This may seem like a lazy post, I dunno. But the bouncing ball of my thoughts goes like this: I sure do like drummers. And I love playing the drums. Hey, I turn 40 this year, I should see if I can think up 40 drummers I think are awesome, off the top of my head. Go!
It kind of reads like a who’s who. A lot of expected names, but hopefully a few you have to wonder about, or question. Hopefully none that are unknown to you. Why did I include them? Technical skills. Their drum sound and approach changed things for everyone else, somehow. They just plain ol’ kick ass on the traps.
This isn’t a Greatest Drummers Of All Time list, though it could arguably look like one. It’s not even aphabetical, or in order of importance to me. I’ve forgotten many people. I could switch out this drummer for that. I should have added Johnny Fay from the Hip (I love that guy’s drumming). Anyway. It’s just a list. A mental exercise. Feel free to tell me others I missed.
Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts
Alex Van Halen