SEPTEMBER issue on sale 3 September. Drum roll, please...

“Sting says ‘Play your hi-hat instead´. I say ‘F*** off!´” As The Police´s revolutionary sticksman returns to the spotlight with a monster kit and matching confidence, he tells Rhythm about reuniting with Sting and Andy, and why he´s sure glad to be back.

Mike Joyce
“Before the trial there was nothing left to sell … except my drums!” They defined an era, and some of the most successful bands of today continue to cite them as a major influence - so what exactly shattered The Smiths´ dream? Drummer Mike Joyce walks Rhythm through the band´s past, and reveals why he´s not so miserable now.

Carter Beauford
The man behind the beats of the biggest band you´ve never heard of, The Dave Matthews Band, on why their gigs are fast becoming the stuff of jazz legend.

Ed Lay
As Editors´ epic tunes rain down on this summer´s festivals, drummer Ed tells Rhythm about the trials and tribulations of life on the road, and the recording of the band´s new album An End Has a Start.

Matt Sorum
Velvet Revolver´s second album, Libertad, cements their status as the supergroup who are flying the flag for leather-clad, writhing rock´n´roll. Rhythm catches up with drummer Matt Sorum to get the lowdown on the recording of the album, track by track.

Foo Fighters
On the eve of the release of the Foos´ forthcoming album, Echoes. Silence, Patience and Grace, Rhythm is invited to an exclusive advanced playback and gives you a heads-up on Taylor and team´s most confident release yet. Hang on to your (hi) hats.

Silversun Pickups
Rhythm introduces LA´s hottest exports, whose debut album, Carnavas, is setting the indie scene alight and has already seen them tagged as the ‘New Smashing Pumpkins´. Drummer Chris Guanlao tells Rhythm why being the best of friends means they can rock out that much harder.

Drum Pioneer
This month Travis Barker and his military-style licks march into the Rhythm spotlight.

Jason Bittner´s Meinl set-up - yes, the very cymbals that the Shadows Fall drum guru pounded at this year´s Download Festival are up for grabs!

Jam-packed with tutorials, reader demos, two great playalong tracks (Arctic Monkeys´ ‘Brianstorm´ and Guns N´ Roses‘ ‘Paradise City´), and more!

The latest gear tried, tested and rated…
FIRST REVIEWS of Dixon´s Artisan Select kit and PDP´s SX Acrylic snare drums
Ludwig Fab4 Accent Series drum set
ddrum´s Acoustic Pro triggers
Tama Iron Cobra pedal
Meinl´s Byzance Jazz cymbals

All this and much more in your September issue of Rhythm, out 3 September!

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Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. It's my job to manage the buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear and the best prices. I'm a guitarist and a drummer and I've worked in the music gear industry for 18 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance writer working with many of the world's biggest musical instrument brands including the likes of Roland, Boss, MusicRadar and Natal.