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Gavin Harrison Auctions Off a Sonor Kit for MS Charity

Hello, MD readers. Just a quick update from me to let you know what I’m doing and will be doing later this year. First off, I’m auctioning one of my beloved Sonor drumsets for the Multiple Sclerosis Society U.K. My mother had…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2020

MD Podcast Episode 213: Gavin Harrison, Hand and Foot Rolls, Creative Percussion Accessories, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss November 2019 featured artist Gavin Harrison, who has been one of three touring drummers in prog-rock legends King Crimson since 2014. The education segment focuses on a few ways to develop smooth hand/foot…

Modern Drummer
Oct 11, 2019

Gavin Harrison on Cheating the Polygraph

The Porcupine Tree drummer’s brand-new solo album is his personal take on the PT catalog. Here he delves deeper into his creative process.   by Ilya Stemkovsky   MD: How was the idea generated to arrange these progressive Porcupine Tree…

Modern Drummer
May 7, 2015

Stephen Perkins and Tim Alexander Perform at Guitar Center’s 26th Annual Drum-Off

Guitar Center’s 26th Annual Drum-Off Finals took place this past January 17, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Gregg Bissonette hosted the event, which included five finalists facing off in a drum solo showcase. Shariq Tucker, from the Bronx, New…

Modern Drummer
Apr 7, 2015

February 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, and Bill Rieflin

(Available digitally December 30, 2014; on newsstands January 6, 2015) On the Cover King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, and Bill Rieflin “It’s doing everything that drummers normally do, but in an entirely di fferent way.” So says Bill Rie…

Modern Drummer
Dec 30, 2014

King Crimson Confirms New Three-Drummer Lineup

The eighth incarnation of King Crimson will include three drummers—Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, and Bill Rieflin—in addition to bassist Tony Levin, horn player Mel Collins, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jakko Jakszyk, and guitarist Robert Fripp. While no official tour dates have been announced,…

Modern Drummer
Sep 26, 2013


Odd times, intergalactic themes, and more tom-toms. Rock drumming gets interesting.   1. King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) Crimson’s original drummer, Michael Giles, slays on this cornerstone of prog rock. Though he left the band…

Modern Drummer
Jul 23, 2012

New Bill Bruford Speaking Dates And Limited-Edition Autobiography

Bill Bruford, the recently retired drummer whose groundbreaking work with Yes, King Crimson, and Earthworks has earned him the respect of generations of drummers, has announced additional dates for his ongoing speaking engagement tour. There is no hands-on drumming in…

Modern Drummer
Oct 6, 2011

Bill Bruford - On A Never-Ending Quest

“I don’t want to be bored. I haven’t got time to be bored. If I ever bore myself consistently for a year, I’ll give up being a musician. I would lose my self-confidence—the feeling that I really do have something…

Modern Drummer
Mar 5, 2010

Gavin Harrison: The Rhythmic Illusionist Is Now Elevating Two Bands, Porcupine Tree And King Crimson

by Ken Micallef “I stopped focusing on the muscles in my arms and started focusing on the big fat muscle in my head. That’s where the good stuff comes from.” Forty-five-year-old Gavin Harrison has led a drummer’s dream life. He’s…

Modern Drummer
Nov 20, 2008

Prog-Rock Master Drummer Pat Mastelotto On The Whats And Whys Of His Home Studio Arsenal

This month’s Modern Drummer features a Woodshed interview with drummer/“home recording enthusiast” Pat Mastelotto, of King Crimson, KTU, Mastica, TU, Tuner– basically, an unending succession of fascinating musical projects. Here’s Pat’s first-person description of the gear he keeps in his…

Modern Drummer
Aug 15, 2007

Pat Mastelotto

Terry Bozzio and Pat Mastelotto have much in common. They've both worked with legendary rhythmic compositional masterminds'terry with Frank Zappa, and Pat with Robert Fripp in King Crimson. They both left Los Angeles after the major earthquakes of the '80s,…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004