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Section G: Heavy Rock, Punk & Metal Drummers

Tommy Aldridge (born on August 15, 1950, in Pearl, Mississippi), is a veteran heavy metal and hard rock drummer who has been regarded as a double bass drumming pioneer. Aldridge is noted for his work with numerous bands and vocalists, most notable being Black Oak Arkansas, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy. Aldridge taught himself how to play drums and was inspired by Cream, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and drummers Joe Morello and John Bonham.

Lars Ulrich (born December 26, 1963) is a Danish drummer best known as the co-founder of the American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to a middle-upper class family. A tennis prodigy in his youth, Ulrich moved to Los Angeles, California at age sixteen to pursue his training, but instead of playing tennis, he ended up as a drummer. After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler, he met James Hetfield and formed Metallica.

Vincent "Vinnie" Paul (born on March 11, 1964 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.) is a heavy metal drummer and producer who is currently a member of supergroup Hellyeah, but is best known for being a member, and co-founder, of the heavy metal band Pantera. Vinnie Paul is well-known for his extremely powerful drumming and especially for his "thundering" double bass drum playing.

Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey (born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.) is the drummer for the progressive rock band Tool. Carey's popularity among drummers and non-drummers alike stems from the diversity of his sound and dynamics, his technical ability, frequent use of odd time signatures, polyrhythms and polymeters. He has stated in interviews that he effectively treats his feet as he does his hands: he practices rudiments (used for sticking techniques) and even snare drum solos with his feet to improve his double bass drumming, hi-hat control and foot independence.

Nathan Jonas "Joey" Jordison (born April 26, 1975), is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is a co-founder and the primary drummer for the Grammy Award winning band Slipknot and the guitarist for the horror punk band Murderdolls.

Tré Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III, December 9, 1972, in Frankfurt, Germany) is the drummer of the punk rock band Green Day. At age 12, his closest neighbor was future Lookout! Records owner Larry Livermore Livermore (who recruited Wright to join his first band The Lookouts) gave him the name of Tré Cool, which he believed to mean "very cool" in French (the French word for "very" is très).

Travis Barker (born November 14, 1975) is an American drummer who achieved most of his fame playing in the band Blink-182. He is also the drummer for +44 and has several side projects such as Box Car Racer, Transplants and Expensive Taste. He dueted with Rihanna on a remix of her hit "Umbrella" and appeared in her video. Recently, Travis Barker has made a very well received remix of Soulja Boy's "Crank That".


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