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    I'd say Evel Knievel inspired me tremendously. I always admired how he had a positive message for kids. And he taught that no matter how hard or how many times you fall,,, ALWAYS get back up and try again.
    R.I.P Evel

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    On drums it would be my older brother.
    1997 DW collectors kit
    2010 ddrum dios m series kit
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    As far as having a sense of humour whilst being serious about what you do as a musician, can't go past Frank Zappa.

    Though first and foremost I'm a drummer and percussionist, I also admire musicians who really have their own sound or approach to their instrument. Bill Bruford was doing that when he combined acoustic and early electronic drums. Frank Zappa had that in his composition style. Same with Robert Fripp...both have made recordings that pushed the envelope of what you can do with rock guitar. Zakir Hussain and Trilok Gurtu fuse their traditional Indian rhythms and sounds with Western percussion. Steve Howe brought so many unusual stringed instruments which made Yes's sound. John Entwistle had his trebly bass sound anchoring the bottom end of The Who. The German industrial group Einstürzende Neubaten made sounds with hammers, drills and scrap metal. Andy Summers with The Police did all these beautiful fragments of chords and arpeggios, coupled with all sorts of guitar effects. Mikael Akerfeldt and Opeth pretty much brought a true progressive edge and approach to death metal. Billy Cobham pretty much wrote the book on an ambidextrous, controlled and powerful approach to fusion drumming. Lemmy from Motörhead with his singing style and bass playing combined heavy metal and punk-rock, predating speed and thrash metal. Ginger Baker brought African tom melodies into rock rhythms, even though he saw himself first and foremost as a jazz drummer. Eddie Van Halen has one distinct approach to the guitar, but then so does Allan Holdsworth. Rick Wakeman brought a staggeringly great classical technique and approach to rock keyboards. Tony Levin has his own sound and style with the Stick Bass, same with Trey Gunn and the Warr Guitar. Giorgio Moroder, Jean Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk were the guys that pushed forward their own synthesizer sounds (and the electronic percussion that came with them). Rush have been making their own sound for decades, each one of those guys are great players in their own right but together they have an incredible music chemistry. Stewart Copeland and Dave Grohl prove that some drummers make great songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Mick Karn carved himself a niche as a unique bassist, especially with his fretless bass sound. And guitarist Adrian Belew still sounds like no-one else that I know.
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    Jesus

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    Papa Jo Jones, Kevin Godley, Airto Moreira

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    Animal, from Sesame Street. I watched his every move, the drive , the desire, the intricacies of his rolls.. what a showman!!!

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    Sorry! It's funny to me!
    1997 DW collectors kit
    2010 ddrum dios m series kit
    1966 Ludwig acrolite
    Sabian/zildjian cymbals
    Dw/Tama/Pearl hardware

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    Currently, Nick Smith, Chris Coleman, Tony Royster Jr.,Dave Weckl, the three Steve's (Smith, Gadd, & Jordan), Calvin Rodgers, brent Easton, Dave Elitch, and George "Spanky" McCurdy.

    Over my career, I have had countless inspirations, and way too many to name here in a post.
    -Tama Starclassic Birch/Bubinga (10x8, 12x9, 14x12, 16x14, 22x18)
    -Mapex Saturn V (8x7, 10x7, 12x8, 13x10, 16x14, 22x18)
    -Pearl Mixed Series kit (8x7, 10x8, 15x12, 20x14)
    -Brady Jarrah Ply 8x14
    -HHG Purpleheart/Cherry Stave 7x14
    -Ayotte Stainless Steel 5.5x14
    -Ayotte (Drumsmith) Maple 6x14
    -Premier (African Mahogany with Beech Re-rings) 8x14
    -Pearl Masters MCX 5.5x14
    -Pearl Session Studio Classic 5.5x14
    -Pearl Steel (Pre-Sensitone) 6.5x14
    -Pearl Steel Piccolo 3x13
    -CB Percussion Brass 5x13
    -Meinl Custom Classics Dark
    -Paiste 2002, 602, Rude

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    Quote Originally Posted by funkyruss View Post
    Animal, from Sesame Street.
    He's from The Muppet Show; more importantly, he's in the band The Electric Mayhem.


    My influences tend to be more classic / hard rock and metal;

    Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
    Simon Kirke (Free / Bad Company)
    Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
    Nick Menza / Gar Samuelson (both ex-Megadeth)
    Vince Abbott (Pantera / Damageplan / Hellyeah!)
    Don Henley (Eagles)
    Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura / Cavalera Conspiricy)
    Greg Hall (Sacred Reich)
    Dave McClain (Machine Head / Ex-Sacred Reich)

    And a guy called John Morgan from an English rap/metal/x-over/dub band called Senser.
    Last edited by Hellwyck; 05-28-2013 at 08:26 AM.

