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Ringo Video Tribute With Drummer Liberty DeVitto and Photographer Rob Shanahan (from the Fest For Beatles Fans 2014 )

Segment four of our tribute to Ringo Starr, shot during the Fest For Beatles Fans celebration, begins with host Michelle Joni Lapidos welcoming former Billy Joel/Slim King/BJ Kramer drummer Liberty DeVitto. DeVitto demonstrates two songs from the Joel album The…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2014

Mark Hudson Ringo Tribute Video

In this video, drummer, producer/singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Hudson shares stories of producing Ringo and discusses how much Ringo's drumming was an influence on him. Hudson recalls how excited he was to play the original Abbey Road/Let It Be Ludwig…

Modern Drummer
Jun 19, 2014

Ringo Tribute with Danny Seraphine, Liberty DeVitto, and Carmine Appice Video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPPzpGZNh24 In our second tribute segment to Ringo Starr, we feature ex-Chicago/CTA founder Danny Seraphine, ex-Billy Joel/current Slim Kings’ drummer Liberty DeVitto, and Vanilla Fudge/Cactus/Rod Stewart legend Carmine Appice. Seraphine, who was in town for two shows at the Iridium in New…

Modern Drummer
Jun 12, 2014

Nate Morton Web Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Diary

Due to deadlines, Nate Morton wasn’t able to complete his behind-the-scenes journal about his unique job drumming on the hit television talent show The Voice before his cover story was published in the June 2014 issue of Modern Drummer. Here’s…

Modern Drummer
Apr 29, 2014

Web Exclusive Interview With Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake

Web Exclusive! Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake by Dave Previ At the start of their North American tour, most of the members of Meshuggah had caught the same cold. We met up with drummer Tomas Haake before the band’s NYC show at…

Modern Drummer
Jun 17, 2013

Vinny Appice: Leaving His Mark

May 2012 cover star Vinny Appice is a true rock ’n’ roll journeyman—identifiable not by his work with one particular band but by his flawless contributions to a long list of hard-rock luminaries. In this Web-exclusive supplement to his print…

Modern Drummer
Mar 19, 2012

12 Drumming Myths: Debunking Drum Gospel

by Adam Budofsky   Want to be a better drummer? Try taking these words out of your vocabulary: Always. Only. All. Never. Despite the prevalence of educational books, DVDs, and online lessons, most drumming information is still passed down the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 13, 2012

Gimme 10! Bobby Sanabria

This piece originally ran in the  April 2010 issue of Modern Drummer. One of the most world-traveled, well-spoken, and high-profile drummer/leaders on the planet tells us what’s what, Sanabria style.   Check out clinics other than just drum and percussion events. The…

Modern Drummer
Feb 24, 2012

The Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith on Arriving at That Magic Take

This piece originally ran as a sidebar in the “Get Good: Playing for the Song” feature that ran in the January 2011 issue of Modern Drummer.   As we were putting together this feature on playing for the song, MD Pro Panelist…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2012

25 Great Double-Drumming Tracks

  This article originally ran in the February 2007 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.  by Adam Budofsky Two drummers working it out, face to face—trading licks, contributing to a massive groove, spurring each other on—it’s one of the great musical…

Modern Drummer
Jan 20, 2012

Charlie Benante

Charlie Benante The 2011 Big Four tour featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax solidified Anthrax as both legends and prevailing lords of the mosh, and culminated in a profound hometown show on September 14 at Yankee Stadium. “I think everything…

Modern Drummer
Jan 4, 2012

Kurt Reil of the Grip Weeds

Greetings from New Jersey! I sing and play drums for the Grip Weeds, and last year we released the double CD Strange Change Machine. We’ve received many great reviews and notices for it, along with lots of back-slapping from our fans,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 20, 2011

Ian Paice: Influence

by Daniel Glass The first time I heard Ian Paice play the drums, I was a wide-eyed nine-year-old, just getting my musical sea legs under me. At the time, my best friend was three years my senior, and like an…

Modern Drummer
Oct 18, 2011

Back Through The Stack: Bill Rieflin

by Jon Wurster “Honestly, I don’t remember, sorry to say,” replies R.E.M. drummer Bill Rieflin when asked what it felt like the first time he counted off the band’s smash hit “Losing My Religion” before a paying audience. “On those…

Modern Drummer
Oct 13, 2011