SKF NOTE: Reading Tommy Aldridge‘s interview last week, Tommy’s thoughts about drummers who “played things I had never heard before” apply to all drum pioneers. As such, Tommy’s words are worth highlighting.
“I was amazed that The Who even tried to replace Keith Moon. I admire Kenney Jones‘ audacity. Kenny is probably a better drummer technically than Keith. But Keith Moon was a pioneer, like Bonham was a pioneer. John Bonham was a technician, but that’s not why he was so acclaimed. It was because of his way of thinking and the parts that he came up with. Mitch Mitchell and John Bonham played things I had never heard before. You always wondered where they’d heard that stuff.”
Source: Tommy Aldridge: Business Wise, by Scott K Fish, Modern Drummer, October 1981
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