The Best Rock Drummers

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10. Danny Carey 

Daniel Edwin “Danny” Carey (born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas) is an American drummer best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by artists such as ZAUM, Green Jellÿ, Pigface, Skinny Puppy, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Carole King, Collide, The Wild Blue Yonder, Lusk, and the Melvins. 

Carey’s first encounter with the drums began at the age of ten by joining the school band and taking private lessons on the snare drum. Two years later, Carey began to practice on a drum set and began studying under the tutelage of drumming great, Ben Kelso. In his senior year of high school in Paola, Kansas, Carey joined the high school jazz band and began to study under a new teacher specifically for jazz drumming training. Jazz would later play a huge role in his signature approach to the drum set in a rock setting. 

As Carey progressed through high school and later college at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, he began expanding his studies in percussion with theory into the principles of geometry, science, and metaphysics as well as delving into Sacred Geometry and certain hidden aspects of life and the occult. Carey also played jazz while attending college and got to experience the jazz scene in Kansas City. -Wikipedia.org

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9. Shinya 

Shinya (born February 24, 1978, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician who is the drummer of Dir En Grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was previously a member of La:Sadie’s. Shinya has composed a handful of songs for Dir En Grey, his compositions alternating between melodic (“Hotarubi”, “Fukai”) and upbeat tunes (“Raison Detre”, “Umbrella”). -Wikipedia.org

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8. Travis Barker 

Travis Landon Barker (born November 14, 1975) is an American musician, producer, entrepreneur, and the drummer for the American pop punk band Blink-182, as well as the alternative rock band +44, the rap rock band The Transplants, and the drummer for the alternative rock band Box Car Racer. He was a frequent collaborator with DJ AM, and together they formed TRV$DJAM. 

After the split of his first band, Feeble, Barker began playing for The Aquabats in 1996 as The Baron Von Tito. He recorded one album with them, The Fury of the Aquabats!, in 1997. His career took off when he joined up with pop punk band, Blink-182 in 1998. Barker became known for his mohawk and his tendency to perform shirtless, revealing a multitude of tattoos. 

Barker has since established himself as a versatile drummer, producing and making guest appearances in music projects of numerous music genres including hip-hop, alternative rock, pop and country. He has gained significant acceptance within the hip-hop community in particular and often collaborates with artists to compose rock-tinged remixes to their songs. -Wikipedia.org

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7. Lars Ulrich 

Lars Ulrich (born December 26, 1963) is a Danish-American heavy metal drummer, best-known as one of the founding members of the American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle class family. A tennis player in his youth, Ulrich moved to Los Angeles, California at age sixteen to pursue his training, though rather than playing tennis, he became a drummer. After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler, Ulrich met James Hetfield and formed Metallica. -Wikipedia.org

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6. John Bonham 

John Henry Bonham (31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980) was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and “feel” for the groove. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music by many drummers, other musicians, and commentators in the industry. -Wikipedia.org

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5. Joey Jordison 

Nathan Jonas Jordison (born April 26, 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa), better known by his stage name Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He grew up in Waukee, Iowa with his parents and two sisters, and was given his first drum kit at the age of 8. He performed in several bands until joining The Pale Ones in summer of 1995, a group which would change their name to Slipknot. With Slipknot, Jordison has performed on four studio albums, and produced the live album 9.0: Live. 

He is also the rhythm guitarist for the horror punk band Murderdolls, which he helped establish while on tour with Slipknot. Originally named The Rejects, he has performed in both of their albums. Outside the majority of his projects, Jordison has performed with other heavy metal groups such as Rob Zombie, Metallica, and Ministry. While most of his performances with these bands were on tour, some albums, such as House of Secrets and the reissue of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 feature studio recorded tracks which have him performing. Jordison uses several drum brands including Pearl and ddrum. -Wikipedia.org

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4. Neil Peart 

Neil Ellwood Peart OC, (born September 12, 1952) is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario (now part of St. Catharines) working miscellaneous jobs. His true ambition, however, was to become a professional drummer. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined a local Toronto band, Rush, in the summer of 1974. 

Early in his career, Peart’s performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, however, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, Peart became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating jazz and swing components. Gruber was also responsible for introducing him to the products of Drum Workshop, the company whose products Peart currently endorses. -Wikipedia.org

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3. Yoshiki Hayashi 

Yoshiki Hayashi (born November 20, 1965] in Tateyama, Japan) is a musician, songwriter and producer. He is primarily known as co-founder of the popular rock band X Japan, for which he plays drums and piano and writes most of the music. After the band disbanded in 1997 he participated in other musical acts and produced for other bands. In 2007 X Japan re-united and he has been performing with them since. -Wikipedia.org

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2. Shannon Leto 

Shannon Leto (born March 9, 1970) is an American drummer and an occasional actor. He is the older brother of musician and actor Jared Leto, both are part of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. Shannon Leto was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. He has been playing drums since 1975, and currently plays in the band 30 Seconds to Mars, whose singer is his younger brother Jared Leto. 

Some of Shannon’s favorite drummers include John Bonham, Roger Taylor, Stewart Copeland, Keith Moon, Nick Mason, and Lars Ulrich, all of whom he notes as influencing his own playing style. He is known for his extremely fast style of playing. With the band, he practices six to seven hours a day. In an interview with Modern Drummer magazine in February 2006, he stated: “Rehearsing that much has helped to build up my stamina and make my playing more precise”. He has also said that he doesn’t like playing to tape or to a loop, and prefers the more organic way of doing things, experimenting with electronics the band creates on their own. -Wikipedia.org

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1. Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan

James Owen Sullivan (February 9, 1981 – December 28, 2009), or The Reverend Tholomew Plague, often shortened to The Rev, was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. He was also the lead vocalist in Pinkly Smooth, a side project where he was known by the name Rat Head, with fellow Avenged Sevenfold member, guitarist Synyster Gates. Sullivan grew up and lived in Huntington Beach, California. The Rev was found dead on December 28, 2009, at the age of 28. -Wikipedia.org

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