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October 2020:
OCTOBER 2020 COVER
What Song Are You Working on Now?
Drums

“Metropolis—Part I” by Dream Theater [Mike Portnoy].@ptrlcc “Chemical Warfare” by Slayer [Dave Lombardo].@nickkcuevas “Hemispheres” by Rush [Neil Peart]. The first section is so tough on the hi-hat.@mconrad332 “Around the World” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers [Chad Smith].@_rywill22 “Just like Heaven” by the Cure [Boris Williams].Eric Heumann “Rosas del Amor” …


September 2020:
MODERN DRUMMER SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER
What Was Your First Favorite Drum Record?
Reader Platform September 2020

Vivid by Living Colour. Will Calhoun plays masterfully and with tons of power. It was perfect: playable but loaded with nuance.Scott Sparks Manu Katché on Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live. I was around five, and it just blew my mind. That’s when I realized drumming was what I wanted to …


January 2020:
BJ Miller with Health

Since answering a drummer-wanted Craigslist ad that listed influences from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to Public Image Ltd. and Can, BJ Miller has proven the ideal rhythm generator for his band.


October 2019:
Talking About Our Generations
Adam Budofsky

A teaser of the momentous drumming from 1969 that our October issue explores—and a chat with the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd about some of his favorite music from the era.


October 2019:
Led Zeppelin II

In the fifty years since Led Zeppelin roared onto the scene, much has been made of their being ground zero for “heavy rock.”


August 2019:
Star Power
Adam Budofsky

History tells us that the first drum star was Gene Krupa.


September 2018:
What’s Your Favorite John Bonham Performance?

In this month’s Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic, the drummer and educator Powell Randolph explores a classic John Bonham foot pattern. In keeping with the “Bonzo” theme, we were curious to find out from our readers and social media followers which specific performances best captured the late rock legend’s iconic sound.


September 2018:
Must-Know Grooves – Demystifying the Half-Time Shuffle

This month we’re tackling a groove that has confounded drummers for more than forty years: The half-time shuffle. This groove’s ghost note placement has been a mystery to many drummers since legends such as Bernard Purdie, John Bonham, and Jeff Porcaro first laid it down in the late ’70s and …


July 1984:
John Bonham
John Bonham

Perhaps you live in a town to which the Led Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same comes once every few weeks for the midnight showing. The audience at such events is a rough cross section of Led Zeppelin fans, ranging from students with briefcases to absolute Cro-Magnons with flasks.


March 2014:
The 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time
50 Greatest Drummers 1

Whose playing endures through the decades? Whose music do we reach for when we want new ideas? When we want to practice? When we want to laugh? Who inspires and delights us most?


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

The ’70s were a drummers smorgasbord.


July 2017:
Favorite 1960s Drum Tracks?

As we were taking a look back at some of the most iconic drummers and performances of 1967 for this month’s cover feature, we wanted to find out which tracks our readers and social media followers felt marked the greatest drumming of the entire decade. While certain ’60s drumming staples, …


February March 1981:
John Bonham In Retrospect
John Bonham of Led Zeppelin : Modern Drummer

Without doubt, the dominating force in heavy metal rock during the entire decade of the 1970’s was Led Zeppelin. John Bonham led the way with his wildly enthusiastic style, both on stage and in the studio. His syncopated but rock steady rhythms fit hand in glove with guitarist Jimmy Page’s …


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.


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.


May 2015:
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

A high-flying double album featuring some of John Bonham’s most exciting drumming hits shelves again, with cleaned-up sound and a bunch of bonus workshop tracks.


June 2015:
A John Bonham Foot Pattern

Rock Perspectives A John Bonham Foot Pattern Creative Ideas Based on the “Four Sticks” Ostinato by Powell Randolph Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham is considered by many to be rock’s greatest drummer of all time. He’s definitely one of my favorites, and in this article we’ll focus on a foot pattern …


November 2015:
Falling Rocks – A Primer on One of Drumming's Most Powerful Fills

The term “falling rocks” refers to a very powerful fill concept made famous by legendary rockers like Carmine and Vinny Appice, John Bonham, Cozy Powell, and Tommy Aldridge, and it’s often used by contemporary metal, prog, and fusion drummers.


March 2017:
Twelve Essential Shuffles – Some of Drumming's Most Influential Feels

While simple in concept, the shuffle, which features prominently in early jazz, blues, Motown, soul, funk, rock ’n’ roll, and hip-hop, among other styles, can be difficult to execute even for skilled drummers. In this article we’ll cover the essential shuffle variations by examining some of the most influential tracks …



Posted: May 23, 2021

Category: News
Charlie Benante – “Silver Linings” Album Review 5/23/21

by Josh Buchignani   Charlie Benante, drummer of famed thrash metal group, Anthrax, has pushed the envelope of creativity and collaboration in a way that has brought a plethora of talented artists together for the making of this 14-track album entitled aptly “Silver Linings” culled from his collection of 2020 …


Posted: May 15, 2021

Category: News
Modern Drummer Exhibiting at the 2021 Chicago Drum Show May 15th & 16th

Modern Drummer is exhibiting at the 2021 Chicago Drum Show (Sat May 15th & Sun May 16th) at the Prairie Events Center, at Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Illinois! This is the 30th Anniversary of the Chicago Drum Show, and after 2020 we are excited to be joining 94+ …


Posted: April 6, 2021

Category: News
Yoyoka Soma – Hit Like A Girl Spotlight – HLAG 2018 Contestant & 2021 Jr Global Ambassador – 4/4/21

  Yoyoka Soma is an 11 year old powerhouse of a drummer from Japan. She started playing drums at the age of two, played live at four, and formed her family band “Kaneaiyoyoka” at five. At 6 years old, she even released her first CD while in kindergarten. In addition …


Posted: February 8, 2021

Category: News
Thank you to Far Out Magazine for Reminding us how brilliant Ringo Starr is. We Agree!

Credit: AlamyJack Whatley·February 5, 2021 5 isolated drum tracks to prove The Beatles’ Ringo Starr was a genius   Too often has The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr been the butt of some unkind jokes. Reportedly purported by his bandmate John Lennon, the adage goes that when asked about whether Ringo …


Posted: September 5, 2020

Franie Banali
Category: News
Remembering Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali

“My passion in continuing Quiet Riot has everything to do with the fact that drumming is what I’ve always wanted to do,” Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali told Modern Drummer in a 2015 interview. “I worked very hard and struggled a lot to get to the point that we did with …


Posted: July 31, 2020

Go-Go
Category: News
Gina Schock on the Go-Go’s’ Showtime Special and New Song

The Go-Go’s performed a farewell tour in 2016. In the four years since, they have launched a Broadway show (Head Over Heels, 2018), written their first new song in twenty years (“Club Zero,” out today, July 31), and completed The Go-Go’s documentary, airing tomorrow, August 1, on Showtime. That is …


Posted: June 4, 2020

Category: On the Beat
Clementine on Channeling John Bonham in 12 Steps

Clementine of all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella. Step One Love Led Zeppelin. How did John Bonham become one of a handful of drummers who are celebrated as much as any of the other guys in the band? Chalk it up to feel. Chalk it up to love. There is …


Posted: April 30, 2020

Category: News
Tony Allen Passes

Tony Allen. Photo by Bernard Benant. Tony Allen, the longtime drummer with African music legend Fela Kuti, has died in France. As the drummer with Fela’s groundbreaking band Africa ’70, Allen was responsible for creating many of the beats that defined Afrobeat music, the mix of jazz, funk, and the …


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: January 10, 2020

Neil Peart
Category: News
Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passes

Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the iconic Canadian progressive rock band Rush, passed away on January 7 at the age of sixty-seven after a battle with brain cancer.


