Who? Horton heard a Who and He loved it to the Moon and back. So pretty clear why Moon has fame. Horton
Basically there are several interesting things when you actually start to look at his playing in detail. One thing is, as pointed out, he was complimenting/phrasing the vocal and guitar, which resulted in Moon giving them even more energy. Play the same parts with a simple 4/4 beat and it would never push the song forward like Moon did. He was also REALLY good in his timing. So good, he actually had the freedom to make very progressive fills where he explored and pushed the boundaries of timing. Those who fail to get that, call this sloppy, but it is quite the opposite of sloppy timing. He played with altering time within a fixed time.pattern and always managed to get back in time for the next chapter (except around early 1975- mid 77). When they recorded "Who's next", "Quadrophenia" and "Who are you", he HAD to be perfect in timing as he had to play to a programmed synthesizer. No way to "rescue" tracks back then like today when something is a bit off in timing. And not only did he perform well, he performed astonishingly good.Moonies timing was actually really good, remember he had to synchronize himself along to a track on "wont get fooled again" and still propel the band in a highly energetic forward momentum.
His rolls support the vocal phrasing whereas a lesser man would get in the way. And he plays neither straight nor swung which tells me he had a sophisticated sense of rhythm.
And all before the internet and drumming resources/lessons we now have available to us all. Rhythm was inbuilt into that guy.
Edit: And the reason why he did not use a hihat in the very early stages of his carreer (mostly in live-situations) was, that the mics just sucked back then and the hihat had no chance to cut through the Amp-Walls that Townshend and Entwhistle put on stage. The ride on the other hand managed to cut through.
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Yeah....this is Entwistle we're talking about. Did he *ever* play roots?