What's your Drummerworld number?

TK-421

Senior Member
Being bored stuck at home, I had a thought. How many of the Drummerworld Top 500 Drummers have I seen perform live? Living in LA helps, as every tour comes through town, I go to NAMM every year, and the local jazz clubs host such luminaries as Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl and many more. And until recently, the Guitar Center Drum Off Finals were held here, where I saw even more greats.

So I looked at the list, racked my memory, and counted up 76 77 79 81.

What's your number?

A few rules:
  1. They have to be from the Drummerworld Top 500 Drummers list. If you saw a famous or prominent drummer not on the list, it doesn't count.
  2. You had to see them playing drums. Running into someone at a restaurant, seeing them walk around NAMM, etc. doesn't count unless they were behind a kit. I once saw Joe Morello at a NAMM booth playing a practice pad, but I'm not counting that. Has to be behind a kit (or equivalent, for someone like Luis Conte or Tito Puente).
  3. There are a few people listed twice on that list (i.e. Jack DeJohnette is listed among "D"s and "J"s). However you can only count them once.
  4. It can be with a band, at a clinic, playing solo, whatever, doesn't matter. As long as you saw them playing drums somewhere, it counts.
  5. It should go without saying, but internet videos do NOT count.
  6. Bermuda, if you decide to play, I'll let you count yourself. :)

Anyway, here's my list.
  1. Tommy Aldridge (Yamaha Groove Night @ NAMM, early-mid 2000s)
  2. Tim Alexander (with Primus in San Antonio, early 90s I think)
  3. Scott Amendola (at a few jazz clubs in LA in the early 2000s)
  4. *Vinny Appice (on tour with Ronnie James Dio in the early-mid 80s)
  5. Kenny Aronoff (at The Baked Potato and at the Tama booth at NAMM)
  6. Carter Beauford (with Dave Matthews Band in Oakland in '99 and in LA around 2003/4-ish)
  7. Tal Bergman (with Joe Bonamassa in LA, and with Rock Candy Funk Party at the Baked Potato)
  8. Gregg Bissonette (in a clinic in Torrance, CA around 2001 I think)
  9. Cindy Blackman (Hollywood Drum Show clinic)
  10. *John Blackwell (Guitar Center Drum Off Finals, 2013)
  11. Brian Blade (many times at several jazz clubs in LA)
  12. Bill Bruford (with Earthworks in LA, early 2000s I think)
  13. Danny Carey (not with Tool, but with Volto! at the Baked Potato)
  14. Keith Carlock (in LA with Steely Dan, with Rudder at the Baked Potato, with Band of Other Brothers at Blue Whale)
  15. Bun E. Carlos (with Cheap Trick at the Wiltern in LA and before the Rose Bowl game one year)
  16. Matt Chamberlain (with Critters Buggin in LA, early 2000s)
  17. Dennis Chambers (soloing at Pearl booth at NAMM around 2015 or so)
  18. Billy Cobham (at Catalina Jazz Club in LA)
  19. Vinnie Colaiuta (on tour with Sting several times, and at Catalina Jazz Club in LA with Oz Noy)
  20. Cora Coleman-Dunham (at Guitar Center Drum Off Finals the year she won)
  21. Stewart Copeland (with The Police at Dodger Stadium and at the Hollywood Bowl, and at a clinic at the LA Music Academy)
  22. Kirk Covington (with Volto! at the Baked Potato)
  23. Nick D'Virgilio (with Spock's Beard at a prog fest in LA around 1996 I think)
  24. Virgil Donati (twice at the Baked Potato)
  25. Sheila E. (at Guitar Center Drum Off Finals)
  26. Dave Elitch (Hollywood Drum Show clinic, plus his studio is right next to mine so I hear him all the time)
  27. Peter Erskine (many times in LA at various jazz clubs and at clinics)
  28. Steve Ferrone (with The Buzz Wizards at the Baked Potato and at a Gretsch event in Hollywood)
  29. Anton Fig (with Joe Bonamassa at the Greek Theater in LA)
  30. Mick Fleetwood (with Fleetwood Mac at Staples Center, early 2000s)
  31. Josh Freese (at one of the Guitar Center Drum Off Finals in the early 2000s)
  32. Steve Gadd (at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals about 6-7 years ago)
  33. Matt Garstka (initially at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals, but then many times after that with Animals As Leaders)
  34. Eric Kamau Gravatt (with McCoy Tyner at Catalina Jazz Club)
  35. Benny Greb (in a clinic at Sam Ash Hollywood, and at the Sonor booth at NAMM)
  36. Omar Hakim (I've seen him perform twice at NAMM, once this past NAMM, and again 5-8 years ago)
  37. Eric Harland (with McCoy Tyner 2-3 times at Catalina Jazz Club and once at Yoshi's Oakland)
  38. Gavin Harrison (with Porcupine Tree in LA and at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and with The Pineapple Thief in LA)
  39. Taylor Hawkins (with Foo Fighters opening for The Police at Dodgers Stadium, and a few years ago at the Forum in LA)
  40. Roy Haynes (at Catalina Jazz Club in LA)
  41. *Gerald Heyward (Guitar Center Drum Off Finals, 2013)
  42. Elvin Jones (in Portland, OR in the late '90s with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine)
  43. Steve Jordan (at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals with his band)
  44. Thomas Lang (in a clinic at the former Chad Sexton's Drum City)
  45. Rick Latham (at a NAMM after party about 10 years ago with the Groove Doctors)
  46. Tommy Lee (with Motley Crue in the 80s and playing a solo at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals in the early 2000s)
  47. Mike Mangini (playing a solo at the Guitar Center Drum Off Finals about 5-6 years ago)
  48. Nick Mason (with Pink Floyd during the Pulse tour at Texas Stadium in Dallas in 1994, where I had 2nd row tickets!)
  49. Pat Mastelotto (twice with King Crimson at the Greek Theater LA, and with Stickmen at the Baked Potato)
  50. JoJo Mayer (performing at the Sonor booth at NAMM around 2013 or so)
  51. Nicko McBrain (FRONT ROW, Iron Maiden World Slavery [Powerslave] tour, San Antonio, TX, 1985)
  52. Jason McGerr (twice with Death Cab for Cutie, most recently last summer at the Hollywood Bowl)
  53. Marco Minnemann (with Plini and Mohini Dey at a NAMM after show—watch the video I shot here)
  54. Stanton Moore (several times at The Mint in LA between 2010 and 2015, or so)
  55. Airto Moreira (with Chick Corea at the Hollywood Bowl)
  56. Gary Novak (at the Baked Potato years ago, and more recently he played after me at a gig in Santa Monica)
  57. Ian Paice (on tour with Deep Purple in the 80s)
  58. *Carl Palmer (on tour with ELP in the mid 80s)
  59. Neil Peart (many times with Rush, starting with the Power Windows tour, and ending with their very last show in 2015)
  60. Simon Phillips (twice with Hiromi Trio, twice with Protocol, and once in a clinic at PASIC)
  61. *Aquiles Priester (playing solo at some studio event in Glendale, CA about 5-6 years ago)
  62. Dafnis Prieto (a couple years ago at a Jazz Bakery event in LA)
  63. Johnny Rabb (years ago at a NAMM booth, he was playing some sick grooves!)
  64. Tobias Ralph (with Adrian Belew in LA around 2014 or so)
  65. John J.R. Robinson (in a clinic in Eugene, OR)
  66. Antonio Sanchez (several times with Pat Metheny, twice with his own band, and performing his Birdman drum score at Disney Concert Hall)
  67. Ed Shaughnessy (at a PASIC clinic in Anaheim in 1997)
  68. Chad Smith (not with the Chili Peppers, but with the Bombastic Meat Bats at a NAMM after party)
  69. Marvin "Smitty" Smith (at a Tonight Show taping in 1996. Tiger Woods and Jenny McCarthy were the guests)
  70. Steve Smith (numerous times with Vital Information, most recently about 2 months ago)
  71. Glen Sobel (showing off at a drum booth at NAMM in the early 2000s; I remember this because I shot video of it!)
  72. Zak Starkey (with the Who at the Hollywood Bowl in 2000)
  73. John "Jabo" Starks (performed at induction ceremony for the Rock Walk Hall of Fame at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals)
  74. Clyde Stubblefield (same as above; Clyde and Jabo were inducted at the same time)
  75. Todd Sucherman (on tour with Styx several times, plus at a clinic at the Hollywood Drum Show)
  76. Alex Van Halen (with Van Halen in the 80s and 90s)
  77. Nicolas Viccaro (at the Bosphorus booth at NAMM a couple years ago; I have video of him!)
  78. Chad Wackerman (in clinic at Sam Ash Hollywood and several times at the Baked Potato)
  79. Dave Weckl (many, many times over the years, mostly at Catalina Jazz Club Hollywood and at Yoshi's Oakland)
  80. Paul Wertico (a long time ago at Sunken Garden Theater in San Antonio with Pat Metheny back in the 80s)
  81. Alan White (with Yes at the Greek Theater in LA a few years ago)
*additions to my original list
 
