Lars Ulrich, the legendary drummer of Metallica, has appeared as a guest on the new episode of The Howard Stern Show and had the final say in the debate about the best drummer among Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham and Rush’s Neil Peart.
During the conversation he had on the show, Lars Ulrich has been asked what he thinks about the competition between two geniusses on drum, John Bonham and Neil Peart.
Didn’t want to restrain the options with these two, Ulrich said he would recommend additional names to put the list such as Deep Purple’s Ian Paice and AC/DC’s Phil Rudd. He added that he has been asked this question on and off for 40 years and it’s so hard to answer.
Lars Ulrich also mentioned the time he met Neil Peart saying that it was 1984 when their manager, Cliff Burnstein, signed Rush and called Neil to introduce them. Lars said that they spoke nearly 45 minutes on the phone geeking out on drums, and the whole thing was like a fairy tale to him.
Ulrich admitted during the interview that you can’t play drums and not love Neil, nor be appreciative and respectful to him. However, he ended his words by saying that, between him and Bonham, he will have to go with John Bonham.
Here is what Lars Ulrich said when asked who is the best drummer between Peart and Bonham:
“It’s fucking hard. Listen, I’ve been asked that question on and off for 40 years…
I would put two additional names on that list. Deep Purple’s Ian Paice is an incredibly technically gifted drummer, and Phil Rudd is what gives AC/DC that incredible bounce and swing.”
Ulrich also recalled the times he met Neil and said:
“The first time I ever met Neil – it was 1984, our manager Cliff [Burnstein] signed Rush, and I had drum questions about gear and this and that, and he goes, ‘Neil loves to talk to younger drummers,’ and he goes, ‘Call Neil. He wants to hear from you.’
And it was, like, ‘Huh…?’ I was 20 years old with not a pot to piss in and I called him, and we spoke 30, 45 minutes on the phone and we were geeking out on drums, and the whole thing was like a fairy tale.
You can’t play drums and not love Neil, and you can’t not-be appreciative and respectful…
But, between Neil and between John… No disrespect, but I’ll have to go with John Bonham.”
You can check out the rest of the interview below.