Best Progressive Rock Drummers

I have the highest respect for Progressive Rock Drummers, as their songs have overly complex rhythms and odd time signatures!

That's why I decided to make a list about those drumming legends!

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1Mike PortnoyMichael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine. V1 Comment
2Neil PeartNeil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

Neil Peart is a drumming legend, who has a overly complex sound a insabe drum kit for it!
Overall Peart is definitely one of the all-time most talented drummers ever! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

3Mike ManginiMike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

Mangini was the replacement of Portnoy in Dream Theater and honestly he was good! Not as technical or complex, but still he managed to remain what was awesome about thr drumming in Dream Theater! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

4Brann DailorBrann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.

Mastodon has a interesting mix of sounds, which this master drummer manages to pull off! Basically his drumming shows a lot of technic and energy! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

5Phil CollinsPhilip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

He started with Genesis and then went solo! He had mqny great drumming qualities and overall extinguished Genesis from the rest of the genre! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

6Alan White
7Danny CareyDaniel Edwin "Danny" Carey, born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by and played with such artists as Zaum, Green Jell├┐, Pigface, Skinny ...read more.
8Bill BrufordWilliam Scott "Bill" Bruford is an English retired drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner.

Really glad to see him on this list. - IronSabbathPriest

Bill Bruford was the drummer in Yes and King Crimson! Overall his drumming on albums, like Close To The Edge was extremly memorable and complex! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

9Martin Lopez

Check out "April Ethereal" (Opeth) - IronSabbathPriest

10Gavin Harrison

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11Nick MasonNicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of Pink Floyd.

Drummer of the most popular Progressive Rock Band in the world! His drumming was'nt as dominant and fell off in my opinion, still it was complex and technical! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

12Terry BozzioTerry John "Ted" Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa.

I can't believe I almost forgot Bozzio! He played with Fran Zappa, but honestly this guys talent is mostly shown in his great solo career!
Also Bozzio has the biggest drum kit I've ever seen! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

13Carl Palmer

An incredible drummer who rightly belongs on this list who demonstrated keen precision and creativity while complementing both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake's music. The solo on Karn Evil 9 live version is still one of the best ever...

14Tomas Haake

Bleed - Meshuggah! That was one of the most insane things ever done on drums! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

15Rob Bourdon

Who added this? Linkin Park aren't prog.

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16Lenny White
17Andy Ward
18Jason Rullo
19Scott Rockenfield
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