Negative Creep wrote:
It wouldn't be too inaccurate to have him at #1, imo.
Peart, Bruford, and Bonham are the most well-rounded, they all score very high all across the board. Moon doesn't, and we've explained that.
Bonham's influence isn't enough to bridge the gap on all the other areas Peart and Bruford have on him. You've basically said so yourself. This idea that Bonham should be #1 despite that because of some "James Jamerson rule" is such bullshit.
Bonham is to drumming what Hendrix was to guitar. When you're talking about THIS kind of influence, it just goes into the stratosphere. He is the most influential rock drummer by far (with Keith a close 2nd).
And the areas where Bonham loses to Peart and Bruford, those are very small losses. Let's look at this realistically...Bonham/Peart:
Influence - Bonham (big win)
Originality - Bonham (big win)
Creativity - Peart (decent win)
Skill - Peart (big win)
Innovation - Tied
Stylistic Versatility - Peart (big win)
Importance - Bonham (huge win)
So it's not like Peart destroys him or anything, it's frighteningly close. Bonham still gets it though.
OH SHIT, why are we discussing this in the Greatest Live Drumming Albums thread?