All the other bandmates shut up and let the drummer go wild
Rolling Updates, other stock phrases that mean "Help me out!" You're onstage, shredding the guitar and rocking the crowd's face off. But you're feeling a little thirsty and you could use a smoke; where do you take the song from here? Drum Solo. Drum solos are far less common than their cousin Guitar Solo, and are typically limited to a select few genres of popular music. Drummers also tend to take the "solo" part more literally than their bandmates, often playing their solos unaccompanied. Most common in jam music, metal, prog rock and other genres that highly value technical musicianship. Like the Guitar Solo, drum solos are often improvised. Sometimes played for comedy. Being unaccompanied, drum solos can be a good time for the other band members to tune up, take a smoke break or 'hang out' backstage. This is very much Truth in Television, as many drummers will relish the opportunity to break free from their 4:4 backbeats and spend fifteen minutes showing of their skills.