Video: Six drummers trashing their drum kit!

Moonie - The king of the trashed kit
Moonie - The king of the trashed kit (Image credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

Earlier this week we shared this video of a young bass player ending his band's talent show set by having a go at trashing his bass. The results were quite frankly a little bit pathetic.

Yup, everyone knows if you want some gear smashing to pieces you should go straight to the drummer. So we've found a few sticksmen to show this poor, misguided young bassist how it's done.

Tre Cool

Green Day's hyperactive sticksmen has gained a reputation down the years for trashing his drum kits. Although back in a 2009 interview with Rhythm he did reveal that he thought this habit hit Slingerland hard. Mainly in the pocket.

He said: "I kind of killed off Slingerland. That was back in the time when I would smash a drum set each night and set it on fire and I think I put them under financially.

Keith Moon

Moonie was so well-known for kit trashing that he gets two entries here. If you want a kit smashing, Moon's your man. First he kills his kit...

And then he makes Pete Townshend deaf...

Matz Robert Eriksson

A kit trashing with a difference. It would have only trashed itself once the sun came up, anyway.


A whole band effort here from Messrs Grohl, Cobain and Novoselic. Teamwork.

Peter Criss

The Catman loses it. We wonder what Gene and Paul made of this.

Mike Portnoy

Ok, it's a little generous to call this a kit trashing, but Mike Portnoy gave his kit a little punishment during this Manila show due to rising anger at the performance of the local crew.

Rich Chamberlain

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).