Everyone has been to a concert and seen people in the audience air guitar, and if you happen to catch a drummer in the audience, you may sometimes see a guy or two do the air drum fill/crash. However, at the Rush concert in Toronto last year, for the first time ever, I saw an arena of nearly 20,000 people ALL doing the air drum fill. It was literally the most amazing moment of any show I've ever seen. As a drummer you're the back beat of a band, and very rarely is it the drummer that takes the spotlight in a song like that. Imagine for a moment looking around you at your favourite drum fill and EVERY SINGLE PERSON AROUND YOU is doing the air drum fill with you. It was mindblowing.
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The fill I'm talking about is of course the first fill in 2112: Temples of Syrinx, right before the verse begins. Heavy metal is my preferred genre, and I grew up listening to some great guys. From the metal (let's cut heavy out) Dave Lombardo, Alex Van Halen, Tomas Haake, and Joey Jordison stand out (though he was pretty poor at Rock in Rio 2011). Honorable mention for me goes to Mike Portnoy (he is amazing and I saw DT play 3 times with him), and of course you can never forget/exclude Bonzo. I probably can't appreciaet Bonham's true godliness since I never got the chance to see him play live.
With all that said, and with all the skill that is required to play 200 bpm blast beats, nobody touches Neil Peart and Carter Beauford. Carter Beauford plays any genre perfectly, and though I'm not the hugest fan of Dave Matthews Band, he's truly a virtuoso.
Neil Peart. I can't believe he was only mentioned once. Clearly more of you should listen to Rush, everything you thought you know about insane drumming will change forever.
Having seen Joey Jordison, Derek Roddy, Tomas Haake, Lars Ulrich, Chris Adler, Tommy Lee, Mike Portnoy, Nick Menza and then virtually almost every popular heavy metal drummer that's toured in Toronto, I say with conviction that Beauford and Peart blow them all out of the water.
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Kibibit United States. May 31 2012 03:02. Posts 1365
On May 31 2012 02:52 WightyCity wrote: mike portnoy
probably the worst, most uninspired drummer of all time Proof pure technique is useless without respect for groove etc
I dunno, at first the Dream Theater fan in me urged me to write a response, but upon thinking about it, you're pretty much right. He's far and away the most forgettable of the more talented drummers I've ever seen.
Surprised no one has mentioned Danny Carey in this thread.
He plays a wide variety of styles from metal to jazz, his band is pretty popular and he has impressive technique as well. His ability to play a different time with each of his limbs simultaneously is pretty incredible.
I also forgot to mention the legend, Christian Vander from Magma. Just one of the best jazz drummer out there !
Since I saw some guys posting vids about girl drummers, there's one that I like a lot, it's Lux from Necromantix. Because she's pretty, she has an incredible level, and I find that compared to Meytal Cohen, she plays with much more confidence. And well, fuck, when you'll see how stylish her double bass play is, you'll fucking cry. Seriously. + Show Spoiler +