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HUGE rush fan here. 2112 is just too glorious. throw in a little YYZ, Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer, oh fuck the list goes on
neil peart is both a class act and one unbelievable drummer. sure, maybe not THE best of all time, but his name is certainly in the mix. very influential, and a very meticulous person. plus, he's written a lot of the lyrics so i have the utmost respect for him and his level of musicianship. plus, how can you not feel for a guy who had once had his only daughter die in a car accident, and wife lose her battle with cancer some 10 months later. nobody should ever have to go through what he did, and to take some personal time, travel north america in an attempt to find some sort of peace, and come back 5 years later only to not have missed a beat almost brings a tear to my eye..
travis barker single handedly ruined an entire generation of drummers.
on the real though, it's all about gospel chops. some of those guys are rediculous. imho, a nasty gospel/groove drummer can run all over portnoy or peart or any one of those blast beat abusing metal drummers.