GREGG BISSONETTE

 

GREGG BISSONETTE

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: June 9 , 1959
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Band: David Lee Roth, Keiko Matsui, Frank Gambale, Joe Satriani, LA Blues Authority, Enrique Iglesias, Bette Middler, Santana, Ozzy Osbourne and many more.
Genres: Rock, Jazz, Big Band, Pop, R&B
Instruments: Drums, Trumpet
Occupation: Musician, Instructor
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Biography

 
 

Gregg Bissonette was born into music. His father Bud was a professional drummer, his mother Phyllis played the piano and vibraphone and Matt, his brother, played the bass. Not surprisingly, Gregg took up music as a child and began playing around on his father's drums when he was five. Gregg Bissonette's father taught him before he started taking private snare drum lessons and learnied to read drum set music. At the same time, Gregg Bissonette took trumpet lessons.

In elementary school, Gregg Bissonette played both drums and trumpet in the school band. During his early teenage years, Gregg Bissonette and his brother Matt started their first band, Today's People. Gregg and Matt also played professionally with their father's band locally in Detroit. Gregg Bissonette's high school band drum director encouraged Gregg Bissonette to play with various professional bands in Detroit at the time including jazz and progressive big band music. Gregg and Matt created another band, Grand Circus Park, which was originally a Chicago tribute band but later played covers of many of their favorite artists like ELO, Aerosmith, and The Beatles.

After graduating from high school, Gregg Bissonette attended North Texas State University. Good fortune saw him become the drummer in the famed NTSU One O'Clock Big Band and record two albums. While playing big band, Gregg also joined R&B group The Buster Brown Band and Network with his brother Matt.

In 1982 Gregg left Texas and relocated to California. Gregg quickly started an entertaining drum club, The Woodland Hills Drum Club, with Myron Grombacher (Pat Benetar), Mark Craney (Gino Vanelli), and Doane Perry (Jethro Tull). Gregg Bissonette was then honored to join Maynard Ferguson's band (Gregg was a fan of Ferguson even as a child). He and his brother Matt performed with Ferguson for a world-wide tour and a live album.

Continuing to excel at nearly every genre of music, Gregg Bissonette toured with Tania Maria's Latin/jazz group and jazz-inflected pop singer Gino Vannelli. In 1985, Gregg Bissonette joined David Lee Roth's new band to tour and record with the legendary rocker. Four years later, Gregg Bissonette performed with The Buddy Rich Big Band. This small sampling of Gregg's career demonstrates his versatility as a drummer. Gregg Bissonette continued to record and perform with a vast array of musicians, including Toto, Don Henley, Carlos Santana, ELO, and Jeff Lynne. Gregg Bissonette also recorded two solo albums with Matt, where Gregg sang and played drums and trumpet and Matt produced the albums and played bass, trombone, and cello and accompanied vocals.

In 2003, Matt and Gregg both worked with Ringo Starr promoting his album Ringo Rama. The group played Beatles hits, as well as original Ringo music. During the tour, Gregg Bissonette played drums while Ringo sang vocals and Gregg and Ringo often played double drums. In 2005, Gregg and Matt performed with Ringo again in several live performances. Gregg and Matt were old fans of The Beatles and even created their own group, The Lads, devoted to performing Beatles songs. They started just taking over piano bars on the road, then played some friendsí birthday parties, and they eventually played at a few clubs in California.

