During their appearance on The Howard Stern Show to promote their new album Saviors, Green Day talked about some of the world's best drummers and are the latest to come to the defense of Metallica's Lars Ulrich.

Tré Cool rattles off a handful of names, the first being one that is likely a big surprise to most music fans — The Beatles' Ringo Starr. He's one of the most criticized drummers to have ever been in a popular band, so for Cool to mention him immediately plays well into Billie Joe Armstrong's praise for Ulrich a bit later.

Keith Moon (The Who), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Meg White (The White Stripes) and Buddy Rich are all shouted out, and Stern throws Cream's Ginger Baker into the mix.

"He played what's supposed to be played in a song," Cool says of Starr, "Drummers forget they're playing a song sometimes."

Stern then highlights Ulrich's ability to add his own sense of stage presence that most drummers are not able to manage, prompting Armstrong's response.

Green Day on The Howard Stern Show

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"Lars has a really unorthodox way of playing. I think he's a really creative drummer," the Green Day frontman acknowledges.

"I think there's like, as far as the metal drummers of his genre — even up until now people that were influenced by Metallica, I think there is something very studious about the way other people play," he continues, "But I think the way that him and James Hetfield play together is so just in lock step. His drum fills are completely unique to the way Lars plays. I really dig the way Lars [plays], he's a great drummer."

"His energy is infectious. He's like a heavy metal muppet," Cool adds.

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Rockers Who Have Defended Lars Ulrich

Why does Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich need defending? It seems almost bizarre that the question even has to be asked. But as dyed-in-the-wool Metallica fans know, a certain subset of metal listeners seem intent on consistently criticizing his drumming skills. Still, Ulrich has had several fellow musicians who have come to his defense, including other drummers. Below, see what they had to say about it.

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