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    Default Alex #51 in RS Top 100 Drummer List

    Here they go again..... We all remember when Rolling Stone laughably placed Ed at #75 on a Top 100 Guitar Plater List. Now Al lands at #51. Some interesting choices on this list, but obviously even if I weren't a VH fan I think I'd place Al a bit higher than 51.

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    I agree with the number one choice (I'm surprised to see that from Rolling Stone), but the rest are a little out of order for sure. Would have liked to see Al and Bill Ward up a lot higher.

    Wow Dave Grohl not in the top 20, I would assume anything associated with Nirvana is the greatest of all time for Rolling Stone lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hide Your Sheep View Post
    Here they go again..... We all remember when Rolling Stone laughably placed Ed at #75 on a Top 100 Guitar Plater List. Now Al lands at #51. Some interesting choices on this list, but obviously even if I weren't a VH fan I think I'd place Al a bit higher than 51.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/li...-time-20160331

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    Alex Van Halen's arena-sized ambitions and jazz-influenced nimbleness made Van Halen one of rock's most vibrant bands — millions of young drummers all over America drove themselves nuts in the Eighties trying to replicate the skip-stone tom-tom work and galloping swing he brought to "Hot for Teacher" or the tricky opening groove of "Finish What You Start." His devotion and toughness were pretty impressive too: A 1984 Rolling Stone feature described a show opening for the Rolling Stones where Alex played the entire with his hand broken in four places. "He couldn't even hold a drumstick," journalist Debby Miller wrote. "So he tied the stick to his wrist with a shoelace and went on with the show." Van Halen ascribed his career choice to his childhood: "[My father] was a musician, and it's hard to put into words, but musicians are different than the 9-to-5ers," he told MTV's Kurt Loder in 1991. "It's a different mentality ... the whole planet is your home."
    I was going to make a wise crack that I'm sure they put Dave Grohl ahead of him, and sure enough, there he is at #27. Predictable.

    Rolling Stone is such a fucking joke.
    The only genre I really know is Van Halen.

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    Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts are in the Top 15?? Wow.
    Phil Collins rated better than Alex? C'mon now.

    Why do I bother looking at these lists?
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    I had the same thoughts about Dave Grohl as y'all did.....
    How about Meg White even MAKING the list? I mean shit if they couldn't think of any other drummers how about throwing Gina Schock from the Go-Go's a bone?
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    Jeff Porcaro Number 37 ..WTF ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenpaw View Post
    I agree with the number one choice (I'm surprised to see that from Rolling Stone), but the rest are a little out of order for sure. Would have liked to see Al and Bill Ward up a lot higher.

    Wow Dave Grohl not in the top 20, I would assume anything associated with Nirvana is the greatest of all time for Rolling Stone lol
    Their top three drummers are fair enough.

    I would've placed Copeland and Peart higher myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts are in the Top 15?? Wow.
    Phil Collins rated better than Alex? C'mon now.

    Why do I bother looking at these lists?
    Yep. I'm not going to bother looking at it, but your post and the one above stating that Dave Grohl is at #27, tells me all I need to know about this idiotic list.

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    Can't stand rolling stone.

    Have not picked it up in 20+ years at all.

    It's funny how some people are outraged by this and say how much RS sucks but if they give a VH show a good review they are looked at as the gold standard of music opinions.


    They suck ass either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    Can't stand rolling stone.

    Have not picked it up in 20+ years at all.

    It's funny how some people are outraged by this and say how much RS sucks but if they give a VH show a good review they are looked at as the gold standard of music opinions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    How do they stay in business?
    actually, they write a bunch of articles that cater to the liberal crowd and they gobble it up.

    not a shot at liberals, it's just what the magazine does.

    they fucking suck...the magazine not liberals.

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    Morbid curiosity ....I just had to know how douchey/hipster/baby boomer they went so I can safely continue to call them out on that nonsense.

    Yep, they hit all the typical RS bases...

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    Random girl drummers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hide Your Sheep View Post
    I had the same thoughts about Dave Grohl as y'all did.....
    How about Meg White even MAKING the list? I mean shit if they couldn't think of any other drummers how about throwing Gina Schock from the Go-Go's a bone?
    I actually dig Meg White.

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    seriously....who in the fuck would actually read anything in that magazine music related and say 'man, they got that one RIGHT" with any conviction what so ever?

    I have an album review guide they put out in like 1991, it was neat at the time.

    they updated it around 2000 and the "ratings" they gave everything that wasn't alternative took a huge nose dive.....I was like "how did these albums get so much worst in just a few years"?

    I lost all respect for them with that and NEVER, EVER looked back.

    I saw they had Cobain on the cover last month.....get the fuck outta here already with that hog wash.

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    Wow this list is a shit sandwich

    Eddie Van Halen's account of teaching Mike bass has more factual information than this

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