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Subscribe to Modern Drummer to catch the upcoming March 2024 issue featuring Jaydon Bean, drummer for Dirty Honey. (Los Angeles, CA - Tuesday, February 27, 2024) — Currently on its third consecutive, sold-out U.K./European headline tour, today Dirty Honey releases…

Modern Drummer
Feb 27, 2024

Billy Joel’s Drummer Liberty DeVitto Plays Deftones Song as He Hears It for First Time: Watch

Drumeo’s “For the First Time” video series puts professional drummers on the spot, forcing them to improvise over notable songs they’ve never heard before. The latest “First Time” clip from the instructional platform sees longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto…

Feb 22, 2024

Alex Van Halen to Release Memoir Brothers in October

A memoir by Alex Van Halen titled Brothers is set for an October 22nd release via HarperCollins. The 384-page hardcover autobiography comes as a surprise given how private Alex has been since the passing of his brother Eddie Van Halen…

Feb 20, 2024

Def Leppard's Rick Allen to Host All-Star Jam Supporting Mental Health of First Responders

(New York, NY) Raven Drum Foundation - the organization founded by legendary drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard and singer-songwriter / healing arts practitioner Lauren Monroe - has announced its first benefit concert taking place in New York City. On…

Modern Drummer
Feb 14, 2024

The Mars Volta Announce Upcoming Dates in June

The Mars Volta announced a string of live dates in June, including an appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester, TN. See tour dates and info below. Drummer for Mars Volta, Philo, was featured in the November…

Modern Drummer
Feb 13, 2024

Usher Halftime Show Features Empty Drum Set as Tribute to Aaron Spears

If you watched the halftime show during Super Bowl LVIII, you witnessed an energetic performance by mega-star Usher and a plethora of talented dancers. There were special appearances by Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Ludacris and HER. The real treat for…

Modern Drummer
Feb 12, 2024

"Beatles on the Beach" Event with Cheap Trick, Gregg Bissonette All Star Band & More

Cheap Trick to headline the 2024 Beatles on The Beach Classic Rock Festival in Delray Beach, Florida January 24-28th. The event is a city-wide experience, with celebrity artist appearances at multiple participating venues that include clubs, restaurants, an amphitheater and…

Modern Drummer
Jan 11, 2024

Robby Ameen's Live From the Poster Museum Jazz Series

Drummer Robby Ameen, who was featured in the Modern Drummer March 2023 Issue, is kicking off his "Live From the Poster Museum Jazz Series" at The Poster Museum in Tribeca, NYC. The appearance commences today, January 11th, 2024, and will…

Modern Drummer
Jan 11, 2024

The Roots Spectacular Three-Night Run Across Oakland, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

  The Roots, a legendary hip-hop band formed in 1987, wrapped up the year 2023 with a triumphant series of three consecutive shows from December 28th to 30th. The tour spanned across iconic venues in Oakland, CA, Las Vegas, NV,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 10, 2024

James Kottak, Ex-Scorpions and Kingdom Come Drummer, Dead at 61

Former Scorpions drummer James Kottak has died at the age of 61. The veteran rocker was also a member of another notable German rock band, Kingdom Come. No cause of death is immediately known, but Kottak’s passing was confirmed by…

Jan 9, 2024

Luke Combs’ Drummer Jake Sommers Plays Gojira Song as He Hears It for First Time: Watch

Luke Combs’ touring drummer Jake Sommers is the latest musician to take on Drumeo’s “For the First Time” challenge, being tasked with playing “Stranded” by French metal masters Gojira. Sommers’ main gig may be country music, but he seems fairly…

Jan 3, 2024

Joey Jordison’s Estate Sues Slipknot for Allegedly Profiting Off His Death

The estate of the late Joey Jordison has sued Slipknot members Corey Taylor and Shawn “Clown” Crahan for allegedly profiting off the drummer’s death, among other accusations. The lawsuit was actually filed in June, but only just obtained by TMZ and…

Dec 30, 2023

Mike Portnoy Opens Up on Dream Theater Reunion: “The Final Piece Was Me Reconnecting with James LaBrie”

Mike Portnoy has opened up about reuniting with Dream Theater after 13 years away from the band. The drummer detailed the steps that went into his return to the veteran prog-metal act, including “reconnecting with James LaBrie.” As previously reported,…

Dec 29, 2023

Mike Portnoy Plays Dream Theater’s “Pull Me Under” for the First Time in Over 13 Years: Watch

Drummer Mike Portnoy recently rejoined Dream Theater after a 13-year absence from the band. Suffice to say, he’s lost none of his chops during that span, offering up an impressive drum playthrough of Dream Theater’s “Pull Me Under” in a…

Dec 27, 2023