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MunsieMan 07-06-2005 01:52 AM

Tommy Aldridge
 
The king of double bass...the first time i saw Tommy was at a drum clinic in Oshawa at the time i wasnt really in to drumming but now i wish i had paid more attention. Ive been playing Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) alot and i cant really copy Aldridges style but its close. Anyone have comments on the king of double bass?

DogBreath 07-06-2005 02:07 AM

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I remember him from the song Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights. That song was huge way back when I was in school.

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers..._Aldrigde.html

K Chez 07-18-2005 03:40 PM

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Next to Bonham, my favorite drummer of all time. Saw kim with Ozzy 4 times, but was never lucky enough to catch a clinic. I've also been on a quest to find his second video-one of the guys over on the Pearl forum made me a DVD of the first one, but I'm still looking for the second. Anyone know if he's still doing clinics and if so, where can you find a schedule? His website hasn't been updated in ages.

largo61 08-08-2005 03:56 AM

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Tommy Aldridge is a great drummer. I saw him at a Ted Nugent concert and he was great. It was the last time I will see the Nuge in Ohio because of the noise ordinence. Tommy had a 20 minute drum solo. It was among the best solos I have seen. Half way through the solo he threw his sticks into the crowd and did the solo with his hands. I was amazed that he could generate so much sound out of the drums and cymbals without sticks. When the song kicked back in he was hoding his hands leaning over his snare in pain. They played for three hours strait. I love the sound of his drums. He is the king of double-bass. He has thosed Yamaha bass subkicks. They give his bass such a boom. He is a great drummer.

MunsieMan 08-08-2005 04:14 AM

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ya he is an amazing drummer Whitesnake played at the Docks in Toronto to bad you have to be 19 i was pissed when i heard that i got to go see him play live at a drum clinic awhile back it was awsome

JohnMunsey 03-04-2006 03:11 PM

Tommy Aldridge
 
Tommy was a pioneer in double bass drum fills decades ago.

There's an interview with him here!

http://www.drumradio.com/famoustalks.htm

Sutor 03-04-2006 03:31 PM

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When i click to view the 'show 1' and 'show 2' it says theres an error and it wont open :(

harryconway 03-04-2006 07:20 PM

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I first saw Tommy Aldridge drumming for Black Oak Arkansas. Playing a clear maple Ludwig kit modified with Rogers hardware. He certainly raised the bar on double-bass rock playing. Got to meet him several years ago and what a nice dude also.

Loge 03-05-2006 04:28 AM

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Tommy was the first rock drummer I ever saw perform live. Black Oak Arkansas was the opener for Grand Funk at the old (and now gone) Atlanta Stadium around 1970. Was too far up in the stands to see what kit he was playing - just remember it was big. They put on a good show with a lot of humor. Wasn't sure what to think at the time as it was my first concert and a real sensory overload.
A few years later, I really got into his playing on that double B.O.A. live album. Remember there was a good extended drum solo of his that I played over and over again.

Seem to remember he played and endorsed the Premier 'Projector ' line in the late '80s. I've got a soft spot for those drums - they're the ones I play now.

Hans Freitass 06-16-2006 02:31 AM

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I saw Tommy yesterday in Lisbon in a Whitsnake concert.
Tommy performed wonderfully.
His solo was great and i enjoyed a lot.
An excellent drummer indeed.
Coverdale still an enormous singer and the whole group in a very good plan. But Tommy?
Just great, unforgettable...
My drum hello for everibody in the Forum!
Hans Freitass

mikeybbdrummin 06-16-2006 04:26 AM

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I saw Tommy do a drum clinic in 1991. He was very good. Alot of different hand/foot
patterns. I have his first video. I like his playing on "Speak of the Devil" live album. Also on Whitesnakes "Slip of the toungue" album.

