Tommy Clufetos

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Tommy Clufetos
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Clufetos performing with Black Sabbath in Birmingham, 2017
Background information
Born (1979-12-30) December 30, 1979 (age 39)
Detroit, Michigan, US
Genres Heavy metal, alternative metal, instrumental rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Labels Epic
Associated acts Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath

Tommy Clufetos (born December 30, 1979) is an American session drummer most noted for his work with Black Sabbath during their Black Sabbath Reunion Tour, which highlighted their new album 13 . He also toured with them on their final tour. He is also the drummer for Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.

Americans citizens, or natives, of the United States of America

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Drummer percussionist who creates and accompanies music using drums

A drummer is a percussionist who creates music using drums.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.



Tommy Clufetos was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan. He began playing drums around the age of six. [1]

Detroit Largest city in Michigan

Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the largest United States city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of Wayne County. The municipality of Detroit had a 2017 estimated population of 673,104, making it the 23rd-most populous city in the United States. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area. Regarded as a major cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to music and as a repository for art, architecture and design.

Michigan State of the United States of America

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, Michigan, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

Rochester Adams High School is a public high school located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and is part of the Rochester Community Schools district. The majority of students reside within Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, with some coming from Orion Township, Rochester, and Auburn Hills. It shares the city's vicinity with Rochester High School and Stoney Creek High School. Adams consistently ranks as a top high school in Michigan and in 2014 U.S. News & World Report awarded Rochester Adams a Best High Schools gold medal.


Clufetos started playing drums at age seven and went on to join Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (1999) before joining forces with Ted Nugent (2001-2003). He played on Craveman and Love Grenade . After Ted Nugent, Tommy went on to join Alice Cooper's Band for his 2004 tour. He also performed on Alice Cooper's 2004 release Dirty Diamonds . He went on to join Rob Zombie from 2005 to 2010, and played on Zombie's 2006 album Educated Horses , on Zombie's first live release, 2007's Zombie Live , and on 2010s Hellbilly Deluxe 2 .

Ted Nugent American rock musician

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<i>Craveman</i> 2002 studio album by Ted Nugent

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<i>Love Grenade</i> 2007 studio album by Ted Nugent

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In March 2010 Clufetos quit Rob Zombie to join Ozzy Osbourne. "I have no problem with [Ozzy], nor with Tommy joining his band," said Zombie. "My beef was the way Tommy did it. If he'd come to me and said he wanted to leave, I'd have said that was fine and wished him all the best. He didn't." [2]

Rob Zombie American singer and film director

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Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

In May 2012 Clufetos played with Black Sabbath, filling in for original drummer Bill Ward. [3] However, he did not perform on their album 13 , as Brad Wilk ended up behind the kit during the sessions. Clufetos returned to Sabbath in April 2013 for their North American tour, starting in Houston on July 25, 2013. Clufetos continued with Sabbath in 2014 with the first show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and the final show at Hyde Park, London. In 2015 Clufetos played with Ozzy Osbourne including Ozzfest Japan and others. In late 2015 Clufetos began rehearsals with Sabbath for their farewell tour simply titled "The End", starting on January 20, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska through to a final triumphant show on February 4, 2017 at Birmingham England's Genting arena. He is thus featured on Sabbath's DVD The End.

Bill Ward (musician) English musician

William Thomas Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He also performed lead vocals on two Black Sabbath songs: "It's Alright" from the album Technical Ecstasy and "Swinging the Chain" from the album Never Say Die!.

<i>13</i> (Black Sabbath album) 2013 studio album by Black Sabbath

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Brad Wilk American musician

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Clufetos endorses Drum Workshop drums and Meinl Percussion cymbals. [4]

Drum Workshop company

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