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February 2022:
Gallery of Groove

Photos from the 2021 Modern Drummer Festival For the second year in a row, the global pandemic chased the Modern Drummer Festival to an online venue. But we were unbowed. Presented by the MD team and produced by Thom Mozloom’s crew at M Network, we were able to unleash one …


June 2021:
Modern Drummer June 2021 Cover
Sean J. Kennedy Salutes Ray Deeley

I studied drums and percussion with Ray Deeley while I was a high-school student back in the mid 1980s. Ironically, so did my wife, Heather, who went to a different high school about an hour away from where I lived. It wasn’t until we met each other in college that …


January 2021:
Liberty DeVitto’s Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness
Liberty

When conversations turn to great drummers of the classic-rock era, Liberty DeVitto’s name is invariably near the top of the list. After appearing on the scene in the mid-’70s, the New York native began a thirty-year stint with pop icon Billy Joel, creating the grooves for thirteen platinum albums, including …


November 1982:
Liberty DeVitto
Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto’s personality reflects a man who is seemingly unaffected by his tremendous success.


July 2017:
On Ringo Starr

MD asked several world-famous musicians to describe the impact that Ringo’s drumming had on them and to explain just how it represented the shock of the new.


October 2016:
Great ’80s Drum Performances, Part 1
The Police

The era known as the ’80s, roughly the period between the dawn of punk and rap in the late ’70s and the rise of indie rock and hair metal in the middle of the next decade, was a time of great change in pop culture.


March 2017:
On The Cover – Kenny Aronoff

This is one of life’s simple truths: The more you learn, the more you realize how much more you have to learn. Here is another simple truth: Kenny Aronoff understands this better than almost anybody. It’s a key reason he’s one of the most valued drummers that history has ever …


August 2001:
August 2001 – Volume 25 • Number 8

Travis Barker, ?uestlove, Dean Butterworth, John Molo, Stacy Jones, Brian Nolan, Liberty DeVitto, Nigel Olsson, Matt Taul, Tony Thompson, Stephen Chopek, Terry Bozzio, Danny Carey, Tony Williams, John Bonham, Bill Bruford, Dave Krusen, Kenny Aronoff, Abe Cunningham, Clayton Cameron


February 1990:
February 1990 – Volume 14 • Number 2

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


July 1988:
July 1988 – Volume 12 • Number 7

In this Issue: Liberty Devitto, Ron Tutt, Carlos Vega



Posted: December 5, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Liberty DeVitto of the Lords of 52nd Street and the Slim Kings

Hey MD friends, Liberty DeVitto here “On The Beat.” I wanted to tell you a little bit about what I’ve been doing.


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: January 31, 2017

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

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


Posted: 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: November 2, 2015

Category: Feature Stories
Dom Famularo’s Teachers List

Over the course of his forty-year career traveling the globe to teach, perform, and conduct clinics, Dom Famularo has interacted with some of the finest drummers and drum instructors in the world. The following list contains many of those names, organized by country/continent. If you’re looking for top-notch drum instruction, …


Posted: 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: December 22, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News and Events
News: Rich Redmond Hosts Second-Annual “Drummer’s Weekend???

This past November, Jason Aldean drummer, Rich Redmond, led a weekend of drumming education, inspiration, and entertainment in Nashville. Highlights of this second-annual event included hands-on training with Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel), Chris Fryar (Zac Brown Band), and Sean Paddock (Kenny Chesney). Other teachers included percussionist Billy Hawn (Colbie Callait) …


Posted: September 24, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Jason Aldean’s Rich Redmond Gears Up for Drummer’s Weekend

Hello there, MD readers! I am very excited to be hosting my second “Drummer’s Weekend??? in Nashville this October 31 through November 2….


