- Bonham could be loud, but what he played fit the tunes and the band. If he didn't fit, he'd have been gone.Yeah, hate is a strong word, but I've developed a strong dislike for showoff drummers--especially when they don't have much to show off.
There's a drummer who occasionally comes to the weekly jams I usually attend who thinks he's the cat's pajamas. He doesn't bother to put his name on the players' list, since he thinks he's too good for that, but insists to his buddy coordinating the players that he play first, or as soon as he arrives (if he arrives late, which he often does) Then when he plays, he's so busy that he's darn near soloing through every verse. Eventually the band relents and gives him a solo, but it's the same crap he's played during the songs, ruining them. Insult is added to injury by the fact that he brings friends with him who cheer for his excesses.
I've unfortunately listened to this guy enough to suspect that he might be a decent drummer if he just toned it down, but I don't know that because he overplays everything. It's like a personality problem, and it grates on me.
As for Bonham, I guess it does bother me the way he's idolized. For sure he was a very good drummer, and I respect him enormously, but I've never especially liked his style (or Led Zeppelin for that matter). It disturbs me that a generation or two of kids have grown up believing that Bonham was the greatest. Not really. There are other good drummers who the kids should take as role models too.
Hey, maybe the showoff drummer aspires to be the next Bonham? That would explain why he overplays everything, albeit with nowhere near the skill that Bonham had.
He had a great pocket too. I'm not so sure offs aspire to playing a great pocket.