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The drums tell me everything.
by Adam Clayton

The drums tell me everything.
Everything else registers a millisecond later.
- Adam Clayton

If you believe in a cause, you must be willing to put
yourself on the line for that cause.
- Adam Clayton

A man's respect for law and order exists in precise
relationship to the size of his paycheck.
- Adam Clayton

Men should not be forced to wear pants when it's not cold.
- Adam Clayton

 

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers,
then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
- Adam Clayton

For us there's U2 music, and then there's everything else.
- Adam Clayton

I was drawn to things I thought were either sexy or aggressive -
or both.
- Adam Clayton

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The most persistent sound which reverberates through
man's history is the beating of war drums.
- Arthur Koestler

I play Orange County drums.
I love those guys.
I've got a four piece kit.
- Travis Barker

I wanted to play drums because I fell in love with
the glitter and the lights,
but it wasn't about adulation.
It was being up there playing.
- Charlie Watts

My mom passed away a day before high school started,
and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy,
and play drums in a band.
- Travis Barker

I do play drums when I'm on tour.
- Norman Wisdom

My first album is like a terrible John Hammond album,
with drums.
- Warren Zevon

Beating the drums for Hawaii is not hard to do...
the place just grows on you.
- James MacArthur

My talent for playing the drums was a gift from God.
- Keith Thibodeaux

I play, like, 12 instruments.
Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums...
I'm working on mastering the accordion.
- Lucas Grabeel

I love drums and still play frequently.
- Adrian Belew

All I ever wanted to do was play the drums;
I felt good about myself when I played the drums.
So I worked anywhere and everywhere I could lug my drums in.
- Max Weinberg

The bass player's function, along with the drums,
is to be the engine that drives the car...
everything else is merely colours.
- Suzi Quatro

All I really had was a suitcase and my drums.
So I took them up to Seattle and hoped it would work.
- Dave Grohl

Drums just always sounded like the most fun part of that good music for me.
- Levon Helm

Well I had a musical background, but I still didn't
know a lot about drums at the time.
- Caroline Corr

I played some Yamaha drums that I like a lot.
And I like the Yamaha people a lot too.
They've been really nice to me and The Band.
- Levon Helm

For instance, if you're playing a record with drums -
horns would sound nice to enhance it so you get a record
with horns and slip it in at certain times.
- Grandmaster Flash

I am proud of Kirk.
I think he drums to his own drummer in every way.
- Lee Grant

As I said, when we needed to move over to rock'n'roll,
Sam and Vernon couldn't quite make the shift.
So that's when Larry took over on drums,
and we needed a bass player.
- Neil Innes

Yes, of course that's true but you know,
the irony of all that is that before the accident,
I'd pretty much lost interest in playing drums.
- Rick Allen

Not really, drums found me, I just liked music,
all kinds of music.
- Pat Mastelotto

Still for fun, I play the drums, but I don't do much recording with them.
- Jan Hammer

It's really important for the bass and the drums to somehow blend.
- Mike Gordon

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart.
They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro
boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.
- Mary McLeod Bethune

I have a bad back partially from playing the drums and singing.
I used to have to hold my body in such a position that
my spine got out of alignment.
- Don Henley

I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of
strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
- David Byrne

I was a kid, and I wasn't even sure if I wanted to play the drums,
you know? All I wanted to do was skateboard,
but I was still learning and taking it in,
so it was good.
- Travis Barker

Three times during the show the drums are lifted over the audience -
I go up and out,
right, left and back.
- Peter Criss

If you listen to a lot of old funk records,
the drums are really small.
But you don't perceive it like that because the groove is so heavy.
- Lenny Kravitz

I don't mind doing two or three Eagles songs and playing the drums.
I'm not one of those artists who's going to sit here and deny the past.
- Don Henley

I started out when I was about 12, playing drums.
I started singing when I was about 15.
- Layne Staley

So now I don't have time to practice drums.
It's been five years since I've touched the drums.
- Ikue Mori

