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August 2021 – Volume 45 • Number 8

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Articles in August 2021

Eric Kretz

Stone Temple Pilots Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop with a Deluxe Box Set If one were to characterize Stone Temple Pilots, you might say melodic songs, killer riffs, dynamic delivery, and deep grooves.…

By Rich Scannella
Aug 31, 2021

Bobby Bond

The Beat Goes On As time marches on, and we lose more and more of the rock-and-roll hitmakers of the 1960s, those stars still soldiering on via ‘60 rock cruises and package tours have become living embodiments of the era…

By Michael Molenda • Photos by Jeff Gerew
Aug 31, 2021

Yamaha Super Rack System, April 1990

When SimCity—a video game that allowed players to conceptualize and build simulated metropolises—debuted to the public in 1989, it became a phenomenon. Given the massive architecture of the 1990 Super Rack System, it appears a few folks in the Yamaha…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2021

Gretsch

Classic Renown 57 I was immediately aware I was in two kinds of big trouble when I opened the initial press-release announcement for the Limited Edition Gretsch Classic Renown 57. Big Trouble Number One: The photos of the kit in…

By Michael Molenda
Aug 31, 2021

Audix

DP7 Drum Mic Pack For any pro- or home-studio engineer, live-sound mixer, or weekend tone miner, the goal is to get the sound crisp, clean, and just right. A lot of the gig is having ears, knowing the ins and…

By Rob Coen and Cory J. Keith
Aug 31, 2021
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Terry Bozzio

Modern Drummer, July 1994 “Even though I’ve got that humongous drum kit sitting there, I’ve learned I don’t have to use it all at once. Igor Stravinsky thought nothing of having five solo cellos play a section in the middle…

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2021

Roger Hawkins October 16, 1945 – May 20, 2021

Roger Hawkins—one of music history’s most recorded drummers—died peacefully at his home in Sheffield, Alabama, after a few years of declining health. He was 75 years old. Hawkins has been called an architect of the Muscle Shoals sound. He was…

By Billy Amendola
Aug 31, 2021

Eric Boudreault’s Treetop Percussion

Just about every pit gig and live-performance for a multimedia theatrical production can be tough. Negotiating myriad cues, charts, conductors, actors, and other elements can stress out even the most skilled professional. But is your gig, 23-feet-in-the-air-atop-a-tree tough? That is…

By Michael Molenda
Aug 31, 2021

Get Into the Groove

To further celebrate the soulful, timekeeping majesty of this month’s cover artist Earl Young, we dove into the Modern Drummer archives to find ten other groove masters talking about how they make the music move. Greg Errico, October 2011 “Sly…

By Michael Molenda
Aug 31, 2021

Killing the Mud Monster

There are tons of things that can kill your home-studio project. A nuclear error is recording a crappy song to start with. But you also need to beware of signal-chain distortion, really awful gear (mics, preamps, etc.), format futz-ups, bad…

By Michael Molenda
Aug 31, 2021

Judy Cocuzza

The Return of Betty Blowtorch Betty Blowtorch was one of the most ferocious, hard-rocking, and riotously in-your-face all-female rock bands to ever tread onstage. From 1998-2001, drummer Judy Cocuzza, guitarists Sharon Needles and Blare N. Bitch, and bassist/vocalist Bianca Halstead…

By Clementine Moss
Aug 31, 2021
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EAROS

EAROS ONE Decades of standing in front of guitar amps, drums, and mixing consoles has “rewarded” me with tinnitus, difficulty hearing some frequencies clearly, and if you’re sitting a few chairs away from me in a loud, ambient restaurant, you’ll…

By Michael Molenda
Aug 31, 2021

The Pocket Queen

The Viral Drummer’s Brand-Building Strategies Like a superhero with an alter ego, Taylor Gordon’s transformation into The Pocket Queen had a seismic effect on not just her own career, but also upon legions of music fans and aspiring drummers. With…

By Michael Molenda
Aug 31, 2021

Low Boy

Custom Lightweight Bass Drum Beater Customizing stuff is one of my guilty pleasures—I’m always “building” cars on manufacturer websites that I have no intention of actually buying—so the opportunity to design my own beater was what initially attracted me to…

By Michael Molenda
Aug 31, 2021

Funky Shuffles

Music has changed a lot, but it’s important to see where the shuffle evolved from, because it really has a lot to do with all of the other rhythms that you play. For example, when I was playing “Kissing my…

By James Gadson
Aug 31, 2021

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault

Glen Sobel’s 2015 Green Snakeskin Mapex Kit Virtually any musician can tell you about the early influences they idolized, imitated, and obsessed about. The names change, but the story is usually pretty much the same: You listened to their recordings…

By Donn Bennett
Aug 31, 2021

The Etiquette of Sitting In

The Considerate Guest Let’s assume you are going to sit in with a group—either at your request or their invitation. There are definitely some things you should do before you actually come up on stage to play. The first and…

By Rick Van Horn, October 1984
Aug 31, 2021

8 Affordable Home Recording Tools

There certainly hasn’t been a bucketload of good about pandemic lockdowns, but when you have ambitious and creative musicians stuck at home, they tend to figure out ways to get their music out there. Many creators upgraded their home studios,…

By Michael Molenda
Aug 31, 2021
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Mike Reid

Taking it to In the Heights, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, and Beyond. Mike Reid started playing drums at the age of three and never looked back. The Baltimore, Maryland, native joined his school and church bands to begin his first…

By Billy Amendola
Aug 31, 2021

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