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 LA punk rock bands, particularly the Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Bad Religion, Darby Crash Band and LA’s Wasted Youth, among others. Lehrer also appeared in three notable documentary films charting the punk rock music scene. He also teaches drums, with notable students like future Bad Religion drummers Pete Finestone and Bobby Schayer.
Lucky attributes his innovative, syncopated style to his interpretation of jazz and Latin drumming in a crash collision with speed metal. Early inspirations include jazz legends Buddy Rich and Max Roach. Later influences involve John Bonham, Session and Flamenco drummer Joey Heredia, and teaching pioneer Murray Spivak.
Lucky has a long-time relationship with Drum Workshop (DW) which designed a custom “Speed Demon” kit in 6 ply maple shells that’s finished in “Caution” yellow. The kit features a pair of 10” and 12” Piccolo toms DW designed in conjunction with Terry Bozzio that are positioned in lieu of a floor tom. The standard mounted “rack” tom tom is 10” in diameter (8” in depth). For touring, Lucky uses a 24” diameter bass drum (18” depth) but prefers a smaller drum for recording. For live shows he uses a one-off prototype 13” diameter custom concrete snare drum by DW (6” in depth) that was a personal gift from DW Senior V.P. John Good. All hardware is heavy duty DW.
Lucky uses a variety of DW drum heads made by Remo. On the batter side of his snare drum, a coated Remo Powerstroke 3. DW clear Pinstripes on the batter sides of toms, and coated, white Ambassador type drum heads for the resonant sides. He uses a Pinstripe on the bass drum. The front is a logo head by Remo with a special hole pattern developed by John Good of DW.
Lucky Lehrer Signature Speed Stick®
The Lucky Lehrer signature Speed Stick by Ahead Drum Sticks is designed to be lighter to support faster playing. It is made from a composite material so that the stick lasts longer and performers can play harder.
Lucky Lehrer is on the roster of sponsored Sabian artists. He added more cymbals both to his live and studio drum kits, currently playing Sabian 16” AAX X-Plosion hi-hats remotely mounted to on a DW x-stacker. He also includes a 10” Sabian O-zone on a kit featuring a 20” AA Metal X-ride and two 16” Sabian crash cymbals and 14” AAX Fusion Hi-hats.