Famous 21st Century Drummers

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Phil Collins
(Drummer & Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Genesis')
Phil Collins
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Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

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Dave Grohl
(Founder of the Rock Band 'Foo Fighters')
Dave Grohl
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Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential rock musicians of the 1990s and 2000s, Dave Grohl is best known for his association with the famous rock band Nirvana, for which he was the drummer. Also a singer-songwriter, Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Ringo Starr
(The Drummer of the Rock Band 'The Beatles')
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Birthdate: July 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dingle, Liverpool, England

English musician, singer, and songwriter, Ringo Starr, gained international fame as the drummer for the rock band, the Beatles. Raised by a single mother, he had a difficult childhood. He sought solace in music and it became his vocation. After finding success with the Beatles, he embarked on a solo career as well.

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 4 
Tommy Lee
(Founding Member of the Heavy Metal Band 'Mötley Crüe')
Tommy Lee
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Birthdate: October 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Best known as the drummer and founding member of the bands Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Tommy Lee Bass has been riddled with major controversies and has even spent time in jail for spousal abuse. Brash and bold, he has also been named to VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists list.
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Travis Barker
(Drummer of the Rock Band 'Blink-182')
Travis Barker
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Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fontana, California, United States

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is known for his mohawk and tattoos. He has also been part of bands such as The Transplants+44, and Box Car Racer, and starred in the reality series Meet the Barkers. He owns a record label and a clothing brand, and has written a memoir.

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Neil Peart
(Best Known as the Drummer and Primary Lyricist of the Rock Band 'Rush')
Neil Peart
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Birthdate: September 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: January 7, 2020

Neil Peart was a Canadian songwriter, author, and musician. Best known as the drummer of the popular rock band Rush, Peart was nicknamed The Professor for his technical proficiency. In 1983, Neil Peart became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Modern Drummer publication's Readers Poll Hall of Fame.

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Charlie Watts
(Drummer)
Charlie Watts
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Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
Died: August 24, 2021

English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

 8 
Mick Fleetwood
(Musician)
Mick Fleetwood
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Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Redruth, Cornwall, England
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Chad Smith
(drummer, musician)
Chad Smith
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Birthdate: October 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Paul
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 10 
Ginger Baker
(Former Drummer known for co-founder and occasional vocalist of the rock band Cream)
Ginger Baker
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Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London, England
Died: October 6, 2019
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 11 
Sheila E.
(Percussionist)
Sheila E.
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Birthdate: December 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
 12 
Levon Helm
(American Musician and Actor Who Achieved Fame as the Drummer)
Levon Helm
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Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elaine, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 19, 2012
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 13 
Alex van Halen
(The Drummer and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Van Halen')
Alex van Halen
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Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

 14 
Stewart Copeland
(Musician)
Stewart Copeland
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Birthdate: July 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Meg White
(photographer, musician, actor, percussionist)
Meg White
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Birthdate: December 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit
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Steven Adler
(Drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s)
Steven Adler
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Birthdate: January 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 17 
Phil Rudd
(Drummer, best known as the drummer of AC/DC across three stints)
Phil Rudd
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Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 18 
Danny Carey
(Drummer, Jazz musician)
Danny Carey
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Birthdate: May 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lawrence
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 19 
Roger Taylor
(Best Known As The Drummer Of The Rock Band 'Queen')
Roger Taylor
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Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Roger Taylor soared to fame as the drummer of the iconic rock band Queen. A Planet Rock poll named him the eighth-greatest classic rock drummer. Taylor also became known for his falsetto vocal range and co-wrote hits such as Innuendo and Under Pressure. He also appeared on Pop Quiz.
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Taylor Hawkins
(Musician)
Taylor Hawkins
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Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Lars Ulrich
(Drummer and Co-founder of American Heavy Metal Band ‘Metallica’)
Lars Ulrich
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Birthdate: December 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gentofte, Denmark

Musician, songwriter, and record producer, Lars Ulrich, is best known as the drummer and co-founder of American heavy metal band Metallica. Born into a family of tennis players, he was initially expected to play the sport as well. However, he was more interested in music and proceeded to pursue a successful career in the field. 

 22 
Joshua Dun
(American Musician, Drummer and One Half of the Musical Duo ‘Twenty One Pilots’)
Joshua Dun
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Birthdate: June 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Joshua William Dun, or Josh Dun, gained fame as part of the music duo Twenty One Pilots, with Tyler Joseph. Apart from being the drummer, he also contributes to percussion and trumpet. He had earlier been part of House of Heroes. He is known for his signature X tattoo.
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Chad Kroeger
(Musician)
Chad Kroeger
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Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Chad Kroeger gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Nickelback, delivering hit singles such as How You Remind Me and topping the Canadian charts. He later co-founded the band The Suits XL and also collaborated with major artists such as Santana and Avril Lavigne.
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Max Weinberg
(Drummer)
Max Weinberg
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Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 25 
Questlove
(Musician)
Questlove
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Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Jim Gordon
(Musician)
Jim Gordon
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Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Matt Cameron
(Musician)
Matt Cameron
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Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Dave Lombardo
(Drummer, Musician)
Dave Lombardo
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Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Fatboy Slim
(Disc Jockey)
Fatboy Slim
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Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Peter Criss
(Drummer, Singer)
Peter Criss
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Birthdate: December 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Vinnie Paul
(Former Musician best known for being the drummer and co-founder of the heavy metal band Pantera)
Vinnie Paul
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Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States
Died: June 22, 2018
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Nick Mason
(Drummer and Co-founder of the Progressive Rock Band 'Pink Floyd')
Nick Mason
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Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

Born to a documentary film maker, drummer Nick Mason was no stranger to art and entertainment as a child. He formed his first band while studying architecture. He was the only original member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd member to have been part of the band since its inception.

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Mike Portnoy
(Drummer, Musician, Singer, Record producer, Composer)
Mike Portnoy
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Birthdate: April 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Long Beach
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Ian Paice
(Drummer)
Ian Paice
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Birthdate: June 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nottingham
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Daniel Johnston
(Singer-songwriter)
Daniel Johnston
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Birthdate: January 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA
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Carmine Appice
(Drummer)
Carmine Appice
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Birthdate: December 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Thundercat
(Musician)
Thundercat
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Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Kim Deal
(Singer)
Kim Deal
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Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Sib Hashian
(Musician)
Sib Hashian
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Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 22, 2017
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Bill Ward
(English Musician and Drummer)
Bill Ward
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Birthdate: May 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Mickey Hart
(Musician)
Mickey Hart
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Birthdate: September 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
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Shawn Crahan
(Musician)
Shawn Crahan
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Birthdate: September 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Josh Klinghoffer
(Musician)
Josh Klinghoffer
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Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Steve Gadd
(Drummer)
Steve Gadd
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Birthdate: April 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Irondequoit, New York, United States
 45 
Morris Day
(Musician)
Morris Day
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Birthdate: December 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Shannon Leto
(Musician)
Shannon Leto
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Birthdate: March 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Gary Clark, Jr.
(Musician)
Gary Clark, Jr.
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Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Austin, Texas Austin, Texas, U.S.
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Terry Bozzio
(Drummer, Musician, Composer, Percussionist)
Terry Bozzio
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Birthdate: December 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco
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Tre Cool
(Drummer)
Tre Cool
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Birthdate: December 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt, West Germany
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Wolfgang Dziony
(Drummer)
Wolfgang Dziony
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Birthdate: August 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elze, Germany