Posted: December 3, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Morgan Bauer of A Killer’s Confession

My name is Morgan Bauer and I’m the drummer in A Killer’s Confession (AKC). We released our single “Numb” on September 20, 2019 and our second album, The Indifference of Good Men, on October 18.


Posted: August 6, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Lindsay Martin of Juliet Simms

Hey MD family! My name is Lindsay Martin and I’m twenty-five years old. I grew up in upstate New York and moved to California after being accepted at the University of Southern California’s Popular Music Program.


Posted: June 4, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Josh Roossin of the Jacks

Josh Roossin here and I play drums in the LA-based rock n’ roll band the Jacks.


Posted: February 21, 2019

Miles Clyatt
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Miles Clyatt from Juice in On The Beat

What began in a cramped Boston College dorm room. After bunking our beds to make space for my Roland TD-11, my roommate Dan (on guitar) and I began hosting jam sessions.


Posted: October 16, 2018

Ryan Harding
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Ryan Harding of Local H: Talks New Single, Touring, and Influences

Hello, fellow Modern Drummers! I began playing drums fresh out of high school at eighteen years of age, playing in bands in the local Minneapolis scene.


Posted: May 31, 2018

TJ Taylor
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with TJ Taylor of SOiL: Talks New Record, Influences, and Upcoming Shows

Hello modern drummers! My name is TJ Taylor. It’s an honor to write to the MD community and fill you in on what I’ve been up to. Since mid 2017, I have been drumming for hard rock veterans SOiL.


Posted: April 17, 2018

Danny Wagner
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Danny Wagner of Greta Van Fleet: Talks Influences, Songwriting, and Music Muscle

Hello Modern Drummer readers! Danny Wagner here. I play drums for the band Greta Van Fleet and am a long-time reader of the magazine. I’m honored to write an “On The Beat,” especially as such a young musician.


Posted: April 3, 2018

Robyn Haycock
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Robyn Haycock of Stone Broken: Talks Style and Sound

Hey guys and girls! Robyn here from the UK band Stone Broken. It’s an honour to be included in this Modern Drummer “On The Beat.” I hope you enjoy it!


Posted: February 8, 2018

Steve Murphy
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Steve Murphy of the Hit Men: Talks Projects and Tours

Hey MD peeps! This is a great honor for me to be able to tell some of my story. Like most of you, I first subscribed to MD at an early age (back in the mid-’80s, yikes!) when I was busy trying to be what I eventually became―a pro drummer.


Posted: January 11, 2018

Josh Roossin
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Josh Roossin of the Jacks: Talks Influences and Gear

Hello Modern Drummer! I’m Josh Roossin and I play drums for the Jacks. It is an absolute honor to be contributing to “On the Beat!”


Posted: December 14, 2017

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Ryan Bennett of Madame Mayhem: Talks New Record and Gear

Hey Modern Drummer readers! My name is Ryan Bennett and I am touring with Madame Mayhem in promotion of her new record Ready For Me.


Posted: December 7, 2017

Ole Nesset
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Ole Nesset of Death by Unga Bunga: Talks Band, Tours, and Drumkit

Hello, fellow drummers! My name is Ole Nesset and I am from Norway. I just got back home after a month of touring the States with my band, Death by Unga Bunga.


Posted: September 12, 2017

Logan Robot Gladden
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Logan Robot Gladden: Talks Bonzo Bash and Goals

Hello MD! My name is Logan Robot Gladden and I am honored to share my story with you here “On the Beat!” I am thirteen years old and have been playing drums and singing for as long as I can remember. As for the name Robot, I wish I had …


Posted: July 5, 2017

Chico Diaz
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Chico Diaz from the Black Moods: Talks New Album, Gear, and Influences

Hello Modern Drummer readers! Chico Diaz from the Black Moods here. For those that have not heard of us yet, we are a three-piece rock ’n’ roll band that smashes ’70s and ’90s together like two high-speed trains—it’s straight up rawk.


Posted: April 28, 2017

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Tony Brock of the Babys: Talks Nostalgia and Walking to His Own Beat

Hello MD! This is Tony Brock, and I am thrilled to be performing with the Babys after a thirty-one-year hiatus. And I’m also honored to be back in Modern Drummer (first go around was in 1989)!


Posted: April 18, 2017

Category: Drummers, Featured, News, News and Events
Steve Smith’s Acceptance Speech During Journey’s Induction Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

At Journey’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, drummer Steve Smith took the opportunity to, as we say, give the drummers some.


Posted: March 2, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
Jason Trammell on Sinkane’s Life & Livin’ It

This past February 10, multifaceted producer and pop, funk, and jazz blender Ahmed Gallab released his sixth album, Life & Livin’ It, with his solo project Sinkane. Drummer and longtime Gallab collaborator Jason Trammell lays down tasty, soulful, and world-influenced grooves beneath the contagious hooks and gorgeous harmonies that adorn …


Posted: February 7, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
On Tour with Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes

This past September, Los Angeles–based indie folk-rock group Dawes released their fifth studio album, We’re All Going to Die, a record teeming with drummer and vocalist Griffin Goldsmith’s deep pocket and solid grooves.


Posted: January 19, 2017

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Jared Evan: Talks Influences and New Album

Hey, MD! 

I’m Jared Evan and I’m a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, and drummer. I’m twenty-six years old and have been playing the drums since I was six.


Posted: January 13, 2017

Category: News, News and Events
Bonzo Bash NAMM 2017

The first of these shows that Tichy & Sutton have produced, took place on September 25th, 2010, on the 30th anniversary of Bonham’s passing. They have since taken the show to both coasts, with BashFest 2017 sure to be the mightiest one yet.


Posted: December 27, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Alphonse Mouzon Passes

Alphonse Mouzon came to prominence in the ’70s as one of the top drummers on the burgeoning fusion scene, playing with premier acts like Weather Report and Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House.


Posted: November 30, 2016

Category: Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Video Demo! Snare Drum Effects

Recently a slew of products have been introduced that allow you to quickly modify your existing snare sound without having to break the bank on a new drum. Using these accessories, it’s possible to slash through a band, dry out your sound while adding beef, alter the drum’s pitch, finely …


Posted: November 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
John Sherman on Tour With Red Fang

Red Fang, the hard-rock/metal powerhouse from Portland, Oregon, released their fourth studio album, Only Ghosts, this past October. Drummer John Sherman is currently throwing down his blazing fills and powerful, no-frills grooves with the group as they tear across the country on tour through mid-December.


Posted: November 18, 2016

Category: Drummers, Featured, Friday Nuggets
Friday Nuggets: Paul Thompson’s Trip From Roxy Music to Lindisfarne

It’s funny how we define our favorite players. While drummers who came of age in the ’70s heyday of FM radio would associate Paul Thompson with the early era of the groundbreaking, proggy British pop-rock band Roxy Music, ’80s punks might recognize him among the lineups of Oi group Angelic …


Posted: October 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Web Exclusive
Tommy Benedetti On Tour with John Brown’s Body

Tommy Benedetti, longtime drummer with the Boston-based roots/reggae vets John Brown’s Body, is currently on the road with the group supporting its newest release, Fireflies. Benedetti fills each song on the album to the brim with pure and tasteful grooves, and on tour he pushes them into overdrive.


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: September 22, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Paul Figueroa of Crobot: Talks Drummers, Gear, and Tours

Greetings MD! My name is Paul Figueroa and I play drums for Crobot, a hard rock riffy groove band based out of Pottsville, PA. This year we recorded and released our second album, Welcome to Fat City, and are revving up the tour engines in support of it.


Posted: September 20, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Robby Cosenza of Vandaveer: Talks Influences and Studio Sessions

Wow, MD—it’s an honor! I’m a touring musician (Vandaveer, Horse Feathers, and Small Batch, among others) and the session drummer at Shangri-la Productions with producer Duane Lundy in Lexington, Kentucky.