Currently, Gregg Bissonette frequently records and performs with a characteristic variety or artists and teaches drum clinics. While recording on a Disney album, Gregg was asked to provide the voice of Winnie the Pooh for a line of toys.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1980 Code of Honor Mark Edwards
1982 Storm Maynard Ferguson
1983 Live from San Francisco Maynard Ferguson
1985 Other Side of the Story Brandon Fields
1986 Eat 'Em and Smile David Lee Roth
1986 Sonrisa Salvaje David Lee Roth
1987 Drop of Water Keiko Matsui
1987 Larry Carlton Collection, Vol. 2 Larry Carlton
1988 Skyscraper David Lee Roth
1989 Thunder from Down Under Frank Gambale
1991 Guitar's Practicing Musicians, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1991 Little Ain't Enough David Lee Roth
1991 Only the Young Rick Mathews
1992 Back Here Again Wendi Slaton
1992 Best of One O'Clock One O'Clock Lab Band
1992 Encino Man Original Soundtrack
1992 Extremist Joe Satriani
1992 Headrush Joshua Path
1992 L.A. Blues Authority L.A. Blues Authority
1992 Nice & Warm Tab Benoit
1992 Of Riffs and Symphonies Lanny Cordola
1992 Reruns Grant Geissman
1992 Something to Hold on To The Truth
1992 Tri Ality Ben Schultz Band
1992 Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1993 Gli Spari Sopra Vasco Rossi
1993 Magic & Madness Circus of Power
1993 Robin Zander Robin Zander
1993 Time Machine Joe Satriani
1994 Brandon Fields Brandon Fields
1994 Endless Summer II Gary Hoey
1994 Mas Turbada Que Nunca Gloria Trevi
1994 Songs from the Better Blues Bureau Various Artists
1995 Christmas Is Jesus Bryan Duncan
1995 Field of Souls Wayne Watson
1995 Joe Satriani Joe Satriani
1995 Rattlesnake Guitar: The Music of Peter Green Various Artists
1995 Window Christopher Cross
1996 2 Days in the Valley Original Soundtrack
1996 Alan Menken Album Debbie Shapiro Gravitte
1996 Borron y Cuenta Nueva Marisela
1996 Bug Alley Gary Hoey
1996 Craft Original Soundtrack
1996 Disney's Music from the Park Various Artists
1996 Fire Garden Steve Vai
1996 Gift Larry Carlton
1996 Gossip T Lavitz
1996 Innocent Loser Teddy Andreas
1996 Kissing Rain Roch Voisine
1996 Luna Nueva Diego Torres
1996 Mysterious Measures Rob Allen
1996 Perspective Jason Becker
1996 Sahra Khaled
1996 Shadow King Steve Fister
1996 Synaesthesia Andy Summers
1996 Tribute: The Songs of Andrae Crouch Various Artists
1996 True Obsessions [Shrapnel Marty Friedman
1996 Twang!: A Tribute to Hank Marvin & the Shadows Various Artists
1996 Water Sign Steve Reid
1996 Well David Grow
1997 Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich Various Artists
1997 Captain Santa Island Music Kalapana
1997 Il Bacio Paul Ventimiglia
1997 Last Dance of Mr. X Andy Summers
1997 Lauren Wood [1997] Lauren Wood
1997 Luke Steve Lukather
1997 Tribute to Jeff Porcaro David Garfield & Friends
1997 Vivir Enrique Iglesias
1998 Bathhouse Betty [Japan] Bette Midler
1998 Bathhouse Betty Bette Midler
1998 Cafe Ole Luis Villegas
1998 Cookbook Bass Extremes
1998 Enrique Iglesias [1998] Enrique Iglesias
1998 Gregg Bissonette Gregg Bissonette
1998 Guitar Zone Various Artists
1998 Hocus Pocus Live [Hollywood] Gary Hoey
1998 Hocus Pocus Live [Surfdog] Gary Hoey
1998 Out of the Blue Cindy Horstman
1998 Slingshot Carl Verheyen
1998 World According to M.T. Michael Thompson
1999 Attention Please Caroline's Spine
1999 Azul Alan
1999 Big Bang Tony MacLaren
1999 Big Blast! Kombo
1999 Black Glue Mike Hartman
1999 Come Rain or Come Shine Bobby Caldwell
1999 Humanary Stew?: A Tribute to Alice Cooper Various Artists
1999 Inolvidable Diego Verdaguer
1999 Not the Same Old Song & Dance: Aerosmith Tribute Various Artists
1999 Tribute to Garth Brooks [Cleopatra] Various Artists
2000 As I Am Suzy K.
2000 Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy Various Artists
2000 Beatin' the Heat Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
2000 Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert Deluxe Set Various Artists
2000 Donde Esta la Vida Francisco Cespedes
2000 First Time Norm Douglas
2000 Great Composers of Jazz David Benoit/Gregg Bissonette/Brian Brom
2000 Inside Job Don Henley
2000 Jazzy Christmas [Fine Tune] Various Artists
2000 Little Guitars: A Tribute to Van Halen Various Artists
