New "Top 5 Drummers Thread"....

Trey Gray

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Good morning,

For us older, more mature players(ha!), I'd like to make a bigger list. Hey I've been playing over 40 years so my tastes change....

I put influences in order of how I've progressed as a drummer/musician....

Would love to see some other lists.

Peter Criss
Bobby Chouinard
Liberty DeVitto
Steve Smith
Alan Gratzer
Kelly Keagy....these guys my first 5 years...

Kenny Aronoff
Steve Jordan
Andy Newmark
Pat Mastelotto
Tony Thompson
Micky Curry....these guys soon after that

*Matt Frenette*....special mention, great Ludwig Clear Maple Kit
*Myron Grombacher*...special mention, every kit he ever played

Ringo
Charlie
Porcaro
Blaine
Keltner
Abe Jr.
Blade....as I get older.....

cheers and blessings everyone,have a great week....tg

sorry couldn't keep it to 5.....
 

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I like seeing Kelly Keagy in your list and makes perfect sense. He was one of my early influences as well. Got to meet Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson after a show but not Kelly.

My first 5 at 12 or 13 years old:
AVH
Tommy Lee
Kelly Keagy
Neil Peart
Frankie Banali

a few years into playing:

Kenny Aarnoff
John Bohnam
Nico McBrain

Got into country music, these guys were on the records but I didn't know who they were:

Tommy Wells
Eddie Bayers
Lonnie Wilson
Jerry Kroon
John Dittrich

Then as tastes changed and really got to doing my homework:
Levon
Joe Morello
Steve Jordan
Ian Paice
Ringo
Watts

Then chops guys:
Steve Smith
Steve Gadd
Todd Sucherman
 

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I can’t even name them there are so many. I made a list last year of my influences and put it on excel, there are 204 names on there from over my 50 years of playing.
 

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Started playing drums at 7, I'm 32 now and I was also raised in the rural South. I grew up listening to what my dad listened too because I didn't have a choice lol. Mostly Southern Rock/Blues. (Allman Brothers, ZZtop, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ottis Redding) Like most rural southern drummers, I learned how to play drums in Church. So my fundamentals are rooted in gospel. During my early teens I was introduced to bands like Greenday, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters which expanded my musical pallet. As a teen I gradually progressed into metal and went through that stage for a while. So my musical taste is relatively large along with my list of influences.

7-12 (dads music) years old:

Frank Beard
Butch Trucks
Bob Burns
Mitch Mitchell
Phill Rudd
Keith Moon
John Bonham

12-16 years old:

Dave Grohl
Taylor Hawkings
Tre Cool
Chad Smith
Travis Barker
Abe Cunningham
Aaron Gillespie
 

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Teens:

Peter Criss
Mick Tucker
Neil Peart
Michael Derosier
Neal Smith

20's/30's:

Bill Bruford
Terry Bozzio
Phil Gould
Jerry Marotta
Peter Erskine

40's/50's:

Pat Mastelotto
Gavin Harrison
Asaf Sirkis
Kenny Grohowski
Mark Guiliana

Still love all these and many others too.
 

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Teens:

Peter Criss
Mick Tucker
Neil Peart
Michael Derosier
Neal Smith

20's/30's:

Bill Bruford
Terry Bozzio
Phil Gould
Jerry Marotta
Peter Erskine

40's/50's:

Pat Mastelotto
Gavin Harrison
Asaf Sirkis
Kenny Grohowski
Mark Guiliana

Still love all these and many others too.
Kenny played with Brand X too. A monster!
 

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Great thread! I started playing in the mid-late 70s, when I was in about 3rd grade. Buddy Rich came to my sister's high school, so that's where it stats for me. Early on, through my early teens:

Buddy Rich
Ringo Starr
Liberty Devitto
John Densmore
Jeff Porcaro

Mid teens - 20s:
Phil Collins
Charlie Watts
John Bonham
Keith Moon
Neil Peart

Now:
Steve Gadd
Mike Portnoy
Steve Smith
Billy Cobham
Art Blakey (perhaps my all-time favorite)
 


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