Re: Nicko McBrain
I know how Nicko plays that riff. I can play it myself to a certain degree. First thing that you have to understand about Nicko's Bass drum technique is that his Pedal is very tight indeed and his input to the pedal is very light indeed. I have clips of video's done at drummer live clinics in london and I was also there and what amazed me is how light on the pedal he is, when you practice this you can come up with some amazing riffs. The pattern on dream of mirrors is an old riff I first heard it on Caught somewhere in time and Evil that men do. He simply speeded it up abit you can also here it in the Trooper recently in the Guitar solo section. It is an old Bonham trick where on a rock beat you play double kick in between the Hihat or ride and the snare. When you do it fast with it sounds like the Bass drum is playing with the ride as well and doing a triplet but it isn't.
Hope this helps you.