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Queen's Roger Taylor And Brian May To Perform With American Idol's Top 6 On Wednesday, April 25th

Official Tribute Group The Queen Extravaganza Set To Play Hit Show On Thursday, April 26th In Advance Of North American Tour Kick Off American Idol audiences are in for a treat this week, with a double-dose of the music of…

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Apr 25, 2012

Russ Miller to be Drummer for "American Idol" Season 11 "Mentor" Sessions

Now that the finalists have been chosen for the American Idol Season 11 Hollywood, Ca. eliminations, the "Mentoring" sessions will begin.  Starting on 3.2.12 the finalists will be "Mentored" by a music superstar, in preparation for their next weeks performances.…

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Mar 2, 2012

Jeff Fabb with James Durbin

Hi, my name is Jeff Fabb and I was born and raised in the small town of Mattituck, Long Island, New York, and started shredding away at the age of eleven. A year or so after high school I decided…

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Feb 23, 2012

Nashville’s Kevin Murphy

Hello there, Modern Drummers! I’m Kevin Murphy, drummer for Tonic (rock) and Randy Houser (country), posting from the road, cramming ten songs into my head for a show tonight for an unsigned artist’s last-minute gig. Such events aren’t anomalies; in…

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Jan 23, 2012

Back Through The Stack Teddy Campbell

This article originally ran in the September 2005 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. For access to all of the great editorial from MD’s first twenty-six years of publication, check out our Digital Archive.   by Billy Amendola   Out of…

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Jan 17, 2012

Kenny Aronoff

Hi, everyone at Modern Drummer! I’ve been so lame at getting a blog or news out, but here’s a quick update of what I’ve been up to in 2011. A few weeks ago I went to San Francisco and jammed…

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Sep 8, 2011

Elias Logothetis with Ryan Star

I’d like to thank the folks at Modern Drummer for inviting me to share a little bit of history and a few of the upcoming events going on with Ryan Star. I’ve been playing drums with Ryan for a little…

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Jun 24, 2011

Jason Reeves’ Billy Hawn

Hello fellow drummers, percussionists, and noise and ear candy makers! 2011 is off to an exciting start for me as I prepare for a short radio promo tour followed by rehearsals and tours throughout the year with singer-songwriter Jason Reeves.…

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Apr 21, 2011

Jonathan Schang of District 97

Hi, Modern Drummer readers! Although you probably haven’t heard of me, I’m delighted MD has graciously offered to allow me to contribute to their blog! Like many of you, I started out banging on pots and pans at home and…

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Aug 27, 2010

Erik Eldenius

Hi, MD! Lately I have spread myself quite thin, a bit out of necessity, but mainly out of pure love. After so many years of touring I have tried to stay in town a lot more and focus on recording,…

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Aug 18, 2009

Felix "D'kat" Pollard

Felix Pollard’s drums weren’t the only thing pounding after he got a last-minute call to play for Lionel Richie’s 2004 performance on Oprah. The thought of performing for two legends in his hometown of Chicago with no rehearsal gave the…

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Oct 5, 2007

Paul Allen

Paul Allen is very busy these days. The drummer began last year touring with first-season American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini and winner Kelly Clarkson, who went on to become one of the biggest stars of the year. When he first…

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May 12, 2004