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Jerry Gaskill of King’s X

Hey, Modern Drummer readers. It’s been a while. 2013 continues to be the light at the end of the tunnel year for me. 2013 also had me doing my first full King’s X shows since I died. In my last…

Modern Drummer
Nov 15, 2013

Joe Ranieri of Dog Society

Hi MD readers. My name is Joe Ranieri, and I was born and raised in Queens, New York. I started playing drums at the age of seven, influenced by marching bands, Billy Ward, and Stewart Copeland. At the age of…

Modern Drummer
Nov 13, 2013

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia Drummer Carl Palmer Video Interview

Modern Drummer magazine caught up with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia drummer Carl Palmer backstage at Yestival 2013 this past August. In Part 1 of this interview Carl waxes poetic about drumming legends Joe Morello and Buddy Rich.  In…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2013

Steve Hackett Re-Revisits Genesis

The bandleader and longtime guitarist with the legendary British band discusses the great drummers he’s played with, as well as his latest release, Genesis Revisited II.   MD: It’s amazing how Phil Collins was able to make all of the…

Modern Drummer
Sep 3, 2013

Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres Visits Modern Drummer Online, Part 3

For the third and final segment of Modern Drummer’s Web exclusive interview with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and his longtime drum tech, JD Derosz, the two talk about the transducer drum seat, playing in a band, spending time with…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2013

Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres Visits Modern Drummer Online, Part 2

In this Web exclusive video, Cam Patterson of DrumHang sits with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and his longtime drum-tech, JD Derosz. For part two, the guys share stories about repairing Joe Morello’s roof, watching Elvin Jones, recording in the…

Modern Drummer
Jul 1, 2013

Flecktones Drummer Roy “Futureman??? Wooten Chats With Fiddle/Sticks Creator Casey Driessen

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones drummer Roy Wooten, aka Futureman, recently got together with fiddler and occasional Flecktones collaborator Casey Driessen for a two-day jam session and conversation for the project Fiddle/Sticks, in which Driessen has been exploring the fiddle…

Modern Drummer
Jun 24, 2013

Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres Visits Modern Drummer Online, Part 1 (VIDEO)

“Hi, everyone at Modern Drummer, it’s great to be here! It’s a pleasure hanging out with you.” Tico Torres and his longtime drum-tech, JD Derosz, stop in at soundcheck to show us Torres' brand-new DW kit and talk about thirty…

Modern Drummer
Jun 20, 2013

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

Billy Martin: What’s New Is “Old???

by Jeff Potter   Last year Medeski Martin & Wood released Free Magic, a live document of the band’s 2007 acoustic tour. Here drummer Billy Martin discusses his unique equipment choices, which add color the funk/jazz trio’s ever-fascinating sonic palette.…

Modern Drummer
May 30, 2013

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Mike Byrne

photo by Alex Soca   by David Ciauro   In this exclusive MD Online interview, the drummer discusses his double life as arena rock god and basement-dwelling indie plebian.   MD: You had already started the band Bearcubbin’ before landing…

Modern Drummer
May 21, 2013

Matchbox Twenty’s Paul Doucette Discusses North Track by Track

by Billy Amendola   The May 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an Update with Matchbox’s Twenty’s Paul Doucette. Here, we continue the conversation about the band’s latest album, North, and Doucette gives his impressions of each track from…

Modern Drummer
Apr 2, 2013

Brian Tichy

  Hello MD. How did I get asked to be the drummer to play with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at the John Varvatos–hosted 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit show? (Stuart House is an organization that raises money and…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2013

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s John Riley

by Paul Wells In addition to the cover story on big band star Buddy Rich, the December 2012 issue of Modern Drummer magazine features a fascinating conversation between the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s John Riley and VJO drum sub Paul Wells.…

Modern Drummer
Nov 19, 2012