Basic Background Info

Birth: October 7, 1953
Location: New York City, New York
Band: Bon Jovi
Genres: Rock, Metal
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Drummer Tico Torres was born Hector Samuel Juan Torres to parents of Cuban descent in New York City. Raised in New Jersey, Tico Torres developed a passion for jazz and studied with Joe Morello. As a young professional musician, Tico played both live and in the studio with Franke and the Knockouts, Pat Benatar, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Cher, and Stevie Nicks. Later, Tico Torres became friends with Alec John Such while performing with Phantom's Opera. This friendship put Tico in touch with Jon Bon Jovi right around the time when Bon Jovi needed a new drummer in 1983.

After more than twenty-five years together, Tico Torres still performs with Bon Jovi today. Bon Jovi has been successful as a performing group for so many years because of their willingness to adapt to changing music trends after the hard rocking metal of the eighties, their sound shifted into arena rock during the nineties.

Tico Torres also taught himself to paint and sculpt. Tico has been showing his work in galleries since 1994. Occasionally, Tico Torres' work appeared in Bon Jovi music videos. Tico Torres also created a fashion line for babies and children called Rock Star Baby. The line features clothes, accessories, toys, furniture, jewelry, and much more.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1980 Face Facts T. Roth and Another Pretty Face
1980 Sounds of Asbury Park Various Artists
1981 Safari in America Mike Ragogna
1984 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi
1985 7800∞ Fahrenheit Bon Jovi
1985 Flip Nils Lofgren
1986 Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi
1987 Bon Jovi Live Bon Jovi
1987 Cher Cher
1988 New Jersey Bon Jovi
1991 Scene of the Crime Killer Joe
1991 Stranger in This Town Richie Sambora
1991 Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks
1991 Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Various Artists
1992 Guitars That Rule the World Various Artists
1992 Keep the Faith Bon Jovi
1995 Nine Months Hans Zimmer
1995 These Days Bon Jovi
1999 Sweetheart Collection Franke & the Knockouts
2000 Crush Bon Jovi
2000 Sounds from Home Delaney Bramlett
2000 Wild in the Streets Bon Jovi
2001 Concert for New York City Various Artists
2001 Makin' the Point Frankie & The Knockouts
2001 One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001 Bon Jovi
2002 Bounce Bon Jovi
2003 Roar Original Soundtrack
2003 This Left Feels Right Bon Jovi
2004 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong Bon Jovi
2004 Larga Vida Al...Volumen Brutal Various Artists
2005 Chronicles Cher
2005 Have a Nice Day Bon Jovi
2007 Live from OSA Bon Jovi
2007 Lost Highway Bon Jovi
2007 Songs for the Soldier Lance Larson
2008 At Yokohama Stadium Bon Jovi
2009 The Circle Bon Jovi
2010 Greatest Hits Bon Jovi
2012 Inside Out Bon Jovi
2013 What About Now? Bon Jovi


  • Tico is an avid golfer.
  • His musical influences include John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles.

Instruments of Choice

Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Ahead

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