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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 …


December 1983:
Rick Allen: "Rock of Ages
Rock Charts

This month we feature “Rock of Ages” from Def Leppard’s Pyromania album. Rick Allen keeps the beat solid and tight on this.  


November 1983:
Def Leppard's Rick Allen

Rick Allen carefully studies his hands, which are blistered already, just a few days into Def Leppard’s tour with Billy Squier. “Yeah, I’ve often thought about it,” he says, examining one especially calloused finger, “how playing the drums has totally changed my life.” Were Allen not the drummer for the …



Posted: October 5, 2021

Category: News
Rick Allen of Def Leppard Plans Fine Art Tour – This October – December 2021

 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Will Make Appearances in Washington, DC area, New York/New Jersey and Atlanta at Wentworth Galleries to Celebrate His Newest Works Rick Allen: “WINGS OF HOPE 2021”In Addition to Three New Pieces from His Acclaimed “LEGEND SERIES” A Portion of the Proceeds from Each …


Posted: September 23, 2020

Nasheet Waits
Category: News
Nasheet Waits Joins New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Faculty

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has hired renowned drummer, composer, and educator Nasheet Waits to join the jazz faculty beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. In addition to his work as a leader, Waits is widely known for his performances and recordings with a jazz greats including Antonio Hart, …


Posted: January 7, 2020

Category: On the Beat
Matt Starr of Black Swan

Earlier this year I got a call from Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson, asking me if I would be interested in being a part of an (at the time) unnamed band with him, singer Robin McAuley, and guitarist Reb Beach. I quickly said yes!


Posted: June 25, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Lee Finkelstein of the Blues Brothers and Funk Filharmonik

After I subbed for the inimitable David Garibaldi with Tower of Power in 2004, it was great to be acknowledged in MD. Getting to do that was a bucket list and dream gig that changed my career forever.


Posted: May 2, 2019

Charley "C.P." Roth
Category: On the Beat
Charly “C.P.” Roth of the Liza Colby Sound

Hello MD! This is Charly “C.P.” Roth, drummer of the Liza Colby Sound (rock and roll out of New York City), writing to you from the front seat of a Sprinter somewhere in France as my band makes its way through Europe doing what we do best: melting faces!


Posted: February 19, 2019

Gayelynn McKinney
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Gayelynn McKinney of Aretha Franklin in On The Beat

Hey, hey MD readers! Let me introduce myself. My name is Gayelynn McKinney. I recorded with a ground breaking, all-female jazz group called Straight Ahead for Atlantic Records. While touring with that group, I had the opportunity to be featured in Modern Drummer’s Bonzo Twentieth Anniversary edition. (January, 1996).


Posted: October 23, 2018

Rick Van Horn
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Rick Van Horn of Jay and the Americans: Talks Touring and Gigs

Hello! It seems incredible to me, but this past May, 2018 marked ten years in the drum chair for me with 1960s singing icons Jay and the Americans. And let me tell you, it’s been a wild ride.


Posted: September 26, 2018

Category: News, News and Events
Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Welcomes PMC’s “Roadie for a Day” Grand Prize Winner

The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) 2018 International Drum Month promotion concluded with the Roadie for a Day grand prize winner meeting legendary drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard


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: 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: March 6, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
Nick Zamora On Tour With the Suffers

Drummer Nick Zamora’s driving feel, blazing yet apt chops, and Motown-inspired grooves are supporting the Houston, Texas, soul collective the Suffers on their current March tour. Since forming in 2011, the ten-member group has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity, thanks in part to television appearances on such shows as …


Posted: November 29, 2016

Category: News, News and Events
Rick Allen of Def Leppard to Exhibit in Wentworth Galleries

Wentworth Gallery is honored to present Rick Allen’s works from his latest collection entitled “Rick Allen: Angels and Icons and the Art of Drums.”


