December 1985 Archives - Modern Drummer Magazine

December 1985 – Volume 9 • Number 12

When you go on stage, it’s like a big conversation. Music is about what you have to say on that particular day.” So says Paul Wertico, drummer for Pat Metheny (and Chicago’s Ear Wax Control), who it seems would be happy to communicate exclusively through playing music. Not that he isn’t verbal—quite the contrary. It’s […]

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Articles in December 1985


Drumming And Electronic Drums

Drummers have different ideas and attitudes toward electronic drums. For example, I have heard drummers say, "The electronic drums are great; I don't need acoustic drums any longer." I have also heard the comment, "Those things sound awful. I refuse…

by Roy Burns
Oct 3, 2018

Kevan McKenzie: Canadian Studio Star

Toward the end of my college years, in 1974, I joined a symphonic band. Between engagements, a master class was scheduled with Ian Bernard, during which he demonstrated the finesse that got him the job with the National Arts Centre…

T. Bruce Wittet
Oct 3, 2018

December 1985 - Volume 9 • Number 12

Tony Thompson, Nicko McBrain, Paul Wertico, Peter Erskine, Odie Payne Jr., Casey Jones, Morris Jennings, Jimmy Tillman, Kevan McKenzie, Philly Joe Jones, Papa Jo Jones, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mel Lewis, Steve Smith

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 1985

Nicko McBrain — Heavy Metal Perfectionist

Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain may refer to himself as "The Thrasher," adding that he has "no coordination" and "no technique." Don't believe him for a minute! Being as modest as he is about his talents, McBrain won't tell you that…

by Anne M. Raso
Oct 3, 2018

The Chicago Blues Drummers

The scene is the 1985 Chicago Blues Festival. Grant Park is brimming with people, many of whom are jockeying for seats and blanket space as close to the band shell as possible. Opening night of the city's annual free festival,…

by Robert Santelli
Oct 3, 2018