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: June 2, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
On Tour: Cage the Elephant’s Jared Champion

For ten years, Jared Champion’s backbeat-infused, no-frills grooves have propelled the alternative chart-crushers Cage the Elephant. The group’s current tour runs through August, with additional select dates in September and October.


Posted: April 27, 2016

Drummer Carmine Appice behind the kit
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Carmine Appice: Stick It!

Hi MD drummer dudes and girls! This is a fun time in my career. After forty-nine years in the music business and touring the world many times playing arenas, stadiums, theaters, etc., I’ve reached a point where I can sit back and review my life of drumming and music….


Posted: April 27, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Carmine Appice: Stick It!

Hi MD drummer dudes and girls! This is a fun time in my career. After forty-nine years in the music business and touring the world many times playing arenas, stadiums, theaters, etc., I’ve reached a point where I can sit back and review my life of drumming and music….


Posted: March 9, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Anna Mylee: Crossing the World With Drumming Passion

Hi! My name is Anna Mylee and I was born in Belgium in 1991. I have been playing drums most of my life thanks to my musician father and have been exposed to great rock music since I was little….


Posted: February 26, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Ray Marte of Moon Tooth: Talks Influences, Improving, and Learning New Styles

Hello! There is not much that makes me happier than playing the drums. I started playing and taking lessons from Mark Edwards at South Shore Music in Massapequa, NY before I even knew how to write in cursive, or even print legibly. I still cannot do either of those things, …


Posted: February 26, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Josh Eppard on Coheed and Cambria’s The Color Before the Sun

Josh Eppard By Manuel Casanova   by Stephen Bidwell   Josh Eppard has been out with Coheed and Cambria since this past autumn. The group toured Europe in January, and March will find the band headlining the U.S. with Glassjaw in support. Coheed’s latest studio album, The Color Before the …


Posted: January 18, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Josean Orta of Fit For an Autopsy: Motivated to Innovate

Hello, music and drums have been crawling through my veins since I was five years old. I remember scavenging my house to find anything that would resonate when struck and use it to create music while driving my parents insane in the process. Some kids are forced to learn to …


Posted: January 7, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Bobby Rondinelli

With a résumé that includes Blue Öyster Cult, Rainbow, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath, and more recently, Mountain guitarist Leslie West and the Axel Rudi Pell Band, Bobby Rondinelli remains a mega-force in heavy-rock drumming….


Posted: January 7, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
John Demeski on Speed the Plough’s New Album, Now

New Jerseys indie group Speed the Plough’s first album in four years, Now, features the kit work of John Demeski. John is the son of one-time STP drummer Stanley Demeski, who some readers will recognize as a longtime member of the influential group the Feelies. Modern Drummer Online caught up …


Posted: November 13, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Katie Herron of StarBenders: Reckless Punk and Classic Rock ’n’ Roll

Hi! My name is Katie Herron and I am the drummer in the glam punk ’n’ roll band, StarBenders. I was born and raised in Decatur, Alabama, affectionately known as the River City. The conservative nature of the South birthed a fire of rebellion and the need for individuality….


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: October 1, 2015

Category: Basics, Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
Video Demo! Falling Rocks: A Primer on One of Drumming’s Most Powerful Fills

The term “falling rocks??? refers to a very powerful fill concept made famous by legendary rockers like Carmine and Vinny Appice, John Bonham, Cozy Powell, and Tommy Aldridge, and it’s often used by contemporary metal, prog, and fusion drummers. The phrasing is dense and articulate, and it creates an overwhelming …


Posted: September 18, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Rickie Mazzotta of mewithoutYou: Wisdom and Inspiration

Peaceful greetings to Modern Drummer and its readers, my name is Rickie Mazzotta and in case you don’t know who I am, here is a little bit about myself: I am a current and founding member of the band mewithoutYou. I have been with them for fourteen years and playing …


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: July 31, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Multi-Instrumentalist Max Frost: Getting Drum Sounds in the Studio

My name is Max Frost, and I’m a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer on Atlantic Records from Austin, TX. My career has had a broad focus but drums are my original, underlying obsession. I play drums on all my records (when necessary) and consider drum production the most essential part of …


Posted: July 15, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Nick Baverman of Brent James and the Vintage Youth: New Record and Summer Touring

My name is Nick Baverman. I play drums for Brent James and the Vintage Youth out of Cincinnati, Ohio. We’ve got kind of a southern, country-ish hard rock thing goin’ on. I love playing in this band….


Posted: June 12, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Turbowolf’s Blake Davies: Drawing Inspiration

Hello! I’m Blake Davies and I play drums in Turbowolf. As I write this, I’m cleaning my Yamaha Maple Custom kit for another summer of shows and remembering festivals gone by. It got me thinking about inspiration and from where we draw it….


Posted: June 8, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Nelson’s Gunnar Nelson: A Drummer Who Happens to Sing and Play Guitar

Hello, Modern Drummers! I’m a drummer who happens to play guitar and sing. It has been said that drumming may be the first music man ever made. In my case it has been a source of who I am. I was born in the “summer of love” on September 20, …


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: April 30, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
June 2015 issue of Modern Drummer featuring Benny Greb

See what’s in the pages of the June 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine and find out where to pick it up.


Posted: April 30, 2015

Category: Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO LESSON! John Bonham–Style Foot Pattern: Getting Creative With the “Four Sticks??? Ostinato

In this lesson we’ll focus on a foot pattern that Bonham used often: an alternating pattern between the feet, starting with the left on the hi-hat pedal. Click here to check out a full video demo!


Posted: April 22, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Salvador Placencia and Garrett Ray of Fool’s Gold

Greetings drummers of the modern age! We are Salvador Placencia and Garrett Ray, percussionist and drummer for the band Fool’s Gold from Los Angeles. We thought it would be fun to interview each other to give you a little insight on who we are and what we’ve been up to …


Posted: March 24, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: the Blues Magoos’ Geoff Daking Talks Greenwich Village, Engineering, and Session Work

Hey drummers! I’m Geoff Daking of the Blues Magoos. I started playing in the early ’60s in Delaware. When I was in high school I came to New York City on weekends to see Monk, Cannonball, and Coltrane with those great drummers like Elvin Jones. I moved to Greenwich Village …


Posted: February 20, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: The Bots’ Anaiah Lei on Incorporating Jazz and Other Musical Styles

Hi, guys and girls! My name is Anaiah Lei, and I drum for a band called the Bots, from Los Angeles, California. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and I’ve been drumming for about eleven years. I joined the Bots not too long after it started and have …


Posted: February 13, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
News: Stephen Perkins, Matt Starr, and Steven Adler Among the Participants in Third-Annual “Rock Against MS??? Benefit Concert

The third-annual Rock Against MS returns to the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood with yet another amazing all-star lineup. The rock-fueled concert will help raise funding for notable publicist Nancy B. Sayle, as well as for the new foundation benefiting those living with MS….


Posted: February 4, 2015

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

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


Posted: January 16, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
California Music Fest Combines John Bonham, Randy Rhoads, and Keith Moon/John Entwistle Tributes

Scheduled to coincide with the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants convention—the NAMM Show—the California Music Fest will present tribute concerts to Led Zeppelin drummer John “Bonzo??? Bonham, Ozzie Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, and the Who’s great rhythm section, drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle.


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 31, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, On the Beat, Videos
Drummer Blog: Paul Amorese of goodbyemotel Talks New Single, Album, and Tour

Hi, MD blog readers! My name is Paul Amorese, and I am a professional drummer based in New York City and now a full-time member of the Aussie rock group goodbyemotel….