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rhumbagirl

Senior Member
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Kenny Aronoff - drum clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2005/2006
Gregg Bissonette - drum master class at Chicago Drum Show 2014
Cindy Blackman - drum clinic at either Chicago Drum Show or PASIC
Brian Blade - Revolution Hall 2015, Portland OR (with Wayne Shorter)
Gergo Borlai - Drum Fantasy Camp 2019
Terri Lyne Carrington - with Esperanza Spalding, Burlington, VT 2009
Dennis Chambers - Drum Fantasy Camp 2019
Billy Cobham - w/ Crosswinds Project, Star Theater, Portland, OR 2019; Drum Fantasy Camp 2018;
Virgil Donati - drum clinic Grand Rapids, Michigan 2005/2006
Peter Erskine - performing in a trio at some jazz club in Los Angeles, CA 2012-2015
Dom Famularo - drum clinic somewhere in the northeast US, 2006/2007
Steve Gadd - Guitar Center Drumoff, Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA 2013
Horacio Hernandez - Drum Fantasy Camp, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 2007
JoJo Mayer - Chicago Drum Show 2014
Neil Peart - w/ Rush, R40 Tour, Moda Center, Portland, OR 2015; w/ Rush, Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, AL 1986 or 1988;
Pat Petrillo - drum clinic somewhere, possibly PASIC
Jim Riley - drum clinic, Chicago Drum Show 2017
John Riley - w/ Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Portland, OR 2019
Antonio Sanchez - Jimmy Mak's, Portland, OR 2015; Pat Metheny, Burlington, VT 2007
Otis Brown III - Esperanza Spalding, Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland, OR 2014
Steve Smith - Journey, Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, AL 1980; Drum Fantasy Camp 2007 and 2019
Todd Sucherman - Drum Fantasy Camp 2018
Alex Van Halen - Van Halen, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA 2012
Chad Wackerman - Drum Fantasy Camp 2019
Dave Weckl - w/ Oz Noy, Jack London, Portland, OR 2019; w/ Chick Corea Acoustic Band, University of Buffalo, NY 2018; Catalina Grill, Los Angeles, CA 2008; Drum Fantasy Camp, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 2007
Frank Beard - ZZ Top, University of Alabama Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama ~1981
Marcus Gilmore - Vijay Iyer Trio, Portland, OR 2015


Keith Carlock - Club Nokia in Los Angeles 2013
John Blackwell - Club Nokia in Los Angeles 2013
Gerald Heyward - Club Nokia in Los Angeles 2013
Terry Bozzio - Club Nokia in Los Angeles 2012
Aaron Spears - Club Nokia in Los Angeles 2012
Ilan Rubin - Club Nokia in Los Angeles 2012
Mike Portnoy - Club Nokia in Los Angeles 2012
 
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cbphoto

Diamond Member
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Matt Abts with Govt. Mule, Bally’s Casino, Reno
Alex Acuna with Weather Report
Airto Moreira with Weather Report
Tommy Aldridge with Pat Traverse (he blew my mind)
Kenny Aronoff at multiple clinics
Keith Carlock at clinic
Bun E. Carlos at clinic
Jimmy Chamberlain at clinic
Phil Collins with Genesis (he sang until it was time to solo)
Aynsley Dunbar with Journey
Mick Fleetwood with Fleetwood Mac
Steve Gadd with Al Dimeola
Mickey Hart with GD
Rodney Holmes with Santana
Hilary Jones at clinic
Stanton Moore at clinic
Ian Paice with Deep Purple
Neil Peart with Rush
Simon Phillips with Jeff Beck ?
Buddy Rich at Disneyland CA
Antonio Sanchez with Pat Metheny
Ed Thigpen at clinic
Paul Wertico with Pat Metheny Group
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
I've seen many more drummers than are listed, and also have met a bunch but not seen them play, and also didn't count those I've seen on TV. I got a paltry 16 including me! BTW, I'm on the list twice - cool!

Bill Bruford (w/Crimson!)
Bermie Dresel
Josh Freese
Jim Gordon (w/Zappa!)
Ralph Humphrey (Zappa)
Chester Thompson (Zappa)
Rick Latham
Rod Morgenstein
Andy Newmark (in TV studio band while Al was a musical guest on the show)
Questlove (in TV studio band while Al was a musical guest on the show)
Smitty Smith (in TV studio band while Al was a musical guest on the show)
JR Robinson ( (in TV studio band while I was an audience member)
Ron Tutt (w/Neil Diamond)
Chad Wackerman (w/Holdsworth)
Alan White
Me!

