100 Greatest Drummers of All Time

From rock thunder machines to punk powerhouses, we count down the kings and queens of slam

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Terry Bozzio
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17. Terry Bozzio

"I'm not really interested in the circus act part of it at all," Terry Bozzio told Rolling Stone in the midst of a solo tour with what he billed as "the world's largest tuned drum and percussion set." The statement might seem counterintuitive coming from Bozzio – who made his name working with Frank Zappa in the mid-to-late Seventies, at one point mastering the composer's fiendishly difficult percussion-centric work "The Black Page" – but this veteran drummer has always been much more than a technique-crazed virtuoso. Following his stint with Zappa, Bozzio became an integral part of post-prog supergroup U.K. and later, with then-wife, Dale, a co-architect of the trailblazing Eighties New Wave band Missing Persons, in which he adapted his thrilling chops to a streamlined pop framework.  Though in recent years he's been heard most often as a clinician and solo performer, or with a variety of rarefied supergroups, his stints with bands ranging from Korn to Faith No More singer Mike Patton's outré Fantômas stand as proof of his surprising range.

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