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Drum Stars Name Their Favorite Drum Fill

“What’s your favorite drum fill in recording history?”

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Matt Sorum
Age 52
Years playing 37
Band Velvet Revolver
“My all-time favorite has to be Keith Moon on ’Won’t Get Fooled Again’ at 7:32 into the track. Breaks down to a cool synth pattern and sets up the tension perfectly for Keith to unleash the herd of buffalo. Loose and amazing as only Keith could be.”

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Trevor Lawrence Jr.
Age 39
Years playing 37
Bands Jennifer Lopez, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Macy Gray, Alicia Keys
“Bernard Purdie snare fill into to Chaka Khan’s ’What Ya Gonna Do For Me?’”

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Ryan Moran
Age 36
Years playing 27
Band Slightly Stoopid
“The first one that comes to mind is a climactic fill during the peak of [Led Zeppelin’s] ’When The Levee Breaks.’ Not only is the groove ridiculous, but somehow the fill is placed perfectly and played with so much power and flow.”

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Lenny White
Age 63
Years playing 49
“Picking the one of all time is hard, but one of my favorites and one that influenced me a lot was Bernard Purdie with James Brown on ’Cold Sweat’ [remake].”

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Jason McGerr
Age 38
Years playing 19
Band Death Cab For Cutie
“John Bohnam’s fill into the first verse of ’Good Times, Bad Times.’ It was like ’Meet John Bohnam.’ Besides Buddy Rich, that was the first time I’d heard a drummer come out of the speakers with such a personality.”

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