Famous Drummers from Germany

List of notable or famous drummers from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top drummers born in Germany and even some popular drummers who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German drummers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These drummers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known drummer from Germany is included when available.

This list has a variety of people, like Marco Minnemann and Tré Cool, in it.

This historic drummers from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German drummers of note?" and "Who are the most famous drummers from Germany?" These prominent drummers of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German drummers.

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  • Christoph "Doom" Schneider (born 11 May 1966) is a German musician. He is the drummer of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
  • Christopher Franke (born 6 April 1953, Berlin) is a German musician and composer. From 1971 to 1987 he was a member of the electronic group Tangerine Dream. Initially a drummer with The Agitation, later renamed Agitation Free, his primary focus eventually shifted to keyboards and synthesizers as the group moved away from its psychedelic rock origins. While he was not the first musician to use an analog sequencer, he was probably the first to turn it into a live performance instrument, thus laying the rhythmic foundation for classic Tangerine Dream pieces and indeed for the whole Berlin school sound. After his departure from the group, he founded the Sonic Images record label, a new-age ...more
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
  • Daniel Hans Erwin Zimmermann (born 30 October 1966 in Nürnberg, Germany) is a retired heavy metal drummer. Dan is best known as having been the drummer of German power metal bands Gamma Ray and Freedom Call from 1997 to 2012. He was a founding member of Freedom Call, from which he departed in 2010. Two years later he also left Gamma Ray, announcing a rest from the music business in 2012.
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Herman Rarebell
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    Herman Rarebell (born 18 November 1949 as Hermann Josef Erbel) is a German musician, best known as the drummer for the band Scorpions from 1977 to 1995, during which time he played on eight studio albums. Aside from playing drums, Rarebell wrote or co-wrote several songs for the group such as "Another Piece of Meat", "Falling in Love" and "Passion Rules the Game". He composed the lyrics for some of the band's most well known songs such as "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "Make It Real", "Dynamite", "Blackout", "Arizona", "Bad Boys Running Wild", "Don't Stop at the Top", and "Tease Me Please Me". Herman Rarebell received his education in the subjects drums and piano at the Musikhochschule ...more
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Jaki Liebezeit
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    Jaki Liebezeit (born Hans Liebezeit; 26 May 1938 – 22 January 2017) was a German drummer, best known as a founding member of experimental rock band Can. He was called "one of the few drummers to convincingly meld the funky and the cerebral".
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
  • Johnny Klein
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    John A. Klein, Jr. (June 4, 1918 – January 31, 1997) was an American musician who played drums for the Lawrence Welk orchestra from 1951 to 1976 and on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 to 1976. He was also Welk's second cousin. Born in Strasburg, North Dakota, Klein was the son of German-Russian parents and the oldest of five children. It was during his early years that he took up music, especially the drums, which he played with several area bands. Upon graduating from high school in 1936, Johnny first enrolled at the University of North Dakota. Later he enrolled at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Music Education. He also ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1918-1997)
    • Birthplace: North Dakota