Aerosmith drummer Joey Krammer was the latest interview guest of ‘Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz’ and talked about his influencers, his best-selling memoir ‘Hit Hard’ as well as how his life going during the coronavirus outbreak in Texas.
Joey Kramer is the drummer of Aerosmith for more than 50 years and he’s also well-known as being the creator of the band’s name. While most people still think that he was referring to a novel named ‘Arrowsmith’ while naming the band, he cleared the air in his biography named ‘Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top’ which was released back in 2010.
According to Joey, the band’s name came into his mind just after he’s seen ‘Aerial Ballet’ album of Harry Nilson that has a cover art in which an airplane flies over the head of Harry himself.
In his latest interview with Darren Paltrowitz, Joey talked about the earlier days of Aerosmith as well as who influenced him while he’s improving his drumming skills to compete with them. He also did not hesitate to show his respect to the former drummer of Nirvana, Dave Grohl.
Let’s check out what he said:
“I have great admiration for a guy like Dave Grohl, who was in his band Nirvana and then took it upon himself to go and do what he’s doing now and have himself his own successful career, kudos to him.
I have large respect for the guy. He’s a great drummer, he’s a great guitar player. I don’t really know him, but from what I understand, he’s a really nice guy, a great person, and that’s great.
“I don’t know if I have that myself, I come from the land of rhythm and blues, and I do a lot of listening, but most of the listening that I do is to that stuff. I have a very difficult time relating to certain things nowadays that’s called ‘music.’
I’m an old-school guy, and a lot of the stuff that I like – my favorite band in the world is Tower of Power, I’ve been listening to them for years and years, and they’re my favorite band, and you know, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, stuff like that is the kind of stuff that I love.
As far as my influences go, when I was growing up I was listening to Mitch Mitchell, a guy named Clive Bunker who played with the original Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson, Dino Danelli, Bernard Purdie who played on any number of records that were Motown hits.”
“Of course, John Bonham, and of course, the one and only Buddy Rich – John Bonham and Buddy Rich are probably the two most influential players to complete the circle with anyone.
Any drummer that doesn’t know that he’s been influenced by John Bonham or Buddy Rich is just unconscious because these two guys, they’ve changed the face of drumming in both genres – me included.”
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