Posted: September 13, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Vinny Appice: Talks Bands, Tours, Projects, and More

Hi, everyone! For years I have been in a couple of very successful, famous bands and it has kept me busy with full schedules of endless touring and recordings. The music industry was in good shape back then, but times and the industry have changed and now many musicians are …


Posted: August 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mark Stepro on Recording With Butch Walker

Mark Stepro is an in-demand studio and live performer who handles everything from alt-country to rock. The drummer, who placed in MD’s 2016 Readers Poll in the Pop/R&B category, can be heard on new records from Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, the Wind and the Wave, and Butch Walker, who calls …


Posted: June 30, 2016

Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg on the August 2016 issue of Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, Featured, Issues, News, News and Events
August 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg

(Available in print and digitally June 30, 2016) Print Copy ○ iTunes ○ Amazon ○ GooglePlay ○ Subscribe On the Cover Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg “They didn’t want a copycat, so I needed to play it in my own way. I can’t play it any other way.” Taking the place of …


Posted: June 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Featured, Issues, News, News and Events
August 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg

(Available in print and digitally June 30, 2016) Print Copy ○ iTunes ○ Amazon ○ GooglePlay ○ Subscribe On the Cover Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg “They didn’t want a copycat, so I needed to play it in my own way. I can’t play it any other way.” Taking the place of …


Posted: May 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Brian Kantor of the Fruit Bats on Absolute Loser

Brian Kantor has worked with indie faves Vetiver, ex-Cardigans singer Nina Persson, and Shudder to Think guitarist Nathan Larson, has for the past five years has a member of the Fruit Bats, led by multi-instrumentalist Eric D. Johnson. In May the band released a brand-new album, Absolute Loser, which was …


Posted: March 31, 2016

May 2016 Issue of Modern Drummerfeaturing Andrés Forero of Hamilton
Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
May 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Andrés Forero of Hamilton

(Available digitally March 31, 2016; in print April 1, 2016) Print Copy ○ iTunes ○ Amazon ○ GooglePlay ○ Subscribe On the Cover Andrés Forero “Andrés Forero is one of the most creative and versatile players of our time, and his participation in Hamilton solidifies his stature as one of …


Posted: March 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
May 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Andrés Forero of Hamilton

(Available digitally March 31, 2016; in print April 1, 2016) Print Copy ○ iTunes ○ Amazon ○ GooglePlay ○ Subscribe On the Cover Andrés Forero “Andrés Forero is one of the most creative and versatile players of our time, and his participation in Hamilton solidifies his stature as one of …


Posted: January 29, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Nick Cesarz of Vinyl Theatre: Talks Tour Challenges and Debut Album

Hey, MD readers! My name is Nick Cesarz and I play drums in Vinyl Theatre. We’re an alternative rock group based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin….


Posted: January 7, 2016

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
News: Rick Allen of Def Leppard Fame to Exhibit Latest Collection of Artwork

Wentworth Gallery is honored to present Rick Allen’s works from his latest collection, “Rick Allen: Angels and Icons.??? Rick’s art is currently being showcased exclusively in Wentworth Gallery locations throughout the country, including metro DC, South Florida, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. The collection houses originals, limited editions, mixed media …


Posted: November 2, 2015

Category: Feature Stories
Dom Famularo’s Teachers List

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


Posted: October 14, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Evan Burrows of Wand on 1,000 Days

The Los Angeles–based group Wand, featuring drummer Evan Burrows, singer and guitarist Cory Hanson, and bassist Lee Landy, are among the most prolific of the current crop of galaxy-gazing garage-rockers, producing three full-lengths in just over a year. Burrows makes the most out of the group’s ambitious music-world view, muscularly …


Posted: July 7, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
News: Periphery Drummer and Bassist to Host Creativelive.com “Studio Pass??? Workshop on August 26 and 27

CreativeLive Music & Audio has announced an upcoming “Studio Pass??? recording workshop to be hosted by Periphery bassist/producer Adam “Nolly??? Getgood and drummer Matt Halpern….


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 31, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Issues, News, News and Events
May 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Jojo Mayer

See what’s in the May 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, available now…


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: December 10, 2014

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

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


Posted: December 2, 2014

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, What You Need to Know About
What You Need to Know About…Bearing Edges

Many drummers don’t think about the edges of drum shells in terms of their impact on sound, but they can actually change the timbre quite dramatically. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a handle on different bearing-edge options and how they’ll affect the sound, in order to choose the …


Posted: November 19, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
News: Big Band Debuts New Website for Ahead Products

A year in the making, the new Ahead website is designed with a fresh look, user-friendly navigation, and updated information on all Ahead products and artists….


