In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm

3rd Sep 2010 | 11:06

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Stewart Copeland
August 1985

An early one from the vaults (and an absolute legend to kick things off) - The Police's Stewart Copeland.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Sly Dunbar
March 1986

A rather stylish looking Sly Dunbar on the cover of Rhythm's March 1986 issue, an issue which cost just a quid and included reviews of Yamaha's 9000 series snares, a selection of Istanbul cymbals and a Dynacord electronic kit.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Vinnie Colaiuta
July 1987

Mr Colaiuta heads up July 1987's issue, in which he tells us about his need to work on projects which he finds "musically stimulating". Judging by the sublime CV he's amassed in the subsequent 23 years we're guessing Vinnie has stuck to this principle.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Terry Bozzio
November 1988

The king of the oversized kit takes centre stage here on a cover which also features Premier's APK kit and the Roland Octapad II.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Tommy Lee
August 1989

Tommy Lee peering over a Pearl bass drum with the kind of hair cut that screams hair metal on Rhythm's August 1989 issue.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Roger Taylor
July 1990

A stripped back cover that has just about everything you need. A drumming god. Check. A pair of sticks. Check. A rickety stool. Check.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Steve Smith
May 1991

Steve Smith shows his love for Zildjian with a rather fetching t-shirt and poses for this cover with one of his beloved pies seemingly sticking out the side of his head.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Jason Bonham
December 1992

Jason Bonham stepped out of his father's sizable shadow at the tail-end of 1992 as he earned his own Rhythm cover interview, and he did it sporting this awesome look.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Dave Grohl
December 1993

The emergence of a drumming god - December 1993 Dave Grohl (and a Tama kit with a simply massive rack tom) dominates the cover of the UK's best-selling drumming magazine.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Larry Mullen Jr
November 1994

Riding high on the success of U2's Zooropa album, Larry Mullen Jr took his place upon Rhythm's cover in November 1994.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Chad Smith
November 1995

Never one to be accused of being boring, check out what Chad Smith was happy to do when it came for posing for his November 1995 cover shot.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Steve White
November 1996

The UK drumming institution took to Rhythm's cover in 1996, a year in which that honour was also given to the likes of Frank Beard, Zak Starkey and Ed Thigpen. Steve has graced the cover of five issues of Rhythm.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Peter Criss
February 1997

Kiss's original catman put on a bit of slap for this February 1997 cover.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Tre Cool
November 1998

Tre Cool brings a much needed luminous green tint to November 1998's Rhythm cover.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Caroline Corr
May 1999

As an integral part of a multi-million album shifting band, Caroline Corr more than earned her place on Rhythm's cover back in May 1999. She was in good company that year, with Sheila E, Keith Moon, Chad Smith, Terry Bozzio and a shedload more gracing the Rhythm cover.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Buddy Rich
April 2000

April 2000 saw us celebrate the life and career of a true drumming master - Buddy Rich.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Steve Gadd
September 2001

Steve Gadd shared his session secrets with us in this 2001 cover interview,

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Ginger Baker
January 2002

We stepped inside the crazy life of Ginger Baker in January 2002.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
John Bonham
December 2003

Well, we couldn't have one Bonham without the other, could we? We doff out caps to Bonzo is our December 2003 issue. In this issue we also launched our first ever covermounted disc featuring audio lessons, playalong tracks and loads more. The disc is better than ever today and we recently moved to video lessons and a brand spanking new user interface.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Joey Jordison
June 2004

Slipknot's masked tub-thumper, and recent winner of our Greatest Drummer of the Last 25 Years poll, looks suitably macabre in this June 2004 cover.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Alex Van Halen
March 2005

Alex Van Halen takes the prime position on a cover filled with drumming talent in March 2005. Aside from AVH there's also Mick Fleetwood, Gary Powell and Mark Richardson. And that's before you've even opened the mag!

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Danny Carey
June 2006

Judging by the feedback from our recent Greatest Drummer of the Last 25 Years poll you guys love Danny Carey. And as you can see from this June 2006 cover, we love him too

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Drum Heroes
January 2007

We let Guest Editor Mike Portnoy loose on this January 2007 cover. For the special issue he chose to interview his heroes Nick Mason, Neil Peart, Bill Bruford and Lars Ulrich.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Lars Ulrich
October 2008

Lars Ulrich peeks back at you from behind his shades on October 2008's Rhythm cover.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
Mitch Mitchell
January 2009

We kicked off 2009 with this stripped-back tribute to the great Mitch Mitchell.

In Pictures: 25 Years of Rhythm
The Drummers of Michael Jackson
July 2010

It was another case of giving you more drum heroes for your money earlier this year as the Drummers of Michael Jackson (JR Robinson, Leon Ndugu Chancler, Ricky Lawson, Jonathan Moffett and Bashiri Johnson) shared July's cover to discuss their contributions to some of the greatest pop music ever recorded.

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