Originally Posted by Lee Mangano
My name is Lee
Just goin thru these posts, I have to completely agree with you...I didn't look up your profile & don't know your experience or age but you make a great point, and I have to assume you are a professional & serious drummer.
The most asked question is Q: So who is the greatest drummer in the world ??
My Answer is: Theres way too many to count...and way too many varieties of styles to distinguish and point out 1 specific drummer as being the best.
I ask..would "AC/DC" be as solid & groove oriented rock as they are if Neil Peart was their drummer ....and would "Rush" be as progressive and unique in their odd time playing with Phil Rudd's style of playing ?
No, both bands would be weaker in getting their musical point across, but it doesn't make 1 drummer better or worse than the other...I consider them both top of their field in music & drumming ability...
As far as Travis Barker...I respect that he has been noticed in this business, but as a drummer I believe the fact that his bands record sales where high, he has a ton of tattoo's and VH1 did a "Meet the Barkers" show is the only reason Travis gets the notoriety & exposure he gets...it has nothing to do with his unimpressive drumming....
You make a totally correct point
HOWEVER!!!!! Travis barker's drumming is an essential part in the songs of Blink 182. Unlike most music, the drum part essentially leads the songs. most bands have the steady drum beat "back up". even though they also lead, blink 182 is a power trio, and therefore a more complicated and "filled" part is appropriate.
Travis essentially wrote a lot of the songs with his drum beats, which most of us cannot say without feeling a little guilty.