We’re celebrating the titans of rock drumming this month…
By our reckoning, 1968 was one hell of a year. That year saw the third and final albums released by supergroup Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience; the pinnacle of rock drumming at the time provided by Ginger Baker for Cream and Mitch Mitchell for Hendrix. It was also the year that saw the formation of three of the most influential hard rock bands of all time – Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. The drummers for those bands are equally legendary and their influence is still felt by rock drummers to this day, who aspire to be able to replicate the beats they laid down on those bands’ classic tracks, as well as take something of the pioneering genius displayed by messrs Bonham, Ward and Paice to use in their own beats. So fifty years on, it seemed a good time to pay tribute to a point in music history where we feel rock drumming really came into its own. But, as well as praising those players, Geoff Nicholls looks at the influences that they themselves took to the kit when they started out in the late-6’0s. Find our 50Years of Hard Rock drumming feature on page 32 this month!
Elsewhere we an have interview with Cassell The Beatmaker, who tells us about his gig withThe Streets, co-writing an award winning album with Plan B and inspiring the next generation of drummers, including his own talented drumming son Bailey. See page 46!This month we’ve also packed your Rhythm with interviews with Marilyn Mazur, Dave Mattacks and Chic’s Ralph Rolle, plus we get Andy Hurley to recount his career with the mighty Fall Out Boy.
There are expert gear reviews as always too, and a packed tuition section has lessons in creative‘ counting’ in jazz, four-way coordination, double paradiddles, groove displacement and more. Enjoy!