Bermuda
 

TK-421

Senior Member
I just remembered that I saw Aquiles Priester a few years ago at some studio opening event I was invited to, so I updated my number to 77.

Also, in case you're not familiar with the Drummerworld Top 500 Drummers, you can find the list here:
 

TK-421

Senior Member
I've seen many more drummers than are listed, and also have met a bunch but not seen them play, and also didn't count those I've seen on TV. I got a paltry 16 including me! BTW, I'm on the list twice - cool!

Bill Bruford (w/Crimson!)
Bermie Dresel
Josh Freese
Jim Gordon (w/Zappa!)
Ralph Humphrey (Zappa)
Chester Thompson (Zappa)
Rick Latham
Rod Morgenstein
Andy Newmark (in TV studio band while Al was a musical guest on the show)
Questlove (in TV studio band while Al was a musical guest on the show)
Smitty Smith (in TV studio band while Al was a musical guest on the show)
JR Robinson ( (in TV studio band while I was an audience member)
Ron Tutt (w/Neil Diamond)
Chad Wackerman (w/Holdsworth)
Alan White
Me!

Bermuda
I'm disappointed that your number is so low... I thought you would have blown me out of the water!
Maybe it's because you were on tour so often???
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
Being bored stuck at home, I had a thought. How many of the Drummerworld Top 500 Drummers have I seen perform live? Living in LA helps, as every tour comes through town, I go to NAMM every year, and the local jazz clubs host such luminaries as Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl and many more. And until recently, the Guitar Center Drum Off Finals were held here, where I saw even more greats.

So I looked at the list, racked my memory, and counted up 77.

What's your number?

A few rules:
  1. They have to be from the Drummerworld Top 500 Drummers list. If you saw a famous or prominent drummer not on the list, it doesn't count.
  2. You had to see them playing drums. Running into someone at a restaurant, seeing them walk around NAMM, etc. doesn't count unless they were behind a kit. I once saw Joe Morello at a NAMM booth playing a practice pad, but I'm not counting that. Has to be behind a kit (or equivalent, for someone like Luis Conte or Tito Puente).
  3. There are a few people listed twice on that list (i.e. Jack DeJohnette is listed among "D"s and "J"s). However you can only count them once.
  4. It can be with a band, at a clinic, playing solo, whatever, doesn't matter. As long as you saw them playing drums somewhere, it counts.
  5. It should go without saying, but internet videos do NOT count.
  6. Bermuda, if you decide to play, I'll let you count yourself. :)

Anyway, here's my list.
  1. Tommy Aldridge (Yamaha Groove Night @ NAMM, early-mid 2000s)
  2. Tim Alexander (with Primus in San Antonio, early 90s I think)
  3. Scott Amendola (at a few jazz clubs in LA in the early 2000s)
  4. Kenny Aronoff (at The Baked Potato and at the Tama booth at NAMM)
  5. Carter Beauford (with Dave Matthews Band in Oakland in '99 and in LA around 2003/4-ish)
  6. Tal Bergman (with Joe Bonamassa in LA, and with Rock Candy Funk Party at the Baked Potato)
  7. Gregg Bissonette (in a clinic in Torrance, CA around 2001 I think)
  8. Cindy Blackman (Hollywood Drum Show clinic)
  9. Brian Blade (many times at several jazz clubs in LA)
  10. Bill Bruford (with Earthworks in LA, early 2000s I think)
  11. Danny Carey (not with Tool, but with Volto! at the Baked Potato)
  12. Keith Carlock (in LA with Steely Dan, with Rudder at the Baked Potato, with Band of Other Brothers at Blue Whale)
  13. Bun E. Carlos (with Cheap Trick at the Wiltern in LA and before the Rose Bowl game one year)
  14. Matt Chamberlain (with Critters Buggin in LA, early 2000s)
  15. Dennis Chambers (soloing at Pearl booth at NAMM around 2015 or so)
  16. Billy Cobham (at Catalina Jazz Club in LA)
  17. Vinnie Colaiuta (on tour with Sting several times, and at Catalina Jazz Club in LA)
  18. Cora Coleman-Dunham (at Guitar Center Drum Off Finals the year she won)
  19. Stewart Copeland (with The Police at Dodger Stadium and at the Hollywood Bowl, and at a clinic at the LA Music Academy)
  20. Kirk Covington (with Volto! at the Baked Potato)
  21. Nick D'Virgilio (with Spock's Beard at a prog fest in LA around 1996 I think)
  22. Virgil Donati (twice at the Baked Potato)
  23. Sheila E. (at Guitar Center Drum Off Finals)
  24. Dave Elitch (Hollywood Drum Show clinic, plus his studio is right next to mine so I hear him all the time)
  25. Peter Erskine (many times in LA at various jazz clubs and at clinics)
  26. Steve Ferrone (with The Buzz Wizards at the Baked Potato and at a Gretsch event in Hollywood)
  27. Anton Fig (with Joe Bonamassa at the Greek Theater in LA)
  28. Mick Fleetwood (with Fleetwood Mac at Staples Center, early 2000s)
