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This Week: FM96 Top 10 Drummers
- #1 Neil Peart [Rush]
- #2 John Bonham [Led Zeppelin]
- #3 Keith Moon [The Who]
- #4 Danny Carey [Tool]
- #5 Dave Grohl [Nirvana]
- #6 Alex Van Halen [Van Halen]
- #7 Chad Smith [Red Hot Chili Peppers]
- #8 Lars Ulrich [Metallica]
- #9 Tommy Lee [Motley Crue]
- #10 Travis Barker [Blink 182]
#1 Neil Peart
Neil Peart comes up #1 in MOST of the ‘best drummer’ lists you will find and that’s difficult to argue…he’s a legend. More than 20 albums and 40 years perfecting your craft with one band will do that…
#2 John Bonham
John Bonham, another musician gone too soon found dead the morning of September 25th, 1980 at Jimmy Page’s home. According to the coroner’s report, he had the equivalent of 40 shots of vodka in his system.
Go back to Led Zeppelin’s last tour in 1977 and one wicked drum solo:
His son Jason Bonham is still touring with his ‘Led Zeppelin Experience’ and keeping his father’s legacy alive.
In this interview from January 2013, he speaks about his father & Keith Moon.
#3 Keith Moon
Flashback to The Who’s final performance with Keith Moon with Rolling Stone:
On May 25th, 1978, a very rusty Who entered London’s Shepperton Studios to film a mini-concert for their career-spanning documentary The Kids Are Alright. They’d been off the road for nearly two years, though they did reform for a one-off in December of 1977 so director Jeff Stein would have new performances for his movie. Stein knew he needed amazing takes of “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and he was displeased with the 1977 footage. Reluctantly, the Who agreed to give it another try.
Keith Moon was only 31 at the time, but his endless partying had taken a severe toll on his body. He was bloated and out of practice. Nevertheless, the Who powered through a nine-song set that wrapped up with John Entwistle’s signature tune “My Wife.” They went to their dressing room sweaty and exhausted, but Stein wasn’t done with them. The director still wasn’t happy with “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and he told Pete he didn’t feel like it had a “definitive end.” “A definitive end?” Townshend reportedly said. “What do you want me to do? Go out there and fall asleep on stage? Maybe I should go out there and die during my last solo? Or maybe I should hit that motherfucker who’s been yelling for ‘Magic Bus’ over the head with my guitar?”
Video: Pete Townshend Trades Quips on ‘Letterman’
The Who ultimately agreed to play the song one more time. This time Townshend leaped in the air during the climax, did a knee slide and bounced around the stage. He wrapped up with some windmills before lifting his guitar over his head, bouncing it off the ground and then using it to knock some cymbals across the stage. Stein was pleased, and the performance wrapped up the documentary.
Just a few weeks earlier, the Who had finished work on their new album, Who Are You. It came out on August 17th, 1978. Keith Moon died less than a month later after mixing the alcohol withdrawal drug Clomethiazole with alcohol.
#4 Danny Carey
From Team Rock:
Tool’s esoteric mysticism taps into pretty powerful elemental forces. Incorporating this philosophy into his drumming, Danney Carey, a student of jazz drumming and known scholar of occult magical symbology, apparently drums in geometrically configured patterns, producing a mesmeric playing style that borders on the ritualistic.
#5 Dave Grohl
Whether he’s behind the kit for a band like Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures or Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, he’s furious. It must be tough to be Dave Grohl, he’s just as good at being a frontman and playing guitar as he is hiding at the back of the stage.
#6 Alex Van Halen
It’s funny that Alex Van Halen ended up behind the kit, and his brother Eddie ended up playing guitar. When the boys were young, as soon as Eddie would leave the house Alex would sneak behind the kit and pound away.
#7 Chad Smith
Chad Smith is a BIG fan of John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.
One item that’s always been on Chad Smith’s rock ‘n roll bucket list was recording at Headley Grange (an 18th century spot in Headley, Hampshire, England and both a rehearsal and recording home for bands like Led Zeppelin in the 60s & 70s).
Spitfire Audio invited Chad Smith & Queen’s Roger Taylor to be an integral part of a project called ‘The Grange,’ recording a sample library that would allow musicians to add certain instruments to their music. More from Chad and Music Radar:
“Some fantasy things are attainable one way or another…Let’s say you want to record at Electric Lady, which I’d still love to do, well, if you have the money, you can record there. And on and on down the line. But for years and years, recording at Headley Grange just wasn’t on the table – they closed the place down to people in 1975. So I didn’t think about it. Then all of sudden, it was like, ‘Oh, my God, you mean I can?'”
“It was a real honor to be a part of this project…for drummers and other musicians, they’re getting a really creative and useful music tool, and for Roger, Andy and myself, we were able to step back into history in a way we never would have dreamed. Everybody wins.”
Music Radar asked Chad about discovering Zeppelin & Headley Grange growing up:
“Oh yeah, all of that. Back in the day, I scoured album covers. You’ve have the inner sleeves or the fold-outs with all the pictures and information, cool pictures. I would see Headley Grange listed, and I’d be like, ‘Wow, what is this place? Headley Grange, it must be amazing.’ You’re a teenager and this stuff seems so mythic.
“There’s so much information now about everything. Bands are so accessible, and you see them everywhere. Back then, you hardly ever saw Led Zeppelin; they were very inaccessible. They didn’t do television, so the only way you could see them was in concert, if you could get tickets. They were mythic and mysterious, and then you throw in the stories about drugs and groupies and Aleister Crowley and all that. To a little kid like me, that was big stuff. The whole Headley Grange thing was a key part of the legend.”
Often mistaken for Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon helped these two settle their differences on the Tonight Show last year:
#8 Lars Ulrich - Metallica
You may not call him a classical drummer and you won’t catch him sitting in on a jazz session any time soon, but he knows what’s up when it comes to double bass drums. Turns out it all started with Grandma and a couple of boxes…
#9 Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee is comfortable drumming upside down, right-side up, on the crucify rollercoaster or simply parked on stage. No one said it’s never been difficult though…
#10 Travis Barker
Travis Barker was lucky to get the call to join Blink 182 after their previous drummer didn’t show up for a gig! He was played drums already when he was four years old and played in jazz band, marching band, and several rock bands by high school.