Great point, which many of us forget while playing in our basements only dreaming.
This. There are a lot of players in the rock idiom where this is true.As soon as I learned a new song (or solos) I thought: So what - nothing special or too complicated, I can play that. Years later I realised that it's not about whether I could play it but that actually someone came up with that cool material ...
This is a fairly common theme among rock drummers, maybe all drummers ... perhaps even a feature of human nature existing everywhere else outside of drumming and music.And sadly, over the years, Lars hasn't kept up his skills, further diminishing his reputation in drummer history.
Do I look at him the same way now? Of course not. But that doesn't discount what he did in the past.
There's another concept I've been giving extra consideration toward recently. What exactly is overrated or underrated? As Arky mentioned when considering only the technical parameters; you can easily miss the crux of a player's impact if that's all you're looking at. I think this is true for Lars, Ringo, Moonie, Peart, Bonham, etc. The list goes on and on.Over rated, under rated.....it makes no difference to me.
I am not a fan of the music number one, but from what I have heard it isn't that complicated, so the drumming, if he indeed does play to the music would also not be to difficult. But that's me. Would I be him. No. Why would I? I would then have to play in a band that plays music I don't like.
Easy. Some people have that laser-like focus going on when they're young and hungry, but once fame and treasure comes into the picture, suddenly there are all these other shiny objects diverting your attention (girls, yachts, etc), and maybe drumming isn't as interesting as it used to be, especially when it becomes your "day job".But I don't understand how someone could not progress at all in 25ish years.... I've worked effing hard over the past 10 years and I'm proud of what I've accomplished, but I'm actually excited about how much of an amazing drummer I'll be once I have 30 years under my belt... I just can't comprehend or understand not becoming amazing in that amount of time.
Good Point Mike.Lars made his mark. Perhaps if he would've died right after "...And Justice For All" we wouldn't be focusing on his decline as much as we'd be speculating on how awesome he surely would have been had he lived. .
The stuff on the radio tends to be the songs that have the simple parts. There are songs from before they became "radio friendly" that aren't nearly as simple.I am not a fan of the music number one, but from what I have heard it isn't that complicated, so the drumming, if he indeed does play to the music would also not be to difficult. But that's me. Would I be him. No. Why would I? I would then have to play in a band that plays music I don't like.
There are some live clips floating around youtube where he is rather underwhelming, and plays like he's not even taking his own performance seriously. For a period of time, he also started simplifying his own parts to the older stuff, which fueled speculation that he either couldn't, or didn't care to, play his own parts anymore.I'd never understood why people kept saying he was terrible.
I agree. Too many look for sheer virtuosity in a player I think. Not everyone is that type of player, nor is everyone called to be. Ultimately I think musicianship must trump a players technical prowess, surely? A band is the sum of many parts, the drums are just one of them. If that drummer lays down a solid foundation for the music to launch off, then he's done his job IMHO......regardless of how fast his feet are or how many triple ratamacues he can shove into a fill. Sure it can be exciting and it certainly entertains a drum forum, but is impressing other drummers really the ultimate goal?..........when considering only the technical parameters; you can easily miss the crux of a player's impact if that's all you're looking at.
It's an interesting one. I guess it's easy to rest on your laurels when you have a formula that obviously works. Drummers may cane him, but fans are still buying albums.....in Lars' mind, I'm sure he thinks he's doing ok. Of course it could also be that the time that used to be spent practising drums has become overshadowed by the time it takes to count his millions.But I don't understand how someone could not progress at all in 25ish years....