Lucky Lehrer is a drummer from Los Angeles, California who was voted the best punk drummer of all-time by fanzine, Flipside. He was originally trained in jazz but most famously played in L.A. punk bands, particularly the Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Bad Religion, the Darby Crash Band, LA’s Wasted Youth, among others. Lucky also appeared in three notable documentary films charting the hardcore rock music scene.
Never wanting to be defined by a particular genre of music, Lucky makes a habit of learning something new every day. “The universe of knowledge is infinite; I want to be a better drummer the next day than I am today,” he’s said.
The quest to constantly expand and explore has enabled Lucky to develop a signature, syncopated style and to integrate jazz and Latin drumming in a crash collision with speed metal. Early inspirations include jazz legend Buddy Rich. Later influences involve session and Flamenco drummer Joey Heredia and teaching pioneer Murray Spivak.
Today’s drum community in L.A. is creative and supportive. Close friends whose playing I admire include Matt Starr, Glen Sobel, Curt Bisquera, Jason Sutter, Brian Tichy, Marty Fera and Mark Schulman. Back in the day, there were 10 hardcore bands at one show fighting for a spotlight. Now my focus is outward, on the happiness music brings to listeners. Host of the Hardcore Drum Hour and Hardcore Drum Sessions, Lucky finds pleasure in sharing his passion with his beloved drums to students of all ages.
One of the world’s elite drummers invited by his peers to participate in the annual Bonzo Bash, “my heart holds reverie for Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer. When Bonham lays into one of of his grooves, his feel is perfect, and his right foot is amazing.”
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