Are These the 10 Greatest Drum Intros of All Time?
"Rhythm" magazine conducted a survey to determine the "101 Greatest Drum Intros" of all time...and not surprisingly, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters got a lot of love, with three entries in the Top 10, all with different acts.
But Alex Van Halen is #1, for his work on "Hot for Teacher". Here's the Top 10:
1. "Hot for Teacher", Van Halen . . . by Alex Van Halen
2. "Spirit of Radio", Rush . . . by Neil Peart
3. "You Could Be Mine", Guns N' Roses . . . by Matt Sorum
4. "Rock and Roll", Led Zeppelin . . . by John Bonham
5. "A Song for the Dead", Queens of the Stone Age . . . by Dave Grohl
6. "When the Levee Breaks", Led Zeppelin . . . by John Bonham
7. "Painkiller", Judas Priest . . . by Scott Travis
8. "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Nirvana . . . by Dave Grohl
9. "My Hero", Foo Fighters . . . by Dave Grohl
10. "Where Eagles Dare", Iron Maiden . . . by Nicko McBrain
(You can find brief write-ups on each of these in a slideshow, here. The complete list of all 101 drum intros is in the November issue of "Rhythm" magazine.)
Here's the original music video for "Hot For Teacher":
And here's a great example of Alex's abilities. He goes on an epic FIVE MINUTE solo!