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Queen’s Roger Taylor Releasing Solo Album ‘Outsider’ 10/1; Shares “We’re All Just Trying To Get By” ft. KT Tunstall

Queen drummer and founding member Roger Taylor debuted a music video for his upcoming album’s lead single, “We’re All Just Trying To Get By,” a heartfelt tune featuring KT Tunstall. Said Taylor: “I’ve had a bit of a creative spurt…

Modern Drummer
Aug 21, 2021

“Queen Behind The Hits – Roger Taylor”

As well as being recognised for their individual skills as incredible musicians and performers, perhaps less often documented is the considerable writing talents of all four members of Queen: Mercury, May, Taylor, and Deacon each individually contributing a significant portion of the extensive Queen song…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2021

Queen + Adam Lambert Share Live Performance of “The Show Must Go On”

Queen + Adam Lambert, featuring founding members Roger Taylor (drums) and Brian May (guitar), are releasing a live performance video of the song “The Show Must Go On” from their upcoming album Live Around The World, which comes out on…

Modern Drummer
Aug 27, 2020

Ian Casselman of Marianas Trench in On The Beat

Talking About New Album, Tour, and Gear Hello MD readers! I grew up reading Modern Drummer and I’m very excited to be a part of “On The Beat!” My name is Ian Casselman and I play drums for the band…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2019

VIDEO - In the Studio With Actor/Drummer Michael Chiklis

    In this video, drummer/actor Michael Chiklis takes Modern Drummer into his state-of-the art recording studio and performance space, which will be the hub for all his musical projects in the future. MD sat down for a two-part series…

Modern Drummer
Feb 7, 2014

Spencer Walker of A Silent Film

Although not conventionally recognized to be the case by other musicians—especially guitarists—the drummer is the focal point and center of attention in every band. I suspect this is why I was drawn to the drumkit at an early age. (Readers…

Modern Drummer
Jan 25, 2013

Queen's Roger Taylor And Brian May To Perform With American Idol's Top 6 On Wednesday, April 25th

Official Tribute Group The Queen Extravaganza Set To Play Hit Show On Thursday, April 26th In Advance Of North American Tour Kick Off American Idol audiences are in for a treat this week, with a double-dose of the music of…

Modern Drummer
Apr 25, 2012

Queen Extravaganza Finalist Billy Orrico

Hello, MD readers! First, congrats to Tyler Warren on winning the drum chair in the Queen Extravaganza band! What a thrill it was to be part of the finals and to meet Roger Taylor. I’ve been a lifelong Queen fan…

Modern Drummer
Dec 19, 2011

Queen Extravaganza Finalist Nico Saavedra

The Queen Extravaganza competition has been a great experience. I first heard about it through the Queen website, which is a place I tend to visit often since I’m a big fan. Then a friend of mine texted me about…

Modern Drummer
Dec 19, 2011

Queen Extravaganza Finalist Zach Mullings

Hey, everyone! My name is Zach Mullings, and I’m from Miramar, Florida. I’m one of the four drummers who were picked to audition for the Queen Extravaganza in L.A. First off, let me say how thrilled I am to be…

Modern Drummer
Dec 19, 2011

Queen Extravaganza Winner Tyler Warren

It’s more than a thrill to be announced as the drummer for Queen Extravaganza! Roger Taylor, one of my favorite and most inspirational musicians, picked me as their new drummer! It’s insane. And I found out while I was on a…

Modern Drummer
Dec 13, 2011

Roger Taylor Reveals Finalists for the Queen Extravaganza Tour

Over the course of the past ten weeks, vocalists, guitarists, drummers, bassists, and keyboard players from across the U.S. and Canada have auditioned online at www.queenextravaganza.com, hoping to become part of the Queen Extravaganza Tour, a major production launching in…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2011

Jason McDonald of Strange Karma

Greetings, fellow Modern Drummer fanatics! My name is Jason McDonald, and I’m from Sydney, Australia. It’s an honor to be invited to blog here on MD’s website, especially when you consider that over the years I have managed to collect…

Modern Drummer
Jul 20, 2011

Roger Taylor: Queen’s Big Beat

Queen was one of the most influential rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s, and continues to be massively popular today despite the untimely death of lead singer Freddie Mercury nearly twenty years ago. Churning out hit after hit, Mercury…

Modern Drummer
Jun 25, 2010