Brother Clyde's Samantha Maloney gives The Gauntlet her Top 10 drummers list

Samantha Maloney started out her musical career behind the drum kit for Queens,
New York post-hardcore heroes Shift. After an album on Sony, the band broke up,
but that didn't slow down Maloney. She has gone on to play with everyone from Hole
to Mötley Crüe, and has become one of the most talked about drummers in modern
rock. Her latest project is Brother Clyde - the new Southern rock flavored act fronted
by none other than Billy Ray Cyrus. The group also features Jamie Miller, who you
might remember from Snot and theSTART. Brother Clyde's self-titled debut album
just hit stores this week. In this exclusive, we got Samantha to talk about her favorite
drummers - and just like her career so far, the list is stylistically all over the map!

John Bonham

The Led Zeppelin drum king might have passed away at the age of 32, but his arena-
sized beats and outrageous persona changed hard rock forever. For further proof, listen
to his blistering performance on "Moby Dick."

Neil Peart

When you listen to Peart work in Rush, it's as if he's got extra arms and feet. How else
would a human be able to pull off the multilayered rhythms that he effortlessly lays down
with the prog-rock legends? But then you see him live, and there's Peart - two arms, two
feet - making you feel like less of a drummer in the process.

Danny Carey

As great a frontman as Maynard Keenan is, Tool is nothing without Danny Carey.

Keith Moon

One of rock-n-roll's great wildmen also happened to be one its most inventive drummers.
Whether it was one of The Who's early pop nuggets, or their later concept pieces, Moon
always found exciting ways to compliment the songs, without overplaying.

Phil Collins

Stop laughing! From his early work with the Peter Gabriel fronted version of Genesis,
to all of the session work he's done throughout the years, Collins has proven to be one
of the most dependable drummers in the business. Besides, his tom roll on "In the Air
Tonight” is fucking killer!

Sheila E!

Who said chicks can't play the drums?! Even the famously picky Prince heavily featured
her Latin jazz flavored playing during his explosive ‘80s concerts. Even now, she's so

Tommy Aldridge

Most hard rock and metal fans first learned about Aldridge from his days pounding
the skins in Ozzy Osbourne's band in 1981. Since then, he's become one of the most
sought after drummers of the last 25 years. He's played with a who's who of musicians,
but he's probably most famous from his stints in Whitesnake. The guy is one of the most
fun drummers to watch in a live setting.

Dave Grohl

The guy does everything he does so well - it makes me crazy! He's the type of drummer
that makes ANYTHING he plays on sound 10X better. He's also a huge metal fan J

Tommy Lee

I had the pleasure of playing in Mötley Crüe in the early 2000s. Playing all of those
classic songs that I grew up on was surreal. Tommy is a god.

Deen Castronovo

Deen has played on so many huge records - but the average person still doesn't even
know who he is. He's an all-around musician in the truest sense of the definition. His
drumming skills are obviously spot-on, but his singing and sense of melody are also
deadly. Deen's currently in Journey and in something you don't see that often with
massive rock acts, they actually turn the lead vocals over to him for select songs. Check
him out singing and rocking the drums below:

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Date: Aug 12, 2010
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