Playing live with top-level artists in top-level venues requires skill that goes way beyond just being a phenomenal drummer. The work that goes into these huge shows is monumental and, not only do drummers put in long hours to learn sets from top to bottom, but major pop gigs often involve contending with swathes of electronic percussion technology too.
Commonly, drummers for arena-ready artists also act as Musical Director so, not only do they have to navigate huge set lists from behind the kit, but they’re often responsible for getting the band together and working closely with the artist to ensure the fans leave happy.
It’s testament to many of the drummers on this list that they’ve held the same gig for a number of years, and we’re here to celebrate the best of the best.
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