David Keith (drummer)

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David Keith
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Background information
Birth nameDavid M. Keith
Born (1973-10-18) October 18, 1973 (age 47)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Rock, pop, indie pop
Years active1989–present
Associated acts Rainbow, Blackmore's Night, Mission Zero
Website www.davidkeithdrummer.com

David Keith (born October 18, 1973) is an American drummer, composer, and producer living in Hartford, Connecticut. He currently plays with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and Blackmore's Night.


David Keith was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He began playing drums at age four, and went on to play with the Concert Jazz Band at William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. In 1996 he joined the popular progressive rock band Mighty Purple and toured with them throughout the United States. In 2000 he joined the rhythm and blues, and swing band Eight to the Bar, touring the US and Europe through 2006. In 2010 he created Mission Zero with his sister Chenot Keith (born Megan Keith). In 2012 he joined Blackmore's Night, led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple; Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow). [1] In 2015, Ritchie Blackmore re-formed Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow selecting David to play drums. [2]

Styles and influences

David enjoys playing various styles of music, including, but not limited to pop, rock, swing, R&B, soul, electronica, funk, industrial, and medieval folk rock.

Drumming influences include John Bonham, Neil Peart, Cozy Powell, Steve Gadd, Buddy Rich, Peter Erskine, Bernard Purdie, Stewart Copeland, Gene Krupa, Billy Cobham, as well as traditional African, Afro-Cuban, and American tribal drumming.

Musical influences include Jane's Addiction, The Police, Louis Prima, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Duran Duran, Horace Andy, Portishead, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

David currently endorses Ayotte drums, Aquarian drumheads, Vater drumsticks and Dream cymbals and gongs.



Blackmore's Night

Mission Zero - Bruises on the Map (2011), Sky Candy (2013), People in Glass Yachts (2015), "Easy Tiger" (2017)

David Keith at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, Hamden CT, during a video shoot to promote the Mission Zero release Easy Tiger, Feb. 2017. David keith mission zero video shoot feb 2017.jpg
David Keith at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, Hamden CT, during a video shoot to promote the Mission Zero release Easy Tiger, Feb. 2017.

Boyan & Boyer feat. Mission Zero - Dj SS & Influx UK presents: DEEPSOUND VOL.2 / Formation Records, "Be Right Here" (2015)

Eight to the Bar - Hey, Sailor! (2001), Superhero Swinger Undercover (2003), You Call This Swing? (2005)

Mighty Purple - Live - Eli Whitney Barn (1997), Para Mejor O Peor (1998), How to Make a Living (2000)

.dbk. - .dbk. (2012)

My Brightest Diamond - Tear It Down (2007)

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David Keith, playing drums with Blackmore's Night, 2015 DreamCymbals.jpg
David Keith, playing drums with Blackmore's Night, 2015