Covers that don't work with the original drum part...


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Just wondered if there's other tracks out there where people rarely play the drum part as it was.
With the music I listen to, the drums are pretty basic. I'm sure that drummers who play covers (like me) alter kick drum patterns to better fit in with the particular band's version of whatever cover song is being played. For example, one band I play in covers David Allan Coe's "The Ride." The drum pattern "doubles up" at about 2:15. You can hear it here:

When I played it this way, the bass player (who's been playing bass since about 20 years before I was born...and I'm middle-age) asked me what the h3ll I was doing. I told him I was playing it the way it was written, and the rest of the band had to come to my defense. Needless to say, that was the last time I did that.

The takeaway: Play it the way the rest of the band plays it, even if it isn't "true" to the original recording. I sat in with a band this weekend, and I had to conform to the way they did songs....A LOT!