Posted: October 23, 2014

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Rick Allen of Def Leppard to Exhibit His Art at Wentworth Gallery

Wentworth Gallery will present, in its Short Hills, New Jersey, premiere, Rick Allen’s works from his latest collection, titled “Rick Allen: Angels and Icons.” Allen’s art is currently being showcased exclusively in Wentworth Gallery locations throughout the country, and Short Hills is the first stop on the tour. Future cities include …


Posted: October 3, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Brad Wilk Dashes Expectations With the Last Internationale

Recording with Black Sabbath was the first surprise; now the ex-Rage/Audioslave drummer dashes expectations again with the Last Internationale….


Posted: May 13, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
The Voice Drummer and June 2014 Modern Drummer Cover Artist Nate Morton Interviews Drum Tech Steve “Steevo??? Morrison

In this post the Voice Drummer and June 2014 Modern Drummer Cover Artist Nate Morton Interviews Drum Tech Steve “Steevo??? Morrison…


Posted: December 6, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
The Really, Really Big Christmas Show’s John Stanley

Hello, MD readers! I wanted to tell you all about an upcoming show that I have been privileged to work on, an amazing production called “The Really, Really Big Christmas Show,??? which is a variety show with tons of musical acts, aerial-acrobatic displays, and one crazy drum routine….


Posted: November 18, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ryan Ricks of the Little River Band

The road I took to get here was definitely curvy. Out of college, I toured with Lacy J. Dalton, and after that I worked extensively with local guys in Nashville, playing clubs, colleges, and even some cruise ship tours….


Posted: October 4, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
La Voz’s Jason Gianni

This year was perhaps the most challenging, yet incredibly gratifying, test to see how I could make various rewarding opportunities work in an already vigorous schedule….


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: June 7, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rick Van Horn of Jay and the Americans

It seems incredible to me, but as May 2013 closes I’m celebrating five years in the drum chair for Jay and the Americans. And let me tell you, it’s been a wild five years….


Posted: March 28, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
The May 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer

See what’s in the May 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine….


Posted: March 22, 2013

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

Click here to check out what the MD Education Team members have to say about setting up your drumset for maximum results….


Posted: January 28, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, News, News and Events, The Showroom
NAMM 2013 in Photos

It’s that time of year again, when the makers of dreams—or at least the equipment that helps them come true—show off the latest and greatest gear that will be available in the upcoming months. What’s the catch? Not everyone is invited! Never fear, the Modern Drummer editors have it covered. …


Posted: January 28, 2013

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

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


Posted: November 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Brit Turner of Blackberry Smoke

My name is Brit Turner, and I live in Atlanta, Georgia, with my wife, daughter, dog, two cats, one fish, and a snail. Great things have been happening for me lately.


Posted: October 22, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Randy Ciarlante
Levon Helm’s Latter-Day Right-Hand Man

Randy Ciarlante occupied the second drum chair throughout the Band’s decade-long resurgence in the 1990s, touring with the group and playing on the critically acclaimed albums Jericho, High on the Hog, and Jubilation. Ciarlante was an ideal counterpart to Levon Helm’s drumming and singing, and the interplay between them was …


Posted: July 23, 2012

Category: Feature Stories
20 CLASSIC PROG ALBUMS

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


Posted: May 23, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
T.J. Snow

Since my last blog I’ve left the band Corpus and joined Lost Autumn. Our single “New Part of Me??? is getting radio play around the Midwest. (continue reading)


Posted: May 8, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Paul Motian: 1931-2011

Photo by Robert Lewis. He showed us new ways to think about jazz drumming. There will never be another like him. by Michael Parillo On a dark night at the Village Vanguard, the audience snakes slowly down the long staircase and settles in at tiny tables, squeezed together nice and …


Posted: May 2, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Joe Bergamini on Subbing With Jesus Christ Superstar

On March 30, I did my first show at Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway. The current revival opened in New York on March 22, with New York/Broadway veteran Clint DeGanon on drums.


Posted: April 25, 2012

Category: Feature Stories, News and Events
New Gear For 2012! Highlights From Winter NAMM (N–R)

Here are some of the coolest new products coming down the pipeline for 2012, all of which were on display at the annual Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, this past January (Part 3).


Posted: April 4, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Announces The Debut Of Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is excited to announce his debut fine art collection titled, Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change.


