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May 2022:
Tribute To Taylor
David Frangioni

Although much of what I’ll share here in this month’s overview is echoed over and over throughout this issue, I’ll speak on behalf of my team and me, the inside Modern Drummer family, many of whom were close to Taylor. It was with great sadness that we have lost a …


May 2022:
Taylor Hawkins

On March 25, 2022 musicians, drummers, and music fans around the world were devastated to learn that drummer Taylor Hawkins had died. Hawkins was a good friend of Modern Drummer, and we join in the deep sorrow of losing such a wonderful person, amazing musician, and a bright light at …


May 2022:
Taylor Hawkins Remembered

As we at Modern Drummer and the entire drum and musical community continue to reel from the untimely and devastating passing of Taylor Hawkins, we wanted to create a tribute to this inspiring and energetic drummer who left us far too soon! We were all influenced by Taylor’s humanity, love …


May 2022:
Taylor Hawkins In His Own Words…

I wasn’t good at sports and I was having a hard time finding girlfriends. It was 1982. I was ten years old, and just getting into the music of the day, new wave, the Police, and stuff. My older brother was a music enthusiast. I wanted to be in a …


March 2018:
Modern Drummer 2018 Readers Poll Winners!

We are excited to present the Modern Drummer 2018 Readers Poll winners!


January 2018:
The Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins

The biggest band in the land tears up the road map and comes up with its most ambitious album to date. “We’re usually like Motörhead meets the Beatles,” the group’s drummer says. “But this one is really Motörhead meets Sgt. Pepper’s.”


September 2011:
September 2011 – Volume 35 • Number 9

Taylor Hawkins, Adam Cruz, Ray Luzier, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Jerry Shirley, Todd Sucherman, Carl Palmer, Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Antonio Sanchez, Gil Sharone, Dino Campanella, Sam Ulano


May 2006:
May 2006 – Volume 30 • Number 5

Taylor Hawkins, Jason McGerr, Mike Clark, John Wackerman, Peter Erskine, Mark Craney, Jamie Oldaker, Chad Sexton, Travis Smith, Tennessee Thomas, Brad Pemberton, Vinnie Fiorello, Ginger Baker, Paul John Jr., Ian Paice, David Garibaldi


June 2003:
June 2003 – Volume 27 • Number 6

Shannon Larkin, Matt Wilson, Christian Vander, Paul Crosby, Brian Stephens, Russell Batiste, Ian Froman, Terry Chambers, Mich Fleetwood, Mongo Santamaria, Taylor Hawkins, Mike Portnoy, Gregg Bissonette, Ralph Humphrey, Dave Weckl


September 2001:
September 2001 – Volume 25 • Number 9

John Dolmayan, Matt Sorum, Taylor Hawkins, Alan Evans, Jimmy Degrasso, Ribb Rivera, Mike Clark, Gary Burton, Hal Aponte, Victor DeLorenzo, Jorge Rossy, Scott Underwood, Kevin Miller, Steve Ettleson, Rob Ladd, Craig Krampf


March 2000:
March 2000 – Volume 24 • Number 3

Taylor Hawkins, Milford Graves, Jimmy DeGrasso, Elaine Leighton, Jerome Dillon, Alan White, David Garibaldi, Steven Gillis, Ralph Peterson, Brian “Brain” Mantia, Nathaniel Townsley, Peter Erskine, Manu Katche, Milt Jackson, Bill Stewart


June 1996:
June 1996 – Volume 20 • Number 6

In this Issue: Eddie Bayers, Jerry Kroon, Kenny Malone, Owen Hale, Paul Leim, Lonnie Wilson, Tommy Wells, Milton Sledge, Dave Beyer, Ricky Fataar, Taylor Hawkins, Max Roach, Robin Goodridge, Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett, Dennis Chambers, Stewart Copeland, Jim Donovan, Jim DiSpirito, Adolfo ” Fofi” Lancha, Kenny Aronoff, Bill Stewart, Robby …



Posted: March 27, 2022

Category: News
Tribute to Taylor Hawkins

On March 25, drummers and music fans around the world were devastated to learn that drummer Taylor Hawkins had died. Hawkins was a good friend of Modern Drummer, and we join in the sorrow of losing such a wonderful person and amazing musician at such a young age. In 1997 …


Posted: September 17, 2021

Category: News
Taylor Hawkins, Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney = NHC!

SONG & VIDEO DEBUT from new band, NHC, featuring drummer Taylor Hawkins, guitarist Dave Navarro, and bassist Chris Chaney!! Click the links below to see/hear “Feed the Cruel” and “Better Move On” with Hawkins singing lead vocals and drumming. Hear the songs


Posted: September 18, 2020

Taylor Hawkins
Category: News
In Tribute to a Tribute: Reflections on the Modern Drummer Festival 2020

by Fred W. Gretsch This past Saturday, September 12 saw the return of one of drumming’s great events: The Modern Drummer Festival. Not held since 2011, this year’s Festival marked the 20th in its iconic history. Of course, given the nature of the times, the 2020 Festival couldn’t be held …


Posted: September 1, 2020

Category: News
Modern Drummer Festival 2020

Modern Drummer is rebooting its world-famous Drum Festival on September 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time with a live-streaming event honoring the late, great Rush drummer Neil Peart. Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit brain tumor research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The event, which will be produced and distributed …


Posted: August 20, 2020

Category: News
20th Annual Modern Drummer Festival featuring A Tribute To Iconic Drummer Neil Peart.

