Stewart Copeland vs. Scott Travis: March Drum Madness
Stewart Copeland and Scott Travis made it through the opening round of March Drum Madness unscathed, but now they have to battle each other for the privilege of continuing on in our 100 percent reader-voted competition.
We started out with 32 of the most famous drummers in classic rock history, then set them against one another in five successive rounds, thinning the ranks until we arrive at your choice for the greatest rock drummer of all time. In this round, it's time for former Police drummer Copeland to test his mettle against Judas Priest's Travis.
Copeland notched a decisive victory over former Kiss drummer Peter Criss in the opening round, while Travis squeaked past John Densmore of the Doors. Both of those contests forced readers to pick between drummers of widely diverging styles, and we're asking you to do it again here.
Travis, who joined Priest for 1990's Painkiller LP and has remained in the lineup ever since, is known for his speed and precision; Copeland, meanwhile, made his economic, jazz-informed style a crucial component of the Police's meteoric rise to worldwide fame during the late '70s and early '80s. There may not be a lot of common musical ground between the two, but they're both master craftsmen — and unfortunately, only one of them is moving on in our competition.
So who gets your support – Stewart Copeland or Scott Travis? You can vote once per hour until this round closes on March 26 at 11:59PM ET. The ultimate winner will be revealed on April 7.