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On The Beat with Gene Hoglan: Talks Recording, Tracking, and Gear

Greetings everyone, it’s your buddy Gene here. The fine folks at Modern Drummer have graciously allowed me to write a few words (even though, as many of you already know, the terms “Gene” and “a few words” rarely go together)…

Modern Drummer
Nov 16, 2017

On the Beat with Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the Damned: Talks New Album

Hey there MD, my name is Richard Christy and I’m currently playing in my band Charred Walls of the Damned. I’m a former member of Death, Iced Earth, and many other bands and I’ve been playing drums for thirty-two years…

Modern Drummer
Oct 18, 2016

Steve Weiss: 1943-2014

The entire percussion community suffered a loss this past April 21, when Steve Weiss, founder of the Pennsylvania-based percussion retail business that bore his name, lost his long battle with prostate cancer. In high school Weiss studied with Philadelphia Orchestra…

Modern Drummer
May 5, 2014

Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Passes

By Robert Matheu Modern Drummer learned of the death this past weekend of Scott Asheton, drummer with the seminal Ann Arbor, Michigan, band the Stooges; his passing was noted in several media reports and on Stooges singer Iggy Pop’s Facebook…

Modern Drummer
Mar 17, 2014

Ricky Lawson Passes

Ricky Lawson, the veteran drummer who worked with Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, the Yellowjackets, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, and Earth, Wind & Fire, among other top artists, has passed away. Look for a full tribute to Ricky in an upcoming…

Modern Drummer
Dec 27, 2013

Jefferson Airplane/Starship Drummer Joey Covington Dies

Joey Covington, who was a member of the legendary West Coast band Jefferson Airplane, died in a car crash this past Tuesday. He was sixty-seven years old. Covington became a professional drummer as a young teenager, taking gigs in, among…

Modern Drummer
Jun 6, 2013

Ed Cassidy of Spirit Passes Away at 89

Ed Cassidy, a founding member of the Los Angeles–based rock group Spirit, passed away on December 6 at age eighty-nine, in San Jose, California. Cassidy was born on May 4, 1923, and was around two decades older than his Spirit…

Modern Drummer
Dec 13, 2012

Nashville Percussionist Farrell Morris Dead at Seventy-Four

Nashville percussionist Richard Farrell Morris died on Thursday, October 4, 2012, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was seventy-four. Farrell Morris, born June 17, 1938 in Waxahachie, TX, was a former member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and…

Modern Drummer
Oct 15, 2012

Marvin McQuitty Passes

Drummer Marvin McQuitty, who collaborated with everyone from the gospel artists Fred Hammond and Israel & New Breed to the pop stars Stevie Wonder and Jessica Simpson, passed away this week at age forty-six. MD sends condolences to his family…

Modern Drummer
Sep 12, 2012

Radiohead Drum Tech Scott Johnson Killed in Toronto Stage Collapse

On Saturday, June 16, only an hour before the gates were to open at Toronto’s Downsview Park for the last show of Radiohead’s North American tour, the top portion of the stage collapsed. Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson, thirty-three, was…

Modern Drummer
Jun 18, 2012

Richard Christy: Mega Extras!

(June 2010 Issue) Richard Christy shares his ten favorite drumming albums, as well as shots of his kits over the years. Richard’s 10 Favorite Drumming Albums 1. Death Human (drummer: Sean Reinert) The perfect blend of speed and technicality—probably the…

Modern Drummer
May 7, 2010

Gene Hoglan: Furious Kick Drumming

In the midst of Strapping Young Lad's otherworldly barrage of guitars, screams, bass rumble, and samples, Gene Hoglan's kick drums blast through in furious, amazingly accurate 32nd-note flurries. Hoglan, thirty-seven, was in on the beginnings of the thrash metal movement,…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004