Stewart Copeland (spelling?)
Stewart Copeland (spelling?)
For shear greatness the first one that comes to mind is
Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
I remember sitting in the Chicago Stadium, on concert night, waiting for the show to start when an obviously tortured soul screemed "Palmer!!!!".
I speculated this was another drummer who could not duplicate C.P.'s licks.
John Bonham and Ginger Baker.
Dweller got them exactly right.
Carl Palmer is also part of Asia who's touring again this summer. Steve Howe, ex-lead guitar for Yes is also featured in band.
For Ginger Baker, see the Cream Royal Albert Hall, May 2005 DVD. Great to watch.
John Bonham is on the Led Zep DVD of a couple of years ago, the talent's there, but unfortunately the resolution's not so great.
this thread was just worked over on my motorcycle bullitan board (R1100s)
a ranking by gigital dream door follows:
(BTW I do not think that Buddy Rich is a non-rock no brainer.
Not with cats like Elvin Jones about.
1. Neil Peart (Rush)
2. John Bonham* (Led Zeppelin)
3. Carl Palmer (ELP)
4. Keith Moon* (The Who)
5. Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa)
6. Ginger Baker (Cream)
7. Hal Blaine (Session man)
8. Danny Carey (Tool)
9. Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
10. Earl Palmer (Session man)
11. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
12. Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
13. Benny Benjamin* (Funk Brothers)
14. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
15. Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
16. Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
17. Stewart Copeland (The Police)
18. Bernard Purdie (Session)
19. Vinnie Colaiuta (Zappa)
20. Jeff Porcaro* (Toto)
21. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
22. David Garabaldi (Tower Of Power)
23. Ainsley Dunbar (Jeff Beck)
24. Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
25. Mike Shrieve (Santana)
26. Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)
27. Steve Smith (Journey)
28. Al Jackson* (The MGs)
29. Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
30. Tim Alexander (Primus)
31. Jim Keltner (Session man)
32. Phil Collins (Genesis)
33. Cozy Powell* (Rainbow)
34. Simon Phillips (Toto)
35. Russ Kunkel (Session man)
36. Bobby Jarzombeck (Rob Halford)
37. Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews)
38. Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters)
39. Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins)
40. Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
41. Kenny Aronoff (Session man)
42. Alan White (Yes)
43. Mike Giles (King Crimson)
44. Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)
45. Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
46. Mike Mangini (Extreme)
47. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
48. Roger Hawkins (Arethra Franklin/Session Man)
49. Bobby Elliot (The Hollies)
50. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
51. BJ Wilson* Procul Harum)
52. Joe Franco (Good Rats)
53. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)
54. Virgil Donati (Planet X)
55. Roger Taylor (Queen)
56. Chad Wackerman (Zappa)
57. Topper Headon (The Clash)
58. Nick Barker (Dimmu Borgir)
59. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
60. Danny Seraphine (Chicago)
61. Gene Holgan (Death)
62. John Densmore (The Doors)
63. Max Weinberg (Springsteen)
64. Jabo Starks (James Brown)
65. Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
66. Jerry Allison (Crickets)
67. Phil Ehart (Kansas)
68. Chester Thompson (Santana)
69. Matt McDonoughe (Mudvayne)
70. Dean Castronovo (Journey)
71. Jon Theodore (Mars Volta)
72. Van Romaine (Steve Morse)
73. Ralph Humphrey (Mothers Of Invention)
74. Les Lester (Los Straightjackets)
75. Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
76. Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
77. Dick Richards (The Comets)
78. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle)
79. Stanton Moore (Galactic)
80. Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
81. Ron Wilson (Surfaris)
82. Jack Irons (Pearl Jam)
83. Jim Gordon (Derek And The Dominoes)
84. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
85. Eddie Bayers (Session man)
86. Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani)
87. Dave Grohl (Nirvana)
88. Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow)
89. Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)
90. Mike Bordin (Faith No More)
91. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
92. Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep)
93. Phil Selway (Radiohead)
94. Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio)
95. Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche)
96. Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
97. Nick Menza (Megadeth)
98. John Dalmayan (System Of A Down)
99. Travis Barker (Blink 182)
100. Ralph Salmins (Session man)
I have seen several percusionists over the years. Neil Peart continues to showcase his talent. Carl Palmer is excellent as well. Stewart Copeland works in varied styles. I agree Buddy Rich was one of the first drummers to perform like no other back in the day. Go to Drummerworld.com to view footage of the greatest drummers from Jazz to Rock.
For the most part the previous posts hit the nail on the head. There are so many great ones that everyone's going to have an opinion like belly buttons. Alan White (Yes) over Bruford, Copeland; Peart is incredible and plays like the Flash; Hendrix's band mate Mitch Mitchell; don't forget Buddy Miles; Bonham was awesome too. I think we tend to pick the drummers from bands we've listened to over the years. But there are many great drummers that I'm just not familiar with because I didn't listen to the particular group at all or enough. I grew up on groups like Yes, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Chicago, Santana, Pink Floyd, and later the Police and Rush. As much as I loved Chicago, I can't even remember their drummers name.
When the thread said Rock Drummers I did not include other genres, but I must tip my hat to the greatest soul r&b drummer of all time (former James Brown drummer Jabo Starks "pronounced jab-o." His incredible riffs and beats have been sampled and copied so many times that they are taken for granted as every day beats- but he started the funk and soul beats we hear now and in the past.
There are loads of great ones, but this drummer's vote for the best in rock are:
...no knocks against Bonham, Moon, Peart, Porcaro, Copeland, etc., who are all amazing drummers.
For non-rock I would say it's a no brainer with Buddy Rich.Again, there are many great ones--Bernard Purdie, Han Bennink, Tony Williams, John Hollenbeck, Omar Hakim, etc....but for the greatest ever, I suggest that you see Dennis Chambers in concert. And remember to wear diapers.
ok you guys, if you want to talk about the drummer as a musican and not just a studio drummer, but rather a musician that writes with the band, helps arrange and craft the song, not just a studio that records and tours then i nominate. in addition, the topic is ROCK drummers, and you guys are putting down all kinds of jazz and fusion guys. c'mon.
The most accomplished drummmer I have ever come across is Steve Ferrone...although not well known he can play anything as good as if not better than the best (very rare as most drummers are not able to cross over from one genre to another). Steve is absolutely amazing. I have seen him live at least twice. Once with Average White Band in the early 80's and again with Tom Petty in 1999. He has always remained in very high demand as a session drummer. He also played for Duran Duran in the late 80's....unquestionably a versatile drummer who can blues, funk, jazz, pop and rock as good as, if not better than, anyone....something to do with innate timing I guess...he can swing like no other...the timing must be programmed in.
BTW: Swing requires changing the length on notes depending on the BPM of music...faster requires more swing....but getting just the right amount and being able to change this on the fly is very tricky.