Neil Peart, Speed, Creativity
by Dennis Hillier
(Palm Harbor Florida)
Peart is great but right on his heels are Mike Portnoy, Ian Paice, Eric Singer, Simon Phillips, Don Brewer, Bobbi Rondenelli, Bobby Rock.
Fast and speed does not define a great drummer neither does off beats like Bonham. What makes a good drummer is his creativity and Peart has a lot of that.
And a simple drum solo off the top of your head at last minute does make for a great drummer. Not one who plays exactly the same solo every time.
I've been playing for over 40 years and have never played the same drum solo every show. I play a simple 4 piece Slingerland drum set and don't use triggers or any gimmicks.
Drummers in speed metal use triggers for speed, and as I see it, a great drummer is not defined by speed alone, it's creativity. And I think Neil Peart next to me is a great drummer. And there will be a lot of drummers following behind him.
Thank you for letting me talk. Dennis.