Originally Posted by drummernowlin
Alex Van Halen is one of the ten greatest rock drummers of all-time in my opinion. One of the things I love most about his playing is his use of his cymbals. He wasn't the first to do it, but that beat from Hot For Teacher is so cool because of his ride cymbals.
Alex is about as solid as they get too. Let's face it, have you ever seen him mess up? No. He compliments his brother's playing very well and makes the band sound better overall. When you don't have to worry so much about singing, you can let loose a lot more and it shows with him...Great drummer...great feel...great sound...great, period!!!
Your correct, Alex is definatly good. My third influence. I can listen to his playing all day. His solos on youtube are done to entertain music listeners. Not drummers per say. And most drummers will say He's not Vinnie, Thomas Lang, Donati, Chambers or countless others. Guys that have taken drumming to another level. But Alex does what HE does best. Not what Vinnie or Bozzio or Minneman do best. True his solo's are pretty basic & straight forward. But thats what impresses music LISTENERS. Not every drummer out there. Parraddidles, double strokes and flams arent going to impress Van Halen fans. Maybe drummers but not the average V.H fan. Alex knows what it takes to excite HIS crowd.