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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.
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