Dave Grohl: Meg White 'One Of The Best Drummers Ever'

He ranks The White Stripes drummer alongside John Bonham and Keith Moon while discussing how other musicians lack personality.

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Dave Grohl has sung the praises of Meg White, calling her one of his favorite drummers of all time.

He names The White Stripes drummer alongside Patrick Carnay of The Black Keys and Chris Tomson from Vampire Weekend, saying they deserve to be put in the drumming ranks alongside Keith Moon and John Bonham.

"The drummers that have changed the world have all had really definite personality, and that personality comes from all of their imperfections. You listen to John Bonham, and his feel was not metronomic, but it was legendary. Keith Moon played like he was on fire. He was a wild drummer. He was sloppy and he was f--kin' frenetic and manic, but that's The Who. Stewart Copeland, his tempo would f--kin' blast off like the space shuttle, but that's The Police," Grohl told Rolling Stone.

"Nowadays, I think it could be hard for a kid to find a favourite drummer, because a lot of that personality is being robbed from these musicians for the sake of perfection, and it's kind of a drag.

"It's nice to hear drummers like Meg White one of my favorite f--king drummers of all time. Like, nobody f--king plays the drums like that. Or the guy from The Black Keys. Watch that guy play the drums it's crazy. The dude from Vampire Weekend. Like, if any of those people went to the Berklee School of Music they'd never be accepted, because they're not considered technically proficient. But their music has totally changed the world."

Meanwhile, Dave's video he directed for Soundgarden has been revealed after a faulty video posted yesterday. Watch "By Crooked Steps" here:

