Glen Sobel Doesn’t Make Me Like Alice Cooper, Just His Drumming

I like to be pleasantly surprised, like when my 6 month old salsa still tasted good, or when my cat learned to speak English and took me on a spiritual journey through a mystical desert. So when I found a badass drum solo taken from an Alice Cooper concert of all places (he’s just not my thing, although I’ll always have an appreciation of his comedic chops in Wayne’s World) I figured I’d pass it along.

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Alice Cooper’s drummer Glen Sobel has some particularly great left hand hi-hat work going on here. So why is it that crowds inevitably cheer the loudest on the least impressive parts of a drum solo? You could do the most jaw-dropping polyrhythm, but nothing gets a crowd to lose their shit like triplets or quads. Or standing up while you thumb quarter notes on a kick.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.