  29. Josh Freese (at one of the Guitar Center Drum Off Finals in the early 2000s)
  30. Steve Gadd (at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals about 6-7 years ago)
  31. Matt Garstka (initially at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals, but then many times after that with Animals As Leaders)
  32. Eric Kamau Gravatt (with McCoy Tyner at Catalina Jazz Club)
  33. Benny Greb (in a clinic at Sam Ash Hollywood, and at the Sonor booth at NAMM)
  34. Omar Hakim (I've seen him perform twice at NAMM, once this past NAMM, and again 5-8 years ago)
  35. Eric Harland (with McCoy Tyner 2-3 times at Catalina Jazz Club and once at Yoshi's Oakland)
  36. Gavin Harrison (with Porcupine Tree in LA and at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and with The Pineapple Thief in LA)
  37. Taylor Hawkins (with Foo Fighters opening for The Police at Dodgers Stadium, and a few years ago at the Forum in LA)
  38. Roy Haynes (at Catalina Jazz Club in LA)
  39. Elvin Jones (in Portland, OR in the late '90s with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine)
  40. Steve Jordan (at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals with his band)
  41. Thomas Lang (in a clinic at the former Chad Sexton's Drum City)
  42. Rick Latham (at a NAMM after party about 10 years ago with the Groove Doctors)
  43. Tommy Lee (with Motley Crue in the 80s and playing a solo at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals in the early 2000s)
  44. Mike Mangini (playing a solo at the Guitar Center Drum Off Finals about 5-6 years ago)
  45. Nick Mason (with Pink Floyd during the Pulse tour at Texas Stadium in Dallas in 1994, where I had front row tickets)
  46. Pat Mastelotto (twice with King Crimson at the Greek Theater LA, and with Stickmen at the Baked Potato)
  47. JoJo Mayer (performing at the Sonor booth at NAMM around 2013 or so)
  48. Nicko McBrain (FRONT ROW, Iron Maiden World Slavery [Powerslave] tour, San Antonio, TX, 1985)
  49. Jason McGerr (twice with Death Cab for Cutie, most recently last summer at the Hollywood Bowl)
  50. Marco Minnemann (with Plini and Mohini Dey at a NAMM after show—watch the video I shot here)
  51. Stanton Moore (several times at The Mint in LA between 2010 and 2015, or so)
  52. Airto Moreira (with Chick Corea at the Hollywood Bowl)
  53. Gary Novak (at the Baked Potato years ago, and more recently he played after me at a gig in Santa Monica)
  54. Ian Paice (on tour with Deep Purple in the 80s)
  55. Neil Peart (many times with Rush, starting with the Power Windows tour, and ending with their very last show in 2015)
  56. Simon Phillips (twice with Hiromi Trio, twice with Protocol, and once in a clinic at PASIC)
  57. Aquiles Priester (playing solo at some studio event in Glendale, CA about 5-6 years ago)
  58. Dafnis Prieto (a couple years ago at a Jazz Bakery event in LA)
  59. Johnny Rabb (years ago at a NAMM booth, he was playing some sick grooves!)
  60. Tobias Ralph (with Adrian Belew in LA around 2014 or so)
  61. John J.R. Robinson (in a clinic in Eugene, OR)
  62. Antonio Sanchez (several times with Pat Metheny, twice with his own band, and performing his Birdman drum score at Disney Concert Hall)
  63. Ed Shaughnessy (at a PASIC clinic in Anaheim in 1997)
  64. Chad Smith (not with the Chili Peppers, but with the Bombastic Meat Bats at a NAMM after party)
  65. Marvin "Smitty" Smith (at a Tonight Show taping in 1996. Tiger Woods and Jenny McCarthy were the guests)
  66. Steve Smith (numerous times with Vital Information, most recently about 2 months ago)
  67. Glen Sobel (showing off at a drum booth at NAMM in the early 2000s; I remember this because I shot video of it!)
  68. Zak Starkey (with the Who at the Hollywood Bowl in 2000)
  69. John "Jabo" Starks (performed at induction ceremony for the Rock Walk Hall of Fame at a Guitar Center Drum Off Finals)
  70. Clyde Stubblefield (same as above; Clyde and Jabo were inducted at the same time)
  71. Todd Sucherman (on tour with Styx several times, plus at a clinic at the Hollywood Drum Show)
  72. Alex Van Halen (with Van Halen in the 80s and 90s)
  73. Nicolas Viccaro (at the Bosphorus booth at NAMM a couple years ago; I have video of him!)
  74. Chad Wackerman (in clinic at Sam Ash Hollywood and several times at the Baked Potato)
  75. Dave Weckl (many, many times over the years, mostly at Catalina Jazz Club Hollywood and at Yoshi's Oakland)
  76. Paul Wertico (a long time ago at Sunken Garden Theater in San Antonio with Pat Metheny back in the 80s)
  77. Alan White (with Yes at the Greek Theater in LA a few years ago)
Wow, quite an update! Of course once I saw Airto and Ed Shaughnessy on your list I knew you were one of the ones who's been around :)
 

