Originally Posted by keep it simple
...If a singer nails that note, if a guitarist nails that solo, they attract far more praise than the drummer who nails the groove.
Maybe it's the circles I follow, but I find more praise about recorded drum solos than any other instrument (perhaps besides vocal).
I mean, a cool guitar riff/solo is cool, but when a drummer lets loose, usually everybody watches.
My (then) 8 yr old nephew went to a Rush concert just to see Neil Peart play a solo. Watching the rest of the band was just a bonus.