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Old 10-27-07, 01:40 AM
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Favorite drummers?

As a former drummer myself I'm fairly opinionated about who I think are some great drummers.

This guy is my absolute favorite...
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Eric Singer


Who would you rate as your favorite drummer? (and including video examples would be great...)

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Old 10-27-07, 02:17 AM
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Not a drummer so what do I know but I like d.j. bonebrake.
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X - Motel Room In My Bed

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lets see
Portnoy
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Peart
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Bonham
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Roddy
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I'm not going to post vids, and I probably won't get any backup, but my faves are:

Bill Peterson (Descendents, Black Flag, ALL, Lemonheads, Only Crime)
James Meza (Tiger Army, Rezurex, Nekromantix)
DJ Bonebrake (X)
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Off the top of my head, Stewart Copeland, Bun E. Carlos, Richie Ramone, John Bonham, John Tempesta, Marky Ramone, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr....I'm sure I forgot a few.
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I've always thought Phil Collins' drumming looked effortless and he certainly has a distinctive sound and style.
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Zig Modeliste, who is basically syncopation personified:
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Tomas Haake playing a really weird time signature, as usual:
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Brann Dailor: sorry about the awful vocals on this one, but this guy plays some of the most complex but goove-filled drum parts I can think of:
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Jaki Leibezeit who's playing "sounds like the clicking of insect limbs" according to Robert Christgau:
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Tony Thompson, probably the most powerful drummer of all time:
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Moon, of course:
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John Stainer what's up with the insanely high crash? Every band he's in gets better because he's in it:
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Old 10-27-07, 09:59 AM
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Couple others:

Terry Williams - best known for the being the drummer on Dire Strait's album 'Brothers in Arms' with that rockin' opening on "Money For Nothing". But I knew his work before that from the Rockpile/Dave Edmunds/Nick Lowe albums.

Richie Hayward - Little Feat, Robert Plant

Mick Fleetwood

Jerry Shirley - Humble Pie, Fastway

Sean Kinney - Alice in Chains (I was especially impressed with his work on the Unplugged album - cool grooves!)
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Originally Posted by [email protected]
Couple others:

Terry Williams - best known for the being the drummer on Dire Strait's album 'Brothers in Arms' with that rockin' opening on "Money For Nothing".
I hate to say it, but I always thought that was a drum machine.

To add someone new to the discussion, I always thought Eric Singer was a great drummer, ever since I saw him with Black Sabbath. He was even better in KISS than Eric Carr.
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That's my "educated" answer. The truth is, what I like would probably get me laughed at by "real" drummers but hey, it's what I like.



J'aime Tambeur (I don't know if that's his real name or if it's just a clever stage name)



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Originally Posted by Jason
To add someone new to the discussion, I always thought Eric Singer was a great drummer, ever since I saw him with Black Sabbath. He was even better in KISS than Eric Carr.
Might want to re-read the first post.
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Now the thing to remember is - there is no wrong or bad answer when talking about your favorite drummer, as it's all a matter of personal taste.

We've talked about "best" drummers here before, and that's always a matter of opinion, but "favorite" is not debatable.

Having said that Eric Singer IS a great all around Rock drummer - and much more versatile than most people know (he played in his father's JAZZ band back in the 70's, and won a few JAZZ drumming competitions to boot!). I just love his style, and when you combine that with his chops you get the reason why he's my favorite.
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Neil Peart is my favorite and the reason i wanted drums when i was a teen(got a guitar instead).

Of the "newer" generation of music i really like Danny Carey of Tool:

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My favs:

Danny Carey (Tool)
Carter Beauford (DMB)
Matt Walker (drummed for the Smashing Pumpkins for one tour)
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Eric Carr was the biggest influence on my playing style when I played drums, and here are some great examples of his playing:

1990 Solo part 1 (bad audio quality, but you get the idea of just how creative he was in presenting a drum solo that was meant to be entertaining - he really was VERY innovative.)
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Part 2 (again, bad audio, audio/video are not in perfect sync, but it shows what a great SHOWMAN he was - and this was, sadly, only a year and a half before his cancer related death).
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Late 1984 showing off his hard hitting style with just a little finesse thrown in the middle:
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On top of being a great drummer he really was a nice guy. VERY humble, no inflated ego - and he even blew off his girlfriend to talk to me at the 1990 NAMM show. He was just a great, great guy.

