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November 2021 – Volume 45 • Number 11

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Articles in November 2021

Features

Patrick Wilson

Weezer’s Commander of Feel The waiting must have been brutal on the ferociously industrious Weezer camp. Two albums done, dusted, and ready to go—the orchestral OK Human and the hard-rocking Van Weezer—and an epic Hella Mega Tour looming, and then…

By Michael Molenda
Dec 17, 2021
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Sonor

Perfect Balance Jojo Mayer Signature and Standard Pedals When the futurist, educator, and genre-bending drummer Jojo Mayer turned his agile brain to designing a kick pedal, he distilled his concept into a single sentence: “The Perfect Balance pedal was designed…

By Jon Christ
Dec 17, 2021
HERITAGE

That Great Gretsch Sound!

The sign says it all. The Gretsch Company, which has been manufacturing instruments since its founding in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, now has a permanent museum to celebrate its legacy, promote music education for future generations, and even make…

By Michael Molenda
Dec 17, 2021

Clem Burke

February 1983 “In rock and roll, the idea and the attitude are more important than the actual playing. If you don’t have ideas, you’re not going to achieve anything worthwhile. I mean, if you can learn to play Beethoven’s Fifth,…

Modern Drummer
Dec 17, 2021
Kit of the Month

Bubinga Bonanza!

It took nearly two years of research, more than a couple of strategy and design meetings, and gear from four very different companies—including some rare Dragon Drums—but Ed Coughenour finally built his dream kit. There was also some hand wringing…

By Michael Molenda
Dec 17, 2021
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GEAR

New Gear for the New Year

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if 2022 offered drummers new opportunities, savvy ways to improve their technique, and just tons more fun? Cross those fingers, gang. If you’re up for some cool tools to help bring on that brighter, happier new…

Modern Drummer
Dec 17, 2021
Features

Jesse Bivona

The Interrupters’ Family Affair It’s clear that Sly Stone is a musical genius, but is he clairvoyant, as well? When he sang the chorus to “It’s a Family Affair,” could he have been beaming from the ‘70s into the late…

By Michael Molenda
Dec 17, 2021
Collector's Corner

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault

Tré Cool’s Burnt Slingerland Kit Tré Cool is one of my favorite drummers. He is also one of the most interesting people I’ve worked with. He’s certainly one of few drummers who can ride the razor-thin line between control and…

By Donn Bennett
Dec 17, 2021
YOUTH BEAT

Dominic McNabb

It doesn’t take long to become enthralled with South African drummer Dominic McNabb. His chops are next-level, his creativity is beyond-his-years masterful, his grooves are extremely tight and tasty, and he plays with an electrifying, inspiring energy. He has been…

By Dana Parker
Dec 17, 2021
Features

Hella Fun!

The 2021 Hella Mega Tour Revived Stadium Shows A stadium tour during a global pandemic could have been a disaster of epic proportions. But thanks to vaccinations being finally available, as well as stringent COVID-crowd controls, open-air venues, and a…

By Michael Molenda
Dec 17, 2021
Lessons

Creating Hooks

How should drums fit into a song, and how can you make the drums become another hook within a song? When you think about the word “hook,” it’s something you get hooked on that you want to have over and…

By Stephen Perkins
Dec 17, 2021
Features

Ian Paice

Recording Deep Purple’s Turning to Crime When fans and critics talk about the pantheon of British greatness in heavy-rock drumming, there are the beatmasters, such as John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Cozy Powell, Phil Rudd, Bill Ward, and so…

By Bob Girouard
Dec 17, 2021
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Features

Andy Hurley

Fall Out Boy’s Disciple of Discipline Andy Hurley is ripped and super healthy. He committed to self-care early in life, becoming straight edge when he was 15 years old (no drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or any other such poisons), and going…

By Michael Molenda
Dec 17, 2021
Features

Tony Succar

Percussion Powerhous The brisk, social-media tidbit on producer/percussionist Tony Succar is that he is a wildly successful musician who has won two Grammys. There’s also the temptation to credit Succar’s accomplishments to some wild-eyed DNA profiling forged by his grandparents…

Modern Drummer
Dec 17, 2021
An Editor's Overview

Moments in the Mist

I didn’t realize how badly I had mucked it up until years later. I started Sound & Vision Studios in 1983—transforming the former annex of a metal shop in San Francisco’s bohemian-artist backwater of Potrero Hill—with band mate Neal Breitbarth.…

Modern Drummer
Dec 17, 2021
Tribute

David Garfield Salutes Vinnie Colaiuta

Vinnie Colaiuta is considered by many in the international drumming community as one of the most accomplished drummers of all time. In his early years, however, after arriving in Los Angeles from the East Coast, there was surprisingly a bit…

By Mike Haid
Dec 17, 2021
In Memoriam

Graeme Edge

March 30, 1941 - November 11, 2021 All the greatest bands have memorable drummers: Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Keith Moon. They are the furnace that powers a band’s engine. We have to add Graeme Edge to that list,…

By Gordy Marshall
Dec 17, 2021
Lessons

Six Standout Grooves from Dookie

Tré Cool’s Explosive Drumming One day back in 1994, I went to the music store to pick up this album hilariously titled Dookie. I went home as fast as I could, put it in my CD player, and my life…

By Lane Sanders
Dec 17, 2021
Features

Lynn Perko-Truell

Punk-Rock Pioneer Drumming found Lynn Perko-Truell at a sweaty punk-rock show in the basement of a house in Reno, Nevada, and the spell that was cast transformed her into one of the iconic drummers of the hardcore and grunge scenes…

By Clementine Moss
Dec 17, 2021
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