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Who is your favorite modern drummer? Do you agree that Meg White is one of the all-time great drummers? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    Just to say, this title is COMPLETELY misleading. He never uttered those words according to the article. He said FAVOURITE which is a lot different to BEST. Gotta agree with what he said regardless, she brought it back to bare-ass basics.
    Yes she did. But only because she couldn't do any better. Not "because it suits the WS vibe" FFS. I like a lot of WS tracks, but that's not thanks to the drum parts. I have nothing against Meg White, but dishonest hypocrites that lie to themselves just to please and agree with everyone else reaally p$ss me off.
    Brann Dailor is the best
    guy is an absolute beast. I've been drumming for like 7 years and I still can't touch Capillarian Crest
    That song is insane. Workout for everybody on some of the Mastodon stuff
    oh hell yeah Brann Dailor plays epic ass beats like all the time those ****ing fills on Blood and Thunder are rockin
    Sheep Shagger
    I'd bet that if Dave didn't say anything about Meg's drumming, most of you claiming that she is a great drummer -- wouldn't be saying that.
    It's funny how many people say that Meg is good because she 'serves the song' or something, but when it comes to Lars everyone says he's shit. I'm not a drummer but I can safely say Lars is better than Meg.
    I agree but the point Dave was making was how if you get bogged down in technicalities you can lose something special. Lars' drumming has always held Metallica back, so in that case being technically better hasn't worked out.
    Um...what? Lars' drumming has always suited their songs, while still being interesting. Yes, he needs to work on having his toms mixed better at times. But that's the only complaint.
    I respectfully disagree. He's written some great drumbeats (One, for example) but a lot of the time I think there's something lacking that another drummer could have brought to the table. Just my opinion though.
    Nah, Lars sounds right with Metallica, when Joey and Dave Lombardo played with them there was something missing even though those 2 are technically better.
    I disagree, If someone like Mike Portnoy was in Metallica I think it would sound awful, just my opinion.
    Yeah but Meg doesn't play on trash cans.
    Mixing issue, not a drumming issue.
    not necessarily, Lars did modify his drumset for St. Anger. If 'modifying' is the right word....
    Like I "modified" my guitar yesterday by putting all the strings out of tune? Like that?
    Fuck that, I just removed all of the strings from my guitar and replaced them with Nerd Ropes.
    Lars drumming suits most songs. Some songs could be far more energetic, and are held back by the lack of fast/technical beats. Just my opinion.
    Of course it suits most songs; he mostly plays the one standard beat
    People who make this argument show they have never listened to anything beyond "Enter Sandman." Lars has utilized ALOT of different drum beats and techniques. You can hate him as a person or criticize his sloppiness over the years but to say he is unoriginal is just plain stupid.
    I'd rather he played a simpler beat but didn't lose the tempo. Every time he does double kick stuff live he speeds up or slows down, no control.
    Really? Watch all Nightmare long in Nimes, the part after the solo he nails the double bass parts
    I have watched Nimes and I am utterly confident that the double bass drumming is doctored in that video. He never plays it that good, he didn't do it on that tour or the tours before and after it. And he didn't sound like he was doing very well in fan footage of that concert. The bass drumming is "faked" in. Especially Dyers Eve - that was just silly. Cool concert though. I should be clear, I'm not just some blind Lars "hater". I just don't appreciate a multi millionaire drummer...not practicing
    Don't be so quick to assume. Lars got me into drumming. I think he's a fantastic person. AJFA is one of my top albums for drumming. Unfortunately I stand by what I said. A lot of his playing nowadays is just that one beat, maybe attempt some double bass if he's feeling it. And a snare drum fill. His finer points, like on AJFA, I found very original and creative. But lately? No originality at all for me, sorry
    There's not a lot any drummer can do today to be original in all fairness.
    meg is an awesome drummer
    She's horrible. Plays the same simple beat for every song. Give a little kid a drum set and he or she will play exactly like Meg.
    No, she's not, she's terrible. Try to convince me with 3 valid points. "She's cute" or "has big tits" are not valid points. Get real you hypocritical fanboys, if she was that "awesome" she would still be drumming in another band after the WS split. Stop lying to yourselves and have the guts to voice your honest and personal opinions.
    Meg's a very limited drummer, but it worked for the white stripes sound. Lars Ulrich is limited because he's shit and cant keep time, not to mention being about as creative as a black hole.
    Second Rate
    People who put down on Lars so much likely haven't had much exposure to thrash metal outside of the big 4. For the most part, thrash metal is fast, loud, and sloppy. There are plenty of guys out there that are/were far worse than Lars. Hell, people heap praise on Igor Cavelara, but his performance on the first 3 Sepultura albums is downright painful to listen to.
    He has never said that Meg White was "One of he Best Drummers". Misleading title.
