Drum Legends > Animal
Animal is probably one of the most famous drummers of all. The violent musical outbursts and gruntings by the purple haired, caveman like character chained to his drum set represent every stereotype of the rock drummer. And because of this make him both hillarious and loveable. Animal was one of the original characters of the 1975 Muppet show pilot that went on to become a hugely successful T.V series and sporned several movies and spin offs.
He's one of the only drummers crazy enough to take on drumming legend Buddy Rich in a drum battle! And was never phased by any of the musical 'giants' to appear on the Muppet Show. Often dictating tempo changes when he felt a song was too slow or adding aggressive drum breaks into songs as he did with Rita Moreno's rendition of Fever.
The drumming for Animals character is provided by drummer Ronnie Verrell although his original character was rumoured to be based on the Who's drummer Kieth Moon. Whatever the origins of his character Animal has established himself as a true drumming legend in his own right and deserves his place in this Gallery.
Check out the classic drum battle below; Buddy versus Animal.