I couldn’t agree with you more. For one thing, Larry Mullien Jr. has never played traditional drum beats. Instead he orchestrates his patterns across the kit, sometimes ignoring his cymbals altogether. Very inventive. But U2 is also just a kick ass live band, and would be a real hoot to play with.
By the way, I am writing this from my hotel room in Roseville, CA, at the base of the Sierras. I’m playing in Newcastle tonight, at an even higher elevation (I mention this because it’s snowing not that much further east of here). And I’m writing this on my trusty iPad, which I love. The perfect road computer. Gotta get to soundcheck!
Hey all, missed this one….so here’s my contribution;
For me there’s only one band i’d like to play with: KISS.
It’s not because their the best band in the world (even though i do think so, haha), or that the music (drumming) is really challenging, but Peter Criss is the one that got me started to play the drums.
When i was just a little bit younger then i am now (lol), seeing him and KISS on TV was something like i’d never seen before.
I guess it’s the feeling they gave me; the whole entourage, the show, the make-up, the simple, bombastic but imo effective songs, it meant like everything to me.
I’d love to play with the band that was a huge part of my childhood and to this day still is my all-time favourite.
I know, there are a lot of better bands and better drummers out there, but there’s only one KISS.
if I could go back to around 79’, I’d drum for either Rush or Pink Floyd…..........
RUSH: because the fact that Rush has so much unique changes and technical switches, making the songs super fun (and challenging) and rejoiceful since Rush is one of my favorite classic rock bands, it would make me feel emotionally accomplished to even get one of their songs down !
PINK FLOYD: The feel of their music is so relaxed, mellow, and best of all, thoughtful. I’ve wanted to be in a band that’s all about the music, not how good you shred at guitar or everything super fast! NO!!! I want the music feel the way the mood goes, isn’t that how we all start as drummers? Pink Floyd has soo much great songs and albums, ewww just listening to Us and Them gets me into meditation!!! :D
I would pick: Buddy Rich Big Jazz Band - Tower of Power - James Brown Band - Hendrix - Led Zeppelin - Yardbirds with (Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page). In Fact Stanley and the Fendermen whom I played with at that time. Went on tour with The Yardbirds and did a concert at the Avalon Ballroom on Catalina Island.