Re: John Bonham
I think anytime someone plays a tribute to one of the greats, as good as it may be, it will always bring you back to the original. You can't play Bonham better than Bonham, just like you can't play Buddy better than Buddy, Hendrix, Jaco, Coltrane, etc. etc. Imitators couldn't exist without the originals.
Now I haven't seen the Portnoy DVD, and I have no trouble believing the comment about groove as I find Portnoy's playing to be rather stiff and lacking in feel, but the triplet speed? Really? Even with the double bass drums? I've seen Portnoy go pretty fast on those things. Or was he attempting to play it the real way with just one? That I could believe, because he seems to do plenty of things with two feet that could easily be done with one.