TK-421

Senior Member
Wow, quite an update! Of course once I saw Airto and Ed Shaughnessy on your list I knew you were one of the ones who's been around :)
Oh I've been around. For way longer than I'd care to admit!

BTW, I think Elvin Jones is my most impressive entry (and which gives me the most cred'). I wonder how many people here can claim to have seen him!
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Oh, this could be fun


1) Tommy Aldridge - In clinic (x2) plus with Whitesnake
2) Tim Alexander with Prius opening for Rush in 1991. Also met him numerous time before he was a name drummer.
3) Scott Amendola - at some club around San Francisco, before he became a name.
4) Carmine Appice - at Bonham tribute shows, plus his Drum Wars show with his brother Vinny
5) Vinny Appice - Once with Dio, and again with Carmine at a Drum Wars show
6) Kenny Aronoff - at several Bonham tribute shows
?) Colin Bailey - I've met, did I see him play? I can't remember. Doesn't count
7) Louie Bellson - Numerous clinics, and once in concert
8) Gregg Bissonette - countless times in clinics, local concerts, with Joe Satriani, and more
9) Jason Bittner - In clinic.
x) Dave Black _ met, but did not see him play. But I had to mention it.
10) Hal Blaine - He did a clinic at MI. He mostly talked, but he did play a brief solo at the end.
11) Jason Bonham - With his band Bonham at a DW show many years ago
12) Tom Brechtlein - He subbed for someone at a show at MI. He was a jerk.
13) Bill Bruford - with his jazz band at a Tama show at Namm
14) William Calhoun - at a Bonham tribute show
15) Clayton Cameron - in clinic
16) Matt Cameron - with Soundgarden at Lalapoluza
17) Deen Castronovo - in clinic, with Bad English, and with Journey
18) Dennis Chambers - in clinic and with Niacin
19) Bill Cobham in concert at a jazz club in Los Angeles
20) Vinnie Colaiuta - Zildjian Day in San Francisco
21) Kirk Covington - Several times with Tribal Tech at MI
22) Mickey Curry - with Brian Adams
23) Nick D'Virgilio - Twice when he was filling in with Fates Warning
24) Mikkey Dee - with Motorhead
25) Jimmy DeGrasso with Y&T a long time ago in Oakland, CA
26) Virgil Donati 2x at John Bonham tribute shows. Both times he played Kashmir, but he played them differently each time.
27) Aynsley Dunbar - in a clinic. I also once sold him a par of brushes when I was working on Guitar Center.
28) Phil Ehart with Kansas
29) Sonny Emory in a clinic, shared the bill with Dennis Chambers
30 Peter Erskine - in clinic
31) Dom Famularo in clinic at Gelb Music in Redwood City
32) Josh Freese - with Devo at Lalapoluza
33) Steve Gadd Once with Sim and Garfunkel It was supposed to be an all-acoustic show for charity, but they paid Steve to come out and do two songs.
34) Richie Gajate-Garcia - He was my Latin teacher at MI. Later, in clinic
35) David Garibaldi - in clinic at least once.
36) Rayford Griffin - At a Tama show at NAMM
37) Omar Hakim - with Sting
38) Mickey Hart - A friend once gave me a free ticket to see the Grateful Dead, so I did
?) Steve Houghton - I think? I can't remember where. It doesn't count.
39) Ralph Humphrey - Every Friday when I was at MI. He was also one of my teachers
40) Tris Imboden - Several times with a Latin rock band he used to have
41) Bobby Jarzombek - Several times with Fates Warning
42) Akira Jimbo - in a clinic when I worked at West LA Music
43) Elvin Jones - Several times.
44) Manu Katché - Several times with Peter Gabriel
45) Will Kennedy in clinic with David Garibaldi
46) Bill Kreutzmann - A friend once gave me a free ticket to see the Grateful Dead, so I did
47) Shannon Larkin - his since band did a show at NAMM once.
49) Tommy Lee - With Motely Crue, and on Guitar during his solo band thing, and Methods of Mayhem.
50) Dave Lombardo - My old band opened for one of his sidebands once
51) Ray Luzier - countless times, plus he was once of my teachers at MI when he first started teaching
52) Mike Mangini - twice with Dream Theater
53) Brian "Brain"5 Mantia - I used to know him before he was a pro. I saw his original band the Limbomaniacs.
54) Rick Marotta At a Yamaha event at NAMM
55) Nick Mason - Several times with Pink Floyd
56) Pat Mastelotto -with a King Crimson offshoot band that opened for Dream Theater
57) Phil Maturano - He was one of the Latin Teachers at MI
58) Jonathan Moffett - Subbing for Tris Imoden with Tris' Latin Rock band
59) Rod Morgenstein - Once in clinic, and once someone gave me a ticket to see Winger
60) Jonathan Mover _ With Satrianai and in clinic
61) Narada - He did a dual drum thing with Steve Smith at a club North of San Francisco once
62) Ian Paice with Deep Purple
61) Carl Palmer with ELP playing support for Deep Purple
62) Toss Panos - he was also one of my teachers at MI
63) Vinnie Paul with Pantera at OzzFest
64) Neil Peart - I think I saw Rush close to 20 times
65) Stephen Perkins - with Tommy Lee's Methods of Mayhem
66) Pat Petrillo - Namm, he jumped behind a kit and played something. Barely counts, but he was behind a drum set
67) Simon Phillips - With The Who in 89, and several times with his solo band, and once with Pete Townshend
68) Jeff Porcaro - Once, Toto played at a Remo show at NAMM in like 89? 90?
69) Mike Portnoy - Countless times
70) Thomas Pridgen - I was there when he won the Guitar Center Drum-Off at age 9
71) Tito Puente - His Jazz band played at San Fransico State when I was there.
?) Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - I once still next to him in the bathroom at NAMM. Did I see him play? humm...
72) Walfredo Reyes, Jr. - At a clinic
73) John J.R. Robinson - At Zildjian Day San Francisco
74) Derek Roddy - He did a demo for some product at NAMM once.
75) Ilan Rubin - At Guitar Center event a few years ago.
Mark Schulman - There is a funny story there, but he wasn't behind a drum kit.
Jon Bermuda Schwartz - Know well, but have never actually seen him play.
76) Gil Sharone - Once with Stolen Babies
77) Ed Shaughnessy _ I once attended a taping of The Tonight Show with Johny Carson in I think his last season.
78) Michael Shrieve - Yes, there was a brief moment where the guys from Santana did a reunion show without Santana, which I saw.
79) Chad Smith - At a Bonham tribute show.
80) Marvin "Smitty" Smith - At a taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
81) Steve Smith - In clinic, and a few shows here and there
82) Glen Sobel - Numerous times, and I once took a lesson from his at his parents house
83) Matt Sorum - with Guns and Roses, in a clinic, and he once bought me a beer
84) Zak Starkey - with The Who
85) Todd Sucherman - in clinic
86) John Tempesta - several times with Rob Zombie
87) Brian Tichy with Ozzy, with Foreigner, and numerous other events
88) Pat Torpey - Mr Big spend for Rush a dozen times
89) Lars Ulrich - numerous times with Metallica
90) Alex Van Halen with Van Halen on the Balance tour
91) Bill Ward with Black Sabbath
92) Billy Ward - He did a show for DW at NAMM a million years ago
93) Dave Weckl - numerous clinics and NAMM events
94) Max Weinberg - I saw Bruce Springsteen once
95) Alan White - at two different clinics
96) Brad Wilk - Rage opened for U2, and I got a free ticket
97)Tony Williams - Once, in a clinic at Gelb music

98) Dana Carey _oh, I was thinking I hadn't, but he sat in the King Crimson off-shoot band for a song or two.

I'm also thinking for all the concerts I've been too, there are a lot of drummers not on this list.
There may be a few others I think I might have seen, but I don't recall the details, so I didn't count them.
 
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rhumbagirl

Senior Member
I saw ZZ Top and Mothers Finest in ~1981 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Frank Beard was part of the ZZ Top lineup at that point so I'm adding him to the list. For Mothers Finest, neither Sanford Daniels nor Barry Borden are on DW so.
I saw Kool & The Gang at the Van Halen concert. George Brown is listed as their current drummer, yet he isn't on DW's list so.
I saw Rick Allen play w/ Def Leppard in the late 80s in Huntsville, Alabama, yet he's not on DW's list. He's the guy who lost his left arm in an accident and learned how to play really good with his feet.
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
Oh I've been around. For way longer than I'd care to admit!

BTW, I think Elvin Jones is my most impressive entry (and which gives me the most cred'). I wonder how many people here can claim to have seen him!
Yep I would agree. I completely missed that one :)
 

DrumEatDrum

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BTW, I think Elvin Jones is my most impressive entry (and which gives me the most cred'). I wonder how many people here can claim to have seen him!

I saw him at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA in 89 or 90.
And then he did a full band concert at Pasic (?) in 91/92 (?). It was a big drum event, but he did a concert, not a clinic.
 

bermuda

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Staff member
I'm disappointed that your number is so low... I thought you would have blown me out of the water!
Maybe it's because you were on tour so often???

I should add a few that I forgot:

Aynsley Dunbar (w/Flo & Eddie)
Nick Mason (The Wall tour)
Dave Garibaldi
Jonathan Moffett
Levon Helm
Glen Sobel (in a clinic way before he was known)

So, new total of 22.

I really don't see that many concerts, but I've seen some great drummers not on the list:

Neal Smith, Bozzio, Pete Thomas, Larry Mullen Jr, Doug Clifford, Kelly Kaegy, probably some others I've forgotten. Not to mention some drummers whose names I don't recall, playing with artists such as Bette Midler, Manhattan Transfer, Barry Manilow, Cult (pre Matt Sorum) etc.

