I admire the tenacity of Rick Allen of Def Leppard, and was at one of their first concerts here when Allen first returned after the accident, and while that was a memorable evening I can say without hesitation that Neil Peart, the legendary drummer of Rush has to be recognized as (at the very least) one of the best drummers of all time especially to my generation.
Peart has done it all and has earned so many accolades for his drumming prowess that I think there aren't very many drummers that can compare to him.
I understand your love for his skill & I've heard a Looot of Rush thanks to my uncle but, when it gets down to it, I do believe the most impassioned player I've ever seen Live, or heard--is Lars Ulrich of Metallica!!! Next to him, I still get excited when I here Bonham play the Lemon Song. Check out this chickie playin'! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irJssBgtwK4
I don't know who the greatest is, but having listened to a lot of metal and progressive bands I will give a few of my favorites, John Bonham, Lars Ulrich and Danny Carey (Tool). His techniques with odd time signatures was impressive.
Neil Peart, certainly. I'd have to say Bill Bruford (early Yes, and King Crimson). He has always been very creative, playing around the beat, but never losing the rhythmic feel of the piece.
You might think my next two choices odd, but Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts always knew how to use the drum kit economically. One of the hardest things to do for a drummer is maintain the solid backbeat that the other musicians rely on, and feed off, instead of always wanting to show off. A little discipline goes a long way...
Bonham all the way. Although I wasn't even planned when he was alive, I'd give my right leg to see him play live. His sense of rhythm, controlled yet explosive power behind his bangs...ah..I could listen to him all day long.
Zero threads on Drums and Percussion? Surely there are drummers and percussionists in this community. Oh well, let me be the first to start.I started playing drums/percussion two and a half years ago in a school concert...