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: October 1, 2014

Category: Basics, Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO! The Kick Hiccup: Boost Your Groove With Quick Bass Drum Doubles (From the November 2014 Issue)

Drummers all over the world have been hip to the kick hiccup for years. First popularized by Carmine Appice with Vanilla Fudge and John Bonham with Led Zeppelin, this tricky foot technique, which sounds like a stuttering double on a single bass drum, is now considered a rite of passage …


Posted: September 22, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Kix’s Jimmy Chalfant on His Early Influences and Approach

Hey there, modern drummers! My name is Jimmy Chalfant, and I play drums for the Baltimore hard-rock band Kix. We released our latest studio CD, Rock Your Face Off, after almost twenty years since our last studio release….


Posted: September 15, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Rhythm! Discovery Center Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Tenth Annual Museum Day Live!

Rhythm! Discovery Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live!


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: August 25, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jimmi Kane of Tempt

We’re coming up to the one-year anniversary of the band Tempt, and I thought that in my blog it would be interesting to give you the drummer’s perspective on trying to make it in the music business….


Posted: August 15, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Peter Landi of Marco With Love

I am twenty-two years old, and I hail from Sag Harbor, New York. Along with being in MWL, I am also the drummer for Jonny Lives! and the Killing Floor….


Posted: July 1, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, News and Events, Videos
VIDEO! Keith Urban’s Chris McHugh Interview (Parts 1 & 2)

In part 1 of this video interview Modern Drummer goes behind the scenes of Keith Urban’s “Light The Fuse” tour 2014 with powerhouse drummer Chris McHugh. Chris talks about his first drumkit, recording in the session scene, Jeff Porcaro, and a few of his drum heroes. Drum tech Harry McCarthy …


Posted: June 24, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
August 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars

Check out what’s in the August 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars!


Posted: May 21, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Carlos Verdugo of Tribal Seeds

Our latest album, Representing, came out on May 13. Being in the studio and tracking multiple takes of a song helps you get tighter and allows certain fills or breakdowns to pop up in places that are unique. So never settle for the first take unless it’s the best!…


Posted: May 15, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Bonzo Bash Hits the East Coast

Brian Tichy brings Bonzo Bash back to Bergen PAC in New Jersey on May 31 to celebrate the legendary drumming of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham….


Posted: May 13, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jaye Moore of Dead Stars

My name is Jaye Moore, and I’m the drummer for the Brooklyn band Dead Stars. We are releasing our new album, Slumber, on June 17 on Old Flame Records, and then we’re hitting the road to support it all summer….


Posted: April 30, 2014

Rachel Trachtenburg of the Prettiots and Larry & the Babes
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rachel Trachtenburg of the Prettiots and Larry & the Babes

The two bands I’m currently in are very different from each other. One is an all-girl indie-pop band called the Prettiots. The second band is Larry & the Babes. It’s a garage rock band—very raw and rocking….


Posted: April 30, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rachel Trachtenburg of the Prettiots and Larry & the Babes

The two bands I’m currently in are very different from each other. One is an all-girl indie-pop band called the Prettiots. The second band is Larry & the Babes. It’s a garage rock band—very raw and rocking….


Posted: April 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Alex Mascarin of We Outspoken

My name is Alex Mascarin, and I am a drummer in the band We Outspoken from Toronto, Canada. In this blog I would like share with you some of my drum setups and inspirations….


Posted: April 23, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kevin Shane Cogen of Galvanized Souls

Hello there, Modern Drummers. My name is Kevin Shane Cogen, and I have been drumming for six years. Granted, most of you have never heard of me, but I think you’ll find I have a similar story to most drummers. Read on to learn about my band, my drumming, and …


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 17, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ian “Meat??? Miller of Spiritual Rez

Bombast. Explosions. Harnessing the energy of Bonham in a…reggae band? Hi, I’m Ian “Meat??? Miller, drummer for Spiritual Rez, a volcanic reggae/rock group out of Boston that brings the dance party like you’ve never seen.


Posted: March 12, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jim Dudash of the Krypton Monkeys

Playing in Krypton Monkeys offers a unique challenge in that we have backing tracks, so I play with a click track….


Posted: March 3, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – Trey Anastasio Band Drummer Russ Lawton

Check out this video clip of the band Soule Monde, featuring drummer Russ Lawton and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, both members of the solo group led by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. The clip was filmed in July 2013 at the Slide Brook Lodge & Tavern in Warren, Vermont, a favorite haunt …


Posted: January 8, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Doug Alley of Mile Marker Zero

I’ve been interested in drums for about twenty years now. Out of those twenty, ten were spent just hitting drums, and the other ten were spent taking drums seriously….


Posted: December 23, 2013

Slayer Aerials at FUN FUN FUN Fest 2013
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
MD Contributor Stephen Bidwell on Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas

Fun Fun Fun Fest had its eighth go-round this past November 8–10, and it was three days of great music for fans of metal, indie, hardcore, electro, and hip-hop, as well as wrestling, comedy, skateboarding, and BMX….


Posted: December 23, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
MD Contributor Stephen Bidwell on Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas

Fun Fun Fun Fest had its eighth go-round this past November 8–10, and it was three days of great music for fans of metal, indie, hardcore, electro, and hip-hop, as well as wrestling, comedy, skateboarding, and BMX….


Posted: November 27, 2013

Scott Reeder of Fu Manchu and Sun & Sail Club
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Scott Reeder of Fu Manchu and Sun & Sail Club

Hello, fellow bashers, my name is Scott Reeder. (No, not that Scott Reeder—more on that later.) I’ve been playing drums for, oh let’s see, forever, or at least as long as I can remember….


Posted: November 27, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Scott Reeder of Fu Manchu and Sun & Sail Club

Hello, fellow bashers, my name is Scott Reeder. (No, not that Scott Reeder—more on that later.) I’ve been playing drums for, oh let’s see, forever, or at least as long as I can remember….


Posted: November 22, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Pilot of Louna

Hey, everybody! I’m Leonid “Pilot??? Kinzbursky. I’m twenty-four years old, and I’m the drummer for Louna. Louna just finished its first big tour in America with the Pretty Reckless and Heaven’s Basement….


Posted: November 6, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jermaine Butler of Moon Honey

I play drums in Moon Honey, a sort of psychedelic rock band that’s taking a shower in all sorts of other musical genres. Our debut album, Hand-Painted Dream Photographs, will be released on December 3.


Posted: October 30, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Matt Starr

As of late, I’ve been in the studio with Ace Frehley (Kiss). As for the in-between-time, I toured Europe with Steamroller, which is a band with Doug Aldrich and Michael Devin of Whitesnake….


Posted: October 1, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Gene Hoglan To Release New DVD

Thirty years into a career of trailblazing thrash drumming, Gene “The Atomic Clock??? Hoglan shows no signs of slowing down. Between touring and/or recording with Testament, Dethklok, and Meldrum, conducting drum clinics, and filming an instructional video, he’s as busy as ever….


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 25, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
John Bonham Celebration and Tribute Video

In remembrance of the passing of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Modern Drummer and a few friends pay special tribute to one of the greatest drummers of our time. In this clip, which was filmed backstage of the Bonzo Bash celebration that took place this past May, a handful …


Posted: May 4, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Bonzo Birthday Bash
NY/NJ East Coast Invasion

Brian Thomas Tichy and his partner Joe Sutton have decided to bring the Bonzo Bash/John Bonham celebration to New York and New Jersey for three shows. The shows, co-sponsored by Modern Drummer, have been booked for May 30, May 31, and June 1 to pay tribute to John Henry Bonham …


Posted: April 8, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Owl’s Dan Dinsmore

I last wrote a blog for moderndrummer.com in 2009, when Owl’s debut album came out, and I wanted to share a little about our latest recording, The Right Thing, due out April 9.


Posted: March 29, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
James Forsberg of RapScallions

My name is James Forsberg, and I am the drummer for the California rock band RapScallions.


