OK. First off, Lars can't play in time. But it's all subjective, so who am I to argue. Anyway.......
Lots of great drummers out there, I'll only give you one. Nick D'Virgilio - Spock's Beard. Neal Morse wrote all of SB's first six albums - which
NDV plays on - and has three solo efforts under his own name - with Mike Portnoy on drums. NDV blows MP away imho. Not that MP sucks or anything but
NDV has more skills. Great jazz feel that MP hasn't got. Here's a song from the first album, from one of the bands first gigs.
There's other stuff there - I just got done looking for this clip - and I have to add that any clips from 2002 on most likely won't have NDV on
drums. He's now the lead singer. There is a drum battle with he and Jimmy Keegan, the guy they got to fill his shoes.
Eh, heck with it. I'll list some others not named yet.
Mark Zonder - Fates Warning. Well, he used to be with the band. Great paterns, I have no idea how he writes some of the things he plays.
Scott Rockenfield - Queensryche. Great stuff BITD. Not so much since '95 or so - Promised Land.
Any guy who has played with AC/DC. Great grooves. Simon Wright has done some nice stuff with Dio, but I'll take Vinny Appice in that band over SW any
day. Always was a sucker for VA, just liked his style, single bass drum, bouncing on the hi-hat.
Mikkey Dee - King Diamond, Helloween, a million other bands. Not groundbreaking but I like the dude.
Billy Cobham - The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tommy Bolin's Teaser album. Great solo on The Inner Mounting Flame from TMO.
Oh, I didn't see anyone mention Gene Krupa. He was kinda good BITD.
FWIW, I couldn't care less about John Bonham. Led Zeppelin either, for that matter. I'll take Ian Paice from that generation any day over JB. But
that's just me, I never liked LZ that much.