Your Top 5 Influential Drummers of all Time

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1. Name the five influential drummers that are the reason you started playing drums.

2. Name your top 5 albums that inspired your drumming.
 

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Top 5 Drummers who influenced my drumming:

1. Keith Moon
2. Dave Grohl
3. Mitch Mitchel
4. Aaron Gillespie
5. Travis Barker

Top 5 albums:

1. Nirvana- Nevermind
2. Blink 182- Enema of the State
3. Underoath- Define the Great Line
4. Rage Against the Machine- Battle of Los Angeles
5. Greenday- Warning
 

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That's a big order but ok, I'll give it a shot.

Lars - back in the 80's I was all over that stuff, Metallica, Anthrax. I won't go into the timeline but I've been off and on drumming over the last 40 years or so and Lars has been a good and bad influence on me, I'm trying to ween it off, successfully though in a good way. It's still there and I still mix it in but creatively. I don't know if that makes sense, it does to me.

Peter Criss - a totally under-rated drummer, solid, pocket guy. His older stuff still awes and inspires me. Basic, simple but beyond that, curves are thrown. Never over-played and I think that goes a long way.

A.J. Pero - for an 80's hair metal band he was solid, huge influence for me and not just the slamming stuff. Like Criss he was/is solid and appropriate for the genre.

After this I get lost, those are my top 3, sorry.

For albums I focus on stuff I can or could do that sounds good and grooves at my point of progress. Old Aerosmith, B52's, Joe Jackson, stuff like that. I play that stuff all around my kit just to hone things in, it's good stuff.
 

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Five influential drummers that started me on the road to play drums:

Buddy Rich
Ringo
Gene Krupa
My cousin Joe
My friend Ralph who lived down the street and is an amazing drummer(!) He had two kits in his practice room and we'd jam together on drums. It was awesome!

Top 5 albums that inspired my drumming:

Neil Peart/Rush/All The World's A Stage/Moving Pictures
Ian Paice/Deep Purple/Machine Head
Bonham/Led Zep/Zoso (IV)
Jerry Gaskill/King's X/Dogman
Peter Criss/Kiss/Alive
 

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That's a big order but ok, I'll give it a shot.

Lars - back in the 80's I was all over that stuff, Metallica, Anthrax. I won't go into the timeline but I've been off and on drumming over the last 40 years or so and Lars has been a good and bad influence on me, I'm trying to ween it off, successfully though in a good way. It's still there and I still mix it in but creatively. I don't know if that makes sense, it does to me.

Peter Criss - a totally under-rated drummer, solid, pocket guy. His older stuff still awes and inspires me. Basic, simple but beyond that, curves are thrown. Never over-played and I think that goes a long way.

A.J. Pero - for an 80's hair metal band he was solid, huge influence for me and not just the slamming stuff. Like Criss he was/is solid and appropriate for the genre.

After this I get lost, those are my top 3, sorry.

For albums I focus on stuff I can or could do that sounds good and grooves at my point of progress. Old Aerosmith, B52's, Joe Jackson, stuff like that. I play that stuff all around my kit just to hone things in, it's good stuff.
Ill Look both criss and pero up one of the reasons I posted this was to find drummers to go and listen too
 

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For the 60's I have to do a list of 6 that got me going in the 60's.

Krupa
Rich
Nelson
Ventures (had several drummers) Album: The Ventures - Knock Me Out
Hal Blaine
Moon

Hal Blaine was on so many records and uncredited. But he was probably the "sound" of the 60's.
And you could probably put several other W.C. drummers in the list too.

By the early 1970's Bonham replaced Moon.
 
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That's a big order but ok, I'll give it a shot.

Lars - back in the 80's I was all over that stuff, Metallica, Anthrax. I won't go into the timeline but I've been off and on drumming over the last 40 years or so and Lars has been a good and bad influence on me, I'm trying to ween it off, successfully though in a good way. It's still there and I still mix it in but creatively. I don't know if that makes sense, it does to me.

Peter Criss - a totally under-rated drummer, solid, pocket guy. His older stuff still awes and inspires me. Basic, simple but beyond that, curves are thrown. Never over-played and I think that goes a long way.

A.J. Pero - for an 80's hair metal band he was solid, huge influence for me and not just the slamming stuff. Like Criss he was/is solid and appropriate for the genre.

After this I get lost, those are my top 3, sorry.

For albums I focus on stuff I can or could do that sounds good and grooves at my point of progress. Old Aerosmith, B52's, Joe Jackson, stuff like that. I play that stuff all around my kit just to hone things in, it's good stuff.
I really liked that you picked Peter Criss .
The beat to 100,000 years and Love Gun is in my DNA ….I have more than one drum buddy that just can’t play it right ….
 

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Five influential drummers that started me on the road to play drums:

Buddy Rich
Ringo
Gene Krupa
My cousin Joe
My friend Ralph who lived down the street and is an amazing drummer(!) He had two kits in his practice room and we'd jam together on drums. It was awesome!

Top 5 albums that inspired my drumming:

Neil Peart/Rush/All The World's A Stage/Moving Pictures
Ian Paice/Deep Purple/Machine Head
Bonham/Led Zep/Zoso (IV)
Jerry Gaskill/King's X/Dogman
Peter Criss/Kiss/Alive
Another vote for Peter Criss !!!
 

