The "greatest Keith Moon-type drummer in the world," as he described himself, abhorred the repetition of rote rock drumming – as well as the repetition in life in general. Moon, the inspiration for the Muppets character Animal, smashed drum kits and hotel rooms with a ferocity suggesting he was ...
At just three years old, he was already able to outplay some of the most famous drummers in the world. At the time, Rich was the world’s second highest paid child star. By 14 years old, he was already leading jazz bands. He continued to play with his Buddy Rich Big Band until his death at the age of 69.
It may be Sting's melodies that have become ubiquitous, but the Police sounds the way they do because of Stewart Copeland's use of space, subtlety and aggression. He's surely the major drummer least interested in playing the snare (which is still uncommonly bright and cutting) and his signature parts often involve intricate hi-hat patterns (that's his hat-work on Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain").
Phil Collins is the master, up there with the greatest stars. I really hate how people think of Phil Collins as just this bubble gum pop singer. While it may be true that he had his fair share of fluff, he was a hell of a drummer. It's sad to see his rating so low just because the man sang some sentimental love songs in the 80s. Listen to Duke's Travels on Genesis's Duke and then come talk to me.
Mike Mangini; With the prog-metal band Dream Theater, which he joined in 2010 after acing an audition competition with six other top-tier drummers, Mike Mangini (b. 1963) finally found the ideal forum for his freakishly complex, imaginative, and precise playing.
Blink-182's Travis Barker is one of the most famous drummers of the new millennium thanks to his hardcore sensibility, skater aesthetic, hip-hop energy, pop appeal and reality TV-ready baby face — not to mention his ease working with EDM superstars or rappers, and DJ-ing in his spare time.
A percussionist with a classical musician's technical prowess, a jazz improviser's subtlety and spontaneity, and a rock drummer's emphatic drive, Bill Bruford was a fully formed artist when he first came to the public ear on the first five albums by Yes.
Since debuting with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1989, Chad Smith has consistently mixed the quick-footedness of classic funk with an arena-rocker's power and volume. "He plays hard, man," said Sammy Hagar, who recruited Smith for his band Chickenfoot.
Cuban-born speed demon Dave Lombardo earned the nickname "A.D.Dave" from his Slayer bandmates after effortlessly keeping the pace on breakneck ragers like "Angel of Death" – which tops out at 210 b.p.m. and includes one of the most awe-inspiring drum breaks in metal – and "War Ensemble," all while hinting at swinging Latin jazz.
Steve Gadd British jazz drummer Pete Fairclough said that Steve Gadd "doesn't play a groove, he digs a trench." At the peak of his work in the New York session scene in the 1970s, he claims he playing three sessions a day, giving a decade of rock music a deep and gentle funkiness.
Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa and perhaps Neil Peart can be named in the same breath as Carl, but none surpasses the legendary Carl Palmer! Carl Palmer is by far the best drummer of all time !! I'm not talking about just your favorite band now i'm talking pure genius on the drums! Bonham, Starr, Peart,were all great drummers but not as technical as Carl.
According to the infinitely demanding Frank Zappa, Vinnie Colaiuta took "first prize" when it came to supplying complementary polyrhythms to his guitar solos "on the moment" — look no further than the intricate guitar-drum confabulations of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar for proof.
In the early Seventies, Billy Cobham set a new benchmark for fusion drumming, marrying jaw-dropping jazz-honed dexterity with pulverizing rock power. The Panama-born drummer appeared on Miles Davis&a In the early Seventies, Billy Cobham set a new benchmark for fusion drumming, marrying jaw-dropping jazz-honed dexterity with pulverizing rock power.
Given his status as the drummer in the band that undisputedly invented heavy metal, it's surprising to reflect on what a nimble player Bill Ward has always been. Schooled on jazz greats such as Joe Morello and Gene Krupa, the Black Sabbath co-founder brought a sense of stylish elasticity to the ominous trudge that defined the band's early work ("Black Sabbath," "Iron Man").
Without Deep Purple's only continuous member, Ian Paice, there would be no heavy metal drumming. A epic rock legend who has "never played with ear plugs," Paice is an old-school pro wh Without Deep Purple's only continuous member, Ian Paice, there would be no heavy metal drumming.
Clyde Stubblefield and John "Jabo" Starks At the height of his band's rhythmic revolutions, Brown's percussion section was anchored by not one but two master drummers: the woefully underrated John "Jabo" Starks and Mr. Funky Drummer himself, Clyde Stubblefield.
Though there are many great drummers in rock and roll, the all time greats are typically associated with jazz music. Most of the drummers on this list are more influenced by jazz music than rock music. The only way to really discover for yourself if you believe this list is accurate is to do some of your own research.
Porcupine Tree and Gavin Harrison are way, way, way, better then most of these bands and drummers on this list. To even think that Ringo Starr or Phill Collins could even compare to Gavin Harrison is a joke. And really just one notch above Mick Fleetwood? Is this list a joke or what? Gavin Harrison is destined to be a legend like Neil Pearth.
Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro was a perpetual pop presence in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. His fleet stick work gave Michael Jackson's "Beat It" much of its bite, helped Michael M Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro was a perpetual pop presence in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson Ahmir Thompson has taken on many roles — neo-soul superproducer, polymathic author/raconteur, talk-show bandleader, Broadway musical consultant, celebrity superfan — but those opportunities arose because he's foremost a wickedly versatile drummer whose playing has consistently upended expectations.
Coming from the same Parliament-Funkadelic school that birthed Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood and Jerome Eugene "Bigfoot" Brailey, Dennis Chambers combined those players' funk acumen with the fusion of Tony Williams, in turn inspiring countless gospel and hip-hop drummers.
Bonham was the most influential drummer of all time, all modern drummers would have studied Bonham like their life depended on it. He's influenced the likes of Dave Grohl (Who should be on this list anyway) Joey Kramer, Lee Kerslake, Tony Thompson, Tommy Lee, Peter Criss, Stewart Copeland, Chad Smith, Dave Lombardo and Brad Wilk... Some of the greatest drummers of today who quite frankly would outplay Shannon Leto blindfolded and with a single hand.
Twenty years after its release, Dave Grohl was still raving, "Nobody played drums like Matt." When Soundgarden suddenly disbanded in 1997, Cameron wasn't out of work for long: Pearl Jam invited him on tour the following year. "They didn't try to tone me down at all," he told an interviewer near the beginning of his ongoing stint with the band.
Hal Blaine "If Hal Blaine had played drums only on the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," his name would still be uttered with reverence," Max Weinberg once said. But the drummer born Harold Simon Belsky did so much more, recording with Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Elvis and the Supremes, to name just a few.