Tool is an extremely epic band – and their drummer is just as epic! Standing at 6’5”, Danny Carey first started on the drums at age ten. After a few years in the school band, he joined the jazz band, which would guide his approach to drumming in the future.
Percussion theory further shaped him before he moved to Portland and then LA. He eventually found his way to Maynard James Keenan and Adam Jones – practicing in lieu of drummers who flaked! And hence, Tool.
No list would be complete here without some alt-rock love! Mike Bordin of Faith No More snatches up a spot on our list, and it’s all credit to his amazing skills. He’s got a unique, pulverizing style. And he can adapt - to be a jackhammer or be as soft as a needle dropping.
He’s a leftie who plays a right-handed kick-drum, which we’re basically floored at. Named “Puffy” due to the unruly afro hairstyle he wore in the 80s, he’s also played for Black Sabbath and EZ Street!
A fabulous jazz drummer, Anthony Tilmon Williams is one of the greats. He’s so revered that he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame back in 1986. He first gained repute when working with Miles Davis and helped pioneer the movement of jazz fusion.
Probably the greatest compliment Williams received was from music critic Robert Christgau, who exalted him, describing him as “probably the best drummer in the world.” Wow!
Heck yeah, we love a bit of Iron Maiden. Head banging doesn’t get much better than this - and the English-born Nicko McBrain is a master of it! The keen golfer (unrelated, but a fun fact) has played with the heavy metal band since 1982 and started off doing some session work (after learning about pots, pans, and a gas cooker with knives) before joining the band.
McBrain is definitely the “pulse” of the band, and perhaps surprisingly, is a devout Christian! Imagine being a part of a band called “Satanist” and then doing a 180 and, from 1990 onwards, being staunchly Christian!
Aldridge taught himself to play drums in the '60s (when he was around ten or so) and eventually built his drum kit with money he’d earned from odd jobs (like delivering the paper). He, like many other respected drummers, was largely self-taught and credits his unique style and eccentricities to the fact that he didn’t have a drum teacher.
The self-taught drum genius has worked with an impressive lineup of bands and musicians, including Pat Travers Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, and the king of shredding, Yngwie Malmsteen.