Pocketman 06-16-2006 04:35 AM

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I saw Tommy this past NAMM show at the Yamaha Groove Night. He and others like Gadd, Weckl and Keith Carlock did a song with a great band. He played the Whitesnake song "Crying In The Rain" and he absolutely stole the show. He played with such intensity and confidence that he blew the crowd away. He was so good that I heard later backstage both Gadd and Weckl bowed in front in him saying "We're not worthy!" It was all anyone spoke about later.

Drums558 06-27-2006 04:24 PM

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I loved Tommys work with Pat Travers, my band played Gettin Betta and we tried to work up Makes No Difference but I couldn't play double kick at that speed. That was back in 1979.
Tommy is a true drumming pioneer.
Mike

ellenvannin105 07-03-2006 10:27 AM

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I remember Tommy Aldridge from Cal Jam in 1974.B.O.A were on the bill and Tommy was clearly the best musician in that band.He certainly held his own on a bill that also included the likes of Ian Paice,Carl Palmer and the Santana Percussionists,but the thing I remember most was singer Jim Dandy Mangrum's goofy comments during the drum solo: "alright..play them knuckles..." Huh?

Laurent 07-07-2006 11:20 AM

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Tommy is wonderful. Mainly in a live setting. I've seen him twice with Whitesnake and I cannot think of anyone more impressive than Tommy in the hard rock world. Not even Carmine Appice whom I saw live with Ozzy in 1983 opening for Whitesnake with Cozy Powell on drums.

The "hands" section in his solo is a classic and he's been doing it for years. There is a new Whitesnake CD/DVD - "Live In the Still Of The Night" - that features some amazing drumming from Tommy.

A friend of mine was MD and two others played/attended (they're top L.A. cats) for the Yamaha Groove Night at the NAMM 2006 and they all commented how impressive Tommy was. To impress those guys, one must be doing something right ! :-)

Tommy to me is hands down the best hard rock drummer of all time.

jemhadar 08-08-2006 11:40 PM

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Tommy is awesome. Saw him on the Whitesnake tour in july, unbeliveable

photon 08-14-2006 05:38 PM

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I saw him with BOA some time in the late 70's. What a career he's had...and still going strong...!

mikeybbdrummin 08-30-2006 07:04 AM

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I just watched the Whitesnake Live dvd/ In The Still of The Night (2004). Overall very good. Tommy plays like typical Tommy...........double bass everywhere...........most of the songs had it in the originals though. Drum solo; half sticks, half hands. He sounded great on the whole thing. David Coverdale sounded great. Mid fifties ( as Tommy is) and still kicks ass. Surprised to see Reb Beach (Winger) playing guitar.
16 songs plus a drum solo. Worth the 14.95. For 24.95 you get the dvd and a cd of 10 of the songs performed.

flicky 07-30-2007 11:44 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mikeybbdrummin (Post 156291)
I like his playing on "Speak of the Devil" live album

Oh yes! He's awesome on that album! I've learned so much from him by learning that album. Then came his video.... I was in heaven! You can hear it in my playing still.
He is my main influence and so is Mikkey Dee.

Tommy's web site http://www.tommyaldridge.com/

drummerchick435 07-31-2007 01:39 AM

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Tommy Aldridge is a great drummer and nice too...I emailed him once and he took the time to email back!!! That is one of my greatest drumming moments!

flicky 08-02-2007 02:47 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by drummerchick435 (Post 342422)
Tommy Aldridge is a great drummer and nice too...I emailed him once and he took the time to email back!!! That is one of my greatest drumming moments!

Did you email him through his web site?

mikeybbdrummin 08-02-2007 06:03 PM

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Tommy is a great drummer and influence to a lot of drummers. A double bass master back in the day and now. The problem is that now w/the likes of, Lang, Minnimen, Donati, and Grant Collins they have taken double bass to a new extreme. And Jordison, Roddy, Adler and many more have extreme speed. So by todays standards, as great as Tommy is he could get looked at as average along w/ Alex Van Halen, Deen Castronova, Gregg Bissonette and others that have used it well but not gone to the extremes.
Still, Tommy is a big influence to many, many drummers. Myself included.

flicky 08-02-2007 06:53 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mikeybbdrummin (Post 343449)
Tommy is a great drummer and influence to a lot of drummers. A double bass master back in the day and now. The problem is that now w/the likes of, Lang, Minnimen, Donati, and Grant Collins they have taken double bass to a new extreme. And Jordison, Roddy, Adler and many more have extreme speed. So by todays standards, as great as Tommy is he could get looked at as average along w/ Alex Van Halen, Deen Castronova, Gregg Bissonette and others that have used it well but not gone to the extremes.
Still, Tommy is a big influence to many, many drummers. Myself included.

