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Not counting you, who’s the best drummer in Dream Theater? – Paul Taylor
“Now, that might not be fair. Are we talking about playing the instrument or coming up with stuff? Honestly, I don’t really know! [Laughs] The only one who’s jumped behind the kit is [John] Petrucci. On the other hand, [James] LaBrie’s sense of rhythm is sickeningly advanced.
“I think John Myung has drums at home, so he might spend more time on the instrument than anybody. I don’t think that Jordan spends any time on the drums, but I wouldn’t put anything past him. They’re all so stinking talented. [Laughs] I wouldn’t put it past any of them to sit down and play something cool.”
You’ve agreed to play at a friend’s wedding, but you have to fit all your equipment into a Mini Cooper. What do you bring with you? – Loni Burns
“I would bring a 22-inch bass drum with a double pedal, a 6 1/2-inch deep snare drum with a stand, one 12-inch tom-tom and one 18-inch floor tom. I’d also bring two remote cable hi-hats – I could easily fit them – and I’d bring two cymbal stands to mount them on. One cymbal would be an 18-inch Medium Zildjian, and the other would be a 19-inch Medium Zildjian. Both of them could double as crash and ride cymbals – they’d have good bells on them.
“So that’s what I’d bring. And sticks and a stool.” [Laughs]