Dale Crover Says Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, And Ian Paice Are Underrated Drummers

Melvins drummer Dale Crover recently joined Revolver’s Fan First for an interview and talked about the most underrated drummers. The musician claimed that Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, and Ian Paice are among the many drummers that aren’t appreciated enough.

In numerous rock bands in music history, it’s almost always the frontman who is constantly in the spotlight. Due to that, countless skilled band members stay in the shadow of the frontman, including the drummers. While these artists have thousands of fans, they don’t get the recognition they deserve due to not leading the band on stage while performing.

According to Melvins’ drummer Dale Crover, essential drummers in the rock music scene like Ian Paice, Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr, and Alex Van Halen are among those. Considering the popularity of John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Eddie Van Halen, and Ian Gillan among the fans, it’s no surprise that these drummers stayed behind them a little bit. However, they have excellent drumming skills, and their talents are underrated.

In an interview with Revolver’s Fan First, Dale Crover talked about the seven underrated drummers. Although he couldn’t give a total of seven names, Crover mentioned Ian Paice, Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr, and Alex Van Halen as the underrated ones. Dale Crover said that Ian Paice makes jaw-dropping performances, and he is the best rock drummer he has seen. However, nobody talks about Paice’s talents.

Moreover, he said Ringo Starr is one of them, and he disagrees with those who claim he’s not very good. Crover then added Charlie Watts and himself are also underrated, while Alex Van Halen stayed in the shadow of his brother Eddie since he stole the show as one of the greatest guitar players in rock music.

When asked about the seven most underrated drummers, Crover said the following:

“Ian Paice, I think. He’s the drummer from Deep Purple, and he’s probably the best rock drummer I’ve ever seen. He was just outrageously good at doing stuff that made my jaw hit the floor. I couldn’t believe what he was doing. You know, people always say John Bonham is the best drummer, and fair enough, he’s John Bonham. But nobody ever says Ian Paice, hardly.

Ringo is totally underrated, I think. Maybe he’s not, but his drum parts are so great. People always say that he’s not a very good drummer, but I disagree. I think he’s really great. And then, Charlie Watts too. He’s really important for the Stones, obviously. There’s me, that’s four. Alex Van Halen, because he’s so out shadowed by his brother. He’s a really great drummer. It’s true. It’s always his brother Eddie, but he’s really great and a very unique drummer.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.