(Edit - Here's Japan 1988 - love the integration of the Simmons drum pads triggering synth sounds into his solo at the end.)
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Tomas Haake - "Stengah"

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Sean Rickman - "Popeye"

Great drummers make it all look so effortless...
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Sammy Figueroa

Sammy Figueroa was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of thewell-known singer Charlie Figueroa. His first professional experiencecame at the age of 18 with the band of bassist Bobby Valentin. Duringthis time he co-founded the innovative fusion Brazilian/Latin group Raices, which broke ground for many of todayís bands.

After releasing a classic album on Atlantic Records, the band moved to New York where Sammy was soon discovered by jazz flautist Herbie Mann. Tours and albums with the Brecker Brothers, Average White Band and John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra followed, culminating in recordings and tours with the legendary Miles Davis.

Since then Sammy has played with a multitude of distinguished jazz and Latin jazz artists including Sonny Rollins, Dave Sanborn, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, George Benson, Chet Baker, Stanley Clarke, Grover Washington, Jr., Al Jarreau, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Mark Murphy, Mike Mainieri, Nestor Torres, Chico O'Farrill, Mike Stern, Dave Grusin, Chuck Loeb, Bobby Watson, Dave Valentin, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Luis Salinas, Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Bobby Valentin, Tania Maria and Michel Camillo, who wrote the song "And Sammy Walked In" in his honor (this song was also recorded by Giovanni Hidalgo.)

Sammy also played with most of the worldís major pop stars. He appeared on Mariah Carey's MTV Unplugged album and video and has recorded or performed with James Taylor, Dr. John, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Celine Dion, Blues Traveler, Steve Winwood, 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant, David Lee Roth, Hall & Oates, Joe Cocker, Rickie Lee Jones, Annie Lennox and many, many more. Sammy played on many classic r & b hits such as Luther Vandross' "The Night I Fell In Love" and Ashford and Simpson's "Solid Like A Rock". He also recorded with Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Grace Jones, James Ingram, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin and can be heard on most of the Nile Roger and Bernard Edwards disco hits such as Chic and Sister Sledge. As one of New York's most sought after session players Sammy played on countless albums, jingles and film scores. His famed sense of humor, ebullient personality, and open-heartedness are famous within the music industry and have enabled him to develop close relationships with artists and fellow musicians.

In the spirit of experimentation he has collaborated and appeared with artists such as Paul Winter, Glen Velez and Michael Shrieve. He has also worked with Wynton Marsalis on an educational program for children and taught a shaman/percussion workshop called Thunder Drums.

Sammy's sounds and rhythms are also featured on "Percussionworks" (Big Fish Audio), a highly popular sampling and "beats" collection used by producers and recording engineers throughout the world.
i REALLY liked his stuff on 'Picking Up The Pieces' with Average White Band ...

and his stuff on David Bowie's 'China Girl' was some of the best stuff ever laid down in popular music...
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It is sad to see no mentions of Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford or Lenny White.

Anyway, does Haake still play drums? I believe I heard he has been replaced with a software package he helped develop.
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Lots of the names mentioned here, but a couple worth mentioning:

Butch Trucks/Jaimoe (Allmans)
Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh/session)
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Originally Posted by SFranke
It is sad to see no mentions of Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford or Lenny White.

Anyway, does Haake still play drums? I believe I heard he has been replaced with a software package he helped develop.
Meshuggah used DFH, Drumkit From Hell, on Catch 33 but that was due to the constant rearrangment of the music prior to recording. Mr. Haake should be back for their next release.

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Meshuggah - "In Death - Is Life/In Death - Is Death," Catch 33
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More cool Eric Singer stuff...
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