Ummm, Speed isn't everything. Where he places patterens and how he places them are awesome! It's his feel I guess.

mikeybbdrummin 08-02-2007 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by flicky (Post 343466)
Ummm, Speed isn't everything. Where he places patterens and how he places them are awesome! It's his feel I guess.

Ummmm, Exactly my point! Im not into the speed and the extreme independence thing. If you have it more power to you. I was making a point that of how extreme drummers have taken things, you rarely hear Tommy's name as an influence anymore.

voldak 08-02-2007 08:12 PM

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I've heard a lot of good things about Tommy Aldridge. I actually called a music store about 90 miles away to ask them a question, and they wanted to let me know that Tommy will be coming through on a tour. I'm definitely going to try to be there. Anybody ever been to a clinic with Tommy?

mikeybbdrummin 08-02-2007 08:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by voldak (Post 343496)
I've heard a lot of good things about Tommy Aldridge. I actually called a music store about 90 miles away to ask them a question, and they wanted to let me know that Tommy will be coming through on a tour. I'm definitely going to try to be there. Anybody ever been to a clinic with Tommy?

Yes I have. In 1991. I was 22. I had been playing for 4 years at that point. He was great. Everyone was blown away. The most interesting thing about it was a kid in the audience (about 11 years old) asked Tommy (cant remember word for word) why he cant or doesnt play like Neil Peart. And I believe why he doesnt play alot of percussion. Tommy went on to say that Neil was not a percussion played like Alex Acuna. And then said, Gregg Bissonette is not John Bonham. Gregg's my favorite drummer and I had a lesson w/him that day, and at first I thought he was ragging on Gregg. Then I realized, he was saying that everyone has something to offer and because one doesnt play like another does not make that drummer a bad drummer. Anyway, alot of great hand/foot patterns and just great hard rock drumming.
Do what you can to make it to the clinic.

drummerchick435 08-02-2007 09:10 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by flicky (Post 343380)
Did you email him through his web site?

Yes.

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voldak 08-02-2007 09:44 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mikeybbdrummin (Post 343504)
Yes I have. In 1991. I was 22. I had been playing for 4 years at that point. He was great. Everyone was blown away. The most interesting thing about it was a kid in the audience (about 11 years old) asked Tommy (cant remember word for word) why he cant or doesnt play like Neil Peart. And I believe why he doesnt play alot of percussion. Tommy went on to say that Neil was not a percussion played like Alex Acuna. And then said, Gregg Bissonette is not John Bonham. Gregg's my favorite drummer and I had a lesson w/him that day, and at first I thought he was ragging on Gregg. Then I realized, he was saying that everyone has something to offer and because one doesnt play like another does not make that drummer a bad drummer. Anyway, alot of great hand/foot patterns and just great hard rock drumming.
Do what you can to make it to the clinic.

I am going to try my hardest to make it there. I've never been to a clinic before. I've always wanted to go to one, but never can make it since I basically live in between Oklahoma City and Dallas, Tx. But ya, I checked out some of the albums he's drummed on and read your post. It should be great. I'd like to be able to sit down and play and have him critique :)....but I doubt that will happen. Thanks for the post.

mikeybbdrummin 08-02-2007 09:57 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by voldak (Post 343533)
I am going to try my hardest to make it there. I've never been to a clinic before. I've always wanted to go to one, but never can make it since I basically live in between Oklahoma City and Dallas, Tx. But ya, I checked out some of the albums he's drummed on and read your post. It should be great. I'd like to be able to sit down and play and have him critique :)....but I doubt that will happen. Thanks for the post.

