Buddy Rich vs. Animal

Nuclearfishin

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I met Buddy Rich when I was in high school in the 80's. He was touring with a bunch of college kids as his backup band. As phenominal as he was, the one thing I remember is what a prick he was and all he kept asking the high school kids (who worshipped him until that point) was where could he get some porn for the busride to the next city.

The dude sure could play the drums though!
 

franksguitar

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Buddy Rich was a monster! I knew the bass player who played with him for 2 years, yes he could be a real prick!
 

DaveinLondon

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Animal's drum parts were played by Ronnie Verrell, one of the leading drummers of the big band era here in the UK. Ronnie did a lot of session and small-group work when the big bands died out in the '60s.
 

dets1

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i never got to see him but a drummer friend of mine did. my friend had seen all the "top" drummers, buford, weckl, etc. he told me nobody was even on the same planet as buddy. not even close. his reputation did precede him though.
 

cadduc

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i was able to see him perform four times, all with his big band, a great drummer, and yeah, like all perfectionists, he demanded perfection from anyone that worked with him and form him, so yeah, like all bosses he could be an asshole sometimes, but in every case he was striving to deliver the best performance to the audience that paid to be there and watch it

although it could be a little unconfortable when he would pointedly correct a player on stage
but i saw that same thing with albert king, bo diddley, james brown, frank zappa, pete townshend, and many many other artists
 

Fingers

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Around 1965 I saw a "drum summit" with Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Louis Bellson, Mel Lewis & Jo Jones all set up, one kit next to the other, across the stage. Each guy did a long drum solo and also played a couple of tunes with a combo. They were all phenomenal, of course, though the guy who knocked us out the most that night was Blakey. Bellson was pretty amazing too, demonstrating playing a different time signature with each limb (on his double bass drum set).

But I did always have a soft spot for Animal's playing.
 

DC1

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Around 1965 I saw a "drum summit" with Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Louis Bellson, Mel Lewis & Jo Jones all set up, one kit next to the other, across the stage. Each guy did a long drum solo and also played a couple of tunes with a combo. They were all phenomenal, of course, though the guy who knocked us out the most that night was Blakey. Bellson was pretty amazing too, demonstrating playing a different time signature with each limb (on his double bass drum set).

But I did always have a soft spot for Animal's playing.
I meet Louis at an Ellington convention and hung out for a bit, and he gave me a pair of sticks. What a good guy and what a great player!

DC
 

jumpnblues

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Both Buddy and Paul Anka were brutal to their bands. If you've heard recordings of their rehearsals you'll see what I mean. Can't argue about their respective talents. But I have no respect for them as men. Both were/are extremely abusive.
 




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