Tom Morello defends Meg White: “one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock n roll”

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Tom Morello defends Meg White: “one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock n roll”

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Tom Morello has rushed to Meg White's defence, with the drummer at the centre of online debate after a journalist called her “terrible”.

Tom Morello, the acclaimed guitarist of Rage Against the Machine fame, has joined countless other celebrities in defending Meg White’s musical talents, calling her “one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock n roll”.

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The White Stripes drummer and former partner of frontman Jack White has been the subject of heated online discourse over the past week, following journalist Lachlan Markay’s claims that she is “terrible”, and that the White Stripes would have been better off “with a half decent drummer”.

Musicians, fans and industry heavyweights rushed to White’s defence online immediately – and Morello has just joined the fight:

“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,” Morello wrote on Instagram.

“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.”

He continued: “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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Earlier this week (March 15), Jack White also gave his two cents on Markay’s contentious comments – comments for which he later apologized. Jack White shared a photo of Meg in action on the drums across his social media channels, accompanied by a poem:

“To be born in another time, any era but our own would’ve been fine. 100 years from now, 1000 years from now, some other distant, different, time.

“One without demons, cowards and vampires out for blood, one with the positive inspiration to foster what is good.”

Other celebrities who have praised Meg White following Markay’s slander have seen their posts go viral, such as The Roots’ Questlove and Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow.

Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s also said, “there’s no one like meg white”, and ventured that “kids would lose their mind to her drumming”.

Other notable commentaries included Karen Elson’s – who was also married to Jack White.

Elson took to Twitter to defend Meg:

“Not only is Meg White a fantastic drummer, Jack [White] also said the White Stripes would be nothing without her. To the journalist who dissed her, keep my ex husband’s ex wife name out of your f*cking mouth. (Please and Thank You).”

Read Markay’s apologies for his comments about Meg White here.