Best Rock Drummers
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It's easy to think someone besides Yoshiki is the best drummer, if you haven't heard very many drummers. Some of the mentioned drummers are very good, some are just decent (but seem like the best, if it's your favorite band... ), but I've been listening to music for a long time. Metallica in their heyday, Green Day, and in high school got into keeth moon an stuff like that, and honest to God, Yoshiki Hayashi is just the best. I stumbled upon X Japan kind of by accident on YouTube, and the first thing I saw was one of their older performances and I was like "woah! This is a really catchy Japanese hair band! (the song was Week End)" After hearing Blue Blood (Blue Blood Tour), & Kurenai (The Last Live) -all written by Yoshiki, the bandleader/drummer/pianist/primary composer, who put out the bands first album, Vanishing Vision, on his own lable, Extacy Records, which he created for that purpose, since no record companies at that time would give a (primarily at that time) metal band the time of day. There were also other bands other bands at that time that wore KISS-esque costumes but with a more punk flare, but it was Yoshiki who coined the name Visual Kai (pronounced Kay), and brought this look, & Metal into the mainstream in Japan. This was no stroke of dumb luck. Yoshiki is a brilliant musician and a visonary, and after X Japan broke up in '97, he just went and did other great things, like write the best selling classical album of al time in Japan, write a song for the Emperor of Japan, and in 2011 he was asked to write a themesong forthe American Golden Globe Awards. It debuted it 2012, & now every year you will hear Yoshiki's song, which in my opinion is not only beautiful, but has a hint of his song Without You in the melody, which is the song he wrote for his closest friend (and X lead guitarist, Hide), and is also the song that brought Yoshiki and his estranged, oldest friend Toshi back together and reunited X Japan. If you more like rock and metal than ballads, which I suspect you do, since this is about drummers, go on YouTube and find Yoshiki Forever Love Solo (it's his solo from the Last Live Concert). Like I read in another comment, I never liked drummers this much before I heard Yoshiki Hayashi. I found loud drumming to be annoying and drum solos to be obnoxious... But no lie, I heard that 14 minute solo, and then listened to it at least 2 more times in a row, maybe 3x I don't remember. But like someone else said on a comment, you will hear X Japan and wonder what the hell you've been listening to all this time, when you could have been listening to X instead. Seriously. If you give Yoshiki and X Japan a chance, your whole musical world will open up, and at first, you will curse yourself, as I did, for not discovering them sooner, when you were listening to much more simple punk, and rock, and metal, but hopefully you'll get over that regret eventually, and be able to fully enjoy your new favorite band and Drummer (which they will be, you'll see. ;)) Newcomers to X check out the XJAPANdemonium channel on YouTube for a good set of playlists, and NaxxyChannel channel which has tons of full concerts and Film Gigs & the fully English subtitled The Last Live concert. Yoshiki is a ' powerhouse drummer, who can change the tons and emotions lof his drums as if they were a full symphony, at the same time playing with the speed and force and stamina of any great rock drummer, and all with an outwardly soft and gracious demenor, that would never make you suspect he was even a drummer in the first place. He's amazing, X Japan is amazing, and I hope you'll go onto YouTube right now (get off this silly page! ) and go check them out!
Yoshiki's drumming is by far the best. He doesn't just hit the drums fast and show off, he actually plays them beautifully.
I challenge all of the other drummers to play Art of Life. Good luck.
Watch the drum solo from "X Japan: The Last Live. " We are so ingnorant in the west! Just because he's not white doesn't mean he's not good... Hands down Yoshiki wins this. Neil Peart, John Bonham, Keith Moon... great players... but Yoshiki: GOD
Yoshiki have some different style than most other drummer, he's more concerned with harmony not the speed and severity of percussion. Not many drummers who can do that, because to do that requires intelligence and a high sense of music.
The group X-Japan is a legend in Japan. Its a start and the most respected band in Japan, a granddaddy of all visual bands today in Japan.
Yoshiki built up X, he made nearly every song there is, he plays guitar, piano, drum, in any way perfection. His song is non-repetition, meaning they don't always repeat same as other lame bands do.
Yoshiki's lyrics are like poems. If you google his songs, the translations are like beautiful poems.
Trust me, once you listen to every X-Japan's song,
You'd be saying
" W.. T.. F.. L. Parks, Metallica, Justin bieber, what the F... Have I been listening to ".
Guaranteed, with insurance.
He is simply the best Musician/Drummer I ever heard - I have been a hardcore Queen Fan since I can think and I remember seeing him playing together with Roger Taylor on an Open Air Concert in Japan in the early 90's where Roger, Yoshiki and Toshi were playing' together. As of now I know no better Metal Drummer in the World - his Performance in the last Live Concert from Sylvester 1997 is outstanding - especially in Orgasm and his Drum Solo's - no other famous Drummer I know of can compare to this. Of Course we all don't know some unknown Drummers out there but from the Drummers I can see here he is the best without a Doubt and without being a X Japan Fanboy.
Yoshiki is the greatest drummer so far I know. The very powerful factor I love from his drum play is so many feelings poured into it. As for technique, he is unquestionable already. The great musician is the one able to bring the listeners into their world, drifting them to his emotion & mind.
