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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 03:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Whilst watching the Montreal and Live at the bowl, whilst Roger is playing he is not looking at the dums but constantly staring at the floor to his left

He does not do this at Wembley

I know its a strange comment but its just a strange thing i noticed!!!





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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 05:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

His strangest habit is talking to himself/miming the act of eating while he plays drums.


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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 06:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Yes i noticed that as well

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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 07:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Being a long time drummer I can say two things here, first off, whenever I have been filmed playing I tend to pull a fari few faces as well...no idea why, just seems to be what happens.

The other part is that you count a fair bit during a song, at least in parts of it so often you tend to mouth the count while playing.

Or maybe he just has a sandwich back there...


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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 10:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeh he's just counting the songs, many drummers do it. Watch John Bonham, he counts nearly the whole way through led zep's songs.



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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 12:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And what is strange about it? Brian doesn't look to his the fireplace guitar all the time while playing.


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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 12:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I'm a drummer myself and I do that same thing sometimes (looking at the floor), when I do that it's mostly because I have to play 16th notes (single-handedly) fast (like Dragon Attack live) or trying to keep the right tempo at a tricky part.



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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 14:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think thats an important point, it is physically more comfortable to be bent over looking down the way Roger does when on the hi hat. Playing the same thing sitting upright probably wouldn't be possible, not for very long anyway. PLUS... he has to look somewhere!

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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 15:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Zebonka12 wrote:

His strangest habit is talking to himself/miming the act of eating while he plays drums.

I always thought that was his way of keeping time. You know, like: "pom-pom-pom-pom"... or something.

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Posted: 01 Feb 10, 15:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote







bigV wrote:



















Zebonka12 wrote:







His strangest habit is talking to himself/miming the act of eating while he plays drums.






I always thought that was his way of keeping time. You know, like: "pom-pom-pom-pom"... or something.

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It is, it's actually a pretty good way to keep your tempo I think.











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Posted: 02 Feb 10, 08:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He's watching Rockstar on an Xbox

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Posted: 02 Feb 10, 10:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think we should ask the man himself about it.

- Roger, so what is it with you staring in the space/talking to yourself/miming eating while drumming? Will you do the same on your upcoming Taylor-Taylor tour? Will your eye blink during "The Unblinking Eye"?


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Posted: 02 Feb 10, 13:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lars Ulrich of Metallica is one of the worst culprits for pulling faces whilst drumming.

Some of which are funny.




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Posted: 02 Feb 10, 16:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Having been a drummer for over 20 yars now I always find myself staring down at the floor when playing over the hi-hat. It's just a natural reaction while playing.
When playing guitar if I'm really into the moment I unknowingly let my mouth hang open. I've caught myself doing it in the past. And believe me it wasn't because I was playing great or even well for that matter!

I agree, Bonzo might have been the most "talkative" when he played the drums.


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Posted: 02 Feb 10, 18:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

his eyes are sensitive to light; the front spotlights and front rig lights hit him, so he turns his head to avoid the light in his eyes. Thats also why he is seen wearing sunglasses when not necessary, kind of like Bono...


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Posted: 03 Feb 10, 00:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

-laughs- I've always noticed rogers, 'sandwhich' habit. I always think of it as it looks like he's always about to throw up!! And, he does look down a lot. Strange drummer.



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Posted: 03 Feb 10, 03:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Unblinking Eye wrote:

-laughs- I've always noticed rogers, 'sandwhich' habit. I always think of it as it looks like he's always about to throw up!! And, he does look down a lot. Strange drummer.

But a great drummer :)







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Posted: 04 Feb 10, 05:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I completely and utterly agree.



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Posted: 04 Feb 10, 23:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm also a drummer.
Since I have the same habit to look at the floor while playing, I can only say that is a way to stay concentrated in keeping the right tempo and stuff...

Sometimes is boring to watch at the crowd all concert long.