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Episode 135: Primus's Tim Alexander, How to Compose a Drum Solo, Doc Sweeney Ash Drumset, and More

In this episode Mike and Mike discuss April 2018 featured artist Tim Alexander of alt-rock greats Primus. The education segment focuses on different approaches for composing interesting and meaningful drum solos. Up for review is a stunning Blue Tiger solid-ash…

Modern Drummer
Mar 23, 2018

Tim Alexander to Rejoin Primus

Primus is set to welcome the legendary drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander back into the band following the departure of Jay Lane. Bassist/singer Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and Alexander plant to head into the studio this November to begin work…

Modern Drummer
Sep 26, 2013

Tim Alexander Performs at the Musical Instrument Museum

On Sunday, August 12, famed rock drummer Tim Alexander stopped by the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona to give a rare performance. Alexander’s kit (shown here) is on loan and is featured in the museum’s new drumset exhibit. Alexander, who is known for his…

Modern Drummer
Aug 16, 2012

17th Annual Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival Bridges Generations with 2012 Artist Lineup

Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby with Special Guest Branford Marsalis, Mickey Hart Band, Sound Tribe Sector 9 & The Avett Brothers Set to Perform July 19th - 22nd Facebook contest gives 130k+fans the power to…

Modern Drummer
Apr 4, 2012

Tim Alexander - Back To Primus

After leaving Primus in 1996, Tim (don't call him "Herb") Alexander has reunited with bassist Les Claypool and guitarist Larry LaLonde to resurrect one of the most popular and cutting-edge rock acts of the '90s. The bizarre, quirky, funk-laced material…

Modern Drummer
Sep 24, 2005

Web Exclusive Interview: Les Claypool

Les Claypool sat down with MD Online to discuss an impressive partner in rhythm, his new bandmate in Oysterhead: Stewart Copeland. MD: Let's talk a little bit about Stewart Copeland. Les: Who? Who's that? MD: How did you first hook…

Modern Drummer
Sep 19, 2005

Brian "Brain" Mantia

What do members of Faith No More, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine, as well as Bootsy Collins, Tom Waits, South Park co-creator Matt Stone, and legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland all have in common? They each had…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004

Tim Alexander

When Tim Alexander left Primus in 1996, he was ready to move from the wacky, experimental frenzy of rhythms that had made the band a household name to a more structured rock format. He started his band Laundry to be…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004