First off, I just looked at your kit. No kidding, I am ordering that same kit and color in the next month. I am getting the kit w/out hardware. 8(free) 10, 12, 14 &16 toms and 22 bass. Love the color.
You should enjoy the clinic if you go. He's a heavy rock drummer. Get there early for a good seat. Check out Whitesnake's live dvd "In The Still of The Night". 16 songs and Tommy's solo.

flicky 08-02-2007 10:46 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mikeybbdrummin (Post 343486)
Ummmm, Exactly my point! Im not into the speed and the extreme independence thing. If you have it more power to you. I was making a point that of how extreme drummers have taken things, you rarely hear Tommy's name as an influence anymore.

I didn't get that. That's cool. I guess I don't follow the extreme drummers like others.
I guess that's what happens when you start to get old. LOL

mikeybbdrummin 08-02-2007 10:58 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by flicky (Post 343557)
I didn't get that. That's cool. I guess I don't follow the extreme drummers like others.
I guess that's what happens when you start to get old. LOL

Im 38 myself and grew up listening to 80's guys, Peart, Alex V.H., Tommy, Tommy Lee, Gregg Bissonett my favorite, Rod Morgenstein another favorite, Randy Castillo, Deen Castronovo, Nicko and so on. I dont follow the extreme guys either. I do admire some of the stuff, but I like drummers that I can take ideas from. The extreme guys are a little over the top for me. They are incredible. But there are MANY, MANY drummers that arent that Extreme that are incredible.

sabianhh 09-13-2007 12:56 PM

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I discovered TA on House of lords` "demons down". I love his style and heŽll inspire me as long as iŽm gonna be able to hold a pair of sticks;-)

Ian Williams 06-20-2008 06:43 PM

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Dear drummers,

I watch a video of Tommy Aldridge playing drums on "the Boys are back in town"
of Thin Lizzy, they way he played was inspiring and motivating. I admire his freelance spirit within drummers.

Thanks & Regards.

mikeybbdrummin 08-11-2008 06:51 AM

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I was just on Tommy's website and it showed his gear as being w/Zildjian. Does anyone know if he is back w/Zildjian??? I could have sworn that I didnt realize he switched to Paiste till it was on his site one time. I put his name in the search on Zildjians site and it showed nothing. Anybody know???

mikeybbdrummin 08-13-2008 01:15 AM

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I think I just answered my own question. He is on Paiste's sight. Thats enough proof for me.

kgrubb 08-13-2008 01:21 AM

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was just on his site and it says hes playing paiste

mikeybbdrummin 08-13-2008 07:45 AM

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Originally Posted by kgrubb (Post 469081)
was just on his site and it says hes playing paiste

I went back to the site I was on..............it was an old site that had not been deleted or changed.

Jim Penebaker 08-13-2008 08:38 AM

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Tommy Aldridge is awesome, period. I Think there are so many drummers into the new extreme and speed metal guys that would totally appreciate what Tommy does. I just don't think they've been exposed to him.
The live Pat Travers record is a classic and also the live Ozzy stuff. I feel very lucky that my drum teacher turned me onto players and records like this when I was a kid.

latzanimal 08-13-2008 08:41 AM

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Seem to remember he played and endorsed the Premier 'Projector ' line in the late '80s. I've got a soft spot for those drums - they're the ones I play now.

Sorry Loge, Tommy played Sonor, then went to Yamaha and has been with them ever since. The big red ones he used on the Voelker cage were Yamaha Recording Customs. He then switched to the carbon fiber line with the gold "x" rack.

Tommy is one of the nicest guys in music.

Yep, I'm a fan......

From the Whitesnake '87 tour..
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Look familiar?...
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mikeybbdrummin 08-13-2008 06:41 PM

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Actually, the bottom photo (above) logo looks like Ludwig w/the L connecting to the G. Maybe?


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