Posted: March 12, 2013

Category: Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
Rock Perspectives: Half-Time Shuffle

Click here to check out a video demonstrating many of the half-time shuffle grooves transcribed in the Rock Perspectives column in the April 2013 issue.


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: January 10, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Jazz

We asked the members of the MD Education Team if they think it’s important for their students to study jazz. Here’s what they had to say….


Posted: December 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Keith Harrison of the Pineapple Thief

Question: What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? Answer: A drummer! With the prospect of being the butt of such drummer jokes, I have to ask myself the question, “Why did I choose to play drums????


Posted: December 5, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ian Kaplan of Motel Beds

My name is Ian Kaplan, and I’m the drummer for Motel Beds. We’ve been playing together for about nine years, and we’ve just released our new album, Dumb Gold.


Posted: November 30, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason Dana of Bend Sinister

My name is Jason Dana, and I’ve been playing the tubs since I was a young child. I’m involved in a project called Bend Sinister. Our latest LP is titled Small Fame.


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: September 13, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Led Zeppelin 2007 Reunion Concert Out Soon in Multiple Video and Audio formats

On December 10, 2007, founding Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, joined by late Zep drummer John Bonham’s son Jason, headlined a concert at London’s O2 Arena in tribute to their dear friend, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun….


Posted: August 28, 2012

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Roxy Music
The Complete Studio Recordings

Roxy Music covered much ground in their relatively short life span. A new box set reveals the power and the glory of the prog/glam progenitors, and of drummer Paul Thompson.


Posted: August 27, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ryan McNulty of the Ugly Club

Hello, MD community! This is the epic tale of Ryan McNulty of the Ugly Club from New Jersey. I’ve played in so many bands and done so many random gigs that it’s hard to even recall half of them.


Posted: August 3, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
The Cult’s John Tempesta

The September issue of Modern Drummer magazine features Cult drummer John Tempesta offering ten tips on navigating a journeyman career and growing as a drummer. Here he elaborates on those topics and talks about his most recent projects, including the Cult’s new album, Choice of Weapon….


Posted: July 26, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Matt Hearn of Turbo Fruits

Hey, MD readers! I’m Matt Hearn, drummer for Turbo Fruits. We’re gearing up for the release of our next record, Butter, due September 11 on Kings of Leon’s Serpents & Snakes Records….


Posted: July 17, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Curtis Marrero of Milo Greene

My name is Curtis Marrero, aka Tron—or as my bandmates in Milo Greene would say, Tronaldy! Our self-titled debut album comes out today, and I’m very excited for people to hear it.


Posted: July 11, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
NYC Independent Drummer Chad Elrod

I try to be as simple as possible in the decisions I make as a musician. But this isn’t simple at all! It’s actually really difficult….


Posted: July 6, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Luke Johnson of Lostprophets

My name is Luke Johnson, and I play drums in the band Lostprophets. We’re currently touring our fifth studio album, Weapons….


Posted: July 5, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jordan Plosky of Big Time Rush

Hi there! My name is Jordan Plosky, and I play drums for Big Time Rush. We’re embarking on a two-and-a-half-month headlining summer tour across the U.S. and Canada.


Posted: June 28, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Bombastic Meatbats Return With First-Ever Concert Set, “Live Meat And Potatoes”

The Bombastic Meatbats, have just issued their first-ever live recording, Live Meat and Potatoes via Marmaduke Records.


Posted: June 26, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ken Koudelka of Lillian Axe

Hello, fellow Modern Drummer loyalists, Ken Koudelka from Lillian Axe here. Our newly released eleventh album, XI: The Days Before Tomorrow, was mixed by platinum-selling producer Sylvia Massy.


Posted: May 25, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Andrew Nauss of Thieving Irons

My name is Andrew Nauss, and I play drums for the Brooklyn-based band Thieving Irons. Our album Behold, This Dreamer is due on June 5. (continue reading)


Posted: May 16, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Influences
Influences: Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins

As Jane’s Addiction continues its successful Theatre of the Escapists tour, a new generation of fans is being hipped to the ecstatic tribal glam event that is a Jane’s show—and to the uniquely galloping drumming approach of Stephen Perkins. In the latest installment of Modern Drummer magazine’s Influences series, we …


Posted: May 3, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Bonzo’s Birthday Bash Scheduled for May 31 at the House of Blues in L.A.

Bonzo’s Birthday Bash: A Tribute Concert to John Henry Bonham of Led Zeppelin, will be presented this coming Thursday, May 31, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, California. (continue reading)


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: March 13, 2012

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons
12 Drumming Myths: Debunking Drum Gospel

Despite the prevalence of educational books, DVDs, and online lessons, most drumming information is still passed down the old-fashioned way: from one player to another, while shooting the breeze at the drum shop. A lot of what we hear, we take at face value, and we repeat these drumming “absolutes??? …


Posted: March 6, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Evan Howard of Deadbeat Darling

My name is Evan Howard, and I play drums for the NYC band Deadbeat Darling. The group has been spending a lot of time in the U.K. since signing with Spearhavoc Records/William Morris U.K…


Posted: February 2, 2012

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Alex Van Halen: The Hard-Rock Archetype

After changing its name from Mammoth, Van Halen strutted a glam-punk attitude when it burst onto the national scene in 1978 with its self-titled debut album. Featuring the template-smashing talent of the whammy-bar-happy, two-hand-tapping guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his percussive-dynamo brother, Alex, Van Halen the band, to many, became …


Posted: January 20, 2012

Category: Feature Stories
25 Great Double-Drumming Tracks

Two drummers working it out, face to face—trading licks, contributing to a massive groove, spurring each other on—it’s one of the great musical traditions, and surely it goes back to the very invention of the drumkit at the beginning of the last century. This group of tunes focuses on tracks …


Posted: December 19, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Queen Extravaganza Finalist Billy Orrico

Hello, MD readers! First, congrats to Tyler Warren on winning the drum chair in the Queen Extravaganza band! What a thrill it was to be part of the finals and to meet Roger Taylor. I’ve been a lifelong Queen fan (saw them in NYC on the News of the World …


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: November 3, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Chris Gartmann of 3

Hey, everyone! This is Chris “Gartdrumm??? Gartmann from the band 3. I’m very excited to be blogging to you from the MD home page and also very much pumped about our new record, The Ghost You Gave to Me. Simply put, it’s our best yet!


Posted: October 19, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Nia Lovelis of Cherri Bomb

When I was really young my parents took me horseback riding, and the sound and feel of the rhythm got stuck in my head. It was then I knew I wanted to play drums. I come from a musical family: My mom was the lead singer/songwriter in an alt-rock band, …


Posted: October 18, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Ian Paice: Influence

MD Pro Panelist Daniel Glass on the magic of Deep Purple’s Ian Paice.


Posted: October 8, 2011

Category: Book Review, Drummers, Reviews
On the Beaten Path: Beginning Drumset Course, Levels 1, 2, and 3
by Rich Lackowski

Learn the drums by copping beats that are part of the everyday musical landscape.


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 21, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Alex Sassaris of Eve to Adam

I’m Alex Sassaris, drummer of NYC rock band Eve to Adam. Since starting this band eleven years ago with my brother, singer Taki Sassaris, and guitar player Gaurav Bali, we’ve been spreading our unique blend of guitar-heavy, groove-oriented, melodic rock ’n’ roll.


Posted: September 20, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
The Greats: Jean-Paul Gaster

Clutch has been somewhat of an under-the-radar band since its formation in 1990, but to those who are aware of the Maryland-based rockers, there are few who can match their eclectic sound and locked-in groove. Jean-Paul Gaster’s gritty playing and deep pocket have fueled the band’s music through an ongoing …


Posted: September 20, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jimmy Chamberlin: The Ex-Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Takes a New Direction with Skysaw

Chamberlin is focusing on a new band, Skysaw, with whom he gets to revisit drumming concepts he’s long been interested in—but in a distinctly new format. In the November 2011 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, we honor Jimmy’s career accomplishments in the second installment of our Influences feature series. Here …


Posted: September 6, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
LaMel Randolph of Lionize

My name is LaMel Randolph; I play drums in the band Lionize, based out of Silver Spring, Maryland. This year we released our latest album, Destruction Manuel, we played the Warped tour and Bonnaroo Festival, and we’re already writing and recording a new batch of songs.


