Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Says Ringo Starr Is The Most Underrated Drummer In Rock


Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea recently posted a tweet in which he argued that the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr doesn’t receive the attention he deserves in the rock music scene.

Ringo Starr achieved international fame as a Beatles member, but he is still making musical efforts after all these years since the band split. During his tenure with the Beatles, he not only played the drums but occasionally sang lead vocals, usually one song on each record, and wrote or co-wrote several of their songs.

After the Beatles’ break-up in 1970, Starr released numerous successful singles, including the chart-success ‘It Don’t Come Easy,’ and the chart-toppers ‘Photograph,’ and ‘You’re Sixteen.’ Since 1989, the drummer has toured with thirteen variations of his Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

On the other hand, Ringo Starr’s drum playing style emphasizes feeling over technical virtuosity, and this influenced numerous drummers and helped them reconsider their playing style. Besides, Starr influenced drumming techniques like tuning the drums lower, using muffling devices, and the matched grip.

Recently on June 7, the drummer celebrated his 82nd birthday. So, the music journalist and author Jon Savage posted a young Ringo Starr picture in a tweet, wishing him a happy birthday. Flea posted a tweet after seeing this, claiming Starr is the most underrated drummer in the history of rock music.

Jon Savage’s tweet read:

“Happy birthday to Ringo Starr, ace drummer and Beatle.”

Upon seeing this, Flea tweeted:

Most underrated drummer in rock history.

You can check out the tweets below.