2000 Music by W.G. Snuffy Walden W.G. Snuffy Walden
2000 Peter Green Songbook Peter Green
2000 Pop Trash [Holland] Duran Duran
2000 Pop Trash [Japan] Duran Duran
2000 Pop Trash Duran Duran
2000 Submarine Gregg Bissonette
2000 Swingin' for the Fences [DVD] Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
2001 Beatin' the Heat [Japan Bonus Track] Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
2001 Blood Red Cherry Jann Arden
2001 Cape of Good Hope Jim Wilson
2001 Celtic Crossroads: The Uncharted Path Doug Cameron
2001 Essential Metal Masters Various Artists
2001 Greatest Hurts: The Best of Jann Arden Jann Arden
2001 I-10 Chronicles, Vol. 2: One More for the Road Various Artists
2001 Jazzy Christmas [Vertical Jazz] Various Artists
2001 Live at the Baked Potato, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica Various Artists
2001 No Substitutions: Live in Osaka Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather
2001 Right Now Mari Iijima
2001 Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute [Triage] Various Artists
2001 Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute Various Artists
2001 Swingin' for the Fences Goodwin's Big Phat Band
2001 Warmth in the Wilderness: A Tribute to Jason Becker Various Artists
2002 Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1 Steve Vai
2002 Enrique Iglesias [Universal Latino] Enrique Iglesias
2002 One Way Street: A Tribute to Aerosmith Various Artists
2002 Pigs and Pyramids: An Allstar Lineup Performing the Songs of Pink Floyd Various Artists
2002 Songs of Pink Floyd Various Artists
2002 Strange Beautiful Music Joe Satriani
2003 Brief Glimpse of the Relentless Pursuit: Tribute to Pink Floyd Various Artists
2003 Complete Tribute to Garth Brooks Various Artists
2003 Definition of Love Engelbert Humperdinck
2003 Diamond Dave David Lee Roth
2003 Drop of Water [Bonus Track] Keiko Matsui
2003 Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology Joe Satriani
2003 Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology Steve Vai
2003 Inocente de Ti Juan Gabriel
2003 Marco Flores Marco Flores
2003 Mighty Wind: The Album Original Soundtrack
2003 Music Machine Erik Norlander
2003 No Substitutions: Live in Osaka Steve Lukather/Larry Carlton
2003 Santamental Steve Lukather
2003 Storybook Linda Eder
2003 Supernatural [Bonus Track] Santana
2003 Wake Up Call [Bonus Tracks] Gary Hoey
2004 Best of Gary Hoey Gary Hoey
2004 Bourne Supremacy John Powell
2004 Claire Moss Claire Moss
2004 Evil Lives: A True Metal Tribute to Black Sabbath Various Artists
2004 Futurist Robert Downey Jr.
2004 Gems Mari Iijima
2004 Giving Back David Garfield
2004 Jazz Standards Stanley Clarke/David Benoit
2004 Jazz World Colors Maurice Gainen
2004 Jazzin' the Blues Edgar Winter
2004 Monster Groove Party Chester E. Smith
2004 My Own Best Enemy Richard Marx
2004 My World Jamie Bonk
2004 Retro-Spec(t) Larry Klimas
2004 Smooth Jazz Stanley Clarke/David Benoit
2004 Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss Various Artists
2004 Stairway to Rock (Not Just) A Led Zeppelin Tribute Various Artists
2004 Strange Beautiful Music [Japan Bonus Track] Joe Satriani
2004 Take It All Away Ryan Cabrera
2004 There and Back Again [DVD] Grant Geissman Quintet
2004 Tribute to Aerosmith [Big Eye] Various Artists
2004 Tribute to Pink Floyd [2005] Various Artists
2005 Archives, Vol. 4 Steve Vai
2005 Back Against the Wall Various Artists
2005 Bad-Heir Way Under-Radio
2005 Before I Speak Kyle Riabko
2005 Disney's Happiest Celebration on Earth Disney
2005 Hazy Dreams: (Not Just) A Jimi Hendrix Tribute Various Artists
2005 Lost Anthology George Lynch
2005 Marcas de Ayer Adriana Mezzadri
2005 Quiet Revolution: 30 Years of Windham Hill Various Artists
2005 Real Illusions: Reflections Steve Vai
2005 Rock Tribute to Pink Floyd [RockUp] Various Artists
2005 Scream Sarah Bettens
2005 Special Tribute to Pink Floyd Various Artists
2005 Swingin' for the Fences [DualDisc] Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
2005 Thank You Shirl-ee May (A Love Story) [DualDisc] Shawn Amos
2005 Tribute to Jeff Revisited David Garfield
2005 Tribute to Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen Various Artists
2005 Tribute to Pink Floyd [Platinum Disc] Various Artists
