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Danny Elfman Brings Career-Spanning Show Back to SoCal: See Photos and Read a Q&A with Drummer Ilan Rubin

By Alex Kluft Danny Elfman, one of the biggest names as a film composer but also as a member of iconic band Oingo Boingo, played the Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, California on August 5th. Last year, he debuted a…

Modern Drummer
Aug 9, 2023

This Week in Drumming: August 4th

Another music-filled week has come and gone for us here at Modern Drummer! Here's what went down in the drumming world this week. Modern Drummer August 2023 Issue: Out Now! Our August 2023 issue has arrived this week, with Godsmack's longtime…

Modern Drummer
Aug 4, 2023

Collection of Rare Buddy Rich Recordings Set To Be Released As "Trios" Album

Lightyear entertainment and the Buddy Rich estate have announced the release of Trios, a collection of rare recordings showcasing jazz legend Buddy Rich's intimate three-man interludes performed within his renowned "killer force" big band concerts. Despite being a staple in his…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2023

Shannon Larkin Discusses Final Godsmack Album: "We’re Not Going Away, We'll Still Be Out There Playing The Hits"

After over 20 years and eight studio albums, Godsmack have decided they won't be recording any new albums for the foreseeable future. In Modern Drummer's August 2023 cover story with Shannon Larkin, the band's longtime drummer, Larkin confirmed that the band's…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2023

Post-Punk Drummers Lol Tolhurst and Budgie Announce New Album with Jacknife Lee, Share "Los Angeles"

By Jeff Ryan About a year and a half ago, Modern Drummer mentioned that these two percussive post-punk pioneers, drummers Lol Tolhurst from The Cure and Budgie from Siouxsie and the Banshees, had teamed up together to create their now extremely…

Modern Drummer
Jul 24, 2023

Win a Meet & Greet With Pat Steward, Drummer For Bryan Adams

Ready to get the rock star treatment for a day? Here’s your chance to hang out with Pat Steward at sound-check for Bryan Adams before they play their show. The winner will receive 2 tickets for the July 29th concert…

Modern Drummer
Jul 13, 2023

Ringo Starr's 83rd Birthday Celebration: Photos + Recap

Ringo Starr celebrated his 83rd birthday at his Peace & Love Statue in Beverly Hills, California on Friday, July 7th. This marks the third year the celebration has taken place there — prior to 2020, a public celebration took place…

Modern Drummer
Jul 11, 2023

Modern Drummer's 2023 Reader's Poll: Vote Now

Modern Drummer's 45th annual Reader's Poll is now open! You'll get a chance to vote for your favorite drummers across a myriad of genres, from jazz fusion to metal, up-and-coming talents to all around superstars. Every year there are new…

Modern Drummer
Jun 18, 2023

Sonic Temple Festival 2023: Recap + Photo Gallery

Festival season for Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) continued with Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival (formerly Rock On the Range) throughout Memorial Day weekend (5/25-5/28). The festival returned to the Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH after a three-year hiatus…

Modern Drummer
Jun 8, 2023

Gretsch's 140th Anniversary Concert in NYC: Photo Gallery

On May 23rd, 2023, Gretsch drums returned to New York City for a remarkable 140th anniversary celebration. The South Carolina-based drum company organized a special one-night-only concert at The Cutting Room in New York City to honor the rich history…

Modern Drummer
Jun 1, 2023

Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp Announces July Edition in NYC

If you've ever wanted to live out your rockstar dreams, Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp is here to make that possible. Taking place in New York City, Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp will go down from July 13th-16th, 2023. You'll have an opportunity to…

Modern Drummer
May 26, 2023

Terri Lyne Carrington's Debut TLC & Friends To Receive First-Ever Wide Release

  Terri Lynn Carrington, photo by Bob Campbell Accomplished drummer and Modern Drummer's April 2023 cover star Terri Lyne Carrington will be giving her 1981 debut, TLC & Friends, a wide release for the first time. The album will hit streaming…

Modern Drummer
May 25, 2023

Josh Freese is Foo Fighters' New Live Drummer

Josh Freese, photo via Veeps Josh Freese has been revealed as Foo Fighters' new live drummer. Foo Fighters confirmed Freese's involvement on Sunday during a pre-tour livestream called "Foo Fighters: Preparing Music For Concerts." Freese steps into the role previously…

Modern Drummer
May 21, 2023

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2023: Recap + Photo Gallery

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival returned to the N.O. Fairgrounds Race Course and Slots for two weekends — April 28th-30th and May 4th-7th. The festival brought together a staggering 460,000 people over both weekends. There were many highlights…

Modern Drummer
May 15, 2023