Basic Background info

Birth: August 15, 1973
Location: Unknown
Band: Angels & Airwaves, The Offspring, The Special Goodness, Rocket from the Crypt
Genres: Rock, Alternative, Punk
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Born Adam David Willard on August 15, 1973, Atom Willard's performance credits include several impressive acts: Angels & Airwaves, The Offspring, and Rocket from the Crypt.

In 1990, sixteen-year-old Atom Willard joined San Diego's Rocket from the Crypt. The band, mostly made up of older musicians, played a lot of old soul mixed with punk rock and classic rock & roll. Atom Willard recorded a handful of albums with the band and toured around the U.S. and Europe. After ten years with Rocket, Atom Willard decided to part ways with the band. Atom Willard explained, 'I was getting disillusioned with the way we were doing business. It was getting harder and harder to surviveóthose tours where you'd come home with no money, that was getting less cool.'

Before he found another permanent gig as a drummer, Atom Willard served as the drum technician for Weezer, filled in as the drummer for the Alkaline Trio on tour and in a music video, and filled in as drummer on tour with MOTH. Atom Willard also teamed up with Weezerís drummer, Patrick Wilson, in his side project The Special Goodness. While Wilson used The Special Goodness as a vocal outlet, Atom drummed. The Special Goodness released Land Air Sea in 2003 and announced plans to record another record in 2007.

In 2003, Atom Willard officially joined The Offspring. Although he has toured extensively with the band, Atom Willard has never laid down a drum track in the studio for The Offspring. He did, however, perform in the music video for the single '(Can't Get My) Head Around You.' 

In 2005, Atom Willard co-founded Angels & Airwaves with Tom DeLonge (of blink-182) during an Offspring touring hiatus. In May 2006, Angels & Airwaves debuted the album We Donít Need to Whisper, and it peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. The band followed up with several singles and countless tour dates. While recording their second album, I-Empire, Atom officially left The Offspring.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1992 Circa: Now! Rocket from the Crypt
1995 Scream, Dracula, Scream! Rocket from the Crypt
1998 RFTC Rocket from the Crypt
2002 Provisions, Fiction and Gear Moth
2003 Land Air Sea Special Goodness
2004 Auf der Maur Auf der Maur
2004 Circa: Now! Rocket from the Crypt
2004 Slow Down Kid Val Emmich
2005 Complete Music Video Collection The Offspring
2006 We Don't Need to Whisper Angels & Airwaves
2007 I-Empire Angels & Airwaves
2010 Love Angels & Airwaves
2011 Love: Part Two Angels & Airwaves
2012 Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue Danko Jones
2012 Sauve Les Requins The Hell
2013 Souther Medicine The Hell
2014 Transgender Dysphoria Blues Against Me!


  • Atom Willard was one of the top 4 Best Alternative Rock Drummers according to DRUM! Magazine readers in 2008.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Qorkshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop

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