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On the Beat with Tony Brock of the Babys: Talks Nostalgia and Walking to His Own Beat

Hello MD! This is Tony Brock, and I am thrilled to be performing with the Babys after a thirty-one-year hiatus. And I’m also honored to be back in Modern Drummer (first go around was in 1989)! For the past forty-plus…

Modern Drummer
Apr 28, 2017

Regina Drum Festival 2016: The Beat Goes On

The 2016 Regina Drum Festival is excited to celebrate year five as a world class, international drum event on Sunday, October 30 at the Exchange. As the first four years and the 2015 Education Series have proven, Regina is on…

Modern Drummer
Oct 17, 2016

On the Beat With Elton John Percussionist John Mahon: Recording Wonderful Crazy Night

Hi MD! I’ve been meaning to send you a little blurb about Elton John’s latest record and what we’ve been doing. The album Wonderful Crazy Night was released February 2016 and we have been playing promotional concerts starting in Los…

Modern Drummer
Mar 25, 2016

VIDEO! A Ringo Tribute: With a Little Help From Our Friends

A few fellow drummers recently stopped by to say “thank you” to Ringo Starr for all the years of brilliant drumming. Be sure to check our complete tribute series at http://bit.ly/MDRingoTibute. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt77KhYtALnxVBmGp_rj2jJAvQVVaOt7r

Modern Drummer
Jul 24, 2014

VIDEO! Former Wings Drummer Steve Holley and the Smithereens' Dennis Diken Pay Tribute to Ringo Starr

In our sixth tribute video to Ringo Starr, filmed during the Fest for Beatles Fans Symposium, former Wings drummer Steve Holley discusses meeting Paul McCartney in 1977, through his neighbor Denny Laine, and joining the band a year later. Holley…

Modern Drummer
Jul 10, 2014

Alvin Taylor

Classic Tracks With George Harrison, Elton John, and Beyond by Billy Amendola   We continue our conversation with the drummer, who’s featured in the April 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, on sale now.   MD: Do you remember the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 19, 2014

Ringo Starr And Elton John With T. Rex (Video)

  Check out this unusual clip from the Ringo Starr-directed 1972 film Born to Boogie. Primarily a T. Rex concert film, Born to Boogie also featured studio performances such as this one filmed at Apple Studios. Here Ringo and Elton…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2012

John Guerin: All-Around Powerhouse

John Guerin was one of the most prolific and influential drummers of the L.A. studio scene, contributing to recordings by Frank Sinatra, the Byrds, Thelonious Monk, Lou Rawls, George Shearing, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, George Harrison, Nelson Riddle,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 4, 2011

The Greats: Jeff Porcaro

Jeff Porcaro was born on April 1, 1954, in Hartford, Connecticut. After moving to California with his family, he took an interest in drumming at an early age and began studying with his dad, Joe, who remains a well-known studio…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2010

Elton John's Nigel Olsson: That Classic Feel

by Robyn Flans No one plays a pop song like Nigel Olsson, and his triumphant return to Elton John’s band has allowed the veteran musician to inspire drummers all over again. When news hit in the mid-’80s that Nigel Olsson…

Modern Drummer
Jan 15, 2007

Eddie Bayers

Eddie Bayers is blown away by the fact that, after thirty years of first-call recording status, he's recently become a member of two bands. And in fact, both bands will have significant releases in the coming months. Three years ago,…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004