Billy Amendola

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Adam Fischel with Debbie Gibson and Midtown Men

Hello to all you drummers in MD-land! I am currently touring with ’80s teen idols Debbie Gibson and Tiffany on their Journey Through the ’80s tour. MD associate editor Billy Amendola played on the original recordings from Debbie’s debut, Out…

Modern Drummer
Aug 19, 2011

A Different View with Danny Kortchmar

By Billy Amendola   More with the world-renowned right-hand man to rock’s singer-songwriter royalty, who is featured in the Different View column of the September 2011 issue of MD. Here Danny talks about some of the drummers he’s worked with over…

Modern Drummer
Jul 28, 2011

John "JR" Robinson: Web Exclusive

(Aprill 2011 Issue) Story by Billy Amendola Between his appearance on this year’s Grammys and his upcoming performance at the Oscars, JR continues his conversation with MD about what a typical day in the studio is like, his early influences,…

Modern Drummer
Feb 16, 2011

Paul Nicholasen’s Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Experience

Hello, MD readers! I want to share my brush with greatness with you. I’m an amateur drummer who was lucky enough to be sent to David Fishof’s Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Philadelphia by my wife. The camp was…

Modern Drummer
Feb 8, 2011

Jimmy Bralower: Web Exclusive

by Billy Amendola “Jimmy Bralower pioneered the trail of what we programmers were to become—co-creators connecting the artist with technology, while retaining the musicality and expressiveness with what the future tools of creativity offered to us. Those who worked with…

Modern Drummer
Dec 17, 2010

Narada Michael Walden: Web Exclusive

Photo by Bill Reitzel In a continuation of our interview with Narada Michael Walden from the November 2010 issue of Modern Drummer, the fusion and pop drumming/producing maestro reflects on his early days, teaching, spirituality, playing in odd time signatures,…

Modern Drummer
Sep 29, 2010

What We're Listening To 8/10

Associate Editor Michael Parillo Ah, Gong. For me there are times when nothing else will do. Some days I just need to hear a lot of notes -- a lot of well-played, precisely ordered, yet totally rocking notes. I have…

Modern Drummer
Aug 26, 2010

Eric Singer: Just Being Himself

by Billy Amendola For eighteen years, Kiss’s drummer has helped his world-famous band stay in our hearts and on the radio by doing what he does best—being himself. In this special online extra from his May 2010 MD cover story,…

Modern Drummer
Mar 22, 2010

Brian Delaney: Guiding The New New York Dolls

by Billy Amendola As an addition to our November Portraits piece, MD continues our conversation with the New York Dolls' Brian Delaney with a fun question… MD: So, everybody wants to know: Would you have joined the band if you…

Modern Drummer
Sep 21, 2009

Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp 2009 Jam

Fishof and friends, along with MD associate editor Billy Amendola, celebrated in high style, with a star roster of counselors and a killer drum jam.

Modern Drummer
Jul 27, 2009

Fantastic Four: From The Church To The Shed

  From The Church To The Shed by Billy Amendola We continue our conversation with R&B’s Fantastic Four–Gerald Heyward, Aaron Spears, Cora Coleman-Dunham, and Nisan Stewart, who appear together on the cover of July’s Modern Drummer magazine and on DW’s…

Modern Drummer
May 18, 2009

Papa Roach's Tony Palermo

Tony gives Modern Drummer associate editor Billy Amendola a drum-centric, song-by-song breakdown of Papa Roach’s new album, Metamorphosis. The tracking took place in studios A and B at NRG studios in North Hollywood. The drums consisted of a Pearl Masters…

Modern Drummer
Apr 9, 2009

Eric Valentine: Firing It Up With Luke

Eric Valentine has always enjoyed performing with different people, so going from Patti LaBelle to former Toto six-stringer Steve Lukather wasn’t really a challenge for him, it was just another gig. “When I was growing up,” Valentine says, “I listened…

Modern Drummer
Dec 18, 2008

Web Exclusive Interview: Jon Wysocki of Staind

Story by Billy Amendola Photos by Fran Strine Jon Wysocki has been laying down his tasteful, well thought–out grooves with the chart-topping band Staind for thirteen years. The group, which hails from Springfield, Massachusetts, also includes lead singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis,…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2008