Could you possibly humour this old fogey by explaining exactly how one judges whether a rock drummer is any good? Is it measured in dB? Or by how many bits of kit he can thrash? As far as I can see, rock drummers have no need to concern themselves with the things that demonstrate quality (or lack of it) in, say, a jazz player — things such as understanding ensemble dynamics and how to build tension (is all rock played at full bung?) or how to support a soloist without getting in his way, while the only dexterity technique required of a rock drummer seems to be no more advanced than that involved in hitting a bucket with a stick.
I felt a powerful urge to stop the Travis Barker clip after the first few seconds, but I let it run to the end on the grounds that, if he really is "one of the best drummers around" there was bound to be something to admire in it. But there wasn't — not for me at any rate.
Please don't scoff. I'm a lifelong jazz enthusiast and the rock bug never bit me (as you may have guessed by now). But I'm also genuinely puzzled and this is a serious enquiry: how do rock fans know who's good and who's not?
This drummer is sadly no longer with us,but I remember his 1970's release "Dance with the Devil" charted,I certainly didnt expect to find it on youtube though.Here's the website containing all you might want to discover about Cozy Powell click here
No need to humour you as jazz and rock drumming are poles apart. Also, who is 'the best' is very subjective. I admire TB as he has managed to mix rock and Ghetto beats togehter, a la Run DMC and Aerosmith. His timing is spot on even when doing very complicated beat structures (I'm sure he was mixing 4/7 and 5/7 beats at the same time). Of course, if you are not into Ghetto music (like I am not into jazz) it can be difficult to see any quality but he can sure keep the beat to complicated time signatures.