Let’s be honest, musicians are generally speaking not usually the most athletic people. However, this rule is stood on it’s (drum)head when it comes to those well-muscled percussionists that sit behind the trap-kit. It takes massive amounts of strength, coordination and endurance to master the drums, let alone play them for a typical 40-minute set. If that ain’t enough, there’s a small but multi-skilled set of elite drummers who have been known to take lead vocals while playing their drums AT THE SAME FREAKIN’ TIME! And you thought walking and texting was hard! While we rightfully acknowledge the talent of drummers turned singers and guitarists like Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, singing lead vocals while bashing out a beat on a drum kit like his bandmate Taylor Hawkins is a whole ‘nother level of coordinated execution and musical accomplishment. Check out 10 drummers who sang their hearts out from behind their drum kit.
Roger Taylor (Queen)
While keeping the beat down behind these regal rockers, drummer Taylor would take his turn on lead vocals on some of the band’s hardest numbers, as well as this song which was the B-side to the Bohemian Rhapsody” single.
Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
As stated above, this article is about drummers who can play their ass off on drums and sing their hearts out at the same time, so while Dave Grohl may be awesome, he doesn’t count. His blonde bandmate however does, as seen here with his solo band Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders.
Peter Criss (Kiss)
Though he would step out in front of his riser to sing the hit ballad “Beth,” the Kiss drummer had no problem singing and playing live on songs like the concert favorite “Black Diamond.”
Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad)
Not only could the drummer sing and play drums at the same time, as seen in this music video, he could make business deals, shoot a blowgun and ride a motorcycle. Now that’s talent.
Levon Helm (The Band)
One of three singers in the acclaimed Americana group, Helm sang many of their biggest hits and was their most recognizable voice, all while laying down some of roots rock’s greatest grooves.
Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
Fans always loved when the The Fab Four drummer took the mic and as you can see singing and playing the trap kit at the same time was no big deal to him.
Don Henley (Eagles)
Though he stepped out front as a solo artist, while in the Eagles Henley would sing such hits as “Hotel California” and “One of These Nights” seated at his stool.
Phil Collins (Genesis)
He may have started out as the group’s drummer, but when original singer of Peter Gabriel left Collins took the mic and sang the hits, eventually becoming their fulltime front-man.
Grant Hart (Husker Du)
One half of the songwriting team of this influential ‘80s proto-alt rock band, Grant Hart sang some of the band’s most beloved songs while playing drums at the same time, which at that speed is quite a feat.
Though his is now mostly known for his work with Jimi Hendrix’s Band Of Gypsys, Buddy Miles was a solo star and major concert attraction in in the late 1960s.