Re: Stewart Copeland
How is it that I've never commented on the Stewart Copeland thread? He was my primary influence when I first started drumming, and I know I am not nearly alone in that. My first pro-level kit was a Tama Imperialstar, which is what Copeland used for a while with The Police. I'm sure Tama sold a lot of Imperialstar kits based on this association.
Here's a guy who is just a great musician, who absorbs music from different places and genres, churns it around in his brain, and translates it into his own unique and innovative style. He's one of those guys who has such a distinctive sound, you recognize it immediately when you hear it. And yes, he was integral to the success of The Police. The band would never have existed without him.