Anthrax Drummer Charlie Benante Picks His Favorite Drummers

In honor of the hugely anticipated Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium in New York City on September 14, Revolver and Guitar World are celebrating the Big Four Weeks leading up to the show. Our websites will be giving fans eye-popping exclusives, previously unseen backstage video, excerpts from our interviews with the bands—including those in Revolver’s special issue devoted to the Big Four, which you can buy right here—and much, much more. Additionally, Revolver’s September/October issue (available here) features collectible trading cards, which you can view here.

A day before Anthrax join the other members of the Big Four—Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth—onstage at Yankee Stadium on September 14, the group will release its first album in eight years, Worship Music (Megaforce). While interviewing the band’s drummer, Charlie Benante, for a feature that will appear in the November/December issue of Revolver, we asked him to pick his favorite drummers. Before answering, he asked, “Five favorite drummers, it doesn’t have to be in one field—it could be from anywhere right?” His answers may surprise you.

Neil Peart, Rush
The first drummer that, still to this day, I get inspiration would probably be Neil Peart. I mean, what other drummer writes drum fills that people play air drums to, you know what I mean? He’s still one of my favorites.

Alex Van Halen, Van Halen
I just love Alex Van Halen, always have. He just has a signature sound. When I hear it, it’s like, Well, that’s Alex Van Halen, you know?

Jerry Gaskill, King’s X
He always kind of just makes my head spin a bit. He’ll throw in these kind of syncopated fills that just always get me, you know, it’s like “Ah, God that’s great,” you know. There’s a song on Gretchen Goes to Nebraska where he just lays this pattern down, it’s called “Burning Down,” he just does this pattern for the rest of the song and just the way he does it, he doesn’t push it, he doesn’t pull it—it’s just beautiful. It’s like a drum machine, but it’s not, because it’s human and it’s very Jerry Gaskill.

Lars Ulrich, Metallica, and Dave Lombardo, Slayer
Some of these Big Four drummers have a place here, too,’cause we all were coming up together in this whole movement, this whole thrash movement—me, Lars, and Dave. And I think the three drummers always had something that was different from the other. I love the way Lars would sync in a song and I love the way Dave’s aggression in the song propelled the song. So I’d have to say those two together.

Lars Ulrich

Dave Lombardo

Ringo Starr, The Beatles
The first drummer I ever heard was Ringo. And Ringo’s one of those drummers that, Ringo started off as a fucking killer drummer—I mean, he just had that swing, everything. Later on the Beatles’ albums, he kind of lost it a bit for me. He just kind of become very lazy. But those first few Beatles records, man, where he would just rock it, he’s fucking awesome. So I would say those are my five that I still dig.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kipling213 Brian Vincent

    Where in the hell is TERRY BOZZIO?!?

  • Nd6988

    where is MIKE PORTNOY!!??

    • Anonymous

      Dude, Among the Living came two years before When Dream and Day Unite. Charlie’s been in the business longer than Portnoy.

      And fuck Portnoy for quitting DT just because he wanted to take a 5-year break and then starting that horrible Adrenaline Mob thing.

  • dehumanizer

    Cozy Powell?

  • Vinny

    What about Shannon Larkin , John Dolmayan or JP Gastner of Clutch.

  • Vinny

    What about Shannon Larkin , John Dolmayan or JP Gastner of Clutch.

  • Vinny

    What about Shannon Larkin , John Dolmayan or JP Gastner of Clutch.

  • Vinny

    What about Shannon Larkin , John Dolmayan or JP Gastner of Clutch.

  • Vinny

    What about Shannon Larkin , John Dolmayan or JP Gastner of Clutch.

  • Vinny

    What about Shannon Larkin , John Dolmayan or JP Gastner of Clutch.

  • Vinny

    What about Shannon Larkin , John Dolmayan or JP Gastner of Clutch.

  • Vinny

    What about Shannon Larkin , John Dolmayan or JP Gastner of Clutch.

  • Wendell Chrsyler

    Wow, boring choices.  Doesn’t even include Chuck Biscuits and Yoshida Tatsuya (who may be the greatest drummer in the world. That Lars Ulrich clip is plain dull … I’d be out getting a beer during that part of the show. There’s also Jim Black and Weasel Walter … these are such obvious choices.  

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

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    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • Howudoin03

    My god, I get so sick of someone releasing their favourites list and people “where is…” Here’s the thing, if you wanna see them on a list then make your own. This is Charlie’s list, deal with it.

  • RockYourSockz

    Wow, ok.
    Maybe he never listened to ANY of those drummers you guys are mentioning.
    Its his opinion…jeez.
    I think this is a pretty good list (except Ulrich)

  • twitch

    this is a list of HIS favorite drummers. so for those those who dont let anybody have an opinion……..FUCK YOU!!!

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  • Jamesmorris7

    No Mike Portnoy on this list…are you kidding me?.

  • Kmcmullen75

    You ppl are fucking stupid there great drummers and there charlies favorites if u dont like em piss off most fo ya dont know shit about drumming as it is

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Nourse/100000283992858 Steve Nourse

    Very interesting list. As Warren Haynes once said, people would be surprised if they knew what we listened to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Nourse/100000283992858 Steve Nourse

    Very interesting list. As Warren Haynes once said, people would be surprised if they knew what we listened to.

  • jcd

    Only a moron would leave out John Bonham!