Published on March 1st, 2017 | by Alan Cross1
Listen to Rock’s Most Famous Drum Fill Over and Over Again for 90 Minutes
Back in the early 80s, I went to a drum clinic hosted by Chester Thompson. During the Q&A session, someone asked him what it was like to work with Phil Collins. Chester replied “I taught him to play ONE fill–and he went on to make a billion bucks.”
That fill, precisely with 3:16 elapsed in “In the Air Tonight,” is probably the most famous drum fill–what fans called “the magic break–in all of rock.
Recorded in a big room at Townhouse Studios in London with its hard walls, floors and ceiling with overhead mics run through a gated reverb, the sound of the “magic break” became part of Collins’ drum sound for the rest of the decade.
Fast-forward to 2017. Creator Joseph Prein has taken those few seconds, added a few subtle variations and stretch out the magic to a full 90 minutes. Please enjoy.