    Sheep Shagger posted I'd bet that if Dave didn't say anything about Meg's drumming, most of you claiming that she is a great drummer -- wouldn't be saying that. couldint agree more.
    It's amazing how little credit Danny Carey gets...
    It's DEPRESSING how little credit Danny Carey gets...or Tomas Haake...or Abe Cunningham...
    I love the white stripes so much, and I think she has some catchy beats- but this is just silly talk.
    How can't her beat be catchy when she plays the same simple beat for every song.
    I'll probably get hate for this, but my favorite drummer has to be Jimmy Sullivan. Just simply amazing.
    You get my upvote. To be honest, I have always disliked Avenged Sevenfold's music, but his drumming was the only aspect of their music I actually really enjoyed.
    Meg deserves more praise, and Dave is indeed right, she is a beast of a drummer.
    To say MEG WHITE and CHRIS TOMSON should be mentioned with John Bonham, that's just f'ing insane
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    Good sense of humor you have there.
    Ya, Dave Grohl's opinion on music is hilarious. He has an EXTREMELY valid point... Perfection is robbing emotion and individuality from playing any instrument. Imagine putting Hendrix in and saying... sorry you seemed a bit out of tune... redo that part. HAHAHAHAHAHA, like in live in Pompei when the producer stops Gilmour and says he's getting feed back and Gilmour mumbles "Ya, god forbid you had any feedback in Rock n' Roll" God I love that quote and everything it stands for.
    i get what youre saying, but i feel like drummers should never be sloppy. i consider drummers to be the musical leader of the band. if a drummer ****s up and misses a beat, the whole band messes up. its extremely apparent when a drummer messes up and not as easy to cover up as a guitar/bass screw up, so i prefer technically proficient drummers over sloppy ones with emotion any day.
    Second Rate
    Is it really surprising that a garden variety basher like Dave Grohl likes other garden variety bashers? With drums, a certain degree of technical skill is absolutely essential, otherwise you just come across sounding like an idiot. And for the love of god, can we please drop the emotion crap? How does one play with emotion? I play with sticks (Pro-Mark 747s to be specific). Too often, "emotion" is an excuse used by lazy musicians who don't want to put in any kind of practice. Music is just organized sound, people... any "emotion" you hear in it is purely in your own mind.
    music is far more than just organized sound. it is a language that crosses all boarders, it says what you feel where words fail. if you aren't feeling emotion then you aren't listening.
    Bwahahaha! Meg White? Good? Hahaha!
    Ya... One of the best drummers alive just said so... DEAL WITH IT! bwahahaha! Watch Meg follow one of Jack's "tempo Bombs" as my drummer calls them, she follows him so closely live it's really outstanding... Wanna perfect metronome wank fest? Listen to something else. We could all dream to have a drummer as responsive as Meg, a lot of drummers I know get completely lost if you go off tempo as opposed to following you right in and out again.
    "Ya... One of the best drummers alive just said so...DEAL WITH IT!" She's horrible. Meg's technical ability rivals a little kid just starting to play drums for the first time. I'm not asking for a metronome, just someone with talent at drumming...
    I think too many people these days believe that playing faster is relative to playing better. I have a friend who's a drummer. He HATED playing White Stripes songs because they were "easy." What I could never get him to realize is that their songs aren't about speed or precision, they're about emotion, something I feel is strongly lacking in modern music.
    She plays the same kindergarten beat over and over and over for each song. She's a horrible drummer.
    If you want to see a girl who knows how to drum, check out CC from the Little Hurricane. It doesn't hurt that she is smoking hot
    Not sure about this. She is good but not as good as Moon or Bonham.
    It's called an opinion - if Meg is his favorite drummer, then that's just it. You can't be unsure about an opinion, since it is not based on something factual, but you are able to disagree. And now if you'll excuse me, there are other people in dire need of me telling them definitions of concepts they probably allready new! CAPTION OBVIOUS JETPACK, ACTIVATE! -flies off into the horizon-
    I respect the fact that they are his favorites but I laughed pretty hard when he said they deserve to be in the same ranks as Moon and Bonham. It's just soooo untrue, especially that forgettable hack patrick carney.
    And where exactly did he say that??
    seriously? Did you even READ the article?
    Yup. And I see that the ARTICLE says that, but if you check Dave's quotes you will see that HE never did. So without having the full interview available, I am questioning UG's reporting
    She's not the best drummer ever but she was good for Jack White.
    Neil Fucking Pert People! He is very technical... Has personality... And creates awesome beats!
    Give Meg White's raw sound over Dream Theater drum machine-like sound or any of those generic metal bands. Of course she can't measure to John Bonham for example, but she was perfect for the White Stripes, like Ringo was for The Beatles
    "Give Meg White's raw sound over Dream Theater drum machine-like sound or any of those generic metal bands." So...basically, you're being an idiot and comparing the polyrhythms and rhythm changes that Portnoy made on most songs (and now that Mangini makes) to Meg's basic 4/4 drumming? Wow, ok then... Also, generic? I'm not sure what you mean, unless you're saying you dislike most Metalcore drummers.
