Former Skid Row drummer Phil Varone recently appeared on WRIF Virtual Rock Room and reflected his thoughts on various other drummers. Varone stressed that Tommy Lee and John Bonham changed drumming by making it stand out.

Phil Varone made his debut in the music scene by joining Saigon Kick in 1988. Later on, when Saigon Kick disbanded in 1996, he started playing with different artists. In 2000, Varone joined Skid Row, and he contributed to the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Thickskin.’ It was the only Skid Row album Varone played in it. Phil left the band and also the music business to pursue acting and stand-up comedy.

Every drummer surely has their own style, and Phil Varone also talked about what kind of drumming appeals to him during the conversation. When he was asked about Neil Peart, he described the Rush icon as a ‘professor’ and said they would often compare Peart to John Bonham in his high school years. Varone stated that he loved Rush, but he was not into that kind of drumming.

Phil explained that he was always a Phil Rudd, Tommy Lee, and John Bonham guy. He was more into their style rather than Peart’s. Then, Varone highlighted that for him, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham were legends who changed drumming forever. They managed to change the role of the drummer on the stage, which was incredible to witness.

Here are Phil Varone’s thoughts on various drummers:

“I mean, what can you say and the guy was, he is a professor, you know. It’s funny in high school; you had a choice as a musician. You either went Rush with Neil Peart, or you went Zeppelin with Bonham. I liked Rush. I still do. I love the band, actually. Never got into that drumming though, because I was a Phil Rudd, Tommy Lee, John Bonham guy. I loved playing straight groove.

I tried to play Rush, sounded like a pair of Nikes in the dryer, just wasn’t my style. I so appreciated, but I loved what he did for drumming just like Tommy Lee did for drumming or John Bonham did for drumming. These guys are legends that changed drumming, and they changed drumming in a sense of a drummer came to the forefront and never had to leave his throne. It was amazing to witness.”

You can watch the full conversation with Phil Varone below.