Disappearance of the Rock Drum Solo

(via Glorfindel of Gondolin)

Check out this piece about the disappearance of the rock drum solo.

I really don’t think the rock drum solo has so much disappeared, but has become harder to find. Here’s the top grossing tours of (from E! Online):

  1. The Rolling Stones
  2. U2
  3. Celine Dion
  4. Paul McCartney
  5. Eagles
  6. Elton John
  7. Kenny Chesney
  8. Dave Matthews Band
  9. Neil Diamond
  10. Jimmy Buffett

From this list, I would only expect a drum solo from Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band, and I’m not even sure that’s a standard part of their act.

I bet one can still catch a drum solo from groups like Dream Theater and Rush, or if you’re really into drum solos, you can check out Terry Bozzio.

3 thoughts on “Disappearance of the Rock Drum Solo”

  1. aahh..unfortunately, there are no more real drummers in the mould of bonzo bonham or neal peart. are there any mainstream drummers nowadays that we would WANT to hear to a solo?
    sz

  2. any mainstream drummers nowadays that we would WANT to hear to a solo?

    I suppose it depends on what you mean by mainstream. Here’s a few I’d like to hear a drum solo from: Mike Portnoy, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Chad Wakerman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio and Neil Peart (to name a few, there are others, I’m sure). Also we’re discussing rock drummers, we could add some more if we included jazz drummers.

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