And I think I may have brought this up before but I think everyone got riled up and the thread died. But you know how disappointed I was, having grown up in the 70s, to find out all my favorite drummers were either Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer, or Gary Chester? What if all the kids growing up on the 80s hair bands found out their favorite drummer was Jim Keltner or J.R. Robinson?Solid points. I keep hoping that Bermuda will write a book, and each chapter is an interview with a great drummer he has had to imitate, and a commentary on the challenges.
I've come to realize that making the hit records, and living the life as the artist of the hit record, are two different things. I could be totally wrong, but considering how much it costs to make a record, unless you were the Eagles (who would just rent the studio for two months), who's got that kind of money? If they stuck to a Beatles method of cranking out a 3-4 minute single in three hours, having no experience in the studio would just make that process take longer. I could totally see a drummer not cutting it, and they call in somebody else. Heck, Kenny Aronoff said that's how it was with him when he came on with John Cougar. They cut him out of the first record! So I'm no longer surprised to discover that maybe the guy I liked on the record was somebody else.