Liberty DeVitto

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Def Leppard's Rick Allen to Host All-Star Jam Supporting Mental Health of First Responders

(New York, NY) Raven Drum Foundation - the organization founded by legendary drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard and singer-songwriter / healing arts practitioner Lauren Monroe - has announced its first benefit concert taking place in New York City. On…

Modern Drummer
Feb 14, 2024

John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Liberty DeVitto

From the archives, this episode of "Live From My Drum Room With John DeChristopher" originally aired live on April 11, 2021 with the great Liberty DeVitto! In this episode Liberty and John discuss Liberty’s book, "Life, Billy And The Pursuit…

Modern Drummer
Jun 22, 2023

Liberty DeVitto of the Lords of 52nd Street and the Slim Kings

Hey MD friends, Liberty DeVitto here “On The Beat.” I wanted to tell you a little bit about what I’ve been doing. After playing for thirty years with Billy Joel, you would think one would put down the sticks and…

Modern Drummer
Dec 5, 2019

PMC Reunites Hal Blaine and Ronnie Spector at NAMM Show

  Hal Blaine performing "Be My Baby" with Ronnie Spector. Photo by Alex Solca, taken at NAMM in Anaheim this past January 21. Hal Blaine, one of most recorded musicians of all-time, famously drummed with Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2017

Kenny Aronoff Studio Tour!

 This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the March 2016 issue, which is available here. On The Cover Kenny Aronoff This is one of life’s simple truths: The more you learn, the more you realize how…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2017

Drummer Blog: Billy McCarthy on the Documentary Ferocious Drummers

Hello Modern Drummer readers! My name is Billy McCarthy, and right now the trailer for my documentary film, Ferocious Drummers, is up at With this film, I am hoping to move drummers to a place they hardly visit on…

Modern Drummer
Apr 29, 2015

Drummer Blog: Jason Aldean’s Rich Redmond Gears Up for Drummer’s Weekend

Hello there, MD readers! I am very excited to be hosting my second Drummer’s Weekend in Nashville this October 31 through November 2. This is a one-of-a-kind event that gets students up close and personal with the drummers that are…

Modern Drummer
Sep 24, 2014

VIDEO! Aaron Comess and the Spin Doctors Live in NYC On November 23, 2013, Modern Drummer hosted a special evening with the Spin Doctors and drummer Aaron Comess at the Cutting Room in New York City. The night began with NYC radio personality Maria Milito of Q104.3 introducing a…

Modern Drummer
Sep 4, 2014

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

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

Ringo Tribute With Spin Doctors Drummer Aaron Comess

In MD's fifth Ringo Starr tribute segment, the Spin Doctors' Aaron Comess shares his memories of discovering the Beatles and the impact Ringo had on him as a drummer playing in a band and for the song. He tells us…

Modern Drummer
Jul 3, 2014

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

Billy Joel A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia

Essentially an expanded rerelease of Billy Joel’s 1987 live album, Концерт, the double-CD/Blu-ray/DVD package A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia delivers unreleased audio and a more complete performance of the album’s companion concert film, Live in Leningrad. It…

Modern Drummer
Jun 20, 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