Let’s Talk About Drummer for a Sec

As a drummer myself, I’d be remiss if I didn’t post the annual results of Rhythm magazine’s ten best drummers of the year.

  1. Travis Barker, Blink-182
  2. Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters
  3. John Fred Young, Black Stone Cherry
  4. Brent Fitz, Slash (A Canadian!)
  5. Tommy Clufetos, Black Sabbath
  6. Stix Zadinia, Steel Panther
  7. Matt Cameron, Pearl Jam
  8. Shannon Larkin, Godsmack
  9. Michael Miley, Rival Sons
  10. Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys

Now let’s have a look at the person in the #2 position along with his boss, who, as I understand it, isn’t a bad drummer himself.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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