LiveXLive to Produce and Distribute Live Pay Per View Show Featuring Incredible Lineup Reaching over 150 Million Social Media Fans — Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Thomas Lang, Alex Gonzalez A global platform for livestream and on-demand audio, video and podcast content in music, comedy, and pop culture, announced …


Posted: October 31, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Rufus Taylor of the Darkness

The title track “Easter Is Cancelled” was the only song we didn’t even think about—just walked in, sat down, and somehow played the first three or so bars of the song.


Posted: May 28, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Isaac Flynn and Austin Ward of Hembree

Calling his new project Hembree, Flynn put himself through what he calls “three years of songwriting boot camp,” working on music from the loft where he lives in Kansas City.


Posted: October 31, 2017

Rufus Tiger
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Rufus Tiger Taylor of the Darkness: Talks Writing and Recording Pinewood Smile

Hello everyone! I joined the Darkness about two and a half years ago. Guitarist Dan Hawkins called me whilst I was in Sydney and asked if I could play a press gig for them in two days in London for their then-new album Last of our Kind.


Posted: December 27, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Tom Ogden of Deaf Havana: Talks Influences, Setup, and New Record

Hi, Modern Drummer readers. Let me start by saying how thankful and honored I am to be writing an article for such a great magazine and online community. So many drummers from so many styles have influenced me—I’m a massive Travis Barker fan since the age of twelve, and that’s …


Posted: November 15, 2016

Category: News, News and Events
Taylor Hawkins Mentors Students

Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters drummed with students at Riverside Central Elementary School in Rochester, MN on November 3.


Posted: July 1, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Web Exclusive
Stephen Perkins on Jane’s Addiction’s Twenty-Fifth-Anniversary Ritual De Lo Habitual Shows

Modern Drummer Online caught up with Stephen Perkins while he was prepping for a clinic tour and some dates with Jane’s Addiction, commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the group’s watershed album Ritual De Lo Habitual.


Posted: July 6, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Aiden Marceron of Bad Seed Rising

My name is Aiden Marceron, and I play drums in Bad Seed Rising. I’m thirteen years old, and I’m the youngest in the band. That being said, this makes us the youngest band signed to Roadrunner Records….


Posted: November 19, 2014

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
News: John Wackerman’s Drum Duets Volume II Features Duets With Chambers, Hawkins, Bozzio, Lang, and More

The follow-up to the popular and successful CD and book release, Drum Duets Volume I, John Wackerman’s Drum Duets Volume II features top LA session drummer, composer, and producer John Wackerman teaming up with sixteen world-class artists. The video project was shot with multiple camera angles at Drum Channel, runs …


Posted: January 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
March 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time

See what’s in the March 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time!


Posted: August 1, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Guitar Center Launches Its 25th Annual Drum-Off Competition

Guitar Center’s Drum-Off launches its 25th annual search for the next great undiscovered drummer.


Posted: January 7, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Brendan Yates of Diamond Youth

My names Brendan and I play drums for the band Diamond Youth.


Posted: October 12, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jeff Kummer of the Early November

Just last year, the Early November decided to start playing some shows again and record a new album. We signed a deal with Rise Records and released our newest album, In Currents, this past July.


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: April 20, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Drum Channel Live Music Event To Support the Fender Music Foundation

On Wednesday, April 26, DrumChannel.com will be supporting the Fender Music Foundation’s first Save Music Education online benefit concert. (continued)


Posted: March 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Vinny Appice: Leaving His Mark

May 2012 cover star Vinny Appice is a true rock ’n’ roll journeyman—identifiable not by his work with one particular band but by his flawless contributions to a long list of hard-rock luminaries. In this Web-exclusive supplement to his print feature, Vinny shares a couple of fun stories from his …


Posted: December 8, 2011

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

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


Posted: November 22, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Grant Hart

Hüsker Dü’s drummer/singer created a template—and quickly broke it—for a generation of alternative rockers.


Posted: November 22, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Paul Motian: Embracing The Past, Forging the Future

An interview with post-bop master Paul Motian, which ran in the April 2005 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.


Posted: October 28, 2011

Category: DVD/Video Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Gannin Arnold Project
5 World Class Drummers

Fusion guitarist Gannin Arnold assembles five badass stickmen to wail on his Jeff Beck-inspired material.


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: 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
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 13, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Marty Beller of They Might Be Giants

Hello, Modern Drummer readers. Marty Beller, drummer for They Might Be Giants, here. In 2000, I got a call from TMBG bassist Danny Weinkauf. We had met through guitarist Dan Miller, who I had toured with in my band Meow. He said they needed a drummer for a show on …


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: September 15, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Twin Atlantic’s Craig Kneale

My name is Craig Kneale and I play in a rock band called Twin Atlantic, which hails from Glasgow, Scotland….


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: July 18, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Zac Farro of Paramore

After several months of constant road work, eighteen-year-old Paramore drummer Zac Farro is finally back at home relaxing….


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: 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: 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
Chris Hesse: Rocking Out

I learned to play drums by putting on headphones and playing to Rush’s Fly By Night until I knew every song by heart. Neil Peart was my first major influence…


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers
J.R. Conners of Cave In

After shedding most of their hardcore persona a few years back, however, Cave In set out to redefine themselves, morphing into more of a prog-rock act, complete with epic compositions….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Stewart Copeland: An Interview

A case can be made that Stewart Copeland is the single most influential drummer of the last twenty-plus years. A good case….



Posted: December 8, 2017

The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
Episode 120: Taylor Hawkins, Linear Drumming Basics, Dream Energy Series Crashes, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss January cover artist Taylor Hawkins of rock megastars Foo Fighters.