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July 2014:
Ricky Lawson
In Memoriam

Michael Jackson. Whitney Houston. Eric Clapton. Lionel Richie. Phil Collins. Steely Dan. What do these artists all have in common?


July 2000:
July 2000 – Volume 24 • Number 7

Jeff Ballard, Nana Vasconcelos, Mel Lewis, Ustad Allarakha, Peter Erskine, Ricky Lawson, Don Alias, Danny Reyes, Jeff Fowlkes, Tommy Perkins, Chris Pennie, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeremy Taggart, Mike Portnoy, Eddie Bayers, Roy Hanes


June 1999:
June 1999 – Volume 23 • Number 6

Virgil Donati, Ron Welty, Clem Burke, Ed Uribe, Rene Creemers, Matt Johnson, Nate Brown, Hamid Drake, Paul Culligan, Mel Brown, Rod Morgenstein, Chet Doboe, John Ramsay, Alan Dawson, Ted Bonar, Russ McKinnon, Lee Rudnicki, Ron Hefner, Roger Cohen, John “JR” Robinson, Bill Stewart, Ricky Lawson


July 1998:
July 1998 – Volume 22 • Number 7

Ricky Lawson, Jim Black, Susie Ibarra, Jeff Porcaro, Abe Cunningham,, Robert Wyatt, Matt Abts, Randy Castillo, Andy Stochansky, Chad Wackerman, Jeff Hirshfield, Don Famularo, Aaron Comess,


June 1998:
June 1998 – Volume 22 • Number 6

Jack Irons, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ricky Lawson, Adrian Young, Steve Smith, Mike Palmer, Danny Gottlieb, Mario Calire, Ken Tondre, Marcus Miller, Brad Hargreaves, J.D. Blair, Steve Smith, Scott Amendola, Carl Allen , Jerry Marotta, Dennis Chambers, John ” JR” Robinson


December 1996:
December 1996 – Volume 20 • Number 12

Eric Kretz, Mike Palmer, Philip “Fish” Fisher, Matt Cameron, Will Goldsmith, Stewart Copeland, Bill Stewart, Sticks McDonald, Scott Amendola, Ricky Lawson, Kalani, Victor DeLorenzo, Mike Mainieri, Tommy Aldridge, Lonnie Wilson


January 1993:
January 1993 – Volume 17 • Number 1

In this Issue: Ricky Lawson, Paul Geary, George Jinda



Posted: February 8, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Legendary Bassist Nathan East on His New Album Reverence

On Nathan East’s second solo album, Reverence, he once again steps into the spotlight as bandleader. Produced by East and Yamaha Entertainment Group of America founder Chris Gero, it’s no surprise that shortly after its debut (less than one month ago), the album hit the number-one spot on both the …


Posted: May 30, 2014

Category: Feature Stories, Multimedia, Spotify Playlists
July 2014 Spotify Playlist

Want to hear music from the artists featured in the July 2014 issue of Modern Drummer? We’ve got you covered. Our July 2014 Spotify Playlist includes some fantastic tracks, including several cool covers….


Posted: May 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
July 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Omar Hakim

See what’s in the July 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Omar Hakim…


Posted: December 27, 2013

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Ricky Lawson Passes

Ricky Lawson, the veteran drummer who worked with Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, the Yellowjackets, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, and Earth, Wind & Fire, among other top artists, has passed away after suffering a stroke. We’ll post further details as we learn them. In the meantime, here’s an excerpt from Ricky’s …


Posted: January 18, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Brandon Mullen of The New Stylistics

Hi, everyone! My name is Brandon “D’Erick Anthony??? Mullen, and I was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in May of 1985. God has blessed me with this gift of music since the age of four….


Posted: November 10, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
LA Drummer/Instructor Pamela Manganaro

In 1989 Drum Workshop vice-president John Good asked me if I could throw a curve ball. “You bet,” I said. And that was my welcome into the DW family. I was now an official Drum Workshop artist, the quintessential symbol of a professional drummer who made it…


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
Prince’s John Blackwell: An Interview

John Blackwell always listened to his dad’s advice, and it’s paid off, big time. “Growing up, my dad used to tell me, ‘If you want to make any money in this business, play in the pocket.'”…


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Lil’ John Roberts

Lil’ John Roberts’s name has been popping up more and more here at MD – in interviews with other artists, in conversations with people in the drum industry – and, most importantly, in mail from fans. It seems everyone is talking about Lil’ John. And after seeing him play, you’d …



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