Originally Posted by the skin man
I think the key thing is an unusual combination of impressiveness and popular appeal. Most drummers that impressive don't have that much popular appeal, or to the extent that they do, what they play doesn't fit in with the rest of the music as much. It's more likely to sound like flashiness just for its own sake.
I dont think he would have a popular appeal if he didnt have impressiveness first.
Neil is a team player. Your right. The intro of Spirit of Radio w/the drums and bass matched note for note was for the song and not for Neil's ego.