Drummers introduce a different kind of essence to the band’s music. Sometimes they even become the backbone of their respective band. They can get you dancing and your heartbeat raising with just their solo in between the song where a gap is created. A song will stop being one if there is no one to follow up and to drop some fills in between the song.
It is no wonder that the drummers are usually the one to make the crowd cheer and rave. And because of their crucial role in their band’s music, they always end up with a truckload of money. Here are some of the world’s richest drummers in 2018 who also continued to be successful and famous in the industry.
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10. Chad Smith
Chadwick Gaylord Smith is a very popular American musician and he has a part of the Red Chilli Peppers since 1988. Though the band does not release albums on a regular basis, Chadwick never seems to run out of business and that actually keeps his pockets full. He is currently evaluated at $90 million as his net worth. He was able to achieve this only because of his continuous involvement with the Red Chilli Peppers and playing for other hard rock groups like Chickenfoot, and with other artists like Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, and Kid Rock.
9. Larry Mullen Jr.
He is a renowned musician with about 22 Grammy awards and has sold over 150 million copies of albums worldwide. He is the drummer of the famous rock band U2 and their biggest hits include, “where the streets have no name”, “mysterious ways” etc. The world-class drummer who has made it into the rock and roll hall of fame has amassed a net worth of over $150 million and continues work his way to the top.
8. Charlie Watts
He began his career as a drummer in the Rolling Stone band in the year 1963. He was voted as the 12th greatest drummer of all times and has also made it to the modern drummer’s hall of fame in the year 2006. After a few years, he started his own band called the Charlie Watts Tenet and kept touring. He was able to amass a wealth of worth $160 million by using his musical skills as a drummer.
7. Don Henley
He was a founding member of a famous rock band Eagles who also happens to be a multi-instrumentalist and a songwriter. Although he was known for his singing in the Eagle band’s top hits and from his solo hits, he was also popular as the drummer of the same Eagle band. His songs and his band’s songs sold over 100 million copies worldwide making him one of the richest drummers in the world with a net worth of over $200 million.
6. Ringo Starr
This 76-year-old drummer is capable of offering a tough competition to the young drummers. The Beatles’ drummer and lead vocalist currently have a net worth of about $300 million while still being part of the band’s musical rodeo. Richard Starkey is considered one of the evergreen drummers who is also the richest drummer on the planet.
5. Joey Kramer
He is one of the most powerful drummers in the world who is popularly known for his way of beating the drums with his body parts other than his hands sometimes. He is the drummer of the hard rock band Aerosmith and was also the person who came up with the band’s name. He has made an appearance on the popular TV show the Simpsons. His world-class drum skills and worldwide popularity has fetched him a net worth of over $100 million, making him one of the richest drummers in the music world.
4. Roger Taylor
He is a pretty talented drummer who is also a multi-instrumentalist and a songwriter. This English musician started his career in the year of 1968 and is popularly known as the drum gem of Queens, which is one of the most famous rock bands in the world. He was also a lead vocal artist in the same band and then later began his career as a drummer with the band named Smile. This man was voted as the 8th greatest drummer in the world. With such name and fame, Roger has amassed a wealth of about $140 million and considered to be one of the richest drummers in the world.
3. Lars Ulrich
He was originally going to be a professional tennis player before he stepped into his music career. He is the founder of the world’s most famous rock band “ Metallica”. With the band’s successful tours happening across the world, Lars Ulrich managed to earn a lot of money and is currently evaluated at $175 million. He is considered to be one of the most popular and richest drummers in the world.
2. Phil Collins
This multi-instrumentalist musician is the drummer and lead vocalist of the rock band Genesis since its beginning in the 1970 and made most of his career achievements during his time with this band. He then became a solo artist and went on hiatus only to return during the year 2015. With his predominantly successful hits and world-class talents, he was able to earn a net worth of about $250 million. Phil has the most number of songs in the top 40’s than any other artist in the 1980’s which makes him a very successful artist.
1. Dave Grohl
Unlike other drum artists, Grohl is famous for his accomplishments made along with his own band, the Foo Fighters. This multi-talented music artist can write songs and also sing them. He is also popular as the member of the Nirvana band. Because of his massive hits during his time with the foo fighters and other bands he was able to earn a wealth of worth $280 million, making him the richest drummer in the world.
The music world has known to produce some very popular and skilled individuals. The above-mentioned people are few of the world’s most successful musicians. They have earned their massive wealth through hard work and their talents which fetched a huge loyal fan base.