Bermuda
 
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rhumbagirl

Senior Member
I saw Marcus Gilmore (Roy Haynes' grandson) w/ The Vijay Iyer Trio at the 2015 Portland Jazz Fest, but he's not on DW's list?
 

Stroman

Platinum Member
Neil Peart - w/ Rush, R40 Tour, Moda Center, Portland, OR 2015; w/ Rush, Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, AL 1986 or 1988;
I was at that very show!
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
I was at that very show!
I was at the famed 300 level where the sound sucks. But you don't go for that as much as the spiritual connection thing anyway. So I went for a short bathroom break that turned out to take much longer as I found a sneak route to the floor level, well halfway down the stairs to the floor level just as Tom Sawyer began. Everyone including security was looking in only one direction: the stage. Best standing seat in the house!

EDIT: Wait, which show? I'm talking about Moda Center. The Jefferson Civic Center was the one they caught me with a Pentax SLR body in my left coat sleeve, and a 100mm zoom lens in my right. They let me keep the camera anyway :)
 

GruntersDad

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Danny Seraphine, Liberty Devito (Billy Joel), Dave Stark, Derek Roddy, Dom Famularo, Terry Bozzio, Duane Norman, Florian Alexandru-Zorn, Jon Bermuda, Greg Bisonette, Steve Gadd(James Taylor)
Jon Blackwell, Marco Djordjevic, Mark Schulman, Ray Luzier, Ringo Starr, Stanton Moore, Todd Sucherman, Johnny Raab,
Tony "TC" Coleman, Trent, "The Beast" Easton, John Favicchia, Steve Ferrone. Most were clinics. Bermuda, Sucherman, and Ringo in person.
 
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rhumbagirl

Senior Member
Oh, this could be fun


1) Tommy Aldridge - In clinic (x2) plus with Whitesnake
2) Tim Alexander with Prius opening for Rush in 1991. Also met him numerous time before he was a name drummer.
3) Scott Amendola - at some club around San Francisco, before he became a name.
4) Carmine Appice - at Bonham tribute shows, plus his Drum Wars show with his brother Vinny
5) Vinny Appice - Once with Dio, and again with Carmine at a Drum Wars show
6) Kenny Aronoff - at several Bonham tribute shows
?) Colin Bailey - I've met, did I see him play? I can't remember. Doesn't count
7) Louie Bellson - Numerous clinics, and once in concert
8) Gregg Bissonette - countless times in clinics, local concerts, with Joe Satriani, and more
9) Jason Bittner - In clinic.
x) Dave Black _ met, but did not see him play. But I had to mention it.
10) Hal Blaine - He did a clinic at MI. He mostly talked, but he did play a brief solo at the end.
11) Jason Bonham - With his band Bonham at a DW show many years ago
12) Tom Brechtlein - He subbed for someone at a show at MI. He was a jerk.
13) Bill Bruford - with his jazz band at a Tama show at Namm
14) William Calhoun - at a Bonham tribute show
15) Clayton Cameron - in clinic
16) Matt Cameron - with Soundgarden at Lalapoluza
17) Deen Castronovo - in clinic, with Bad English, and with Journey
18) Dennis Chambers - in clinic and with Niacin
19) Bill Cobham in concert at a jazz club in Los Angeles
20) Vinnie Colaiuta - Zildjian Day in San Francisco
21) Kirk Covington - Several times with Tribal Tech at MI
22) Mickey Curry - with Brian Adams
23) Nick D'Virgilio - Twice when he was filling in with Fates Warning
24) Mikkey Dee - with Motorhead
25) Jimmy DeGrasso with Y&T a long time ago in Oakland, CA
26) Virgil Donati 2x at John Bonham tribute shows. Both times he played Kashmir, but he played them differently each time.
27) Aynsley Dunbar - in a clinic. I also once sold him a par of brushes when I was working on Guitar Center.
28) Phil Ehart with Kansas
29) Sonny Emory in a clinic, shared the bill with Dennis Chambers
30 Peter Erskine - in clinic
31) Dom Famularo in clinic at Gelb Music in Redwood City
32) Josh Freese - with Devo at Lalapoluza
33) Steve Gadd Once with Sim and Garfunkel It was supposed to be an all-acoustic show for charity, but they paid Steve to come out and do two songs.
34) Richie Gajate-Garcia - He was my Latin teacher at MI. Later, in clinic
35) David Garibaldi - in clinic at least once.
36) Rayford Griffin - At a Tama show at NAMM
37) Omar Hakim - with Sting
38) Mickey Hart - A friend once gave me a free ticket to see the Grateful Dead, so I did
?) Steve Houghton - I think? I can't remember where. It doesn't count.
39) Ralph Humphrey - Every Friday when I was at MI. He was also one of my teachers
40) Tris Imboden - Several times with a Latin rock band he used to have
41) Bobby Jarzombek - Several times with Fates Warning
42) Akira Jimbo - in a clinic when I worked at West LA Music
43) Elvin Jones - Several times.
44) Manu Katché - Several times with Peter Gabriel
45) Will Kennedy in clinic with David Garibaldi
46) Bill Kreutzmann - A friend once gave me a free ticket to see the Grateful Dead, so I did
47) Shannon Larkin - his since band did a show at NAMM once.
49) Tommy Lee - With Motely Crue, and on Guitar during his solo band thing, and Methods of Mayhem.
50) Dave Lombardo - My old band opened for one of his sidebands once
51) Ray Luzier - countless times, plus he was once of my teachers at MI when he first started teaching
52) Mike Mangini - twice with Dream Theater
53) Brian "Brain"5 Mantia - I used to know him before he was a pro. I saw his original band the Limbomaniacs.
54) Rick Marotta At a Yamaha event at NAMM
55) Nick Mason - Several times with Pink Floyd
56) Pat Mastelotto -with a King Crimson offshoot band that opened for Dream Theater
57) Phil Maturano - He was one of the Latin Teachers at MI
58) Jonathan Moffett - Subbing for Tris Imoden with Tris' Latin Rock band
59) Rod Morgenstein - Once in clinic, and once someone gave me a ticket to see Winger
60) Jonathan Mover _ With Satrianai and in clinic
61) Narada - He did a dual drum thing with Steve Smith at a club North of San Francisco once
62) Ian Paice with Deep Purple
61) Carl Palmer with ELP playing support for Deep Purple
62) Toss Panos - he was also one of my teachers at MI
63) Vinnie Paul with Pantera at OzzFest
64) Neil Peart - I think I saw Rush close to 20 times
65) Stephen Perkins - with Tommy Lee's Methods of Mayhem
66) Pat Petrillo - Namm, he jumped behind a kit and played something. Barely counts, but he was behind a drum set
67) Simon Phillips - With The Who in 89, and several times with his solo band, and once with Pete Townshend
68) Jeff Porcaro - Once, Toto played at a Remo show at NAMM in like 89? 90?
69) Mike Portnoy - Countless times
70) Thomas Pridgen - I was there when he won the Guitar Center Drum-Off at age 9
71) Tito Puente - His Jazz band played at San Fransico State when I was there.
?) Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - I once still next to him in the bathroom at NAMM. Did I see him play? humm...
72) Walfredo Reyes, Jr. - At a clinic
73) John J.R. Robinson - At Zildjian Day San Francisco
74) Derek Roddy - He did a demo for some product at NAMM once.
75) Ilan Rubin - At Guitar Center event a few years ago.
Mark Schulman - There is a funny story there, but he wasn't behind a drum kit.
Jon Bermuda Schwartz - Know well, but have never actually seen him play.
76) Gil Sharone - Once with Stolen Babies
77) Ed Shaughnessy _ I once attended a taping of The Tonight Show with Johny Carson in I think his last season.
78) Michael Shrieve - Yes, there was a brief moment where the guys from Santana did a reunion show without Santana, which I saw.
79) Chad Smith - At a Bonham tribute show.
80) Marvin "Smitty" Smith - At a taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
81) Steve Smith - In clinic, and a few shows here and there
82) Glen Sobel - Numerous times, and I once took a lesson from his at his parents house
83) Matt Sorum - with Guns and Roses, in a clinic, and he once bought me a beer
84) Zak Starkey - with The Who
85) Todd Sucherman - in clinic
86) John Tempesta - several times with Rob Zombie
87) Brian Tichy with Ozzy, with Foreigner, and numerous other events
88) Pat Torpey - Mr Big spend for Rush a dozen times
89) Lars Ulrich - numerous times with Metallica
90) Alex Van Halen with Van Halen on the Balance tour
91) Bill Ward with Black Sabbath
92) Billy Ward - He did a show for DW at NAMM a million years ago
93) Dave Weckl - numerous clinics and NAMM events
94) Max Weinberg - I saw Bruce Springsteen once
95) Alan White - at two different clinics
96) Brad Wilk - Rage opened for U2, and I got a free ticket
97)Tony Williams - Once, in a clinic at Gelb music

