Tower Of Power

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Lee Finkelstein of the Blues Brothers and Funk Filharmonik

Talking About Musical Heroes, Records, and Bands “You can come over to my house any time with that backbeat,” says guitarist John Tropea. “Lee’s band Funk Filharmonik reminds us of why we all started playing music in the first place,”…

Modern Drummer
Jun 25, 2019

Kidney Transplant Fundraiser Set for Tower of Power Bassist Francis Rocco Prestia

In need of a lifesaving kidney transplant, legendary Tower of Power bassist Francis Rocco Prestia and his friends will hold a Spare Parts dance party and concert fundraiser on Sunday March 30, 2014 at the Arts at the Armory, in…

Modern Drummer
Mar 25, 2014

David Garibaldi: Perpetually Hip With Tower Of Power

In the ’70s, David Garibaldi’s drumming with Tower Of Power was a revelation. Not only did he lay down some of the baddest beats ever played, the master drummer expanded the vocabulary of the instrument. Give a listen to some…

Modern Drummer
Aug 16, 2010

The Funky Beat of David Garibaldi (Updated)

The Funky Beat: David Garibaldi The groove maestro lays out variations of his approach to Tower Of Power’s “Oakland Stroke.” David Garibaldi—along with bassist Rocco Prestia, sax player Lenny Pickett, and guitarist Jeff Tamelier—showcases the famous Tower Of Power song…

Modern Drummer
Jun 22, 2010

Ben Shanbrom of Bushwhack

Greetings, Modern Drummer faithful! My name is Ben Shanbrom, and I play drums and (yikes!) sing in the progressive alt-metal band Bushwhack. I started annihilating pots and pans at the ripe age of two and proved too bad-ass for pre-school…

Modern Drummer
May 26, 2010

Timothy B. Schmit’s Herman Matthews

Howdy, MD readers. It’s been a long time, and I think I may have to reintroduce myself. My name is Herman Matthews and I play drums. For the past seven years I’ve been laying down the foundation for the legendary…

Modern Drummer
Dec 11, 2009

On Tour And On Stage: 9 Lives (+9, +9 More)

On Tour And On Stage: 9 Lives (+9, +9 More). MD's editors just can't keep a list of their favorite albums short--even in service of a can't-resist pun. Twenty-seven live albums you gotta have. The classic live album can cement…

Modern Drummer
Nov 24, 2009

David Garibaldi

Back Home With Tower Of Power Tower Of Power made David Garibaldi a household name among drummers back in the '70s. But David insists he had no intentions of going back to his old band - until fate intervened. "I…

Modern Drummer
Sep 24, 2005

Lee Finkelstein

When New York drummer Lee Finkelstein got the call to cover Dave Garibaldi's chair for a string of gigs with Tower Of Power, he had every reason to feel well prepared. In a career spanning over twenty years, Finkelstein has…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004