Posted: August 17, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
RHCP’s Chad Smith

’Tis the season for Chad Smith followers, with new Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot music blowing up all over the place. MD and the Bombastic One recently grabbed some grub and talked about some of his favorite classic-rock albums.


Posted: August 4, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kenny Savelson of the Droves

This is not a drum blog posting in that you’re not going to find me charting out grooves or getting heavy into sticking technique or how we got the…


Posted: August 3, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Shawn “Clown??? Crahan

Shawn “Clown??? Crahan is best known as one of the percussionists in the metal-megalith that is Slipknot. But Crahan carries a rich drumming background into his new project, the Black Dots of Death.


Posted: August 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Los Angeles Drummer/Drum Tech Tod T. Burr

Tod T. Burr checking in. For those of you new to my crazy life, here’s a quick recap…


Posted: August 1, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, World’s Largest Drumming Competition, Kicks-Off

Guitar Center has announced the launch of the 23rd annual Guitar Center’s Drum-Off the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer.


Posted: July 20, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason McDonald of Strange Karma

Greetings, fellow Modern Drummer fanatics! My name is Jason McDonald, and I’m from Sydney, Australia. It’s an honor to be invited to blog here on MD’s website, especially when you consider that over the years I have managed to collect…


Posted: July 20, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Justin Wilson of Sleeper Agent

I play in Sleeper Agent. Our music is fast-paced and energetic punk-infused pop rock. We’ve been together for about three years now. Our sound is heavily influenced by Jay Reatard, the Strokes, the Beatles, and many others…


Posted: July 5, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Joao Lencastre

My name is Joao Lencastre and I was born in Lisbon, Portugal. I started to play the drums at the age of thirteen. Since I started playing I’ve been collaborating with many different groups in all styles of music, including metal, reggae, Afrobeat, electronic, big band, alternative rock, and all …


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: July 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Louis Raphael of Stiletto Ghetto

What up, fellow Modern Drummers! I first want to thank MD for the opportunity to write this. I have been a long-time fan of the mag, and this is truly an honor for me. My name is Louis Raphael and I am the drummer for Stiletto Ghetto. We’re a high-energy …


Posted: June 1, 2011

Category: Feature Stories
A Different View:
Duff McKagan

The Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver founder on the great drummers he’s worked with—including Isaac Carpenter, who tears up The Taking, the third album by Duff’s band Loaded.


Posted: May 26, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Leesa Harrington-Squyres of Lez Zeppelin

My name is Leesa Harrington-Squyres, and I’m the drummer for Lez Zeppelin, the all-female Zeppelin experience from New York City. Drumming is like having sex—it’s great exercise, it takes incredible stamina, you sweat a lot, and the release is orgasmic! That’s how I feel every time I get through playing …


Posted: May 4, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ryan Luciani of Empires

Hey, all, my name is Ryan Luciani, and I play in the Chicago rock band Empires. I’m very grateful to have been asked to write a blog for Modern Drummer, since I’ve been reading the magazine for years. First things first! My group Empires is one of the bands in the Rolling …


Posted: April 15, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Brian Tichy: Bonzo Tribute

On September 25, 2010, the thirtieth anniversary of the passing of John Bonham, Whitesnake’s Brian Tichy assembled a cast of eighteen top-notch drummers at Hollywood’s Key Club to pay tribute to the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer. According to Tichy, the uniqueness of the event, dubbed “The Groove Remains the Same,??? …


Posted: April 11, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Temim Fruchter of the Shondes

Let’s get this out of the way right now: I don’t have one of those perfect love-at-first-sight drumming stories. In fact, the closest I’ve ever come to being “born to play drums??? was being gifted with a puppet version of the percussively inclined Muppet Animal when I was around two …


Posted: March 4, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Nate Parsell of Amely

My humble beginnings as a drummer began in the basement of my old house in rural Ohio. My parents gave me my first kit as a Christmas present when I was in the eighth grade. I studied percussion privately throughout my high school days while also playing in marching band, …


Posted: January 20, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason Ganberg of Purple Melon

I’m Jason Ganberg of the British rock band Purple Melon. Just dropping you guys a few lines about what I’ve been up to out in L.A. and how everything has developed for me since I started drumming back in England fifteen years ago!…


Posted: December 17, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
JoJo Tubeato of Judas Priestess

Hey, MD readers and fellow drummers, this is JoJo from Judas Priestess. I’m currently playing in an all-female Judas Priest tribute band that is a blast! I remember wanting to play drums in the second grade and being told, “Girls don’t play drums,” so I put away my dreams of …


Posted: November 3, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jamie Miller of Night Horse

Hello, my name is Jamie Miller. Like the rest of the entries on the site, I will begin by saying I have been a huge fan of Modern Drummer magazine for a very long time and am pretty stoked to be writing this! With that said, I will give a …


Posted: October 26, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
John Tempesta: Heavy With Testament, Zombie, And Beyond

John Tempesta has worked his way to the top of heavy metal drumming, but his first inspirations and influences to pursue the instrument came via Ringo Starr in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night and Dennis Davis supporting David Bowie at Madison Square Garden in 1977. John bought a …


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 21, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Original Scorpions Drummer Herman Rarebell

I thought for a long time about what an old fart like me can tell all you young drummers out there. Here is one thing I know for sure: Practice makes the master! Or as we say in Germany, “Uebung macht den meister.” I always felt that part of any …


Posted: August 12, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kevin Figueiredo of Extreme

Hey, everyone, my name in Kevin Figueiredo, and I am the drummer for Extreme. I’ve been playing drums professionally for the past fifteen years, and my main influences include John Henry Bonham, David Garibaldi, Dennis Chambers, and Dave Grohl, among many others. I never went to music school, but I’ve …


Posted: July 26, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
John Bonham: The Soul Of Rock Drumming

The greatest rock ’n’ roll drummer in history was a soul drummer. Despite all the deserved attention paid to his brilliant soloing ideas, his rhythmic sophistication, or his bass drum prowess, John Bonham was, above all else, a groover….


Posted: July 2, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Joey Cassata of ZO2 and Z Rock

Hey, Modern Drummer readers! Thanks for taking time to read my blog. My name is Joey Cassata, and I’m from the band ZO2 and the TV show Z Rock. We’re from Brooklyn, New York, and I’m currently on the road, promoting the band’s third CD, Casino Logic, and the second-season …


Posted: May 26, 2010

Category: Drummers
The Drummers of Tortoise: John McEntire, John Herndon, Dan Bitney

Tortoise’s three drummers—John McEntire, John Herndon, and Dan Bitney—continue to push sonic boundaries and rhythmic inventiveness…


Posted: May 24, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kevin Hogle of 500 Miles To Memphis

What’s up, MD readers! Thanks for taking the time to read this blog entry, and a huge thanks to Modern Drummer for giving me the opportunity to do so! My name is Kevin Hogle, and I play in a band called 500 Miles To Memphis. We hail from Cincinnati, Ohio, …


Posted: May 3, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes

I started playing drums when I was about eleven. My first lessons were with a drummer named Stuart Johnson, who was collaborating with my brother in a band called Simon Dawes at the time….


Posted: April 26, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Robb Rivera of Nonpoint

My name is Robb Rivera and I punish the drums for a South Florida band called Nonpoint. I first started playing drums at the age of nine and I was and dabbling on guitar as well….


