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One of the great studio drummers

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Roger Hawkins stands as one of the great studio drummers of all time. As a member of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Hawkins was the driving engine behind scores of soul/R&B classics. His unshakable time, southern-infused deep pocket, and commanding, song-serving drum parts placed him...

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Steve Smith had to relearn his own hits

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Steve Smith tops magazine polls, conducts drum clinics and, three weeks ago, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But he’s just like you, Mr. Aspiring Drummer, in one sense: He’s been playing along to Journey albums.  That as well as careful chart transcriptions is how Smith caught...

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Eric Slick branches out on solo debut

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

This past April 21, Eric Slick, the drummer for the ’60s-influenced indie-rock band Dr. Dog, released his debut solo album, Palisades. Although he also recruited drummer Ricardo Lagomasino to contribute, Slick plays the majority of the huge, fluid drum grooves that brew beneath the record’s distorted,...

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Playing for the Overall Sound

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

I’m Mince of the Fratellis. Our band met in Glasgow in 2004 after I stuck an advert in a window and we’ve now celebrated the tenth anniversary of our debut album, Costello Music. We are excited to be making our fifth album in LA next month with mega-producer Tony Hoffer.

I received an early...

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Gregg Potter Talks About Buddy Rich

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Buddy Rich would have been one hundred years old this September. Unfortunately, his body left us thirty years ago this month, but his soul remains. I know the drumming community can all agree on the fact that Buddy Rich is one of the most influential humans to ever play a set of drums.

I know...

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Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy Takes Leave Of Absence Following Successful Heart Procedure

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Kelly Keagy, the founding drummer of Night Ranger, is taking a leave of absence from the band to recover from a heart procedure. According to a statement, Keagy has had an heart “abnormality” all of his life and finally had a procedure to correct it. The procedure has already been done...

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Elise Trouw Talks Influences

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

I am a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from San Diego, but you can just call me Elise. I was born in Southern California to a South African father and a mother from New York in the very last year of the millennium. Raised on the Carpenters, Green Day, and ’80s new wave, I always looked...

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Session superstar drummer discusses brand new book

Friday, April 21st, 2017

We’ve all heard the stories of American drummers being inspired by seeing and hearing Ringo Starr with The Beatles on television as guests on The Ed Sullivan Show. For star session drummer Kenny Aronoff, that moment in 1964 was life changing. Aronoff grew up in the small town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts...

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Peter Criss Explains Decision To Stop Performing Live

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss recently announced a couple of convention appearances this spring that are being being on his web site as his final live performances. On May 12-14, Criss is scheduled to appear at the KISS Konvention Australia in Victoria, with his May 12 set said to be Peter’s...

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The irreplaceable Alan “Reni” Wray turned 53 this week

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The man once dubbed “the most naturally talented drummer since Keith Moon” by The Who’s Pete Townshend, Reni is the magic element binding The Stone Roses together, past and present. The bucket hat-donning prodigy has serious skill  a mad octopus when he picks up the sticks – and nowhere...

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Job General Manager

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

The Music Publishers Association is seeking a General Manager to be a tenacious voice for its members on music publishing within the UK, engaging members, industry stakeholders and the general public in the MPA’s work on policy, professional development, education and outreach and membership activities. The...

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Drummer Keni Richards Dead at 60

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Keni Richards, a musician best known for his tenure as the original drummer for Autograph, has died at the age of 60. The band’s founding guitarist, Steve Lynch, confirmed the news via the band’s Twitter account, calling Richards “the mighty force that was our backbone from 1983-1988.” Guns...

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Jamie Perkins of the Pretty Reckless

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

I’m Jamie Perkins, the drummer for the Pretty Reckless. We’re a rock ’n’ roll band that has been steadfastly irritating the online hipster community since about 2009. I’m writing to let you know what we’re up to, partly because I’ve never done this before and partly because the...

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How Many Pearl Jam Drummers Turned Up for the Hall of Fame Induction?

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Subbing in the for the ailing Neil Young. David Letterman inducted Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night after an ovation that lasted about a minute from the crowd at the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn. Here’s what he said: Thank you. That’s very kind of you. I can’t even begin...

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Sonor Steve Smith 40th Anniversary snare drum

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Just 77 Steve Smith 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Snare Drums will be issued. Each limited edition drum will come with a semi gloss Mountain Burl veneer on the inside and outside of the shell. Sonor has been working with Steve Smith for the last 40 years. In 1977, a young Steve Smith –...

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