David Keith (drummer)

For other people named David Keith see David Keith (disambiguation).

David Keith
David keith rainbow drummer birmingham uk 2017.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDavid M. Keith
Born (1973-10-18) October 18, 1973 (age 46)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresRock, pop, indie pop
Years active1989–present
Associated actsRainbow, Blackmore's Night, Mission Zero

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 influencesEdit

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.



  • Rainbow: Memories in Rock II (2018)
  • Rainbow: Memories in Rock, Live in Germany (2016)
  • Live in Birmingham 2016 (2017)

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.

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)


External linksEdit

David Keith, playing drums with Blackmore's Night, 2015