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Who Is the Best Drummer You've Seen This Year?

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It's been a pretty good year so far for live music ... I hear the Live Nations are booking more shows and selling more tickets than ever before in 2022.

So, who's the best drummer you've seen this year. My candidates include:

Eloy Casagrande - Sepultura ... Eloy is one of the 10 Best Metal Drummers in the World Right Now and it was a pleasure to see him play a tiny club near me (that just got shut down, probably permanently after security fatally show and underaged and drunk patron).

Gene Hoglan - Testament -- Technically within a year as I saw The Atomic Clock last September. So fun seeing dudes older than me play crushing metal.

Jean-Paul Gaster - Clutch - Always a thrill to see the swinginist drummer in Metal play.

Dave Lombardo - Testament - The former Slayer skinsman was great on The Bay Strikes Back Tour.

Paul Mazurkiewicz - Cannibal Corpse -- Oh, we may never recapture the magic of was really my first metal show of 2022 -- back when one could reasonably take an Uber 20 miles. Sold out show.

Sorry, can't decide, though the rare chance to see Lombardo probably gives him the edge.

Looking forward to your picks.
 

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I haven’t been to a concert this year .
But I did see Jimmy Paxson with a local band …..
 

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Whew… tough one.

It’s between Joey Baron.. with Jakob Bro and Thomas Morgan… at the Vanguard.

Or Tyshawn Sorey… with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano… at the Vanguard.
 

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Marco Minnemann with the Aristocrats.
Jeff Sipe with Bass Extremes
Will see Matt Abts in a couple of months.
 

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I've only been to one concert this year but had the privilege of seeing two extraordinary drummers, Ringo and Gregg Bissonette. This was my first time seeing Gregg live. I was really impressed by his playing, especially his solo during Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein." By the way, Edgar Winter surprised my by his timbale work on that song during the show.
 

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Got to see Stewart Copeland for only the second time in my life when he played with Oysterhead at an Atlanta music festival. At 70, that guy has more energy than most and you could feel the joy in his completely unleashed playing. Outstanding.
 

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I've only been to one concert this year but had the privilege of seeing two extraordinary drummers, Ringo and Gregg Bissonette. This was my first time seeing Gregg live. I was really impressed by his playing, especially his solo during Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein." By the way, Edgar Winter surprised my by his timbale work on that song during the show.
I believe Edgar plays the timbale solo on the recording. Super-talented musician.
 

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Matt Abts is huge Fav of mine …
Likewise, and haven’t seen the Mule for a few years now, and I’ve seen them at least 15 or 20 times in the past. It is time!!

I did see 5 Dead & Co. shows this year, so there’s Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, plus Jay Lane for a few sets.

I also saw some casino shows, I live in Palm Springs and that is a bonus for me, I don’t gamble but I dig plenty of the acts that they book @ Fantasy Springs and Agua Caliente.

ZZ Top in the spring, Frank Beard didn’t disappoint.

Saw Chaka Kahn in the winter, Jerome Garnett was the drummer, solid and funky.

Boz Scaggs was lots of fun and Jamison Ross was behind the kit.

Steely Dan this spring in San Diego was best for drums, Keith Carlock is a monster and they ended the show with his drum solo! Excellent.
 

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Likewise, and haven’t seen the Mule for a few years now, and I’ve seen them at least 15 or 20 times in the past. It is time!!

I did see 5 Dead & Co. shows this year, so there’s Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, plus Jay Lane for a few sets.

I also saw some casino shows, I live in Palm Springs and that is a bonus for me, I don’t gamble but I dig plenty of the acts that they book @ Fantasy Springs and Agua Caliente.

ZZ Top in the spring, Frank Beard didn’t disappoint.

Saw Chaka Kahn in the winter, Jerome Garnett was the drummer, solid and funky.

Boz Scaggs was lots of fun and Jamison Ross was behind the kit.

Steely Dan this spring in San Diego was best for drums, Keith Carlock is a monster and they ended the show with his drum solo! Excellent.
I’ve seen Gov’t Mule 4 times , I left early the last time as it seems they were stuck on slow jams that night ……
Warren can’t read a crowd or doesn’t care too , the place went bonkers when they played Mule and then they went right back to sleepyville
 

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I've only been to one concert this year but had the privilege of seeing two extraordinary drummers, Ringo and Gregg Bissonette. This was my first time seeing Gregg live. I was really impressed by his playing, especially his solo during Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein." By the way, Edgar Winter surprised my by his timbale work on that song during the show.
Have you seen the original version ?

 

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I’ve seen Gov’t Mule 4 times , I left early the last time as it seems they were stuck on slow jams that night ……
Warren can’t read a crowd or doesn’t care too , the place went bonkers when they played Mule and then they went right back to sleepyville
That sounds odd to me, I often wish Warren would tone it down a bit and wail a little less.
 

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The only live music I've seen so far this entire year was Paul McCartney, so my answer by default is Abraham Laboriel Jr.
 

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Drummer playing with Jason Foree at BB
King’s on Beale Street in Memphis.

Just a pleasure to sit, watch, and learn. Couldn’t find info on him. A real talent.
 

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Recently saw Butch Norton play with Lucinda Williams. He, and the entire Buick 6 band, were awesome. But he was just cooking the whole time. The jam they had during Are You Down sounded like Santana, with percussive sounds everywhere, but it was only Butch.
 


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