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Ricky Lawson Passes

Ricky Lawson, the veteran drummer who worked with Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, the Yellowjackets, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, and Earth, Wind & Fire, among other top artists, has passed away. Look for a full tribute to Ricky in an upcoming…

Modern Drummer
Dec 27, 2013

Steely Dan Rhythm Section Clinic With Shannon Forrest

On Thursday, August 16th, Shannon Forrest will be joining the Steely Dan rhythm section (Jon Herington on guitar, Freddie Washington on bass and Jim Beard on keys) for a clinic in Sterling Heights, Michigan. All four have been touring across…

Modern Drummer
Aug 15, 2012

Taku Hirano

Greetings, MD readers, from the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson—The Immortal world tour! Right now, I am en route to begin the third leg of our North American tour. We started “creation” of this truly amazing show back in August…

Modern Drummer
Feb 8, 2012

Web Update News

  John Tempesta is in the studio working on a new Cult record. For more on John go to moderndrummer-com.go-vip.net/2010/11/john-tempesta-2/. 311 have a new studio album out, Universal Pulse, produced by Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica) and mixed by drummer Chad…

Modern Drummer
Sep 1, 2011

Percussionist Taku Hirano

Hi, everyone! Taku Hirano here, checking in from the Crescent City. The wonderful music Mecca of New Orleans is my third adopted U.S. home. I was born in Japan, and now I’m officially “tri-coastal,” with homes in Los Angeles, New…

Modern Drummer
Jun 22, 2011