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“John Bonham, man. He is, to me, the most influential drummer to ever play rock ‘n’ roll. His feel is off the charts. He understood swing, jazz, shuffle, R&B, and he put it all together as a rock drummer.
“Rock And Roll is a full life course in and of itself. You could study that song forever. Listen to the blend between Bonham’s left and right hands. He’s playing eighth notes on both the snare and hi-hat, and when you put that with the improvisation he’s doing on the kick drum, it’s just stunning.
“He’s playing a Chicago shuffle with a straight eighth-note feel. That’s where the magic is. You can’t go at it super hard; you have to have the right dynamic to get the snare and hi-hat swinging. And he’s doing it throughout the whole song – a lot of people don’t realize that. I’ve played it, and it’s a real challenge to get just right.
“At the very end is the fill, which has a lot of Bonhamisms. All of those triplets are him leading with the left hand. Man, it’s impressive. He was so musical."