Danny Carey will never cease to amaze me. Watching him play on videos is like watching a force of nature. Seeing him live is feeling that force as well! His technical abilities, his writing abilities in creating his drum parts, & his showmanship (which looks natural w/ him) combine to make him one of my personal favorite drummers for the last 15 years now!
To be honest, I’m not really that familiar w/ the work of the Kentucky Headhunters. However, to hear that his drumming has a noticable Bonham influence is not @ all surprising to me. In my years w/ this instrument, I’ve rarely encountered a drummer, regardless of his/her genre of music, whose drumming style HASN’T been touched by Bonzo in some way, shape, or form (myself included)! His uncanny ability to rock w/ a swing groove, w/ a drum sound all of his own, is the stuff of legend. & the mark that he placed on the drumming & music world will, I believe, always influence. I, & every drummer that I personally know has studied his work. I suggest to all of my students that they, too study, analyze, & understand his style & it’s impactual importance on our instrument.
I also wanted to write that Rush’s new masterwork ‘Clockwork Angels’ is a truly amazing record. Neil once again delivers a performance that is some of his best drumming since the ‘Signals’ & ‘Grace Under Pressure’ eras! The maturity of their sound as a band comes through on the album, in particular on “The Garden”, the closing track. A very beautiful & soft song that utilizes a string orchestration, & wonderful piano work, as well. Althpough the basic drum part is mainly comprised of a simple groove, Neil lets loose a bit @ the end, when the track reaches it’s peak! I highly anticapate the month of October, when I’ll see them live in Philly. I read an interview w/ Alex Lifeson in which he said that a string ensamble will tour w/ them for those new songs where the string arrangements are present!