Good point. Ringo Starr was a great 'character' who fit in well with John, George and Paul. The classic comment was when John Lennon was asked 'So is Ringo Starr the best drummer in the world?'. John gave his trademark smirk and said 'He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles'.
I agree. Music shouldn't be all about technical ability. It can be important, obviously in classical music, but mainstream music needs more characters and uniqueness. I mean listen to David Bowie, hardly the best singer in the world, but he sounds unique. thats worth more than anything IMO.
When I listen to bands like Dream Theater, I love the playing. Its great to listen to. Some of the timings and complex fills and offbeat rhythms, but sometimes I have to stop listening, as it can get too much.
No, Lennon said he was the perfect drummer for The Beatles.
The guy in Dream Theatre reveres Ringo.