Joe Haggerty

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Joe Haggerty
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Background information
Birth nameJoe Haggerty
Born (1967-07-23) July 23, 1967 (age 51)
Origin Chicago
Genres Punk rock, Pop punk
Instruments Drums
Years active1987–present
Labels Quarterstick
Associated acts Pegboy, The Effigies, Stiff Little Fingers, Bloodsport

Joe Haggerty is the drummer for Pegboy and is known for his dense, energetic, relentless and varied drumming style. [1] [2] In the mid-1980s he was the drummer for the Chicago punk band Bloodsport. In 1987, three of the members of Bloodsport, including Haggerty, went on to join a re-formed version of the Effigies. [3] When the Effigies folded in 1990, Haggerty became a founding member of Pegboy, along with his brother John Haggerty. [4] [5]


Pegboy is an American punk band from Chicago, Illinois with a relatively large cult following. They were founded in 1990 by John Haggerty, along with his brother Joe Haggerty, Larry Damore (vocals/guitar), and Steve Saylors (bass). Both Damore and Saylors had been members of Chicago-based hardcore band Bhopal Stiffs, whose 1987 demo had been produced by John Haggerty. Pegboy's 1990 debut EP, "Three-Chord Monte", was also the first release by Quarterstick Records, an offshoot of Touch and Go Records. Steve Saylors dropped out in 1992 after job commitments prevented him from touring. Steve Albini, a longtime friend of the band, filled the bass slot on the "Fore" EP. Former Naked Raygun bassist Pierre Kezdy became the permanent bass player in 1994. After the reformation of Naked Raygun, Mike Thompson took over for Kezdy on bass.

The Effigies were an American punk band from Chicago, Illinois, United States. The band played its first show in 1980 and was active initially for approximately a decade, undergoing multiple personnel changes with frontman John Kezdy the only constant, before disbanding in 1990. The band released 5 albums and several EPs, most on the record label they founded in 1981, Ruthless Records, which was distributed by Enigma. Later albums were on the Fever Records and Roadkill Records labels. They toured the U.S. and Canada and played notable venues, including CBGB, Maxwell's, First Avenue (nightclub), Mabuhay Gardens, Paycheck's (Detroit), Exit (Chicago) and The Rathskeller, among others. They also received a significant amount of national airplay on college radio at a time when it was the only medium for alternative music.

John Haggerty American guitarist

John Haggerty is an influential Chicago guitarist. A key member of Naked Raygun during their heyday (1983–1989), Haggerty formed the band Pegboy, with brother Joe Haggerty on drums and Steve Saylors (bass) and Larry Damore (vocals) of the Bhopal Stiffs, upon leaving Naked Raygun.


Haggerty also plays in a band called the Nefarious Fat Cats which features an all-star line-up including his brother John Haggerty, Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers, Herb Rosen of the Beer Nuts and Rights of the Accused, Mark DeRosa of the band Dummy and Scott Lucas of Local H. [6]

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Local H American band

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He played with Stiff Little Fingers in December 2012 for a show in Chicago, as a substitute for Steve Grantley who could not make the show.

Steve Grantley British musician

Steve Grantley is a British drummer who plays for Stiff Little Fingers, and formerly The Alarm and RTZ Global. Between 1982 and 1987 he played drums for Jake Burns and the Big Wheel. He has also worked with Alicia Keys, Julian Lennon and the band Eighth Wonder; he also auditioned for The Clash after the departure of Terry Chimes. He has also written two books; one about the 1970s rock band Slade, and another about The Who called Who By Numbers which is the story behind every Who song.

Partial Discography



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<i>Cha Cha Damore</i> 1997 studio album by Pegboy

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