Yoshiki is just... Awesome.
I can't wait for X Japan to rock the world, go more international and be recognized by at least 2/3 of the world's population
Best drumer EVER! No wonder, he is definitely an incredible drumer, vote for him! The most incredible is that he's actually more than 40 years old and he's still an awesome musician. He can't feel anything with one of his hands, he has problems with his neck, but he still plays... YOSHIKI IS THE BEST!
We are X!
Before I don't like drummers because all they do is to hurt my ears, lead guitar is always the best for me. But after I heard him playing at X Japan last live I came to love him too. He plays drums not just loud and fast, I also like the harmony of it.
Try watching the X JAPAN LAST LIVE "Weekend" and see how he plays drum beautifully and plays the piano elegantly.
YOSHIKI HAYASHI you are the best! You are the living proof that we Asians can also Rock the World!
He is not in 1st top list because of he's not American or American popular, because people is racist, because with no doubt he is the best. He beats like drums are his own heart beatings, the feeling is intense and no lack of technical. Shame he hasn't been enough recognized.
Crazy guy, can't compR. I always find his music so emotional, and his drumming is just incomparable. Now that the group X Japn is reforming, I think the world will now have a taste of their music. AND They are releasing a single to go along with SAW4 movie original soundtrack. Go and listen. You will be blown away.
Yoshiki has fueled X Japan and reunited it after the loss of their lead guitarist, Hideto Matsumoto. Yoshiki has kept X Japan one of the best, if not the best, bands of all time alive.
Yoshiki has played the drums so enthusiastically and awesomely that he has even messed up his back. Even though this is tragic it shows his devotion to his band and music.
Oh my goodness- what has happened? Why 6th place? No no... This shouldn't be happening! Has everyone forgotten-WHO brought visual kei and heavy metal in Japan to its glory? X JAPAN. Did everyone forgot their leader? YOSHIKI. This man, Yoshiki, is SUPER DUPER TALENTED. By far, he's the GREATEST! We are X!
P/S: He's not a god. But God made him so talented, people often mistaken him to be one. Thank God for Yoshiki. Thank God for X Japan! 8)
Never heard Yoshiki Hayashi? You should listen, and watch his show or concert with his band X Japan. His drum skill is kicking ass! So far I haven't know who can beat his speed, skill and stamina behind that drum sets. HE DESERVES TO BE NUMBER ONE!
Yoshiki is a master composer and an awesome drummer. I came to vote for someone else but when I saw him on this list my vote was immediately swayed. I had the pleasure of seeing him live once and his energy on stage is amazing.
Yoshiki is handal, yeah!
He is talented, handsome, stylish, skilled and fastest drummer,
if there's a drummer tournament in the world,
surely, he will be the first who defeat the others,
30 second to mars?
i challenge them with yoshiki playing,
Yoshiki is brilliant songwriter,musishian ,piano player and BEST IN THE WORLD drammer. Hi's soo fast,he is fool of power and strange, and first thing-he is a SO NICE PERSON! He is just wonderfool!!!! He is idol of many people and my lovely person # 1!
He 'll alwais stay on top!
He's the godfather. he's the one that would tell you to take the canolli. It's because of him and X Japan that JRock is what it is today. He is full of passion for everything that he does. One can't help but admire him.
...And his skills on the drums aren't exactly bad either. ;)
THE BEST OF ALL HISTORY AND POINT!
Yoshiki... Away... I prefer it to the over all
besides... His lyrics realemnte move the hearts of people
and talent is unmatched by far the best drummer; D
IN ADDITION TO YOUR LEADER.. AND TALENTED PIANIST AND COMPOSER... No one compares in scope to make music and magic
Yoshiki has both a rock and a classical background, allowing him to do exactly whatever he wants with his drums. His full knowledge of other instruments (he also plays the piano, the bass, the guitar and the trumpet) allows him to write beautiful songs with a rich architecture. Check his 39-minute masterpiece "Art of Life".
Yoshiki greatest musician of our time. Music is his life. During the drumming from him comes the fire, passion, reason, and folly, love and tenderness. It is a source of nuclear energy, inspiration victories, a new powerful engine and progressive in the work of the group X Japan. Yoshiki is the best!
HOW can this be that Yoshiki isn't on the top yet?
He is a genius in music, not to mention the fact he is the best drummer ever. I even cannot tell how much he impresses me. I hadn't been interested in drums before I learned about him. Pure talent, simply brilliant.
Why is he at #6?
Don't you guys seeing his performing?
He's Genius as a drummer, he knows how to living up his performance not just playing. Drumming is not all about speed, it's about how you can fully unite with your drum and get into the music by making it sounds beautiful. WE ARE X m/
Yoshiki is not only a great, full energy drummer, he's also a tremendous composer, producer, and songwriter. He can play Drums, Piano, Bass, Guitar. He's a genius musically speaking. And for me, he is by far the best drummer of the world.
He has injured nowadays for the way he play the drums. With problems in his neck and wrist he is still giving all on the concerts to their fans. AWESOME INDEED!
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