98) Dana Carey _oh, I was thinking I hadn't, but he sat in the King Crimson off-shoot band for a song or two.

I'm also thinking for all the concerts I've been too, there are a lot of drummers not on this list.
There may be a few others I think I might have seen, but I don't recall the details, so I didn't count them.
Wow that's quite a list. I'm wondering which of those you had to literally drop everything you were doing at a moments notice to get to see. That's too many not to have some close calls LOL
 

TK-421

Senior Member
Oh, this could be fun


1) Tommy Aldridge - In clinic (x2) plus with Whitesnake
2) Tim Alexander with Prius opening for Rush in 1991. Also met him numerous time before he was a name drummer.
3) Scott Amendola - at some club around San Francisco, before he became a name.
4) Carmine Appice - at Bonham tribute shows, plus his Drum Wars show with his brother Vinny
5) Vinny Appice - Once with Dio, and again with Carmine at a Drum Wars show
6) Kenny Aronoff - at several Bonham tribute shows
?) Colin Bailey - I've met, did I see him play? I can't remember. Doesn't count
7) Louie Bellson - Numerous clinics, and once in concert
8) Gregg Bissonette - countless times in clinics, local concerts, with Joe Satriani, and more
9) Jason Bittner - In clinic.
x) Dave Black _ met, but did not see him play. But I had to mention it.
10) Hal Blaine - He did a clinic at MI. He mostly talked, but he did play a brief solo at the end.
11) Jason Bonham - With his band Bonham at a DW show many years ago
12) Tom Brechtlein - He subbed for someone at a show at MI. He was a jerk.
13) Bill Bruford - with his jazz band at a Tama show at Namm
14) William Calhoun - at a Bonham tribute show
15) Clayton Cameron - in clinic
16) Matt Cameron - with Soundgarden at Lalapoluza
17) Deen Castronovo - in clinic, with Bad English, and with Journey
18) Dennis Chambers - in clinic and with Niacin
19) Bill Cobham in concert at a jazz club in Los Angeles
20) Vinnie Colaiuta - Zildjian Day in San Francisco
21) Kirk Covington - Several times with Tribal Tech at MI
22) Mickey Curry - with Brian Adams
23) Nick D'Virgilio - Twice when he was filling in with Fates Warning
24) Mikkey Dee - with Motorhead
25) Jimmy DeGrasso with Y&T a long time ago in Oakland, CA
26) Virgil Donati 2x at John Bonham tribute shows. Both times he played Kashmir, but he played them differently each time.
27) Aynsley Dunbar - in a clinic. I also once sold him a par of brushes when I was working on Guitar Center.
28) Phil Ehart with Kansas
29) Sonny Emory in a clinic, shared the bill with Dennis Chambers
30 Peter Erskine - in clinic
31) Dom Famularo in clinic at Gelb Music in Redwood City
32) Josh Freese - with Devo at Lalapoluza
33) Steve Gadd Once with Sim and Garfunkel It was supposed to be an all-acoustic show for charity, but they paid Steve to come out and do two songs.
34) Richie Gajate-Garcia - He was my Latin teacher at MI. Later, in clinic
35) David Garibaldi - in clinic at least once.
36) Rayford Griffin - At a Tama show at NAMM
37) Omar Hakim - with Sting
38) Mickey Hart - A friend once gave me a free ticket to see the Grateful Dead, so I did
?) Steve Houghton - I think? I can't remember where. It doesn't count.
39) Ralph Humphrey - Every Friday when I was at MI. He was also one of my teachers
40) Tris Imboden - Several times with a Latin rock band he used to have
41) Bobby Jarzombek - Several times with Fates Warning
42) Akira Jimbo - in a clinic when I worked at West LA Music
43) Elvin Jones - Several times.
44) Manu Katché - Several times with Peter Gabriel
45) Will Kennedy in clinic with David Garibaldi
46) Bill Kreutzmann - A friend once gave me a free ticket to see the Grateful Dead, so I did
47) Shannon Larkin - his since band did a show at NAMM once.
49) Tommy Lee - With Motely Crue, and on Guitar during his solo band thing, and Methods of Mayhem.
50) Dave Lombardo - My old band opened for one of his sidebands once
51) Ray Luzier - countless times, plus he was once of my teachers at MI when he first started teaching
52) Mike Mangini - twice with Dream Theater
53) Brian "Brain"5 Mantia - I used to know him before he was a pro. I saw his original band the Limbomaniacs.
54) Rick Marotta At a Yamaha event at NAMM
55) Nick Mason - Several times with Pink Floyd
56) Pat Mastelotto -with a King Crimson offshoot band that opened for Dream Theater
57) Phil Maturano - He was one of the Latin Teachers at MI
58) Jonathan Moffett - Subbing for Tris Imoden with Tris' Latin Rock band
59) Rod Morgenstein - Once in clinic, and once someone gave me a ticket to see Winger
60) Jonathan Mover _ With Satrianai and in clinic
61) Narada - He did a dual drum thing with Steve Smith at a club North of San Francisco once
62) Ian Paice with Deep Purple
61) Carl Palmer with ELP playing support for Deep Purple
62) Toss Panos - he was also one of my teachers at MI
63) Vinnie Paul with Pantera at OzzFest
64) Neil Peart - I think I saw Rush close to 20 times
65) Stephen Perkins - with Tommy Lee's Methods of Mayhem
66) Pat Petrillo - Namm, he jumped behind a kit and played something. Barely counts, but he was behind a drum set
67) Simon Phillips - With The Who in 89, and several times with his solo band, and once with Pete Townshend
68) Jeff Porcaro - Once, Toto played at a Remo show at NAMM in like 89? 90?
69) Mike Portnoy - Countless times
70) Thomas Pridgen - I was there when he won the Guitar Center Drum-Off at age 9
71) Tito Puente - His Jazz band played at San Fransico State when I was there.
?) Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - I once still next to him in the bathroom at NAMM. Did I see him play? humm...
72) Walfredo Reyes, Jr. - At a clinic
73) John J.R. Robinson - At Zildjian Day San Francisco
74) Derek Roddy - He did a demo for some product at NAMM once.
75) Ilan Rubin - At Guitar Center event a few years ago.
Mark Schulman - There is a funny story there, but he wasn't behind a drum kit.
Jon Bermuda Schwartz - Know well, but have never actually seen him play.
76) Gil Sharone - Once with Stolen Babies
77) Ed Shaughnessy _ I once attended a taping of The Tonight Show with Johny Carson in I think his last season.
78) Michael Shrieve - Yes, there was a brief moment where the guys from Santana did a reunion show without Santana, which I saw.
79) Chad Smith - At a Bonham tribute show.
80) Marvin "Smitty" Smith - At a taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
81) Steve Smith - In clinic, and a few shows here and there
82) Glen Sobel - Numerous times, and I once took a lesson from his at his parents house
83) Matt Sorum - with Guns and Roses, in a clinic, and he once bought me a beer
84) Zak Starkey - with The Who
85) Todd Sucherman - in clinic
86) John Tempesta - several times with Rob Zombie
87) Brian Tichy with Ozzy, with Foreigner, and numerous other events
88) Pat Torpey - Mr Big spend for Rush a dozen times
89) Lars Ulrich - numerous times with Metallica
90) Alex Van Halen with Van Halen on the Balance tour
91) Bill Ward with Black Sabbath
92) Billy Ward - He did a show for DW at NAMM a million years ago
93) Dave Weckl - numerous clinics and NAMM events
94) Max Weinberg - I saw Bruce Springsteen once
95) Alan White - at two different clinics
96) Brad Wilk - Rage opened for U2, and I got a free ticket
97)Tony Williams - Once, in a clinic at Gelb music

