Nicko McBrain Explains Why His Favorite Drummer Is Ringo Starr And Not Neil Peart


Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain recently appeared on the Youtube channel of Ultimate Golf and revealed his favorite drummers. He listed Ringo Starr as his top drummer rather than Neil Peart and explained why.

As you may recall, Iron Maiden released their seventeenth studio album, ‘Senjutsu,’ on September 3, 2021. The successful drummer Nicko McBrain was absent from the band’s first three albums, but he contributed to the later fourteen releases. McBrain joined Iron Maiden to replace Clive Burr in 1982 and has remained in the band ever since.

Although Maiden’s line-up has changed a few times, Nicko McBrain has secured his position within the band. His playing style is one of the most essential components of Iron Maiden’s powerful sound. McBrain’s rhythmic and complex drumming style has inspired many young generation musicians.

It is no wonder that all great musicians also have their own inspirations that shaped their playing. During his recent conversation, McBrain was asked about his favorite drummers, and he listed Ringo Starr as his top choice, followed by Charlie Watts, Keith Moon, and John Bonham.

The interviewer had actually asked the question assuming his favorite drummer is Neil Peart, but McBrain didn’t give his name first. Later on, he explained that there is no need to talk about Neil Peart because he is already ‘too good.’ Apparently, besides the other names, Peart also has a very special place in McBrain’s music career.

When asked about why his favorite drummer is Neil Peart, Nicko McBrain replied:

“He is one of my top favorite drummers but not the top. The guy that impressed me after Joe Morello was Ringo Starr. But here’s the thing, there are four drummers that influenced my playing, which was Charlie, Ringo, or Ringo and Charlie, the great Keith Moon. They’re apart from Ringo, they are late. And John Bonham, those four guys, but I’d have to go with the very first guy that I listened to back in 62, 63.

To reiterate the thing about Neil, he was such as great player and such a great composer. When I used to do drum shows, I haven’t done many over the years, but like the late 90s and the early 2000s, I was doing shows, and people would say, you know who is your favorite drummer, and I’s say well it’s not Neil Peart, he is too good, we don’t talk about him at my clinic so there you go.”

You can watch the full conversation below.