Posted: February 22, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Feb Web Update News

Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Hamilton, and Karriem Riggins are on Paul McCartney’s latest, Kisses on the Bottom. Riggins performed with the former Beatle at the Grammys, as did McCartney regular Abe Laboriel. For more, visit www.paulmccartney.com. Speaking of the Grammys, Low Millions drummer/producer Erik Eldenius was in the house band again …


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: January 17, 2012

Category: Back Through the Stack, Drummers, Feature Stories
Back Through The Stack
Teddy Campbell

This article originally ran in the September 2005 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.


Posted: January 12, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason Holmes of Black Taxi

Hello to the Modern Drummer blogosphere! This is my first blog here, with hopefully many more to come. My name is Jason Holmes, and I play drums in a band called Black Taxi. We all live, work, and rehearse in Brooklyn, New York, but go out on tour as often …


Posted: December 28, 2011

Category: Feature Stories, Lists
10 Indispensable Funk Albums

Funk music is all about the beat, and it’s no coincidence that many of our most influential drummers have made a name for themselves playing the style. If you want to learn the essence of the style, here are ten classic albums you should definitely check out.


Posted: December 16, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Def Leppard’s Rick Allen: Perseverance

This article originally ran in the March 1988 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. The thoughts are those of Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard. The topic concerns the aftermath of a tragic car accident in the winter of 1984 that cost him his left arm, but ultimately provided those who …


Posted: December 8, 2011

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

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


Posted: November 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 15, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer/Wellness Trainer Jen Hoeft

Hi, Modern Drummer readers! I’m Jen Hoeft, pro drummer, author, and yoga instructor based in Nashville, Tennessee. Drumming is my golden thread and weaves through my life in a constant, magical, shiny, solid, mystical, and groovy way.


Posted: November 14, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Scott Underwood of Train

SELF-STYLED TRAIN DRUMMER SCOTT UNDERWOOD: AT HOME ON THE ROAD


Posted: November 11, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction Discusses His Forthcoming Art Collection, Time

On November 15, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins will present his first foray into the world of visual art with Time, the second collection in the Art of Drums series. Drums is the brainchild of SceneFour, a Los Angeles–based creativity house that has worked with RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Chuck …


Posted: November 4, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Preparing for Takeoff: Jack Irons on His Current Approach to Moving Solo Tracks to the Stage

MD Online recently spoke to Jack about the process of making his new EP, including the making of the video for the track “Outer Space Dream.???


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 13, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Back Through The Stack: Bill Rieflin

After thirty years, R.E.M. has officially called it quits. In April of 2005, though, MD was grilling the most recent addition to their lineup.


Posted: September 30, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, What Do You Know About?
What Do You Know About…? John Weathers

To connoisseurs of daring first-wave progressive rock, Gentle Giant—and its implacable, improbable drummer—was hugely important, as awe inspiring, in its own way, as ELP, Genesis, and Yes.


Posted: September 28, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Alex Wong

I am a drummer, songwriter, and producer living in Brooklyn, New York. I divide my time pretty evenly between studio projects and touring/performing on the road. I’m lucky to be involved in a diverse number of projects that use different skill sets and approaches….


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: June 24, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Deftones’ Abe Cunningham

From the pages of the July 2011 Issue…It took a tragedy to make the members of Deftones stop their bickering and get back to the business of making music. Still, the band’s drummer reveals that some things—good and bad—never change….


Posted: June 13, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Uriel Jones: Architect of the Motown Sound

June 14 would have been the seventy-seventh birthday of Motown great Uriel Jones, who died on March 24, 2009. MD spoke with Uriel shortly before his passing. We’re reprinting his interview here. (read more)


Posted: May 18, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Adam Gray of Texas in July

My name is Adam Gray, and I play drums for a band called Texas in July. I started playing at a very young age, using pots, pans, and sticks from the woods. At age four I received my first drumkit, then another at age six. Since then it’s been a …


Posted: March 17, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Yes’s Alan White: Revisited

We revisit a 2005 interview featuring memories of George Harrison, John Lennon, and Yes. As Yes continues their world tour – featuring the return of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, signifying the reborn “classic??? lineup – the band simply gets hotter and hotter. Drummer Alan White recently sat down with Modern Drummer, …


Posted: October 21, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Richie Hayward: The MD Interviews, Part 1

Read the Little Feat drummer’s feature from March 1988.The drum world will never see another Richie Hayward. The longtime Little Feat drummer, who passed away in August, was among the most musically stylish and quietly influential drummers of the classic rock era, equal parts monster technician and old-soul groove master. …