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I really liked that you picked Peter Criss .
The beat to 100,000 years and Love Gun is in my DNA ….I have more than one drum buddy that just can’t play it right ….
oh kiss ! I should have known who played for them!
 

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Yeah, also - I have to give Bun E some love too. I remember that part of my early teen confusing years listening to a ton of CT and zoning in on it.
 

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Man , tall order this question …

Doug Cosmo Clifford
Hal Blaine without me knowing it .
Neil Peart
Ian Mosley
Jerry Mercer





Eddie Money -Debut
Scandal -Warrior
REO Speedwagon -Live You get what you play for …
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

I listened to a lot of Rush and Kansas
And Sabbath , but I couldn’t pull off most of it ….
 

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Todd sucherman
Travis barker
Louie bellson (from my home town)
Terry crow ( local drummer)
Jeff Clark (local drummer taught me a lot in my twenties not ness about playing)
John bohnam
Stewart Copeland

top 5 albums
Blink 182 dude ranch (I was young)
Styx greatest hits ( something sparked in me after seeing sucherman)
Zeppelin in through out the door (fool in the rain has always been my favorite drum groove)
Def leopard hysteria (my dad constantly jamming this through out the house)
Police ( love copelands drumming)

I listed 7 drummers two local because terry growing up would take the time to teach me fills and such at a young age. And Jeff Clark took me under his wing after touring in original bands and taught me a lot in my 20s.
 

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Man , tall order this question …

Doug Cosmo Clifford
Hal Blaine without me knowing it .
Neil Peart
Ian Mosley
Jerry Mercer





Eddie Money -Debut
Scandal -Warrior
REO Speedwagon -Live You get what you play for …
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

I listened to a lot of Rush and Kansas
And Sabbath , but I couldn’t pull off most of it ….
Sabbath, older stuff and the Dio years is great stuff to groove to in so many ways.

Kansas too, throw Boston in there (the linear stuff in a way lol).

Rush after the first 3 albums is a little beyond me but I'm working toward it.

And yeah, you got me looking at older Speedwagon a lot from an older comment you made. I never appreciated that stuff until now. Throw J. Geils into that category also.
 

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that Inspired starting playing drums?

I was 10 - but according to mom had been denting pots and pans for a long time. So probably Ringo, Dave Clark, Krupa, Rich… anyone else I might have saw on TV…

Maybe more important and more interesting to me are the early influences that I latched on during those first few years of playing. Which I guess would be…

Buddy Rich
Mitch Mitchell
Carmine Appice
Ralph Humphrey
Billy Cobham

Of course, there were so many more more - but these were definitely players whose albums I wore out playing along with.

Mercy, Mercy - Buddy Rich Big Band (Though most any of the Pacific Jazz discs could be swapped)

Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix (though again the two prior LP’s were just as important to me)

Renaissance - Vanilla Fudge (or Near The Beginning)

At Filmore - Don Ellis Orchestra (or Tears of Joy or New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground or Autumn)

Birds of Fire - Mahavishnu Orchestra (or Inner Mounting Flame)

But this only brings me to about 1972 - around which time a whole new wave of influences hit me - Tony, Guerin, Lenny, Narada, Garibaldi - plus my first deep dive into the Beatles - and a wealth of more current pop stuff of that time….

So there’s 5 and 5 - but oh my, so much stuff left out…
 

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Man , tall order this question …

Doug Cosmo Clifford
Hal Blaine without me knowing it .
Neil Peart
Ian Mosley
Jerry Mercer





Eddie Money -Debut
Scandal -Warrior
REO Speedwagon -Live You get what you play for …
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

I listened to a lot of Rush and Kansas
And Sabbath , but I couldn’t pull off most of it ….
I should have added Ginger Baker and Frank Beard to my list as well ! I dig sabbath a lot and REO Speedwagon
 

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The list of five drummers that first influenced me to start drumming was from the sixties:

Ringo
Dino Danelli
Doug Clifford
John Bonham
Ginger Baker

And the initial albums from the sixties
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper
Rascals: A compilation album that was released in Brazil
CCR: Bayou Country
Led Zeppelin: II
Cream: Wheels Of Fire and Best Of Cream

There were many drummers that were much more influential for me later:
Mitch Mitchell - Are You Experienced album (International version)
Don Brewer - Grand Funk Live Album
Ian Paice - Machine Head
Denny Carmassi - Montrose
Keith Moon - Who's Next
Carl Palmer - The first ELP album, Tarkus and Brain Salad Surgery
Bill Ward - Black Sabbath album and Vol. 4
Bill Bruford - Yes Fragile
Frank Beard - Rio Grande Mud and Tres Hombres
Neil Peart - Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures

Dubious distinction: Neil Peart made me want to quit drumming many times
 

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Man , tall order this question …

Doug Cosmo Clifford
Hal Blaine without me knowing it .
Neil Peart
Ian Mosley
Jerry Mercer





Eddie Money -Debut
Scandal -Warrior
REO Speedwagon -Live You get what you play for …
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

I listened to a lot of Rush and Kansas
And Sabbath , but I couldn’t pull off most of it ….
Marillion!!! One of the greatest bands...and albums...and singer, lyricist...and drummer...and guitarist...I can't stop! Now I have to go bother my wife and kids with it!
 


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