Posted: April 22, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Chad LaRoy of Cavo

What’s up, MD followers! This is Chad LaRoy from Cavo. It has been a year since the band and I finished recording our first major-label record, Bright Nights, Dark Days, with the brilliant producer David Bendeth. Since then, we’ve been touring the country with Halestorm and Rev Theory. Summertime was …


Posted: February 23, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Social Code’s Ben Shillabeer

I started playing in cover bands when I was sixteen, which is still something I do on occasion…


Posted: February 23, 2010

Social Code drummer Ben Shillabeer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Social Code's Ben Shillabeer

I started playing in cover bands when I was sixteen, which is still something I do on occasion…


Posted: February 22, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Steven Drozd: Songwriting From A Drummer’s Perspective

Even though Steven Drozd originally joined the Flaming Lips in 1991 strictly to man the skins, it wasn’t long before the multi-talented musician’s “try anything??? twist on songwriting and arranging became as crucial to the band’s successes as his bombastic drumbeats. In addition to the various topics we covered with …


Posted: February 18, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
The Naked Heroes’ Merica Lee

h, hey ya’ll, it’s Merica Lee from the Naked Heroes—a foot-stompin’, ass-shakin’, rawkus rock ’n’ roll band from Brooklyn, New York. We recorded our album 99 Diamond at Deadverse Studios in Union City, New Jersey, and it was produced by the mighty Dean Rispler and engineered by Alap Momin…


Posted: February 18, 2010

The Naked Heroes' Merica Lee : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
The Naked Heroes' Merica Lee

h, hey ya’ll, it’s Merica Lee from the Naked Heroes—a foot-stompin’, ass-shakin’, rawkus rock ’n’ roll band from Brooklyn, New York. We recorded our album 99 Diamond at Deadverse Studios in Union City, New Jersey, and it was produced by the mighty Dean Rispler and engineered by Alap Momin…


Posted: February 4, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
The Greats: Carmine Appice

Power, showmanship, and personality are what make Carmine Appice one of rock’s most notable players. His aggressive, double-bass, hard-hitting style was unquestionably unique when he emerged in the mid-1960s with Vanilla Fudge. With the Fudge’s trippy treatments of well-known pop songs…


Posted: January 21, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Alexis Razon of Vinyl

“To start, it is an honor to write for an outstanding magazine that caters to drummers and percussionists worldwide. MD is a great resource for the drumming community….”


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 13, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Gary Foster of The Sunstreak

What’s up, everyone! My name is Gary Foster and I play drums and percussion with the Sunstreak…


Posted: September 10, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
OneRepublic’s Eddie Fisher

Hello, everyone, this is Eddie from OneRepublic, and I’m on my way to L.A. for a photo shoot. As of today we’re almost finished with our sophomore album, Waking Up.


Posted: August 30, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jes Calcaterra of Billy Boy On Poison

Being the only girl in the band is really intimidating but has its advantages….


Posted: July 27, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Gina Cappella-Grohl

Hello, MD! My name is Gina Cappella-Grohl and I grew up in Devon, England. When I was five years old I remember making up my own shows for my family and friends, and at six years old I told my parents I wanted to go to acting school. They told …


Posted: June 18, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Stephen Perkins: Jane’s Addiction

Talking with Perkins, you get the vibe that the L.A.–based rocker’s life is way more than hitting the skins for the duration of a show or recording session….


Posted: May 19, 2009

Victor Garcia
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jeremy Enigk's Victor Garcia

Greetings! The first time I sat in front of drums was the day of my thirteenth birthday, when my brother came home at night and surprised me with a fourth-hand drumkit. It was an old black Pearl Forum Series. On this I learned to play, and every day I spent …


Posted: May 19, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jeremy Enigk’s Victor Garcia

Greetings! The first time I sat in front of drums was the day of my thirteenth birthday, when my brother came home at night and surprised me with a fourth-hand drumkit. It was an old black Pearl Forum Series. On this I learned to play, and every day I spent …


Posted: April 23, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Andrew Frawley of Telling On Trixie

My name is Andrew Frawley, and I’m the drummer in the New York rock band Telling On Trixie. We recently finished our second album, Ugly Broke & Sober.


Posted: March 25, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Bryan “Brain” Mantia

He exists at the rhythmic midpoint between Guns N’ Roses, Tom Waits, and Primus. And boy do we love him for it. (continue reading)


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: February 19, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Josh Garza: A Bonham Disciple Carves His Own Path

It’s one thing for a drummer to cite John Bonham as an influence, but it’s another thing entirely for his playing to actually channel the principal characteristics of Bonham’s distinctive sound.


Posted: January 17, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 7

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 7 of this video interview at the Cutting 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: January 8, 2009

Hawk Lopez of Crown Of Thorns : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Crown Of Thorns' Hawk Lopez

My name is Hawk Lopez and I’ve been with Crown Of Thorns since 1994, when I was recommended to Jean Beauvoir by Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo….


Posted: January 8, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Crown Of Thorns’ Hawk Lopez

My name is Hawk Lopez and I’ve been with Crown Of Thorns since 1994, when I was recommended to Jean Beauvoir by Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo….


Posted: December 19, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
JD of My Ruin

I’m the drummer for the Los Angeles—based hard rock band known as My Ruin….


Posted: November 25, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Sean Davidson of Blacklist Union

At a time when rapid-fire double kick and Pro Tooled precision are practically the boilerplate for modern metal drumming, Blacklist Union’s Sean Davidson takes a different approach.


Posted: November 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Pat Wilson: Hearing Red

When Weezer entered the studio to track their sixth album, the band was committed to finding a fresh approach to their recording experience.


Posted: November 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
J. Mascis: A Double Life

There’s J. Mascis, singer, speaker-shredding guitarist, and chief architect of Dinosaur Jr.’s very loud and deceptively tuneful sound. Then there’s J. Mascis, balls-to-the-wall hard rock drummer for Witch.


Posted: November 14, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason Scarboro of Dead Confederate

I've been playing drums for twelve years, but I actually started my musical journey playing the violin in third grade.


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: October 30, 2008

Kill Kill Kill's NaNa : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kill Kill Kill's NaNa

Konnichiwa, everybody! My name is Nanami (a.k.a. NaNa)! I’m from Kagoshima, Japan. I’ve moved to America to take over the US music scene! Ha ha ha! Just kidding! Well—maybe it’s true!? I think US music scene is boring! Everything is about $. Anyway, I moved to LA when I was …


Posted: October 30, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kill Kill Kill’s NaNa

Konnichiwa, everybody! My name is Nanami (a.k.a. NaNa)! I’m from Kagoshima, Japan. I’ve moved to America to take over the US music scene! Ha ha ha! Just kidding! Well—maybe it’s true!? I think US music scene is boring! Everything is about $. Anyway, I moved to LA when I was …


Posted: October 28, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kevin Ratterman of Wax Fang Blog

Like many of you, I’m completely in love with music and humbled and honored to be able to be behind the drumset…


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: October 14, 2008

Oli Hecks : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Thenewno2's Oli Hecks

My name is Oli Hecks, from England, currently living in Los Angeles…


Posted: October 14, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Thenewno2’s Oli Hecks

My name is Oli Hecks, from England, currently living in Los Angeles…


Posted: September 27, 2008

Category: Drummers
Three Doors Down’s Greg Upchurch

After stints with Eleven, Chris Cornell, and Puddle Of Mudd, drummer Greg Upchurch has finally found a home in Three Doors Down.


Posted: August 27, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
John Maloney of People in Planes

I travel parts of this world with four close friends, and collectively we are known as People In Planes.


Posted: August 20, 2008

Adam Barker of War Stories
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
War Stories' Adam Barker

My name is Adam Barker (no relation to Travis), and I've been drumming for about thirteen years now.