Posted: September 4, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO! Aaron Comess and the Spin Doctors Live in NYC

On November 23, 2013, Modern Drummer hosted a special evening with the Spin Doctors and drummer Aaron Comess at the Cutting Room in New York City. The night began with NYC radio personality, Q104’s Maria Milito introducing a Q&A session moderated by the Slim Kings’ Liberty Devitto with Comess. The …


Posted: June 27, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Ringo Video Tribute With Drummer Liberty DeVitto and Photographer Rob Shanahan (from the Fest For Beatles Fans 2014 )

We kick off video segment four starting Sunday’s Fest For Beatles Fans celebration with the Fest’s host Michelle Joni Lapidos welcoming back from Saturday, former Billy Joel and Slim King, BJ Kramer drummer Liberty Devitto. Lib continues his passion for Ringo’s drumming and demonstrates two songs that Starr and the …


Posted: June 20, 2014

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Billy Joel
A Matter of Trust:
The Bridge to Russia

A new, expanded version of the singer-songwriter’s historic mid-’80s live release.


Posted: June 12, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Ringo Tribute with Danny Seraphine, Liberty DeVitto, and Carmine Appice Video!

In our second tribute segment to Ringo Starr, we feature Chicago/CTA’s Danny Seraphine, Billy Joel/Slim Kings’ Liberty Devitto, and Vanilla Fudge/Cactus/Rod Stewart’s Carmine Appice….


Posted: June 6, 2014

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

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


Posted: November 25, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rosie Slater of New Myths

I started playing the drums when I was nine years old and have been playing with 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love, New Myths, Supercute!, Lesley Gore, and others….


Posted: June 27, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
August 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Zigaboo Modeliste

See what’s in the August 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, featuring Zigaboo Modeliste…


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: March 19, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
39th Annual New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans

April 5, 6, and 7 at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel in Secaucus, NJ Special guests and performers include Billy J. Kramer (featuring Liberty DeVitto on drums), legendary sax player Tom Scott, Beatles engineer Ken Scott, Beatles tribute band Liverpool (featuring Chris Camilleri on drums), Ringo Starr photographer Rob Shanahan, Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone, …


Posted: November 28, 2012

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

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


Posted: 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: May 24, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Sneak Preview of Wrecking Crew Documentary at the Cutting Room NYC

There will be a sneak preview of the Wrecking Crew Documentary at the Cutting Room in NYC on June 13, 2012. (continue for details)


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: 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: March 3, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
David Jones

I just want to take this opportunity to share with you the amazing journey I’ve had over the last year–2008 was truly an unforgettable experience. After decades of playing in bands with other musicians and participating in international drum festivals, I decided to focus the last three years on solo …


Posted: February 4, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 11

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 11 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: February 3, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 10

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 10 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: February 2, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 9

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 9 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: January 17, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 5

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 5 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: January 17, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 6

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 6 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


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 17, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 8

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 8 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: November 17, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 1

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: November 17, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 2

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 2 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: November 17, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 3

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 3 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: November 17, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Carmine Appice Interview with Liberty DeVitto, Chpt 4

Carmine Appice Talks with Liberty DeVitto in part 4 of this video interview at the Cutting Room.


Posted: September 27, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 9: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 9 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: September 27, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 10: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 10 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: September 26, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 6: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 6 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: September 26, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 7: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 7 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: September 26, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 8: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 8 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: September 25, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 5: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 5 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: August 24, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Photo Gallery, Videos
Slideshow: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

A slideshow of images from the Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto interview, with Come on Up Audio from the Rascals. From the Cutting Room, NYC.


Posted: August 23, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 4: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 4 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: August 22, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 3: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 3 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: August 21, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 2: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 2 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: August 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Chapter 1: A Conversation With Dino Danelli & Liberty DeVitto

Part 1 of the video interview with Dino Danelli and Liberty DeVitto.


Posted: March 18, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
David Uosikkinen

One of the many things I always admired about drummers like Ringo, Charlie Watts, Steve Gadd, Liberty DeVitto, Russ Kunkel, Jim Keltner, Steve Jordan, and Mickey Curry is the way they got their heads into the song they were playing….


Posted: December 11, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Liberty DeVitto Checking In

I have a hard time when I hear a drummer say, “I saw you play with Billy Joel fifteen times, and there were so many questions I wish I could have asked you….”


Posted: November 1, 2007

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

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



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