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September 2020:
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 …

May 2015:
10 Essential Drummer Autobiographies

The most popular musician autobiographies tend to come from famous singers and guitar heroes. But drummers can tell a tale as well as anyone else. Here’s a ten-pack of proof.

September 2005:
September 2005 – Volume 29 • Number 9

Teddy Campbell, Brann Dailor, Tom Brechtlein, Ronnie Vannucci, Will Denton, Kris Kohls, Scott Travis, Ricky McKinnie, Wayne Fullwood, Aquiles Priester, Shakerleg, Stan Levey, Pierre Moerlen, Peter Erskine, Tommy Lee

April 2005:
April 2005 – Volume 29 • Number 4

Tommy Lee, Paul Motian, Bill Rieflin, Shauney Baby, Branden Steineckert, Chad Wackerman, Jordan Burns, Sam Fogarino, Jason Smart, Cody Dickinson, Gena Oliver, Scott Abels, Neil Peart, Chad Smith, Marco Minnemann, Hilary Jones

September 2002:
September 2002 – Volume 26 • Number 9

Neil Peart, Valerie Dee Naranjo, Eric Harland, Phil Collins, Levon Helm, Tommy Lee, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Atom Willard, Gina Schock, Chuck E. Weiss, Skeebo Knight, Max Roach, Terry Bozzio, Mike Mangini, John “JR” Robinson

March 1999:
March 1999 – Volume 23 • Number 3

David Silveria, Cindy Blackman, Bill Ward, Lonnie Wilson, Tommy Lee, Rick Latham, Fred LeBlanc, Hilarie Sidney, Ernie Adams, Alessandra Belloni, Billy HIggins, Dave Weckl, Buddy Rich

January 1998:
January 1998 – Volume 22 • Number 1

Alex Acuna, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Mike Fisher, Gene Hoglan, Louis Hayes, Bill Stewart, Jason Marsalis, Brain, Terry Bozzio, Tommy Lee, Pete Escovedo, Dino Daneli, Darren Jessee, Jim Keltner

April 1994:
Tommy Lee

How many times have Motley Crue fans seen this? Tommy Lee cocks his arm high at ninety degrees, only for an instant, and whips it down with an expression of excitement matched only by the face a baby makes taking his first steps. The beat slams so hard that the …

April 1994:
April 1994 – Volume 18 • Number 4

In this Issue: Tommy Lee, Joel Rosenblatt

September 1986:
September 1986 – Volume 10 • Number 9

Tommy Lee, Bun E. Carlos, Jerry Carrigan, Ben Riley, Steve Gadd, Max Weinberg, Jerry Mercer, Gary Husband, Butch Miles

September 1985:
September 1985 – Volume 9 • Number 9

Jeff Watts, Vinny Appice, George Brown, George Lawrence Stone, Tommy Lee, Jon Christensen, Brian Pastoria, Tommy Aldridge, Larrie Londin, Neil Peart

Posted: October 12, 2022

Category: News
Jane’s Addiction and Smashing Pumpkins Tour

By Alex Kluft Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction kicked off the opening night of their tour at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. This dream 90’s tour will end at the Hollywood Bowl on November 19th. For Jane’s Addiction, this was their first show with original bassist Eric Avery in 12 …

Posted: September 28, 2022

Category: News
Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

By Alex Kluft Photo by Andreas Neumann On March 25, 2022, the world lost one the greatest drummers and member of one of the most important and biggest rock bands of all time, Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. To honor Hawkins, Dave Grohl put together two of the biggest …

Posted: December 11, 2020

Category: News
MD Interview with Don Lombardi – Founder of Drum Channel & Drum Workshop – 12/10/20

Don Lombardi – Drum Workshop’s 2nd Product the DW 5000 Bass Drum Pedal Who did you study with and how did it affect your development as a drummer?DL: I started taking lessons at the age of 12 with Nat Leslie, a local teacher. I also joined the union at age …

Posted: June 15, 2020

Category: News, News and Events
Tommy Lee Rocks All Access Hits with Host David Frangioni Livecast

Lee bashing out the groove to “Dr. Feelgood” for the Modern Drummer webcast audience on June 11. Revealing All Access Hits with Host David Frangioni Webinar Digs Deep into Lee’s Creative Process and Drum Techniques Tommy Lee, one of the most recognizable drummers on the planet, provided drum fans with …

Posted: June 5, 2020

Category: News, News and Events
Tommy Lee Previews Two Tracks from his Solo Album

Tommy Lee’s Solo Album, Andro, is expected to drop on October 16, 2020. Tommy Lee isn’t kicking back and waiting for Motley Crue to get back on the road (the band’s summer tour was recently postponed due to the pandemic). Instead, the drummer is simultaneously previewing two songs from his …

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 18, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Dave Watts of The Motet

It’s an honor to be writing this “On The Beat” for Modern Drummer. I have been reading the magazine since 1980 and have MD to thank for introducing me to some of my earliest influences on the drums, including the great Tommy Campbell.