98) Dana Carey _oh, I was thinking I hadn't, but he sat in the King Crimson off-shoot band for a song or two.

I'm also thinking for all the concerts I've been too, there are a lot of drummers not on this list.
There may be a few others I think I might have seen, but I don't recall the details, so I didn't count them.
Impressive list. Looks like you're in the lead!

5) Vinny Appice - Once with Dio, and again with Carmine at a Drum Wars show
Forgot about DIO! Saw them in the early-mid 80s when I was in middle school. So I need to add one more to my list.

7) Louie Bellson - Numerous clinics, and once in concert
I met him at my local drum store when I first started playing, but I never saw him play so he's not on my list.

13) Bill Bruford - with his jazz band at a Tama show at Namm
We may have been at the same show. I remember it was with Earthworks (his jazz band) for something related to NAMM in the early 2000s. For some reason I have difficulty remembering a lot of details about this one.

19) Bill Cobham in concert at a jazz club in Los Angeles
At Catalina's? If so that's another one where we may have been at the same show.

35) David Garibaldi - in clinic at least once.
I would have seen David Garibaldi with Tower of Power at the last NAMM, but it was my friend's birthday so I had to leave right after the show instead of sticking around for the after-concert. :(

37) Omar Hakim - with Sting
Even though he's already on my list, I think I may have seen him with Sting once or twice a long time ago. But I can't say for sure.

42) Akira Jimbo - in a clinic when I worked at West LA Music
You worked at West LA Music? I was a regular there before they closed. I wonder if we knew each other.

43) Elvin Jones - Several times.
Even though I've seen him, I've only seen him once. Jealous!!!

45) Will Kennedy in clinic with David Garibaldi
Will Kennedy is another one who I think I may have seen play, but I can't remember for sure so he's not on my list.

54) Rick Marotta At a Yamaha event at NAMM
I've probably seen him at a Yamaha Groove Night, but I can't say for sure. So not on my list.

61) Carl Palmer with ELP playing support for Deep Purple
I saw ELP once... the other ELP (with Cozy Powell). I thought he wasn't on the list, but I just checked again and there he is! So +1 for me.

68) Jeff Porcaro - Once, Toto played at a Remo show at NAMM in like 89? 90?
Jealous!

92) Billy Ward - He did a show for DW at NAMM a million years ago
I think I saw him play at NAMM once a long time ago, maybe at the same show you saw. But I can't say for sure, so I'm not counting him.

97)Tony Williams - Once, in a clinic at Gelb music
Jealous!
 
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Stroman

Platinum Member
I was at the famed 300 level where the sound sucks. But you don't go for that as much as the spiritual connection thing anyway. So I went for a short bathroom break that turned out to take much longer as I found a sneak route to the floor level, well halfway down the stairs to the floor level just as Tom Sawyer began. Everyone including security was looking in only one direction: the stage. Best standing seat in the house!

EDIT: Wait, which show? I'm talking about Moda Center. The Jefferson Civic Center was the one they caught me with a Pentax SLR body in my left coat sleeve, and a 100mm zoom lens in my right. They let me keep the camera anyway :)

Yes, I meant the Moda Center Show. :)

And hopefully that wasn't a terribly expensive lens! Ouch!
 
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