Saturday, March 16, 2013

My Top 18 Drummers List

“My” Top 10 turned into 18+ Drummers List and I still don’t have it right…. except for the top 4!

I played from age 10 to 41 before ALS forced me to quit. One of the hardest things ever for me to lose! More than driving, skiing or sometimes even speech. First I played trashcans and buckets in 1975. Then, I had a 1977 red sparkle set and later Pearl, Tama, Paiste and Zildjian kit which expanded to 5 cymbals and 6 drums over the years through 1989. Then in 2005, I bought a Roland V-Drum TD-20 kit. My son has now been playing for 7 years using acoustics, but mainly the electronic set. He’s playing to music with headphones on just like I did 30+ yrs ago…

#1 Neil Peart

My drumming IDOL ! at 5:20 in

#2 Buddy Rich

This is probably the best drum solo by Buddy Rich (or by anybody) when he was 53

#3 Mike Portnoy

Dream Theater


Mike Portnoy Drum Solo

Rush YYZ cover - Mike Portnoy

# 4 Thomas Lang

#5 Chad Smith

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers

#6 Dave Grohl

Blink 182


#7 Vic Firth

#8 Dylan Elise

Dylan Elise is a 16 year old drummer


#9 Alex Van Halen

#10 Virgil Donati

#11 Gene Krupa & Louie Bellson

Gene Krupa vs. Buddy Rich drum battle

Drum Duel - Buddy Rich vs Louie Bellson

#12 Taylor Hawkins

Foo Fighters

#13 Stewart Copeland

#14 Mike Mangini

#15 John Bonham

Led Zeppelin

#16 Mike Terrana

#17 Jimmy Chamberlin
of the Smashing Pumpkins

#18 Travis Barker

Or you choose

Drummers Compilation #1
Drummers Compilation #2


Just had to add a few more…

“Playing Drums with Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater”

Dream Theater "Mike Mangini Drum Solo"

“Guitar Center Drum-Off 2012 Finalist - Aric Improta”

Guitar Center Drum-Off 2012 Champion Juan Carlos Mendoza

“GoPro: Dave Matthews Band's Carter Beauford Drum Solo”

Friday, March 08, 2013

Comet PANSTARRS and Astronomy with my Boys

Everything you need to know about Comet PANSTARRS



The long wait is nearly over. Northern Hemisphere skygazers haven't seen a bright comet with a long tail since Comet Hale-Bopp graced the night sky in 1997. But if predictions hold, Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) should be a nice naked-eye object and look impressive through binoculars after sunset starting in the second week of March. Stay tuned to for complete coverage, including finder charts, observing tips, videos, photos, and more. Read more.

my astrophotography pics here…  (yes, I took them all!)

I Viewed Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997 with a 1 year old Connor on my hip from our home in San Diego. I remember the Heavens Gate Cult all killing themselves to catch a ride on it…. LOL.. Idiots

Comet Hale-Bopp of 1997

Comet Hyakutake   Comet_Hyakutake1                        

  Comet McNaught of 2010   Comet McNaught of 2010

  My Comet Telescope Photographs from colorado in 2007!

11-10-07_Rog_Astros-Comet Holmes

Professional photo of Holmes 17PComet 17P-Holmes

Here I was with all my gear back in ‘03 – ‘05.

I’ll create a slideshow of all my astrophotography pics here…  (yes, I took them all!)


Astronomy Camping with boys ‘04 – 2009

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