Posted: August 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
War Stories’ Adam Barker

My name is Adam Barker (no relation to Travis), and I've been drumming for about thirteen years now.


Posted: August 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Styx’s Todd Sucherman

Modern Drummer interviews Todd Sucherman of Styx. “Anyone who has to honestly play Styx music will realize that there’s more here than meets the eye. I get to play a lot of drums in this band.??? (continue reading)


Posted: July 30, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Donnie Yal of the Sammies

I, as you can read above, am Donnie Yale. I play drums in the NC band The Sammies. (NC is better b/c we are on top for all of you reading this in SC). Our sophomore album, Sandwich, is set for release on September 23….


Posted: July 7, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Sean Davidson from Blacklist Union

This coming July 22, my band, Blacklist Union, are set to release our new album, Breakin Bread With The Devil, produced by Chris Johnson (Evanescence, Josh Todd) and Anthony Valli of Crazy Town.


Posted: June 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Deen Castronovo: The Journey Of A Decade, The Career Of A Lifetime

During the heyday of metal music in the ’80s, an underground subgenre known as “shred metal??? emerged.


Posted: June 19, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Paul Rucker of Street Dogs

So in case you just got here, here's the story so far. Started on a practice pad at ten learning Haskell W. Harr and Stick Control from Stan Pappas at the mall music store….


Posted: May 9, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Scott Reeder of Fu Manchu

My name is Scott Reeder and I play drums for a living. And I pinch myself every day….


Posted: May 8, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Roxy Petrucci of Vixen

Roxy here from the '80s band Vixen. “I know you, you're Robert Plank!” Believe it or not, my sister Maxine blurted out those words to the one and only Robert Plant!


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 4, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Rick Buckler

There have always been certain British rock bands who’ve been treated like deities at home, but who failed to translate to the American market….


Posted: March 25, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ray Blanco of The Bangkok Five

I'm alone. I'm still relaxing in my bed watching my LA Kings hockey game from last night. Yeah, they're in last place, with only a few games left in the season, but what can you do?


Posted: March 17, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Steve Mehlman

Hi. Steve Mehlman reporting from Cleveland. I’ve been playing drums for a long time….


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: January 15, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Alex Van Halen: Bashing and Crashing In the Here and Now

Practically joined at the hip to his brother Eddie, nephew Wolfgang, and David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen has finally returned to the road with the band that bears his name….


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 13, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Brian Kelley

It can be a difficult task putting together a top-ten list, as most musicians have extraordinarily large record collections. But I feel that every musician has a top-ten list, and it can define who you are as a musician….


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: 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: September 23, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Justin Hanson from So They Say

Recording Life In Surveillance was a great opportunity to play more of what I enjoy as an artist and drummer. Matt has such great ideas, and my drum selection this time around was just outrageous….


Posted: August 16, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mike Portnoy: In Constant “Progressive” Motion

Mike Portnoy may very well be the hardest-working drummer in the business. His recent three-DVD set, In Constant Motion, speaks for itself. The undisputed king of progressive metal never sleeps!


Posted: June 15, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Glenn Kotche: Painting The Sky Blue Sky

This past winter, the duality of rock drummer / experimental percussionist Glenn Kotche’s eclectic career reached an all-time high as he juggled writing/recording sessions for Wilco’s latest release, Sky Blue Sky, and composing “Anomaly,??? a seven-movement commission for world-renowned string ensemble The Kronos Quartet.


Posted: April 17, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Mike Marsh of Dashboard Confessional

My goal on this record [Dusk And Summer] was to show that I’m not a kid anymore who wants a drum fill in every bar….


Posted: February 15, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Carmine Appice: Power Drumming Forever!

With several projects coming to fruition, Carmine Appice seems poised to reclaim his throne as one of the baddest heavy rock drummers ever….


Posted: February 1, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Curt Bisquera

Curt Bisquera has been a first-call studio drummer since 1991, appearing on recordings or playing gigs with Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Celine Dion, Morris Day, Ronan Keating, The Dixie Chicks, Seal, Bonnie Raitt, The Spice Girls, Boz Scaggs, Johnny Cash, Dave Koz, Ricky Martin, and Elton John. Here Curt talks …


Posted: December 25, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Billy Ficca of Television

After Television emerged from New York’s punk underground in 1977 with their landmark Marquee Moon album–a sly balance of dissonance and melody, which became a template for The Strokes, Sonic Youth, Interpol, and countless others–they never really toured much….


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: October 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Harry Judd of McFly Interview

Drummer Harry Judd of McFly shares a few moments with MD for a Q&A.


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: July 15, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Barry Kerch of Shinedown

In 2001, Barry Kerch’s audition for Shinedown consisted of going into the studio, laying down tracks, and seeing what stuck. Within the tryout he performed the band’s eventual single, “45.???


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: 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: 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
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
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 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Drumming With the Velvet Underground, Part 1: Billy Yule

With this week’s news of the passing of singer/songwriter/guitarist Lou Reed, millions of fans are grieving, while millions more people are learning for the first time how gargantuan an influence the New York musician and his ’60s band the Velvet Underground have had on rock music….


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: January 1, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Jason Bonham – Update

After taking time off to get sober, re-prioritize his life, and bond with his family, Jason Bonham is back on his drum throne and staying busy. (continue reading)


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Gary Husband

British drumming god Gary Husband came to international acclaim on such 1980s Allan Holdsworth albums as Metal Fatigue, Atavachron, and Sand….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
System Of A Down Drummer John Dolmayan

‘Ever since I was a kid, I knew I was destined for this,’ says System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan. ‘I used to go to shows and think, ‘I’m going to be on that stage one day.'”


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Brann Dailor of Mastodon

For Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor, playing in a band named after a huge prehistoric beast makes perfect sense. “When I’m performing or writing,” Dailor says, “I sometimes think, That definitely sounds like a Mastodon part.”


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Shannon Larkin of Godsmack

Growing up, Shannon Larkin worshipped at the twin altars of Neil Peart and John Bonham. To say that he was into classic rock would be an understatement. So getting a call to play a one-off show with Black Sabbath in 1997 was the thrill of a lifetime….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Michael Brueggen of Supagroup

New Orleans-based rock ‘n’ roll traditionalists Supagroup spent half of 2003 and most of 2004 on the road with bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Fu Manchu, and Drive By Truckers, touring in relentless support of its much praised, self-titled fourth album….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Brian “Brain” Mantia

What do members of Faith No More, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine, as well as Bootsy Collins, Tom Waits, South Park co-creator Matt Stone, and legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland all have in common? (continue reading)


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers
Galactic And Garage A Trois’ Stanton Moore

One of the marks of greatness in a musician is that you can recognize him after the first couple of notes.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Johnny Morgan of Moke

South London rockers Moke are enjoying increased stateside visibility with their sophomore release, Carnival, due largely to the band’s relentless touring….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Phil Jordan of The Music

When Phil Jordan sits down behind the kit for his band, UK rockers The Music, he has one goal in mind: making people dance. Jordan says the secret is in the dynamics….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
John Otto

Four years ago, when John Otto was first featured in Modern Drummer, the then twenty-three-year-old spoke with a wisdom and knowledge that belied his age….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Ben Perowsky: Beyond Labels

The scene: a cold night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at North On Sixth, a multi-level hole in the wall jook joint where the bathroom graffiti is more political than obscene. Attracting a crowd of Manhattan intellectuals and Brooklyn deadheads, North On Sixth is tonight showcasing Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra. A collection …


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 …



Posted: August 24, 2018

Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Podcasts
MD Podcast Episode 155: Barrett Martin, Yamaha EAD10, Bonham Kick Triplets, and More

In this episode Mike and Mike continue to dig through the September issue, this time discussing featured artist Barrett Martin, who rose to prominence in the ’90s with alternative band Screaming Trees but has since ventured into experimental instrumental music with his own project.