Posted: September 29, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Gregory Nash of Addicted To Pain

Hello out there, Modern Drummer readers, my name is Gregory Nash. I introduced myself to you last October, and since then, my original band, the Pain, has changed its name to Addicted To Pain. We’ve recorded our debut EP with legendary producer Alex Perialas (S.O.D., Anthrax, Overkill, Testament), an experience …


Posted: September 1, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ben Hansen of Street Beat

My name is Ben Hansen and I’m the founder and musical director of Street Beat, a high-energy urban drum and dance performing arts troupe merging African, Cuban, Latin, West African, and jazz concepts and utilizing junk, household items, and found objects for drums and percussion. We also feature modern “street??? …


Posted: June 4, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Donny Gruendler of Rhett Frazier Inc.

MD readers. It’s been a couple years since I’ve blogged, so I’ll reintroduce myself. My name is Donny Gruendler, and I am a Los Angeles–based drummer, producer, and tech head. During my formative years in Detroit, I learned to love laptops, sampling, synths, electronic noises, funky grooves, MPCs, all styles …


Posted: April 5, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
L.A. Freelancer Nick Mason

Hello, Modern Drummer readers! I know everyone who writes a blog on here starts it out the same way, but honestly how else are you supposed to do it? I’m sure most of you are scratching your head wondering just who I am; well, obviously I am not a guitarist. …


Posted: March 29, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Daughters’ Jonathan Syverson

Hello, humans. My name is Jonathan Syverson, and I’ve never actually written any sort of blog. But as anyone who knows me would tell you, I absolutely LOVE talking about myself, and since Modern Drummer was kind enough to come asking, it would be my pleasure to oblige. Back in …


Posted: December 17, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, The Greats
Roy Haynes: The Hippest Of The Hip

It’s taken the jazz community nearly half a century to catch up with the inventive and super-hip stylings of Roy Haynes—the oft-proclaimed “father of modern drumming.???


Posted: August 4, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Sammy K

I’m an independent musician and educator residing in Los Angeles and blessed to work internationally.


Posted: May 19, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Martin Chambers: New Challenges, New Energy

When the Pretenders’ raw and rootsy album “Break Up The Concrete” appeared last fall, fans were disappointed to find that Martin Chambers was not behind the kit.


Posted: October 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
John Fred Young

Black Stone Cherry drew on their Kentucky heritage for their second album, Folklore And Superstition…


Posted: September 10, 2008

Marcus von Boisman of The Windupdeads
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
The Windupdeads' Marcus von Boisman

We recently finished the recording of our self-titled debut. We recorded it over quite a long period of time, so we used different recording methods for different songs….


Posted: September 10, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
The Windupdeads’ Marcus von Boisman

We recently finished the recording of our self-titled debut. We recorded it over quite a long period of time, so we used different recording methods for different songs….


Posted: April 10, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tony Nesbitt-Larking with The Most Serene Republic

With our new CD, Population, hot off the press, and with the backing of Yaris and Arts & Crafts, we hit the road last October for a two-month mega-tour across Canada and the US.


Posted: February 1, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Frank Funaro Tour Blog

Happy New Year, fellow MD readers. I’m honored to have been asked to do a blog for MD Online, and I decided to go with a road-blog. I’m currently in rehearsals and pre-production for the next Cracker record….


Posted: January 7, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Lisa Cusack of Boy/Girl

I think one of the greatest challenges for a drummer is to not fall into the “backbeat,” even though that is often how people characterize us. “Who is the only member of a band that is not a musician?” “The drummer”-yeah,I’ve heard that one- it’s funny-I can totally see that…


Posted: December 19, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Joe Halberstadt of Foxy Shazam

My father was a drummer, so I’ve been playing since I was old enough to grip sticks. I got my first drumkit when I was seven, and started taking lessons the same year. I’ve always had an extreme passion for percussion; it just motivates me more than anything.


Posted: November 28, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Aaron Siegel

When he finally went into the studio two years ago to record a full-length CD, he asked me to lay down the drum tracks….


Posted: October 19, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Jon Moen of The Decemberists

It could be coincidence, but it bears mentioning that since Jon Moen began drumming for The Decemberists in 2005, the band’s stock has risen dramatically. When Moen joined for the tour behind their folk-pop masterpiece Picaresque, they were playing 800–1,000 seat rooms. By year’s end they were selling out 3,000-seaters….


