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Who is the best drummer?

Slaterm 16 496 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 10:47PM
Just rediscovered Led Zepp II - listening to Moby **** and thought occurred to me - is there a better drummer than John Bonham? For that matter is there a better Rock band than Led Zepp?
Hergestridge 18 18 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2006 11:08PM
Yeh,Ginger Baker and Cozy Powell
BOB S 20 2.6k
7 Aug 2006 11:13PM
Different era:

Jimmy Chamberlain, Ex Smashing Pumpkins, now ZWAN

Stephen Perkins, Janes Addiction, Porno for Pyros, and back to Janes Addiction.

These are two who make Bonham (who was excellent by the way) look very ordinary.

Ginger Baker is still no slouch either, did you see his solo's in the Cream re-union gigs?

MeanGreeny 17 3.7k England
7 Aug 2006 11:21PM
Buddy Rich.

I saw him do a 20 minute instrumental piece at Ronnie Scotts once.

Other - lesser - drummers might call it a solo
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
8 Aug 2006 5:44AM
Mike Portnoy...

Incidentally, he's just had John Bonham's kit as used on Led Zep II reproduced and it now forms one half of his touring rig.

(The band is 'Dream Theatre' btw)
steve neil 18 597 Australia
8 Aug 2006 6:29AM
Maybe not the best talent but Keith Moon was the best to watch!
keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Aug 2006 7:01AM
We had this thread once before.

John Bonham.

Nobody....that's nobody... had more of an effect and influence on rock drummers that came after him, even to this day. Bonham took rock drumming and rang it's throat until it squeeked and then began to play it like the devils fiddle. The man was and will always be - the best.
pfheyes 18 254 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2006 7:05AM
Another vote for Bonham here ... listen to 'How The West Was Won' and weep. :o)

I'm no expert, but I don't think he was technically as good as some of the other drummers mentioned above, but for sheer raw power he couldn't (and still can't) be beat.

User_Removed 17 4.9k England
8 Aug 2006 7:10AM
Taiko Drummers take some beating :0 for raw power.
Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
8 Aug 2006 7:29AM
Forgive me if I'm out of order here, but is the only reason we know who's best drummer is because they used to indulge in tedious 15-20min drum solos that often took what appeared to be the whole side of an album. The bit for me that makes the Bonham one on Moby **** is when the music kicks back in. I bet there are other brilliant, but lesser know drummers who don't show off Wink BTW I'm not a fan of indulgent solos of guitar or keyboard either.
Sitka01 16 11
8 Aug 2006 7:35AM
John Lennon was once asked if Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world. He replied..."Ringo isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles!!" Smile
Big Bri 21 16.7k United Kingdom
8 Aug 2006 7:35AM
No Pete - you prefer computer generated music from talentless oiks, right ?

Big Bri 21 16.7k United Kingdom
8 Aug 2006 7:36AM
ROTFL @ Sitka Smile
keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Aug 2006 7:36AM
....but Moby **** is not considered Bonham's best work.
It was just a fashion of the time for indulgence.

Rock and Roll
Black Dog
When the levee breaks
and we've only just done the first three months.
Westers 17 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
8 Aug 2006 7:41AM
Nah, you've got it all wrong.

It's the Eveready Bunny.


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