2005 Under Cover [Bonus Track] Ozzy Osbourne
2005 Under Cover [DualDisc] Ozzy Osbourne
2005 Under Cover Ozzy Osbourne
2005 Very Best of Larry Carlton Larry Carlton
2005 Welcome to the Nightmare: An All-Star Salute to Alice Cooper Various Artists
2006 '80s Metal Tribute to Van Halen Various Artists
2006 Another Brick in the Wall, Vol. 2: The Remixes Various Artists
2006 Avalon Richie Zito Project
2006 Best of the Bayou Blues Tab Benoit
2006 Butchering the Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute Various Artists
2006 Devil Wears Prada Original Soundtrack
2006 Epicon Globus
2006 Freedom Kristy Frank
2006 I'm in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies Kenny G
2006 I'm in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies Kenny G
2006 Instrumental Collection: The Shrapnel Years Richie Kotzen
2006 L.A. Concession AOR
2006 Mellow Jazz Christmas Various Artists
2006 Pink Floyd's The Wall Revisited Various Artists
2006 Pioneer The Kazu Matsui Project
2006 Prelude (On Earth as in Heaven) Globus
2006 Rebels [CD/DVD] RBD
2006 Revolution Road Rocket Scientists
2006 Standards David Benoit
2006 Thousand Different Ways Clay Aiken
2007 5 Jamie Bonk
2007 Because I Said So [Original Score] Original Score
2007 Blades of Glory [Original Score] Theodore Shapiro
2007 Christmas with You Rick Springfield
2007 Dream & Variations Don Harper
2007 Empezar Desde Cero RBD
2007 Hasta Ahora [CD/DVD] Sin Bandera
2007 Heavenly Voices [Angel] Various Artists
2007 Hommage Symphonique Erik Norlander
2007 Human Jeff Austin Black
2007 Katharine McPhee Katharine McPhee
2007 LA LA Land Daniel Glen Timms
2007 Live at Soundstage Ringo Starr
2007 Music of Pink Floyd [Aao] Various Artists
2007 One Scott King
2007 Only One Mike Lane
2007 Rebels [Bonus Tracks] RBD
2007 Siren Sasha & Shawna
2007 Songs Pointed and Pointless Harry Shearer
2008 Sex and the City (Original Motion Picture Score) Aaron Zigman
2008 Original Album Classics Steve Vai
2008 Original Album Classics Joe Satriani
2008 Keith Emerson Band Keith Emerson Band
2008 I'll Be Home for Christmas Brian McKnight
2008 David Cavasos David Cavasos
2008 Collection Jason Becker
2008 Amore Infinito Placido Domingo
2008 A Long Time Coming Wayne Brady
2009 The World's Greatest Fusion Guitarists Various Artists
2009 The Ugly Truth (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Aaron Zigman
2009 Let the Madness Begin: Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Tribute Various Artists
2009 Rock On Michael Damian
2009 Para Olvidarte de Mi RBD
2009 Back from the Dead Spinal Tap
2009 Antes y Despues David Cavasos
2009 American Sunshine Colin Hay
2009 80's Metal: A Double Dose Various Artists
2010 World Gone Crazy Doobie Brothers
2010 The Essential Joe Satriani Joe Satriani
2010 Singularity Robby Krieger
2010 Live at the Greek Theatre Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
2010 Harder and Heavier: 60's British Invasion Goes Metal Various Artists
2010 Crazy for Christmas Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
2010 A Thousand Different Ways/Measure of a Man Clay Aiken
2011 The Essential Steve Vai Steve Vai
2011 Pink Floyd: The Wall - As Performed By Various Artists
2011 One Day David Burnham
2011 15 Minutes Barry Manilow
2012 This Christmas John Travolta
2012 100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park Various Artists
2013 Transition Steve Lukather
2013 Love Fell on Me Shelea
2013 Live Electric Light Orchestra
2014 The Complete Studio Recordings Joe Satriani
2014 Inferno Marty Friedman
2014 Exotica Roxanna
 

Noise

 
 
  • "So many drummers these days don't think about the song, they just think about playing drums only. Itís all about the song."
  • Gregg married Sadhna Ruth in 1996. They have two children, Noah Budd (born in 1998) and Mary Ruth (born in 2001).
  • Gregg does a very good Rodney Dangerfield impression.
  • Gregg played on television show Friends and in movies American Pie 1 and 2, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums


 
Drums: Mapex
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics:  
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Vic Firth
   
 
 

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