Tag Archives: Drummers

Liberty DeVitto

Legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto called in to chat about his appearance in a new documentary, “Hired Guns.”  We talked about his work with Billy Joel, the greatness of Ringo Starr, and messing up onstage in front of 19,000 people.  Plus: insider drummer discussions of paradiddles and buzz rolls.

Slim Jim Phantom

Slim Jim Phantom is, of course, the drummer for the Stray Cats.  His new book is “A Stray Cat Struts:  My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel.”  It was great to talk to Jim about the continuing appeal of rockabilly, the amazing list of musicians he’s had the pleasure to work with (and his relationship with George Harrison) and share a little fan gushing about how influential he was in my becoming a drummer.

Tony Barrell, author of “Born to Drum”

Tony Barrell is a journalist who has written for England’s “Sunday Times” and many other publications.  His new book is “Born to Drum: The Truth About the World’s Greatest Drummers.”  We talked Ringo, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Ginger Baker and some of the little-known “secret drummers” you may have heard of.

Carmine Appice and Mark Stein from Vanilla Fudge

Vanilla Fudge has just released a new studio album, “Spirit of ’67,” which features their take on classic songs from that year.  We chatted with drummer Carmine Appice and vocalist Mark Stein about the recording process for the new record, the challenges in promoting a record today (versus in 1967 when 30 million people could see you on Ed Sullivan), and bringing back the complete album as an art form.

Marky Ramone

I was very excited to chat with legendary drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Marky Ramone about his new autobiography, “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as A Ramone.”  We talked drummer-to-drummer about early drum lessons and the annoying 1980s trend of wanting to make live drummers sound like machines.  Marky also shared his thoughts on working with Phil Spector and the 1970s CBGB scene.