Posted: October 1, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
The Return of Double Drumming’s Greatest Hits

In the February 2007 issue of Modern Drummer, we ran a feature called “Double Drumming’s 25 Greatest Hits.??? At the time we asked MD readers to submit their own favorite double-drum performances, which we’d post online at a later date. Well, the time has arrived, double-drum fans—the floor is yours!


Posted: July 1, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Erin Tate: Web Exclusive Interview

Since their debut album in 2002, Minus The Bear have staked an undeniably unique place on the music map. The band’s brand-new third studio album, Planet Of Ice, sees their formidable mix of imaginative odd-time manipulation and mega-precise performances scaling even further heights….


Posted: May 18, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Nathan Followill of Kings Of Leon

Even strapping young lads like Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill aren’t immune to the aches and pains of touring. It’s par for the course when you’re a grizzled road dog by your mid-twenties….


Posted: April 17, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Marco Minnemann: Beyond Chops

A new breed of drummer has emerged over the past decade. This elite group of international super-drummers has changed the face of drumming and raised the bar on speed, ambidextrous technique, soloing, stick tricks, multi-pedal coordination, and independence to levels that seem unimaginable to most drummers….


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 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Athena Kottak

Kottak’s Athena is a very funny, tell-it-like-it-is, beautiful woman who kicks ass behind the drumkit. Born a few years after her famous sibling—Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee—Athena is a cancer survivor, a mom, and the wife of Jimmy Ratchitt. Athena says she knew she would marry Ratchitt—aka James Kottak, former Kingdom …


Posted: July 25, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Gutbucket’s Paul Chuffo

If you’re unfamiliar with the Brooklyn instrumental quartet Gutbucket and you glance at the stage before a performance, you might think you’re about to hear some jazz. An alto sax, an upright bass, a hollow-body guitar, and a three-piece drumkit with a tiny kick drum do create such an impression….


Posted: June 15, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Def Leppard’s Rick Allen

Rick Allen says the great thing about Def Leppard’s new album, Yeah!, is that the band didn’t have to spend time writing new material. Instead, they decided to record a selection of ’70s cover songs….


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Victor DeLorenzo

Singer, songwriter, actor, studio owner, jingle writer, visual artist, and, yes, drummer for the world’s most likable band, Violent Femmes, Victor DeLorenzo has long been known as a plier of many creative trades….


Posted: July 1, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Steve Gadd: Opens Up

The drumming legend gives his most revealing interview.


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Daniel Reyes

In between those gigs he’ll squeeze in a performance with Ricky Martin, Stevie Nicks, or Jennifer Lopez, among other top acts. But Danny’s brain is always thinking: How do I make my playing better? Equally important to him these days: How do I make the instruments I play better? Enter …


Posted: May 18, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Alan White

As Yes continues their world tour – featuring the return of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, signifying the reborn “classic” lineup – the band simply gets hotter and hotter. Drummer Alan White recently sat down with Modern Drummer, inaugurating the magazine’s brand-new Playback column, in which the world’s greatest players reflect on …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Dave Grohl: Returning To His Roots With Probot

Many drummers have hit it big since the post-metal resurgence of the early ’90s. But no one has had the impact and influence of Dave Grohl. With the full-body flam and bass drum contortions of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Grohl forever changed drumming.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Rick Allen of Def Leppard

Rick Allen has been playing drums all his life, and nothing was going to stop him from doing what he loves to do. Nothing. By now we all know the story of Rick’s terrible car accident on December 31, 1984, which resulted in the drummer losing his left arm when …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons
In The Loop With The Pros

With all of the samplers, prerecorded loops, and programmers in the studio, how much of what we hear today from a drummer is actual acoustic drums or electronics? MD asked some of the best “hired guns” in the business to comment on their current role and gear requirements in the …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Josh Freese

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



Posted: January 16, 2021

Pop Up Podcast Rick & Lauren
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Modern Drummer Pop-Up Podcast

Join Modern Drummer’s David Frangioni and Billy Amendola for this special Pop Up Podcast with Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and drummer/singer/songwriter Lauren Monroe, who fill us in on THE BIG LOVE BENEFIT CONCERT January 23rd, 6PM PST / 9PM EST Also joining us is special surprise guest, drummer John Lum …