Posted: March 26, 2019

Chuck Tilley
Category: On the Beat
Chuck Tilley of Sixwire

I’m a great example of “be careful what you wish for.” After spending the last seven years drumming for the iconic country band Alabama playing more than three hundred and fifty shows, it was time to focus on my own band Sixwire.

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: 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: November 24, 2017

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Jacobi Gunter: Doing What I Love To Do!

Hello Modern Drummer universe, I am Jacobi Gunter from Columbia, SC and this my inaugural post. I am so hyped yet humbled to share my phenomenal journey with you all here “On The Beat.” I’ve been told that my first performance was at eighteen months old, but my earliest memory …

Posted: July 12, 2017

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Bryce Lipz of Sisters Doll: Talks Influences and Opportunities

  What’s up Modern Drummer magazine? My name is Bryce Lipz and I play drums for the Australian glam rock band Sisters Doll. I’ve been drumming professionally and touring for the past seven years. I decided to start playing drums when I was growing up listening to my Dad’s record …

Posted: March 21, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, On the Beat
On the Beat with Heath Fields from Shallow Side: Talks Beginnings, Overcoming Adversity, and New Album

Hello fellow MD readers. My name is Heath Fields and I’m the drummer for the band Shallow Side, from Cullman, Alabama. It’s an honor to be a part of the On the Beat family!

Posted: January 20, 2017

Category: Feature Stories, In Memoriam
Spooky Tooth/Only Ones Drummer Mike Kellie Passes

British drummer Mike Kellie, whose credits included Traffic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, Jim Capaldi, Paul Kossoff, George Harrison, Maurice Gibb, Neil Innes, Pat Travers, Andy Fraser, and Johnny Thunders, and who was a member of the bands Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones, has passed.

Posted: November 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Web Exclusive
Track-by-Track: Frank Zummo Discusses Sum 41’s 13 Voices

Born in Long Island, New York, Zummo began drumming at the early age of three when he discovered his dad’s drumkit. By the time he was seven he was an award-winning drummer, taking home the top prize in Long Island Drum Center’s Battle of the Beats. In 2004, Zummo helped …

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 11, 2016

Category: Feature Stories, News, News and Events
Brendan Buckley on Tour With Tegan and Sara

Brendan Buckley, who initially grabbed the attention of many of us as the drummer with the international superstar Shakira, is seemingly in constant motion.

Posted: March 7, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Frank Zummo of Sum 41: Tours and New Projects

Hello Modern Drummer family! As I write this, I’m in Stuggart, Germany with Sum 41. We’re at the end of our three-and-a-half week European tour. The first leg of this run was the Kerrang! tour that took us all over England and to Ireland and Glasgow. The second leg brought …

Posted: December 2, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
News: Tortoise’s John Herndon Releases Clothing Collaboration With The Quiet Life

Chicago/Los Angeles-based musician, tattoo artist, illustrator, and founding member/drummer of Tortoise, John Herndon has released his new clothing collaboration with LA collective The Quiet Life….

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: 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: 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: September 17, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Street Drum Corp’s Bobby Alt on Producing Teen Drummer John Tessin of Hero for Today

Hi, everyone! It’s a real privilege when I get to produce and record young drummers who are just coming into their own, and it’s a very special privilege when they’re great….

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: 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: March 19, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Sunny Leejean of Activator and the Meaning of Life

My search for a drum sound has been an active one. I’ve played everything from an old-school “tube??? Tama from the late-’80s to fusion-size Pearl, Yamaha, and PDP drumkits….

Posted: December 25, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason Aldean’s Rich Redmond

Hello MD readers! It has been some time since we last visited here. I am still enjoying life in Nashville, juggling touring, recording, producing, writing, and teaching. I love this life we live as modern drummers!

