Neil Peart Reveals His Favorite Drummers

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Becoming one of the finest drummers ever in the history of music, it was nothing but a title for Neil Peart from Rush. After all, the “professor” of the drum kit was still learning from his contemporaries, a confession that he didn’t shy away when asked by many.

Peart was a puzzle piece that fit the greatness of Rush; without his magnificent and complex drumming, there wouldn’t be Rush as phenomenal and as influential as what they were today. But even though a lot of people say he was a cut above the rest, for him, that did not necessarily mean that he should stop learning the essence of drum-playing.

For Peart, copying a style from a certain drummer couldn’t pass as original, but copying 20 and mixing it as your own could. In his 1993 interview with Modern Drummer, he said: “The best advice for someone who wants to develop an original style is: Don’t copy one drummer, copy twenty! I copied a hundred.”

Neil Peart’s long catalog of favorite drummers was quite obvious in many ways. They are the ones who are expected to turn into a favorite, some are unexpected, and some were also deemed important in the rock industry. The professor’s lists were too wide-ranging, it almost seems too impossible to copy their styles. But for Neil Peart, who was nothing short of extraordinary, he did it extremely well, formulating step-by-step his own designated panache that he will always be remembered.

Below are the few yet extremely important drummers who influenced the great Neil Peart’s impressive drumming.

  • Gene Krupa
  • Buddy Rich
  • Keith Moon
  • Hal Blaine
  • Mitch Mitchell
  • Ginger Baker
  • John Bonham
  • Terry Bozzio
  • Michael Giles
  • Bill Bruford
  • Stewart Copeland
  • Carl Palmer
  • Phil Collins
  • Freddie Gruber
  • Manu Katche
  • Peter Erskine