Is Dave Grohl the best rock drummer alive?

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We say yes! Them Crooked Vultures' eponymous debut disc, reviewed in today's Post, proves that Dave Grohl is the undisputed king of 21st century tom-smashing. The supergroup -- comprised of Grohl, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age front-dude Josh Homme -- has produced an album that hits HARD. It's an air-drummer's dream come true!

But let's open the floor. Who's a better living rock-and-roll drummer than Grohl? (If you nominate afro-beat time-keeper Tony Allen on the technicality that he's drummed for British rock supergroup The Good, the Bad and the Queen, you will earn our respect, but you will still be wrong.)

Cast your nominations in the comments section.

By Chris Richards |  November 17, 2009; 2:19 PM ET Rankings
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I love Grohl, saw TCV 3x this year, but Neil Peart is still the best drummer alive.

Posted by: Hemisphire | November 17, 2009 3:09 PM

Er, no. If not Grohl, then Stewart Copeland.

Posted by: hannnah | November 17, 2009 3:15 PM

Umm...(braces self)...Neil Peart???

Posted by: Snapper24 | November 17, 2009 3:32 PM

the ghost of earl palmer is better than any other drummer that you can name, period.

Posted by: baconfat | November 17, 2009 3:59 PM

I'll get clubbed, but John Fishman is pretty stellar.

Posted by: thelastdondc | November 17, 2009 4:12 PM

Dave Grohl's damn good. But I'd put a few names above him in the rankings:

Jimmy Chamberlain
Stewart Copeland
Neil Peart

If you want include drummers that are still alive, but more or less retired:

Ginger Baker
Bill Berry
Topper Headon
Mitch Mitchell

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | November 17, 2009 4:23 PM

Ok, conspicuously missing from this list is the great Danny Carey. As far as sheer talent goes, bar none the best. I love Grohl, and he is a genious. But Carey is a god among mere mortals.

Any doubters, check out Danny Carey's wikipedia entry, look at the kit he plays on, and his stylistic inclinations.

Posted by: Luceme | November 17, 2009 4:44 PM

To Miles_Standish_Proud: Hate to be the one to break this, but Mitch Mitchell died last year.

Posted by: YSB1 | November 17, 2009 4:50 PM

Katrin from The Ex.

Posted by: gfriday | November 17, 2009 5:42 PM

Grohl is good but he doesn't match Stewart Copeland.

Posted by: sockii1 | November 17, 2009 7:03 PM

Meg White

Posted by: rogo2000 | November 17, 2009 8:54 PM

Funny. I thought the drums were a little low in the mix on the album. But live, they sounded incredible.

Posted by: azaghal1981 | November 17, 2009 9:01 PM

Definitely Nathan Roberts (Formerly of The Flaming Lips)... at least Kurt Cobain thought so...

Posted by: Blagger | November 17, 2009 9:26 PM

Totally irrelevant question on the order of, "who would win a fight, Superman or Jesus?".
Everyone brings something different to the table. Nick Mason, not on anyone's list of virtuosos, can sit on 72 beats-per-minute for 15 minutes without the tempo changing; not an easy feat.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | November 18, 2009 9:58 AM

For your consideration: Greg Saunier who does more with a bass drum, snare drum and two cymbals than most of these cock-rockers can do with, well, their ...

Posted by: Minutemenx | November 18, 2009 10:01 AM

best living drummer? Chris Pennie. Former drummer from the Dillinger Escape Plan. Not expecting anybody to agree, as PostRock really doesn't cover metal music at all.

Posted by: bweisholtz1 | November 18, 2009 10:17 AM

Thanks for the comments. Keep 'em coming! I'm surprised no one has nominated Dave Grohl's favorite drummer, Dale Crover of the Melvins.

And bweisholtz1, look for a concert review of Baroness on Post Rock this Friday.

Posted by: ChrisRichards | November 18, 2009 12:09 PM

Tommy Ardolino (NRBQ) is one of the greatest. Knows his Ringo (THE greatest rock drummer, still).

BTW, anybody heard of this guy Charlie Watts?

When it comes to modern drumming, Steve Jansen (Japan, David Sylvian).

Posted by: ana1ana2 | November 18, 2009 1:58 PM

Neil Peart
Bill Bruford
Carl Palmer
Stewart Copeland

That's it. That's the list.

Posted by: Bebunk | November 18, 2009 3:10 PM

Not very "rock" but Carter Beauford

Posted by: jsomensatto | November 18, 2009 8:34 PM

If you include drummers like Carter Beauford from the Dave Matthews Band, that would expand the definition of "rock-n-roll" drummer to a point that I don't think the author of the article anticipated, and would open the door to all sorts of hybrid jazz-rock drummers, all of whom can play circles around Grohl (like Stewart Copeland, Mr. Beauford, or Neil Peart). If the list is restricted to more "straight-ahead" rock drummers who are more attitude than chops, certainly Grohl is near the top of the list. But I would put Jimmy Chamberlain way above him. The drummer for the Black Crowes is also much better than Grohl.

Posted by: joemomma3 | November 19, 2009 1:47 PM

Rob Oswald (Nebula, Karma to Burn, Stress Magnets, Buttsteak, Mondo Generator,and Queens Of The Stone Age)

Posted by: vinton1 | November 19, 2009 3:46 PM

Grohl says that Taylor (forgot last name), his own drummer in the Foo Fighters, is much better than Grohl. I'll accept that, but think that Grohl is excellent - and he plays drums on bands that make better music than the Foos.

Posted by: ClarkKent1 | November 20, 2009 1:19 PM

There's also this factor: someone like Neil Peart may be considered great -OK - but gosh I hate Rush and think their music sucks. I would much rather hear a merely "good" drummer playing excellent music. Just like I'd rather hear Bob Dylan or Willie Nelson or Lou Reed play guitar than suffer through the flash of Yngwie or Vai.

Posted by: ClarkKent1 | November 20, 2009 1:23 PM

I would say that Terry Bozzio (whom I first heard as a kid on Jeff Beck's "Guitar Shop" album) outshines every one of those drummers, though there's no debating that Grohl is a powerful drummer who knows how to serve the greater musical good. Neil Peart will always be closer to (the) my heart though.

Posted by: mahajohn | November 20, 2009 3:56 PM

Chuck Biscuits.

No contest...

Posted by: boole2912 | November 21, 2009 11:42 AM

Neal Peart. Nuff said...

Posted by: 58strat | November 23, 2009 4:11 PM

Dennis Davis is the greatest drummer alive. Young Americans through Scary Monsters trumps a guy who played not very good guitar for the past 15 years. I'll take George Murray over JP Jones anyday.

Posted by: johburke | November 23, 2009 6:10 PM

charlie watts

Posted by: seannn | November 24, 2009 8:48 PM

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