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: September 27, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Nashville Studio Great Tommy Wells Passes

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Nashville studio great Tommy Wells this week. In honor of Tommy, we’re presenting a portion of his first Modern Drummer feature, from August 1990….

Posted: September 17, 2013

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

I’m Alex Sassaris from the NYC rock band Eve to Adam. We are gearing up for the release of our fourth studio album, Locked and Loaded, which comes out September 17 through our label 3 for 5 Records/MRI/Sony RED….

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: March 25, 2013

Category: News, News and Events
Rock Photographer Rob Shanahan Book Signing

On April 9, between 7 pm and 10 pm, the Cutting Room and Modern Drummer will present “An Evening With Rock Photographer Rob Shanahan,??? which will include a gallery show of Shanahan’s work and a book signing. Modern Drummer associate editor Billy Amendola will also premier the video for the …

Posted: March 13, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Frank Zummo of Street Drum Corps and thenewno2

This year kicked off with Street Drum Corps debuting our new show “Lost Vegas??? at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas….

Posted: March 4, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
The April 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Tommy Igoe

Look here to see the contents of the April 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, featuring Tommy Igoe….

Posted: December 14, 2012

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Kamelot Silverthorn

On their tenth studio album, the Floridian symphonic metal act proves they can still mix it up with the best of ’em.

Posted: June 20, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mathias Künzli

Music has guided my career for over two decades. I was born in Switzerland, and I started to play drums at age thirteen, playing rock ’n’ roll and then becoming the drummer for the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra. After receiving two scholarships from Berklee College of Music, I moved to …

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 20, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
TJ Courtney

Hey, MD readers, I’m TJ Courtney, and I’m a drummer turned lead singer. Don’t get me wrong, I love the kit, but at live shows I overcompensated with Tommy-Lee like antics and was frequently accused of trying to upstage bandmates….

Posted: March 21, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Zildjian Launches Drummer Love Europe

On the heels of its highly successful US Drummer Love contest, Zildjian has decided to launch Drummer Love Europe, bringing the event to the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, and Russia. The contest runs from April 2 through July and includes video submission, voting, and tour components. Ultimately, six lucky …

Posted: February 23, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jeff Fabb with James Durbin

Hi, my name is Jeff Fabb and I was born and raised in the small town of Mattituck, Long Island, New York, and started shredding away at the age of eleven…

Posted: January 3, 2012

Category: Feature Stories, Lists
13 Tons Of Heavy

A baker’s dozen of the best hard rock albums released over the past year.

Posted: October 24, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tommy Harden with Reba McEntire

Hi, fellow modern drummers! Life has been incredibly busy in Nashville lately, so I’ll try to give a short version of what’s going on in the “hamster wheel.???

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 19, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Frank Zummo

As I write this I am sitting at LAX airport about to board flight number 1 of 9 that I will take this month. Today’s flight is off to Chicago to perform with TheNewNo2. We are supporting Pearl Jam for their two-day PJ20 Destination Weekend Festival.

Posted: August 18, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Kenney Jones: British Drumming Royalty

Kenney Jones’ timless drumming approach can be heard on classic albums by the Small Faces, Rod Stewart, and the Who. In 2005 Modern Drummer spoke to the drummer about many of his greatest performances.

Posted: August 3, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Web Update News 8/11

Find out what your favorite drummer is up to now (Web Update News 7/21/11).

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 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: March 9, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Brian Downey: Style, Power, And Swing With Thin Lizzy

Music fans outside of Ireland by and large know Thin Lizzy and the band’s drummer, Brian Downey, from their 1977 hit, “The Boys Are Back In Town.” The song features one of the greatest guitar riffs and some of the most memorable lyrics of the classic rock era. It also …

Posted: November 22, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Chad Clark of Heaven Below

This year you can find me with my prized black-on-black Noble & Cooley drums touring with Heaven Below throughout the U.S. and Canada in support of our EP. The first single, “When Daylight Dies,” is gaining airplay across the country. In addition to Heaven Below and previous albums from several …

Posted: March 24, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Cliff Leeman: The Embodiment Of Tasteful Drumming

“I try to play behind the soloist. I’d rather play a four-bar chase chorus with a horn, something with different tones and sounds, than get into a rudimental solo,??? said Cliff Leeman, one of jazz drumming’s most tasteful artists….

