Tom Morello

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Weighs In On The White Stripes Controversy: “Meg White Is One Of The Greatest Drummers In The History Of Rock N Roll. It’s Not Even A Debate.”


This past week saw the drumming ability of Meg White of The White Stripes fame called into question. Journalist Lachlan Markay sparked the debate on Twitter with a tweet that disparaged the abilities of the since retired musician.

In that since-deleted post, Markay offered:

“The tragedy of the White Stripes is how great they would’ve been with a half decent drummer. Yeah yeah I’ve heard all the ‘but it’s a carefully crafted sound mannnn!’ takes. I’m sorry Meg White was terrible.”

The criticism towards the tweet was abrupt and wide-ranging, with her former husband / ex-The White Stripes bandmate Jack White coming to her defense:

Markay would go on to apologize for his commentary, offering, “By now you’ve probably seen an ill-advised (and since-deleted) tweet I sent out yesterday about the White Stripes and Meg White. It was an over-the-top take on TWS and White as a drummer, and was, let’s face it, just truly awful in every way. Petty, obnoxious, just plain wrong.”

Among those the many to voice their opinion on the matter was Rage Against The Machine, etc. guitarist Tom Morello, who shared the following in regards to White‘s playing:

“I hear there’s some controversy on this matter lately so let me set fools straight: #MegWhite is one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock n roll. It’s not even a debate. There are a HANDFUL of drummers EVER who are INSTANTLY recognizable rocking their MANY HIT SONGS with Flavor, Fire & Flair. She’s on that list, bruh. Does she do a lot a complicated tom tom fills? No, THANK GOD. She has style and swag and personality and oomph and taste and awesomeness that’s off the charts and a vibe that’s untouchable by all you boring-ass skin beaters who think we care about your ‘tight’ syncopated para-diddles. She is a FORCE and her records are forever step-stones on how to do it your own way while rocking the damn planet. @officialjackwhite knows too, so show some respect.”

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