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    Sandy Nelson
    Most definitely. As a matter of fact, there will be "NO LIMIT"... just an unending quagmire of musical genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longgun View Post
    Jesus
    Amen to that!! And I would also say my father for getting me started.

    My inspiration comes from many different drummers. I have my favorites for different genres but there is something- a beat, a fill, a dynamic- that I take from different songs/drummers that I hear.
    TAMA- '99 Starclassic, '86 Granstar, '88 Granstar,
    '93 Rockstar
    Gretsch- late 50's Round Badge
    Zildjian K & K Custom (with a couple A's and a Wuhan China)
    Evans
    Remo
    Vic Firth
    Speed Cobra double pedal
    Starcast mounting system (including floor toms and snare)
    Hardware- TAMA and Gibraltar
    Snare Drums- various TAMA, Gretsch, Ludwig, Leedy, Wurlitzer

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    Jesus
    I've never heard Jesus drum... maybe if he turned up once in a while we could.




    This reminds me of the joke which takes place in heaven.
    A guy had died and he was being escorted round heaven by st peter, he gets to a room with banging going on, cymbals, drums, bass drums etc... the man says "hey, is that John Bonham?" st peter replies, "no, it's god, he just thinks he's John Bonham"

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    Last edited by Texdrumr; 01-12-2014 at 02:48 PM.

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    Neil Peart and Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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    My inspiration for getting into the world of music is Taylor Swift and Boyce Avenue. But what keeps me inspired to learn more in the drumming world is Cobus Potgieter sure his technique really does suck(and he admits it) but he still sounds amazing and he's having fun and that's what matters.
    Wear hearing protection.

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    I am my inspiration. If I met any of you face to face I would be shy! if I had to speak and that, but Bridie playing her drums, aka the inspiring me, is happy, confident and speaks through her playing.
    I love how I feel when I am sat at my kit, and that thing that has to come out of me can do that on stage.
    I don't know if I explained that very well!!
    Bridie
    Last edited by Bridie; 01-12-2014 at 12:50 PM. Reason: spelling!

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    John Panozzo, Neil Peart, Phil Rudd, Steve Smith, and a cousin of mine (Doug).

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    My wife. She's the personification of patience and tolerance... evidenced by putting up with me for over 25 years.
    Steve
    "When I can match Buddy Rich, lick for lick, I will get a rack."
    Ludwig Super Classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridie View Post
    I am my inspiration. If I met any of you face to face I would be shy! if I had to speak and that, but Bridie playing her drums, aka the inspiring me, is happy, confident and speaks through her playing.
    I love how I feel when I am sat at my kit, and that thing that has to come out of me can do that on stage.
    I don't know if I explained that very well!!
    Bridie
    You have two you's

    * The "everyday you
    - the shy one who goes to school, does homework, plays in the park, etc (for example)...

    * The "drum" you
    - The one who speaks through her drumming and is happiest behind a kit.


    I know that person, I used to be that person when I was shy too.


    One of my main influences is a guy called John Morgan from an English metal/rap/techno band called Senser.

    Here's some of his Youtubes
    Last edited by Hellwyck; 01-14-2014 at 12:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridie View Post
    I am my inspiration. If I met any of you face to face I would be shy! if I had to speak and that, but Bridie playing her drums, aka the inspiring me, is happy, confident and speaks through her playing.
    I love how I feel when I am sat at my kit, and that thing that has to come out of me can do that on stage.
    I don't know if I explained that very well!!
    Bridie
    Very cool Indeed. I read this and thought That's why I play. Thanks for reminding me what its all about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridie View Post
    I am my inspiration. If I met any of you face to face I would be shy! if I had to speak and that, but Bridie playing her drums, aka the inspiring me, is happy, confident and speaks through her playing.
    I love how I feel when I am sat at my kit, and that thing that has to come out of me can do that on stage.
    I don't know if I explained that very well!!
    Bridie
    Quote Originally Posted by not him View Post
    Very cool Indeed. I read this and thought That's why I play. Thanks for reminding me what its all about.
    Bridie - You explained that very well. Better than most people could. And you know what? You just inspired this "old guy" with your words. Well done young lady. Cheers!

    Also, what not him stated. I want to thank you as well for reminding me what it's all about.
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    Nothing says 'tough' like a drummer with ducklings on his drums. Ha!

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    Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa ,Ringo Starr (not a great drummer, but it was the Beatles as a kid) Don Henley Mick Fleetwood, Nick Mason And since I've been on drumchat Rickthe drummer.

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    My inspiration comes from great songwriters. Lot's of guys can beat drums well, but to be able to write a truly great song is a talent all it's own.

    all the best...

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    I have been seeing this thread and really I don't think I have a drummer inspiration. The radio growing up?

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    Currently for drumming my injury is my inspiration to keep going forward.

    A very special thank you to my GF of 5 years for pushing me and motivating me... and helping me spend my money by letting me buy more drum parts to keep me motivated!

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