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Phil Collins to Keith Moon: Five of the greatest drummers chosen by Jason Bonham

By Jason Bonham

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From the singing drummer who has sold 100 million albums worldwide as a solo artist - to one who was a free player, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham selects his favourites on the drums

Phil Collins Genesis

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Singing drummers are rare but Phil Collins also sold 100 million albums worldwide as a solo artist and is known for one of the most distinctive drum sounds ever - celebrated in that Cadbury's gorilla advert

Phil was Genesis’s third drummer but he went on to become a key member. Singing drummers are rare but he also sold 100 million albums worldwide as a solo artist and is known for one of the most distinctive drum sounds ever – celebrated in that Cadbury’s gorilla advert. My dad wasn’t a big Genesis fan but he did have Duke which was one of their later albums. When Abacab came out I went straight out and bought it.

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Dad (John Bonham, pictured left) was technically amazing but he had no training. It was all instinct. Joe Morello (right) held his sticks up high - like his hero Buddy Rich

John Bonham Led Zeppelin

Many drummers have told me how good my dad was. In the end I had to go back and listen to him objectively. Dad was technically amazing but he had no training. It was all instinct: he just had a feel for what was needed and a sense of groove. For him it was like a heartbeat. People don’t get his sense of groove, they assume it’s all power. When you think of a track like When The Levee Breaks it’s quite a simple pattern, but so many drummers play it really badly because it’s about the feel.

Joe Morello Dave Brubeck Quartet

Dad was a huge jazz fan. He held his sticks up high – like his hero Buddy Rich. You can hear it in his snare drum work: he played a jazz kit in a rock band. When you listen to songs like Moby Dick you can hear the influence. Joe Morello was equally as important as Buddy. If you listen to the solo on Take Five you can hear where Dad picked up his skills.

Stewart Copeland The Police

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When I was a kid I was a huge Police fan. Stewart Copeland was subtle and tasteful, always on top of everything, ahead of the beat almost

American-born Copeland drummed for British prog-rock act Curved Air before he joined the Police. When I was a kid I was a huge Police fan. We went to see them at the Birmingham Odeon. Dad trod on Sting’s foot by mistake and Sting said, ‘Don’t step on my blue suede shoes man.’ Dad said, ‘I’ll step on your head!’ Stewart was subtle and tasteful, always on top of everything, ahead of the beat almost.

Keith Moon The Who

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The Who's Keith Moon was such a free player - he wasn't technically flash but the pushing and pulling he did with the sound was amazing

Keith was such a free player – he wasn’t technically flash but the pushing and pulling he did with the sound was amazing. He was more with the guitar than the bass, melodic and creative. Strangely, my mate Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr’s son) ended up in his seat. My dad was good mates with Ringo. Zak’s a phenomenal player, a real influence and inspiration on me. I was envious when he got to play with the Who. When I finally got to play the Zep reunion he was the first person to text me congratulations.

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Nice article.

That's because rock n roll's last great record was from 1991. There hasn't been good music from new bands since 1995.

Nevermind?

What about the White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Black Crowes, Raconteurs, Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Wolfmother, and so many small local bands? Rock and Roll will never die, it's just not so much in the spotlights anymore.

Sorry for derailing, again, great article! :)

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Nice article.

Nevermind?

What about the White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Black Crowes, Raconteurs, Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Wolfmother, and so many small local bands? Rock and Roll will never die, it's just not so much in the spotlights anymore.

Sorry for derailing, again, great article! :)

No I was talking about the Use Your Illusions, but I guess Nevermind has it's moments (not my favorite kind of music anyway). As far as those bands go, I don't consider them Rock N Roll bands, and I freaking hate Wolfmother, I can't stand their sound, attitude and especially the singing. I'm going to see the Black Keys tomorrow, because I decided to give them a chance. My mate told me about it, and the tickets weren't very expensive so I decided to give it a try.

And I didn't say that Rock N Roll was dead! The spirit is still around in some people's minds, but the music is just not there. I know alot of unknown unsigned bands that have songs that make queen, Zeppelin and Sabbath come to mind when you hear them. I'm just hoping that they get a shot at bringing back the real Rock N Roll culture.

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Research has shown that your musical tastes/influences are (for the most part) grounded in your adolescence - hence his choices.

I agree thats why my fav guitarist are 70,s players too, but I know there are far better guitarist, like vai, satch, to name a few. :)

The title says greatest not favorite

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Melcore, well said.

Each of us have different reasons why we think a certain musician is the best. This is his opinion (and he happens to be one of the best drummers)!! Interesting...and I would still put his Dad as THE BEST hands down!!! :peace:

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Thx for sharing, Sam. Cool that he mentions Buddy Rich in there, too.

Buddy, as we know played some incredible beats (just on his drum sticks tapping and using the rims of the drums themselves). There's a lot of great videos on youtube. Check 'em out everyone.

R :bubble:

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Thx for sharing, Sam. Cool that he mentions Buddy Rich in there, too.

Buddy, as we know played some incredible beats (just on his drum sticks tapping and using the rims of the drums themselves). There's a lot of great videos on youtube. Check 'em out everyone.

R :bubble:

Buddy tought my friends dad how to play drums

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Morello was just a beast in any time signature. Time Out, Time Further Out, and Time In are all just remarkable recordings.

There was a time in college when Time Out would literally be all I listened to. I had the CD on spin for hours without getting tired of it

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I also think Carl Palmer is an incredible skinsman. I saw him last year with Asia in a very small theatre in the sticks near to where I live. To see him close up he was just amazing.

As far as a heavy rock drummer goes Ian Paice is also very hard to beat

Palmer never gets enough credit and Pert gets too much. Too me Bonham is number one by far and Moon is number two by far. But I have to take Don Henley over Phil Collins on the whole. But its close

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Palmer never gets enough credit and Pert gets too much. Too me Bonham is number one by far and Moon is number two by far. But I have to take Don Henley over Phil Collins on the whole. But its close

Carl Palmer gets plenty of credit... I agree maybe not as much now, but in the 70's and early 80's he was considered the man.

He was much quicker than Neil Peart, but Neil has a much better tempo and I think is more creative. Palmer used to race the time alot. just my opinion.

Phil Collins was an amazing drummer and a much better player than Don Henley .... at least technically..

Henley is a very tasteful drummer though and I like his voice better than Phil's.

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