Lead singer of Tool
Basically, everyone mentioned in this thread depends upon his genius. And you would be hard pressed to find a better example of solo blues performance.
But there are so many to chose from!
Robert Johnson is a heavy influence to me even without his own recordings. Imagine the careers of Eric Clapton or the members of Led Zeppelin without those Johnson tunes. No Crossroads, no Traveling Riverside Blues. Next to Robert Johnson, Led Zeppelin would be my primary influence. As a drummer, hearing John Bonham for the first time was mind-blowing. When I imagine what a band should be, Zeppelin is the archetype.
For more modern examples, the choice is a split decision between 311 and Sublime.
Ah, Memphis in May. What a wonderful event. Good music, great hallucinogens.
But I have to ask, who did you see there? The line up this year was wonderful - the Roots, Doyle Bramhall, Magic Slim, Buddy Guy, Lou Reed and then some. I ask because no one I mentioned played - at least to my knowledge.
As for Tool, yeah, they have a good thing going and would probably upstage Dream Theater - no small feat. But if you want mind blowing polyrhythms, jazz is the place to go. Art Blakey practically invented polyrhythms in modern western music, and Elvin Jones takes them to another level. I'd recommend any record with Elvin, which includes a lot of great Coltrane.
I love a little jazz, don't know who's who though >.>. I like Benny Goodman thought Dave Brubeck, I hear he is quite good with polyrhytms.