11 drummers who look like they've remembered a sad film

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins
Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins (Image credit: Paul R. Giunta\/FilmMagic)

When it comes to playing live, a band are only as good as their drummer. After all, they’re the backbone of the band. The engine room. The human metronome. The heartbeat. As such, their focus must be total and steadfast.

But judging by these shots, these world class drummers have allowed the memory of a sad film to creep into their mind during a difficult fill, a flam or even a ghost note. That’s not to say it’s affected their playing, but it makes you think – which film could have struck a nerve with these 11 drummers?

The Winery Dogs’ Mike Portnoy: the ending of Stand By Me

Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy (Image credit: Arun Nevader/WireImage)

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith: the bit with the bees in My Girl

Chad Smith

Chad Smith (Image credit: Kevin Winter/WireImage)

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante: Marley and Me. Fuck’s sake

Charlie Benante

Charlie Benante (Image credit: Harmony Gerber/Getty)

Phil Collins: Bette Midler’s performance of The Wind Beneath My Wings in Beaches. Absolute floodgates

Phil Collins

Phil Collins (Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty)

Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins: the beginning of Up

Taylor Hawkins

Taylor Hawkins (Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty)

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor: probably the end of the original Planet Of The Apes

Brann Dailor

Brann Dailor (Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

Nickelback’s Daniel Adair: the ‘You had me at hello’ scene from Jerry Maguire

Daniel Adair

Daniel Adair (Image credit: Paul Warner/WireImage)

Avenged Sevenfold’s Brooks Wackerman: Sleepless In Seattle

Brooks Wackerman

Brooks Wackerman (Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Steel Panther’s Stix Zadinia: definitely the bit where the old couple hold hands in Titanic

Stix Zadinia

Stix Zadinia (Image credit: Simone Joyner/Redferns via Getty)

Lars Ulrich: That bit in Toy Story 3. Fuuuuuck

Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich (Image credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty)

Tool’s Danny Carey: Bambi. All of it

Danny Carey

Danny Carey (Image credit: Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)

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Simon Young

Born in 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Simon Young has been a music journalist for over twenty years. His fanzine, Hit A Guy With Glasses, enjoyed a one-issue run before he secured a job at Kerrang! in 1999. His writing has also appeared in Classic RockMetal HammerProg, and Planet Rock. His first book, So Much For The 30 Year Plan: Therapy? — The Authorised Biography is available via Jawbone Press.