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 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: December 1, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
James “The Rev” Sullivan

The supercharged Avenged Sevenfold timekeeper keeps old-school metal alive with brute force, machine-like precision, and a flair for the dramatic…

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: August 9, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Street Drum Corps’ Frank Zummo

I’m sitting at Tommy Lee’s Atrium Studio in Calabasas, CA, where Street Drum Corps is doing preproduction for our Interscope Records debut double album, due out in early 2010.

Posted: August 9, 2009

Frank Zummo of Street Drum Corps : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Street Drum Corps' Frank Zummo

I’m sitting at Tommy Lee’s Atrium Studio in Calabasas, CA, where Street Drum Corps is doing preproduction for our Interscope Records debut double album, due out in early 2010.

Posted: July 10, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ingrid Michaelson’s Elliot Jacobson

I recently finished a two-month tour with Jenny Owen Youngs. I’m lucky that the Jenny band is made up of close friends. Touring can be pretty grueling. But if there’s anyone I want to eat, sleep, breathe, shower, and play with, it’s them.

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: 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: October 31, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kelly Murphy of Temperedcast

Kelly Murphy here from the band Temperedcast. For those who aren't familiar with us, we're a heavy melodic rock band from Seattle.

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: September 23, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Steve Julian of Colourslide

Most recently, the band won the Maxell Song Of The Year award in the international John Lennon Song Writing Contest.

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 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 30, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Aaron Solowoniuk of Billy Talent Tour Blog

It was the beginning of February, and I'd just shoveled my driveway for the second time when I got the message about a tour offer in April. “My Chemical Romance would like you to be main support during their final tour for The Black Parade.”

Posted: February 16, 2008

Category: Drummers
James Kottak of The Scorpions

Twelve years into James Kottak’s tenure with The Scorpions–a gig that’s taken him everywhere from Siberia to Brazil–the Kentucky-bred, LA-based drummer finally feels like he’s made an album with the legendary band he can live with.

Posted: December 21, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
TJ Snow of CorpuS

I was thirteen when I got my first Modern Drummer magazine. I had just started to learn how to play drums, and every month I looked forward to getting the magazine to read more about drummers like Tommy Lee and Will Calhoun….

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: 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: 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 15, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Stephen Perkins: A Drummer’s Life Less Ordinary

With several projects going at the moment–including two bands, a performance DVD, and several clinic appearances–it’s clear that no one is more committed to drumming than Stephen Perkins….

Posted: October 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mickey Curry

Not many people get to do exactly what they love and get paid for it – much less with two of the biggest artists in the world. Mickey Curry toured and recorded with Hall & Oates at the peak of their career, laying down a solid backbeat with perfect feel …

Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee is in a great mood, and he has every reason to be. His new CD, appropriately titled Never A Dull Moment, has just been released, and it’s off the hook! We recently caught up with Tommy while preparing for his upcoming tour.

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Tommy Clufetos

Tommy Clufetos started playing drums at age six, and by his eleventh birthday he was gigging nonstop….

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 …

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Dustin Hengst of Damone

Named after the wise-cracking ticket scalper from Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Boston-based rock band Damone combine Joan Jett-inspired rock ‘n’ roll brattiness with Rick Nielsen-worthy power-pop sensibilities.

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chad Chapin of Tait

“It’s definitely hotter when you have blood running in the rhythm section,” says Tait drummer Chad Chapin.

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Bobby Jarzombek

After viewing the newly released DVD Performance & Technique (Warner Bros.) from monster prog-metal drummer Bobby Jarzombek, it’s easy to see why he was chosen by metal’s flashiest frontman, Rob Halford, for the metal god’s solo project a few years back….

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Tommy Lee: Bigger Than Ever

Tommy Lee rushes into the rehearsal hall where Motley Crue is preparing for their year-long reunion tour, which begins in February, to support their new best-of album, Red, White & Crue.

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Stephen Perkins

The candle that burns twice as brightly burns half as long. That saying seems appropriate when discussing the flare-out of a staggeringly influential band like LA’s alternative rock pioneers Jane’s Addiction…

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Samantha Maloney: Hole In One For The Crue

(October 2005 Issue) Samantha Maloney learned to play drums by practicing along to records like Shout At The Devil and Theater Of Pain by her favorite band, metal’s tattooed bad boys, Motley Crue. It’s no surprise, then, that Maloney describes her current situation as “very surreal,” as she tours the …

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
Lou Dog from Kottonmouth Kings

“I come from that Orange County, mid-’80s punk rock scene,” says Lou Dog, drummer for hip-hoppers Kottonmouth Kings….

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