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« Thread started on: Mar 10th, 2010, 9:52pm »

He's a great drummer, isn't he? I can't think of another drummer who could have filled Phil Collins' shoes. smiley
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xx Re: Chester Thompson
« Reply #1 on: Mar 11th, 2010, 09:33am »

on Mar 10th, 2010, 9:52pm, GrandParadeOfLifelessPackaging wrote:
He's a great drummer, isn't he? I can't think of another drummer who could have filled Phil Collins' shoes. smiley


I can't either. wink He's an awesome drummer.
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« Reply #2 on: May 13th, 2010, 4:45pm »

Been listening to some of his earlier work during his time playing with Zappa early 1970's. Very good it is too. One of my all time favourite albums is Zappa's live masterpiece "Roxy and Elsewhere". Chester doubles up on drums with the excellent Ralph Humphries and that famous Chester/Phil double drum fill at the end of "Afterglow" live was done on this album years before on the track "more trouble every day". Great drummer.
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 21st, 2010, 10:32am »

The November issue of Uncut mentions Bongo Fury and One Size Fits All, singling out Chester's drumming, in their Album By Album feature of Frank Zappa and the Mothers.
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 21st, 2010, 10:32am »

I meant Roxy & Elsewhere, not Bongo Fury!
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 22nd, 2010, 2:00pm »

I agree. Chester is awesome on drums and I don't think anyone else could have pulled it off as well. Although I love his work, I don't think Bruford fit as well into the band (case in point: he didn't even hit the snare on most of Squonk in the Syria Mosque recording -- what the heck was up with that? If there was ever a song where you need to be BEATING THE CRAP out of your kit as LOUDLY as possible, it is Squonk)

Chester complements Phil perfectly and always gives a professional, perfectly nuanced effort. Even on the simpler songs he will add a nice wrinkle or two to his riffs and fills. I love how he swings on Follow You Follow Me for instance.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 5th, 2012, 4:27pm »

The problem is, he's been known to make a mistake or two grin
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xx Re: Chester Thompson
« Reply #7 on: Apr 23rd, 2012, 6:46pm »

on Mar 10th, 2010, 9:52pm, Provocation wrote:
He's a great drummer, isn't he? I can't think of another drummer who could have filled Phil Collins' shoes. smiley


I agree, I couldn't think of another who could have philled Fill's shoes. laugh Sorry, couldn't help myself.

He's certainly just as competent and they have an AMAZING synergy together. The duets are my favorite part of the concerts.
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 24th, 2012, 03:26am »

on Apr 5th, 2012, 4:27pm, jpsyr100 wrote:
The problem is, he's been known to make a mistake or two grin


Mistake or two? What mistake?
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 24th, 2012, 4:17pm »

on Apr 24th, 2012, 03:26am, santibanks wrote:
Mistake or two? What mistake?


The comment was a throw back to a thread on the old Genesis forum in the sidemen section. It was a thread that started by a member who thought Chester "always" screwed up a fill in the song Land of Confusion, the thread went on to about 23 pages with some rather humorous comments, as well as the member who started the thread, trying to debate the topic in a fashion that implied he was superior to the rest of us. We all had a good laugh, and always looked forward to the next post. I remember one of mine was a notification that I was going on vacation, and would not be able to scrutinize Chester's drumming on LOC for the next week or make any posts, Fortunately, other members who were loyal to the thread, filled in for me
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 24th, 2012, 4:30pm »

on Nov 22nd, 2010, 2:00pm, lordbaltimore wrote:
I agree. Chester is awesome on drums and I don't think anyone else could have pulled it off as well. Although I love his work, I don't think Bruford fit as well into the band (case in point: he didn't even hit the snare on most of Squonk in the Syria Mosque recording -- what the heck was up with that? If there was ever a song where you need to be BEATING THE CRAP out of your kit as LOUDLY as possible, it is Squonk)

I know Bruford's drumming (with Genesis) only from a few bootlegs, well my impression was he was bored and toyed around with the songs instead of just playing what he was supposed to.
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 29th, 2012, 11:24am »

I don't think Bill was bored, I just think at the time he was very much interested in improvisation, and that doesn't fit in Genesis at all. Having been in the middle of working with Phil in Brand X when he was invited to play with Genesis probably didn't help set the right expectations either.

Chester, on the other hand, really worked hard to learn the songs, and the fact he was able to put together everything as well as he did right from the first show really underlines just how dedicated and fluent he is. I love how he always managed to play so confidently while at the same time trying to sound like someone else. That blend of his own style mixed with Phil's really created something that made Genesis live something special.
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« Reply #12 on: Apr 29th, 2012, 3:26pm »

on Apr 24th, 2012, 4:30pm, Schrottrocker wrote:
I know Bruford's drumming (with Genesis) only from a few bootlegs, well my impression was he was bored and toyed around with the songs instead of just playing what he was supposed to.

Not just his drumming. His percussion on the live version of Entangled on Archive #2 was, shall we say, somewhat self-indulgent. wink
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 29th, 2012, 3:37pm »

on Apr 29th, 2012, 3:26pm, Down And Out wrote:
Not just his drumming. His percussion on the live version of Entangled on Archive #2 was, shall we say, somewhat self-indulgent. wink


Thats putting it mildly, He makes the live version unlistenable for me, every time I hear him start on something, I just want to reach into the speakers and grab him by the beck and say "knock it off will ya"
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 5th, 2012, 3:02pm »

What puzzles me is that in an interview Chester has said that after Phil left, he proposed to Mike that he might join them to make the CAS album, but Mike firmly said ´no´. Chester also said he was pretty pissed off by that. I really don´t understand why they would bypass Chester, who was already part of the team for 20 years and doing an excellent job in playing Phil´s parts, in favor of some unknown young drummer... huh
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