coming up tomorrow with vanderpool Scotty V Lists His Top 10 Drummers

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KZOK’s FCC Licensed Morning Disc Jockey is also a drummer…in case you didn’t know that already.  Next week The Late Show with David Letterman is featuring “Drum Solo Week” which will conclude Thursday with The Professor, Neal Peart from Rush. Therefore in anticipation of the event, here is Scott’s Top 10 Drummers of all time list.

Gibson.com recently released their Top 10 list, and I feel compelled to differ with them. They’re all around us, you know, and they seem like normal people on the surface, but… Really all you have to do is attend an event like Donn Bennet’s annual Woodstick drummer gathering to get an idea of how many great drummers there are out there who will never be famous. That’s why lists are boring and suck.

9 & 10) Dave Grohl and Matt Cameron. I remember seeing Dave Grohl with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nirvana[/lastfm] and thinking he was rock solid but I could pound a kit just as hard…then I was lucky enough to see him with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Queens of the Stone Ag[/lastfm]e. Jaw on the floor, whole show.  And when [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rush[/lastfm] went on extended hiatus after Neil Peart’s personal tragedies, who did Geddy Lee call when he wanted a drummer for his solo album?  The drummer for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Soundgarden[/lastfm] and[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Pearl Jam[/lastfm], natch.

7 & 8) Alan White and Michael Shrieve.  And I’m not just saying that because [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Yes[/lastfm] and[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Santana[/lastfm]’s drummers live among us in Pugetropolis…okay maybe I am. It could have justaseasily been Ian Pace of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Deep Purple[/lastfm], Bun E. Carlos of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cheap Trick[/lastfm], Frank Beard of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]ZZ Top[/lastfm], Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, Bill Bruford, Phil Rudd, Phil Collins…

5 & 6) Charlie Watts and Mick Avory.  Like Ringo, the Stones and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kinks [/lastfm]anchors totally complimentary to some of the greatest rock ever, and even fewer boring solos.

4)  The Professor.  Like I was saying most drum solos are boring and suck, but Neil Peart perfected it as a sort of highly engineered halftime show AND managed to find time to write all his band’s lyrics. And he can hammer one out oblivious to the obvious distraction of tumbling dryers and rotissierring chicken chefs.

2 & 3) Bonzo and Moonie. Before these two, conventional drumwisdom was getting around to rockin’ a bit…but most everyone had been trained by some jazz cat. These guys had a connection with their respective guitar and bass players that let them make great rock songs rock harder than ever, reinventing the whole can ‘o whoopass. And sure they did solos, but who cares? Don’t tell anyone, but I learned this in my punk rock days…drum solos are usually boring and suck. No one really likes drum solos, not even a lot of drummers. Mike Portnoy’s here, case in point.

1) Ringo.  Number 10? Silly guitar players. Sure the drummer in the most important rock band ever isn’t the most fluid, right-left brain disconnected technician on Gibson’s list here, but none of these people would have picked up sticks if it weren’t for Ringo. Being good at an instrument is all well and good, but the hardest thing in music is writing a good song. Nobody did that better than the Beatles, and their drummer was the anchor. You don’t realize it, but your subconcious brain knows Ringo is the reason why when you see band perform with a “beat box” it seems so incredibly lame.


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