Canada Drum Clinics with Tommy Clufetos

    27.11.2006

Canada Drum Clinics with Tommy Clufetos

Chances are if you've been to a concert where Tommy Clufetos was drumming, you've taken note of his over the top, non-stop, pile driving playing style. Whether it be with rock legends such as Shock Rock Icon Alice Cooper, The MotorCity Madman Ted Nugent, or on his current gig with monster rock giant Rob Zombie, you've witnessed the drums being pummeled and beaten into oblivion by one of rock & roll's newest powerhouses.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Tommy came up playing drums in his Dad's rock & roll band. At age 11, he was gaining invaluable experience playing four sets a night, five nights a week. While frequently backing up artists from the 50's, 60's, & 70's such as Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, plus too many more to list.

While still in high school, Tommy toured with the 60's singing group Little Anthony & the Imperials, and right out of school he began playing with Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels-a gig that lasted for two years, touring the US extensively.

During a recording for a movie soundtrack being made in town, Tommy played with Ted Nugent. The Nuge was so impressed, Tommy got the call the next day to go on the road for Ted's next tour. 2001's "Full Bluntal Nugity Tour" followed, and along the way the band filmed Ted's first live concert DVD (Full Bluntal Nugity) featuring Tommy on drums.

Next, he went back in the studio to record Nugent's next record, "Craveman". And then back on the road in 2002 to support the record on the Craveman tour. In 2003, Tommy toured with Ted on the "Shock & Awe Tour " with ZZ Top. While with Nugent, the band toured and shared the stage with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Kiss, and Aerosmith.

In 2004, Nugent decided to take a well deserved break from the road. But, no break for Tommy. This time the phone rang and he was asked to join Alice Cooper on his "The Eyes of Alice Cooper Tour", which took the band all over Europe, Canada, and the US. He then immediately went into the studio to record Cooper's next record "Dirty Diamonds", Alice's highest charting record in 10 years.

In 2005, Rob Zombie decided to go back on the road to promote his second movie "The Devil's Rejects". Tommy was asked to join his new band featuring John5 (Marilyn Manson) and Blasko (Rob Zombie,Ozzy Osbourne). They just finished this years Ozzfest tour, with plans to go back on the road in the fall in support of Zombie's upcoming record.

What a riot!!!!!! In between tours and recording Tommy is an active Clinician, Endorser, and Demolisher of gear for the following companies - Sonor Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Ahead Drumsticks, and Aquarian Drumheads.