Steven Van Zandt Shares The Reason Ringo Starr Is As Important As Neil Peart

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E Street Band icon Steven Van Zandt recently shared a post on his official Twitter page and stated that the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is as significant as the Rush drummer Neil Peart. The reason behind his statement is that both musicians have something in common which is to do what the song demands.

The Beatles icon Ringo Starr influenced many other drummers with his playing style which emphasizes feel over technical virtuosity. Throughout his music career that spans over more than six decades, Starr influenced various modern drumming techniques such as the matched grip, tuning the drums lower, and using muffling devices on tonal rings.

Furthermore, Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time back in 2011. Commercially, he was cited as the wealthiest drummer in the world, with a net worth of $350 million.

Rush icon Neil Peart was also a musician who has an impressive legacy. During his career that spanned over 47 years, Peart earned numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame in 1983 which made him the youngest person who was honored with the induction.

As for his drumming style, ‘The Professor’ was the exact opposite of Starr as his drumming was renowned for its technical proficiency. His live performances also had a reputation for being precise as he was named among many lists of best live performers of all time.

Since their drumming styles were legendary but different, many people often compare the two iconic drummers. In his latest post on his official Twitter page, Steven Van Zandt ended the comparisons between two significant drummers by saying that both Neil Peart and Ringo Starr are equally important.

The reason behind his statement is that both drummers as well as Charlie Watts, Billy Cobham, Dave Clark, and Vinnie Colaiuta have something in common. Every single drummer that that’s listed is focused on doing the job a specific song requires them to do which makes a drummer successful if you ask Van Zandt.

In his tweet, Van Zandt penned:

“The reason Ringo Starr is equally important as Neil Peart, Charlie Watts equally important as Billy Cobham, and Dave Clark equally important as Vinnie Colaiuta, is the one thing they all have in common. They all do the job the specific song demands.”

You can see the Twitter post below.