Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen of Def Leppard. His left arm was amputated & went on to play his heart out my making better use of his feet! Talk about overcoming. Wow! He's got my respect.
My favorite drummers are Questlove from The Roots and Travis Barker.
Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy are among my favorites.
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
Alex Van Halen (super-underrated IMO)
If I have to pick one I'm going with Peart!
As a drummer myself i would list John Bonham, Neal Peart, and Simon Philips. Not the greatest drummer but this is worth watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItZyaOlrb7E
Bonham Led Zepp is probably the best in terms of pure talent, power and energy. Neil Peart is probably the best techincal drummer of all time.
You also have to give credit to Tommy Lee and most of the other drummers mentioned in this thread.
When I get time I will also search for the 5 year old kid that can reproduce many of these top drummer's sounds!
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.
In my list, they are the best.
1. Neil Peart
2. John Bonham
3. Chad Smith
4. Danny Carey
5. Keith Moon
6. Dave Lombardo
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...
Jimmy ' The REV ' Sillivan drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, my friend
Rest in peace and fly away, find him in the heaven.
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.
by Jason Benedict 5 years ago
Drummers never get any credit. What song has the best drumming you have heard in a music track?For me Tool - Lateralus, Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick, and Tool - Ticks and Leeches would be my top three.
by alqx 8 years ago
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 band. I'm just about to start taking drum lessons. I'm addicted to drumming...
by sam209 6 years ago
Is Ringo Starr an overrated or underrated drummer?
by kerryg 9 years ago
There's a thread for best guitarist floating around already, so how about best drummer?Partly I'm looking for inspiration:My son (11) started band this year on drums. He's really enthusiastic about performances and things like that, but getting him to practice is like pulling teeth. At this point,...
by manicmusicfan 6 years ago
Who is the best rock drummer, of all time?
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