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Drummer Blog: Dre “Energy??? Boyd Checks in From Cirque du Soleil

Hi, Modern Drummer readers! This is Andre “Dre Energy” Boyd. I’ve been on tour with Cirque du Soleil and playing cities like Zurich, Florence, Rome, Paris, Lisbon, Tenerife, and many more. I’m starting my fifth year with Cirque. It’s really…

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Jan 30, 2015

Drummer Blog: Tera Melos’ John Clardy on Touring Drummer Tips, Part 2

Hello again, fellow MD fans! In my last entry to this page, I wrote about some of the less obvious things I’ve found to be useful (and easy to carry) on the road. I got a good response about the…

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Jan 9, 2015

JR Kurtz of CSS

Photo by Liz Eastman 2014 began as an amazing journey in New Zealand and Australia for the Big Day Out festival. Throughout the three weeks spent on the road there, I not only became more confident as a drummer but…

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Mar 24, 2014

Joe Seiders of Beat Club

What’s up everybody? Joe Seiders here. I play drums for the Los Angeles–band Beat Club. We’re super stoked to have been able to tour supporting Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities. I’m writing this blog from a dressing room…

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Dec 2, 2013

Carlin Brown of Restorations

When people ask, “How’s the tour going”? there are always a million different directions the answer could follow. In this instance, if you take the situation apart and analyze it, it goes as follows: Take three bands from Pennsylvania that…

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Aug 5, 2013

Web Exclusive Interview With Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake

Web Exclusive! Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake by Dave Previ At the start of their North American tour, most of the members of Meshuggah had caught the same cold. We met up with drummer Tomas Haake before the band’s NYC show at…

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Jun 17, 2013

Brian Tichy

Hello MD. How did I get asked to be the drummer to play with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at the John Varvatos–hosted 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit show? (Stuart House is an organization that raises money and awareness…

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Apr 1, 2013

Brit Turner of Blackberry Smoke

My name is Brit Turner, and I live in Atlanta, Georgia, with my wife, daughter, dog, two cats, one fish, and a snail. Great things have been happening for me lately. My band Blackberry Smoke is on one of the…

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Nov 19, 2012

Dillon Ray of Burn Halo

What’s up, everybody? This is Dillon Ray from Burn Halo. I was super-excited when I heard Modern Drummer wanted to hear what the D Ray had to say. I’ve been reading the magazine for as long as I can remember.…

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Jul 19, 2011

Fred Coury of Cinderella

Howdy all, Fred Coury here, writing from a hotel room near Düsseldorf, Germany. Twenty-five years after we started our first tour, I find myself in Europe once again, fighting stomach issues (we all go through it from the foods and…

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Jul 12, 2011

L.A. Freelancer Nick Mason

Hello, Modern Drummer readers! I know everyone who writes a blog on here starts it out the same way, but honestly how else are you supposed to do it? I’m sure most of you are scratching your head wondering just…

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Apr 5, 2010

Chris Johnson — Touring With Rihanna

Yo, what up, MD? This is ya boy Chris Johnson from Los Angeles, California. Like many others in this field, I started playing in church—my dad’s church, to be exact. So I was always there to play, practice, and everything.…

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Mar 16, 2010

Stimulate This! tour with Jon Wysocki of Staind

Hey MD, Jon from Staind here. We’re about halfway through our Stimulate This! tour with Shinedown, Chevelle, Halestorm, and Lo-Pro. This tour has a cool vibe with the crowds and among the bands. All the groups seem to get along…

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Aug 14, 2009

Ingrid Michaelson’s Elliot Jacobson

Hey, MD readers! I recently finished a two-month tour with Jenny Owen Youngs. I’m lucky that the Jenny band is made up of close friends. Touring can be pretty grueling. But if there’s anyone I want to eat, sleep, breathe,…

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Jul 10, 2009