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Butch Miles (1944-2023)

Drummer-bandleader Butch Miles (1944-2023) has died. Butch and his drumming were loved and admired all over the world. Butch Miles was best known for his tenure in the Count Basie Orchestra from 1975 to 1979 and then making a ten-year return…

Modern Drummer
Feb 3, 2023

Three Dog Night Drummer Floyd Sneed Dies At 80

Floyd Sneed, drummer and original member of the legendary rock band Three Dog Night, passed away on January 27, 2023, at the age of 80. Sneed was a pivotal member of the band and was known for his powerful drumming…

Modern Drummer
Feb 3, 2023

2023 Jazz Fest Music Lineup Announced!

Dead & Company, Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Santana, Jon Batiste, Jill Scott, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kane Brown, H.E.R., Steve Miller Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark Jr., Leon Bridges, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue,…

Modern Drummer
Feb 3, 2023

Neil Peart Spirit of Drumming Scholarship Applications Now Open

Awarding 52 weeks of free drum lessons, a Modern Drummer All Access subscription, and more Aspiring drummers, here is your chance to learn to rock in the spirit of one of the greatest stick masters of all time: RUSH’s Neil…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2023

Modern Drummer is in Search of the Next Great Funk Musician

Modern Drummer is teaming up with Consequence and Yurt Rock in search of the next great funk musician. Here's how it works: Courtesy of Yurt Rock, contestants can download a free Clyde Stubblefield drum pack. As James Brown's drummer, Stubblefield…

Modern Drummer
Jan 24, 2023
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A New Era of Modern Drummer is Upon Us + A Gift To Existing Subscribers

A new era of Modern Drummer is upon us, with a return to print, a refreshed website, an updated membership program, and more! As of January 1st, 2023, Modern Drummer is under new management, having merged with Consequence Media. In…

Modern Drummer
Jan 18, 2023

Charly Alberti Joins Coldplay for Soda Stereo Classics "De música ligera" and "Persiana americana" in Argentina

Charly Alberti (Modern Drummer cover March '22,) the drummer of the Argentine rock band Soda Stereo, joined Coldplay on stage during their concert in Argentina on November 7th. The band played the popular Soda Stereo songs "De Música Ligera" and "Persiana Americana"…

Modern Drummer
Jan 13, 2023

Robbie Bachman, Drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Dead at 69

Robbie Bachman, photo by David Redfern/Getty Images Robbie Bachman, a co-founding member and drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has died at the age of 69. Bachman-Turner Overdrive singer Randy Bachman announced the death of his brother and bandmate in a social…

Modern Drummer
Jan 12, 2023

Fred White, Earth Wind & Fire Drummer, Dead at 67

Drummer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Earth, Wind, & Fire, Fred White has died at the age of 67. Fred White was first heard on Donny Hathaway's 1972 classic Live recording and Hathaway's Extension of a Man, and on…

Modern Drummer
Jan 2, 2023

Metallica Helping Hands

By Alex Kluft This same time a year ago, Metallica was celebrating their 40th anniversary with two shows at the Chase Center in their hometown of San Francisco, California. Now a year later, Metallica played their final show of 2022…

Modern Drummer
Dec 20, 2022

Win Tickets to The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in New York City + Signed Box Set

Carl Palmer is joined by late bandmates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake on giant video walls It’s been six years since the passing of both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, but the prog-rock greats live on in spirit. Now, surviving ELP member Carl Palmer is reuniting with…

Modern Drummer
Nov 22, 2022

DW CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIMITED EDITION DRUM SET

DW is proud to announce the launch of its Limited-Edition Collector’s Series® 50th Anniversary drum set. Inspired by John Good’s memories of growing up in Northern Italy, the DW Collector’s Series 50th Anniversary Limited Edition 6-Piece Drum Set features a…

Modern Drummer
Nov 19, 2022
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DRUM WORKSHOP PUTS INNOVATION ON DISPLAY AT 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Multi-day program of talks and workshops celebrates drummers, the drumming community, and DW's heritage of innovation; opening night introduced new products that honor the past and excite for the future. Kicking off a celebration open to the entire community, from…

Modern Drummer
Nov 16, 2022

The Singles - EMERSON, LAKE, & PALMER

(BMG Records) By Scott Gudell Spectacular to hear and stunning to view.  This box set of a dozen seven inch singles/45s is billed as a celebration of the fifty year anniversary of Emerson / Lake / Palmer (ELP) and focuses…

Modern Drummer
Nov 4, 2022