Belfast Telegraph

Masked musician named best drummer

A masked musician who plays gravity defying solos has beaten stars such as Phil Collins and Dave Grohl to be named the greatest drummer of the past 25 years.

Joey Jordison of Slipknot, noted for playing two bass drums simultaneously, has to be strapped in his seat to play live as he performs on a spinning stage which tips to a 90-degree angle.

The boiler-suited player triumphed in the poll staged by leading UK drum magazine Rhythm to find readers' top choice of drummer for the past quarter century.

Grohl, known for his drumming work in bands such as Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures, but now better known as frontman for Foo Fighters, was fifth. Collins came ninth with around 0.3% of the votes.

Jordison, who drew nearly two-fifths of the 100,000 votes, said: "I'm at a loss for words. This is beyond unbelievable. Something like this reminds me every day why I continue to do this."

Metal band Slipknot are known for performing in matching boiler suits and wearing hideous latex masks. The band's bass player, Paul Gray, died in May after an accidental morphine overdose.

The editor of Rhythm magazine. whose poll took place via sister publication, said: "Since Slipknot hit the headlines in the late 90s, we've been consistently blown away by his mind-blowing technicality and ability to bolster any project with his unique sound and style. He obviously has a massive legion of loyal fans."


From Belfast Telegraph