Ginger Baker – Cream
2. Keith Moon – The WhoKeith Moon tipped off to the idea by Ginger Baker, ordered and then employed two Premier bass drums in his wild onstage delivery, including standing on them (they were reinforced with braces for this). Though Moon’s best double bass recordings came in the ’70s, he did popularize the use of large double bass kits.
3. Carmine Appice – Vanilla Fudge
On the East Coast, young Carmine Appice led the way to bona-fide, deliberately loud rock playing on a set of big-sized drums. Appice, with his early band Vanilla Fudge, went to two bass drums in time for the band’s 1969 performance of “Shotgun” on the Ed Sullivan Show, seen by millions of Americans. He has remained an ambassador of double bass drumming throughout his career including his work with Cactus; Beck, Bogert and Appice; Rod Stewart and a bunch of others.
4. Tommy Aldridge – Black Oak ArkansasTommy Aldridge is known for his work with numerous bands and artists since the 1970s, such as Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore and Whitesnake. Check out the intro to ” Hot & Nasty.
The hard rockin’ bands of the ’80s often featured well-designed, flashy double-bass drum kits on stage. Hard rock music was not the only popular music, it was the style most likely, outside the waning camps of prog-rockers, to include double bass drumming. Drummers that took it beyond solos and big endings include the ever-present, ever-exciting Tommy Aldridge, Gregg Bissonette, Aynsley Dunbar, Eric Carr, Lars Ulrich, and Alex Van Halen.
Within metal music it was all played very fast. Speed metal bands like Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, and others layered guitar riffs over double bass licks, but nobody on the speed metal scene would have as much influence as Dave Lombardo did with Slayer. Slayer’s 1986 release Reign In Blood, which continues to be mentioned as a fan favorite and an influence by notable drummers, features both machine gun double bass and speedy tempos.
In With the New Generation
The next generation of speed metal bands that may have had some influence from the Black Sabbath/Metallica/Megadeth/Slayer lineage have helped save the day of double bass drumming in rock and metal music. Within a few years, the classic double kick drumming of Dave Lombardo performed with Slayer have been taken to a whole different level of insane speeds, that the drummers of previous generations probably could not have even imagined decades ago.
Drummers like Joey Jordison, Derek Roddy, Gene Hoglan, Jason Bittner and a whole group of others have set new standards in speed and endurance. A new generation in bass drumming is being blazed by drummers that treat their feet just like their hands and play more complicated, and often more interesting patterns (though Bellson and others did practice rudiments with their feet). These new drum set patterns, so far, are emerging mostly in drum clinics, though some have made it into actual musical applications.