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    Top 3 Rock Drummers - your opinion

    3 -- Jimmy DeGrasso

    2 -- Neil Peart

    1 -- Mike Portnoy

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    1. Neil Peart
    2. Mike Portnoy
    3. Tres Cool

    I'm not sure how drummers feel about Tres Cool, but he's a large part of giving Green Day their signature sound and for that, I put him in my top three...even if he does have one of the stupidest names on the planet.

    If you were to ask my drummer Hubby, he would put Terry Bozzio first and Peart second. Not sure who his #3 pick would be.

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    Hard to argue against Peart. I'm not even a huge Rush fan, but that guy is a freakin' monster.

    Bruford has tremendous skills, too.

    I'm going to throw in the underrated Stewart Copeland, just for sh!ts & giggles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr MidFi
    Hard to argue against Peart. I'm not even a huge Rush fan, but that guy is a freakin' monster.

    Bruford has tremendous skills, too.

    I'm going to throw in the underrated Stewart Copeland, just for sh!ts & giggles.
    I would love to see a drum-off between Peart and Portnoy. That would be sweet. I wonder who would come out on top?

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    Peart is #1 obviously. I like Portnoy, he's just such a wanker though

    What's Jimmy Degrasso doing these days?

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    Put me down for Peart.
    Phil Collins isn't so bad either.
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    1) Keith Moon
    2) Mike Portnoy
    3) Neil Peart

    I'll take Portnoy over Peart. I think technically, Peart is probably more sound, but I think Portnoy has more, well, diversity for lack of a better term...just my opinion. I don't think he wanks, either.

    I'm not a huge fan of the music, but I think Keith Moon gets the sligth edge here.
    This is the holy trinity of drummers to me, no others are equal...

    If I hear John Bonham I'll hurt someone.

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    Well for me it's these contenders:

    Manu Katche

    Chris Sharrock

    Roger Taylor

    Peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by kexodusc
    1) Keith Moon
    2) Mike Portnoy
    3) Neil Peart

    I'll take Portnoy over Peart. I think technically, Peart is probably more sound, but I think Portnoy has more, well, diversity for lack of a better term...just my opinion. I don't think he wanks, either.

    I'm not a huge fan of the music, but I think Keith Moon gets the sligth edge here.
    This is the holy trinity of drummers to me, no others are equal...

    If I hear John Bonham I'll hurt someone.
    What if I said John Rutsey?
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    unreal

    no one has mentioned Danny Carey from Tool.

    Peart, Carey and Portnoy. toss em up and take your pick

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    I have never listened to Galactic, so i never knew who Stanton Moore was until he played on the latest Corrosion of Conformity record, man he can play.

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    1 - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)

    2 - Stewart Copeland

    3 - Jon Fishman

    I'm always torn between the highly technical drummers (such as Peart and Portnoy) and those that are in the "pocket". While I'm often amazed at what Peart can do on a kit, I prefer listening to the playing of the guys listed above.

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    My top three rock drummers:
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    Neil Peart
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    John Bonham
    Ginger Baker
    Keith Moon
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    Is this list strictly drum set drummers or are we also talking percussionists???

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    Quote Originally Posted by shokhead
    John Bonham
    Ginger Baker
    Keith Moon
    you did that on purpose

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    Whats wrong with JB?
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    Terry Bozzio
    Phil Collins
    Chris Maitland

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    Neil Peart
    Bill Bruford
    ...and I don't know who I'd put third...let me think about it...Phil Collins is great as a drummer...I also like this session guy named 'Machine' -- he's on a lot of albums...
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    my votes go to:

    Bill Bruford
    John Bonham
    Billy Martin, (of Medeski Martin & Wood).

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    Quote Originally Posted by shokhead
    Whats wrong with JB?
    John Bonham is a great drummer and I love Zeppelin, but why is it anytime a "name the top X anything of rock" comes up, Zeppelin automatically gets a nod?

    These guys were more than the sum of their parts, a great band, legends etc, but broken down, they're just outmatched by other musicians on a 1 on 1 basis...I won't argue Zeppelin being bigger and better than The Who, but Bonham could have easily been Keith Moon's roadie!!! No comparison.

    Next someone will nominate Ringo Starr as a top 3 drummer....

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    I'm surprised there's no Lars Ulrich nominations yet...the work on ...And Justice For All was killer...

    see lots of Bruford nods...another great drummer, but for some reason I just don't think of drums when I think of Yes....

    These guys get little respect don't they? Who's overlooked more, bassists or drummers?

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    Lars has gone down the Pooper. The entire band has, actually.

    Quote Originally Posted by kexodusc
    I'm surprised there's no Lars Ulrich nominations yet...the work on ...And Justice For All was killer...

    see lots of Bruford nods...another great drummer, but for some reason I just don't think of drums when I think of Yes....

    These guys get little respect don't they? Who's overlooked more, bassists or drummers?

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    rock

    I guess it all depends on how, in your own mind, you would define the genre of ROCK.

    For me, Bruford does not fit, although he is one of my favorite percussionists of all time.

    As far as DeGrasso, I don't know where that boy is these days......but as good as he is, surely he is employed somewhere.

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    In no particular order...

    ...Ginger Baker...Charlie Watts...Ringo Starr...

    ...of course that's if the ability to keep a beat is a primary consideration...

    Jim Keltner...Terry Bozzio...Dino Danelli...Carmine Appice...Anton Fig are some others who come to mind...

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