I like drums, really, if they're under control.
- Earl Scruggs

I could stand out front and sing Eagles songs that I sing in my set,
but I think people enjoy watching me sing and play the drums.
It seems to fascinate people.
I don't know why.
- Don Henley

I was a singer professionally when I was four years old,
and I did not really begin to play any instrument -
the first one,
of course, was drums - till I was about nine years old.
- Mel Torme

Playing the drums hurts my back.
- Don Henley

I've played in pipe bands in Scotland,
and I've always played guitars and drums and stuff.
- Ewan McGregor

I am just a guy who plays drums.
- Bill Kreutzmann

Most studios in Memphis had a house set of drums;
the drummers just brought their own sticks.
- Steve Cropper

It's been years and years and years I've been playing the drums,
and they're still a challenge.
I still enjoy using drumsticks and a snare drum.
- Charlie Watts

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation.
We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet,
a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford

The most memorable moment was playing drums with Bob Dylan.
- Jenna Elfman

There's individual turntable setups devoted to piano,
bass, drums and a set for soloing as well.
We like to try and explore the gamut of what a turntable can do.
- Eric San

With horns and a full rhythm section,
the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.
- Levon Helm

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.
- Levon Helm

I mean, when it gets down to it I just wanted to play the drums.
The rest of it never meant that much to me.
- Bill Kreutzmann

I played drums on Keith Carradine's first record.
- Don Henley

My brother is an excellent songwriter,
and I play guitar and drums.
- Jeremy London

My mom had to beg the guys to let me play.
I couldn't even play the drums right -
Brian had to show me.
- Dennis Wilson

I wanted to hear the songs in the way that I had written them,
which was very basic.
All I wanted was drums and another guitar,
and I was just going to sing.
- Thurston Moore

If I were to call it black music, that would be untrue.
I don't know what that is, unless it would be some
African drums or something.
- Dexter Gordon

I prefer recording drums in the analog format,
but that does not mean I would only do it that way.
- Randy Castillo

I think I love it more as I get older because I keep getting better on drums,
vibes and piano.
- Lionel Hampton

A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that
I should get in the musicians' union.
He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job,
son.
- Levon Helm

I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet,
french horn, piano.
- Norman Wisdom

I listen to Bill Stewart play the drums and when I
have finished doing that,
I listen to Bill Stewart.
- Bill Bruford

As Buddy Rich, for instance, broke into the business at the age of three,
I think it was, on drums, so indeed did I break into
the business at the age of four as a singer.
- Mel Torme

My son Wesley has just turned 13.
He was 12 during the recording of this record and he
is quite a drummer already and has been studying drums since he was four,
but he's also very interested in African percussion and studies percussion.
- Lee Ritenour

I can put a hip-hop beat to reggae.
That is, I can have real reggae in the drums and in the rhythm,
and on top of it I can put The Rolling Stones' feeling,
anyone's feeling on top.
Nobody has ever done this before, man.
- Ike Turner

My son now is 22 months old, he's been playing since
he was 12 months old and he gets standing ovations on the drums.
He's been with us since he was 10 weeks old,
he's been on the drums.
He's got blisters on his fingers before he can even talk.
- Dick Dale

I always thought it would be really cool to be playing
the drums in the show and then have your astral body
or whatever travel all through the audience and dig
whatever it's like out there.
- Bill Kreutzmann

I take my fun very seriously, whether it's playing
the drums or acting in comedy bits.
The need to be disciplined about it,
and not take it lightly,
and not be too casual, is something I take deeply to heart.
- Max Weinberg

I've been playing with Blackwell over 20 years.
We used to play when I first went to Los Angeles.
Blackwell plays the drums as if he's playing a wind instrument.
Actually, he sounds more like a talking drum.
- Ornette Coleman

He used to have a tent show, a little tent show,
and I thought I was going to get a job working one year on the tent show,
but he closed it down and I never got to go out there,
but anyway, he had a sax and played drums.
- Earl Scruggs


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