    I think his point is that feel is more important than technicality. That said, I still don't like Meg's drumming, but I'd take someone like Dave Grohl over Portnoy any day.
    she is a great drummer, sure, but not the best, and not 1 of my favorites. But other than that, dave is right.
    At no point in the article does Grohl say that White is one of the best drummers ever. Maybe if the person who wrote this article could speak the truth, then we wouldn't have ill words being spewed at Master Dave Grohl.
    I agree with the choice of Patrick from the Black Keys. Remember, their early records were just a duo, Dan and Patrick, so much of what we hear was a Carney contribution.
    She does the same thing every song, and still doesn't stay in time always.
    This is the one time I will say that Dave Grohl is wrong, Meg White is terrible! the worst drummer that ever existed! FULL STOP!
    so hes saying coz shes a terrible drummer that makes her one of the greatest? so if i decided to sit on my ass all day that would make me one of the greatest marathon runners in the world? pfft dave grohl, stop smoking crack
    Despite being a dick, Pat is a great drummer.I saw The Black Keys last year and the drumming sounded amazing (especially on Little Black Submarines). He was great for the same reason I like Meg, the drumming worked so well with the style of song and sounded good in its own right
    I gotta agree, mostly because besides the killer riffs, the one thing that really made me latch on to songs "Seven nation army", "My doorbell", "Ball and buscuit", was that Megs drumming made them stand out in peticular way that made any White Stripe song instantly recognizable, even without the riffs, or Jack's voice. In a way, my view on her drumming is the same way I view Phil Selways - Just like Phil Selways drumming almost always fits perfectly in the music of Radiohead, Megs drumming always fits perfectly in with Jack's riffs.
    To be fair, i wouldnt say she is the greatest but you could definitely compare her skill to Ringo Starr and he is one of the most influential of all time.
    It all comes down to what one likes. I like imperfections. I like sloppiness as well. It's the same for guitar the way I see it, all these technical virtuoso guys sound the same to me but someone with a little bit of distinctive sloppiness? Just my cup of tea.
    Homer Simpson: "Hmm..Meg's boobies.." :drool:
    They bounce as she plays... drool indeed. On topic, not everybody puts technical wankfest in front of everything when choosing their favorite musicians, just sayin'.
    And he said favorite not best. I can't agree with the Black Keyes thing though. To me, John Bonham is the only drummer mentioned that is any good, but that's just my opinion and I'm not a drummer (Thank the good Lord) , so ...
    You think Keith Moon and Stewart Copeland "aren't any good"??? You're right, thank God you're not a drummer.
    Honestly dude, I know it's weird, but I just freaking hate the WHO. I know they're supposed to be great an all but..
    That's cool if you don't like them; I'm not that big a fan of the Police. However, I still respect Copeland's drumming abilities.
    Gentlemen, your daily stupidity of the day ^
    daily... of the day?
    That one little typo garnered so much hate I fear commenting on anything else...
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    Wow what a shocker, a guy who makes mediocre music likes mediocre bands, and praises mediocre drummers.
    Bunch of you guys just fighting for it today. You guys aren't even good or funny. At least Ballbag was amusing.
    I enjoy Ballbag's sense of humor tbh, he was always telling people to insert rusty objects down their genitals... I wonder if he was the one who got the idea for that Cattle Decapitation video?
    Yes where is old mate ballbag. Timlarkin required at the foyer! Ha ha I started his name ballbag can't believe it's stuck. Cool
    Finally. Someone on here who doesn't suck Dave Grohl's ****. His music isn't very good. I like that he promotes good bands like Zeppelin in interviews but his own music is pretty awful.
    I think Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Chad Smith, Danny Carey and Dave Grohl (in Nirvana) are the best drummers.
    I'll never understand people saying she's a bad drummer... I mean, she plays really simple stuff, but it's not like she's out of time or anything. In fact, from live videos it seems The White Stripes were a really tight band.
    Darth Wader
    Favorite modern drumer: Travis Barker
    What's with the hate? Give the drummer some was amazing even with all the silly rap.
    Darth Wader
    Yeah, I will never understand why people hate on Travis Barker so much on this site. Oh yes I do, he doesn't play metal.
    Can somebody please tell me when drummers became so relevant...and Dave needs to take some time off too.. his drumming is too loud and overbearing and for all his other fans he is nothing but an overrated "rhythm guitarist"...
    You my friend, are an elitist a--hole. Drummers are just as much musicians and just as relevant as any other member of any band. They may not write the harmonies, the pretty guitar lines, but face it if there wasn't any drummers you'd have a hard time playing much of anything in time and to a consistent rhythm. They contribute an important but often unappreciated part in nearly all genres of music. And if you think drummers with powerful playing are 'loud and overbearing' stfu, what do you want them to do? Whisper their way through a song? Can you imagine something like 'Back In Black' with a nice gentle laid back beat? No, me neither.