Monthly Archives: December 2015

Alan Dawson on Drum Endorsements

SKF NOTE: This interview circa 1986-87 is from my sit down with Alan Dawson in his Massachusetts home for Modern Drummer‘s 10th Anniversary issue. I was freelance writing again for MD. Some of what Alan says about drums he endorsed was … Continue reading

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Beatles Songs Will Start Streaming on Christmas Eve 

Starting Christmas Eve, all of the Beatles’ music, from 1963’s “Please Please Me” to 1970’s “Let It Be,” will be available on nine different streaming services. The streaming services that will carry the Beatles’ tunes are as follows: Apple Music, … Continue reading

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Neil Peart: Keep Those Dreams Alive

“[T]here are so many small towns across American that are still dying…. The decline of these small towns, sadly, is measured in the death of dreams — every time I see a shuttered restaurant, a boarded-up gas station, or an … Continue reading

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Jason Bonham Teams with Phil Collins

Jason will be busy in 2016 as he has been hired to work with Phil Collins as the former Genesis frontman makes a return to music. “We got together for three weeks and I had an amazing time,” Jason told … Continue reading

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Willie Dixon: The Drummer Have a Lot to Do With Everything

SKF NOTE: This interview with blues legend Willie Dixon is a backgrounder interview for a five-part feature series, The History of Rock Drumming, I wrote for Modern Drummer in the early 1980s. None of my backgrounder interviews were meant to … Continue reading

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Dannie Richmond: Your Playing is the Same as a Conversation

SKF NOTE: Dannie Richmond gives a fantastic drum lesson in under two minutes and without touching a drum. Thank you Andy Weis of The Great Drummer’s Group for this great find. — end —

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Gary Chester: I Want to Live My Personal Life

SKF NOTE: The full Gary Chester Modern Drummer interview is available here. In my view, many Gary Chester words of wisdom, because of space considerations, were left out of the MD interview. Fortunately, I can share them here. Gary Chester: People … Continue reading

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