I don't have a favorite but I do have some influences:
- John Bonham - I don't have to repeat what everyone else has already said.
- Chad Smith - I love trying to imitate him, playing loose, simple and be groovy. He's a great drummer for anyone to be inspired of, even if he doesn't play the most technical stuff.
- Jimmy Chamberlin - I love his solos ("hidden in songs"), you don't even notice that he's playing a solo because everything he plays is perfect for the song. Oh and he's just "lovely" playing in the complex.
- Carter Beauford - When I need inspiration for grooving I listen to and analyze Carter's grooves.
- Neil Peart - I love his well planned fills and nicely done beats in Rush. I don't find him to be very groovy when he plays though, sometimes he sounds a little bit inhuman to me.
- Brandon Barnes - From Rise Against, a great punk drummer. Plays exactly what the song needs and I love his use of a 4-piece, he does use it to the max and I love his tom-floortom-snare beats. He plays punk though so I'm not sure if he should be in here. Many RA songs are close to rock though imo.
- Billy Cobham - Does he count?
The list goes on but these all represent different sides of rock that I want to be influenced by. I like The Rev from A7X but I don't like playing that kind of music and thus I don't try to imitate him in any way either.
Lastly, I wish more people would know about the acid rock band called Kingston Wall, Sami Kuoppamäki is one hell of a technical rock drummer (also a jazz drummer). He's the guy who convinced me to buy my drum kit.