted: June 2, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 73: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Donn Bennett

John’s guest was Donn Bennett, drummer, educator and founder of Donn Bennett’s Drum Studio in Seattle, WA. Donn talks about how he went from a teaching studio to opening his retail store, how he got into collecting vintage drums, creating “Donn’s Drum Vault” – his incredible collection of rare and …

Posted: April 14, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 66: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Chad Smith

In this episode, Chad talks about moving to Los Angeles in 1988 to attend music school and joining the “Red Hot Chili Peppers”, the new RHCP record and upcoming tour, the supergroup “Chickenfoot” and other projects, and his MD Legends Book which is now available. Chad and John shared some …

Posted: September 27, 2019

Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
MD Podcast Episode 211: Hal Blaine Classic Tracks, Half-Time Shuffles in Five, Canopus Solid Bronze Snare, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike take us on a brief tour through famed studio drummer Hal Blaine’s extensive discography, some ways to play a half-time shuffle in 5/4, and up for review is a beastly 4×14 Solid Bronze snare by Canopus.