TOMMY ALDRIDGE

TOMMY ALDRIDGE

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: August 15, 1950
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Band: Ozzy Osbourne, Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent
Genres: Rock, Metal
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician
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Biography

 
 
Southern-born Tommy Aldridge is an entirely self-taught drummer, originally inspired by Joe Morello's solo in 'Take Five' by the Brubeck Quartet. Tommy Aldridge first taught himself with a book of rudiments, a pair of sticks, and a practice pad. He reflected, "I was fortunate, though didn't think so at the time, that I didnít have a full kit to begin on. I think that as young kids we all wants to be drummers because of the gear. We sit down behind it all and start flailing!" Learning to play was all about (often tedious) practice and, while drumming to Cream, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zepplin, he wore out the practice pad. Slowly but surely, he began acquiring a kit, piece by piece. Once the kit was complete, Tommy Aldridge started playing a double bass. As he stated, "there's really no way you can play on one, what can be played with two."

Tommy Aldridge started playing at small clubs and parties. An old friend called him to an audition, and Tommy Aldridge got a gig in Memphis with a band called Black Oak Arkansas. The deal went bad when he discovered that he couldn't easily leave the band. After finally splitting with the group, Tommy Aldridge played with Pat Travers, Mars Crowley, and Pat Thrall for several years.

Tommy Aldridge moved to London and started working with Gary Moore, who later introduced Tommy to Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoades. Nothing came out of the meeting, so Tommy Aldridge returned to America. He remained there until Ozzy's wife, Sharon, called Tommy and asked him to join Randy playing for Ozzy. Shortly after Randy's death, Tommy Aldridge left Ozzy and started jamming with Rudy Sarzo in Project Driver.

David Coverdale of Whitesnake offered Tommy a position with the band in the 1980s. Tommy recalled, "My years with Whitesnake have been the most exciting. Every show was sold out. It was a privilege and blessing to be part of it." After Whitesnake slowed down, Tommy started freelancing. However, he accepted that he "never had the motivation nor vocabulary to do the session thing," and his work has been minimal.

Tommy reflects most favorably on "the camaraderie and the 'equal billing' a band association affords." Tommy left Whitesnake for good in 2007 and started touring with Thin Lizzy.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1972 If an Angel Came to See You ... Black Oak Arkansas
1973 High on the Hog Black Oak Arkansas
1973 Raunch 'N' Roll Live Black Oak Arkansas
1974 Street Party Black Oak Arkansas
1975 Ain't Life Grand Black Oak Arkansas
1975 X-Rated Black Oak Arkansas
1976 10 Yr Overnight Success Black Oak Arkansas
1976 Balls of Fire Black Oak Arkansas
1976 Live! Mutha Black Oak Arkansas
1976 Scene Stealer Ruby Starr
1979 Heat in the Street Pat Travers
1979 Live! Go for What You Know Pat Travers
1980 Blizzard of Ozz Ozzy Osbourne
1980 Crash and Burn Pat Travers
1980 Live in Concert Pat Travers
1981 Diary of a Madman Ozzy Osbourne
1981 Radio Active Pat Travers
1982 Speak of the Devil Ozzy Osbourne
1983 Bark at the Moon Ozzy Osbourne
1984 Dirty Fingers Gary Moore
1984 Other Side of Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne
1986 Mind's Eye Vinnie Moore
1986 Project: Driver Tony Macalpine
1986 Project: Driver M.A.R.S.
1987 Tribute Ozzy Osbourne
1989 Slip of the Tongue Whitesnake
1991 Best of Pat Travers Pat Travers
1992 Demons Dawn House of Lords
1993 Hot & Nasty: The Best of Black Oak Arkansas Black Oak Arkansas
1994 Whitesnake's Greatest Hits Whitesnake
1996 Under Wheels of Confusion: 1970-1987 Black Sabbath
1997 Dragon Attack: A Tribute to Queen Various Artists
1997 Ozzman Cometh: Greatest Hits (Bonus CD) Ozzy Osbourne
1998 Chapter One John Sykes
1998 Diary of a Madman/Bark at the Moon/Ultimate Sin Ozzy Osbourne
1998 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Black Oak Arkansas Black Oak Arkansas
1998 Merry Axemas, Vol. 2: More Guitars for Christmas Various Artists
1999 Age of Great Dreams Steve Fister
1999 Humanary Stew?: A Tribute to Alice Cooper Various Artists
1999 Not the Same Old Song & Dance: Aerosmith Tribute Various Artists
2000 20th Century John Sykes
2000 Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy Various Artists
2000 One Night Only Thin Lizzy
2001 Essential Metal Masters Various Artists
2001 Full Bluntal Nugity Ted Nugent
2001 Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica Various Artists
2002 Bark at the Moon Ozzy Osbourne
2002 Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection Whitesnake
2002 Ozzman Cometh: Greatest Hits Ozzy Osbourne
2003 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection Pat Travers
2003 Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology Steve Vai
2003 Putting It Straight/Heat in the Street Pat Travers
2003 Silver Anniversary Collection Whitesnake
2003 Stone Deaf Forever! Motˆrhead
2004 Tribute to Aerosmith Various Artists
2005 Archives, Vol. 4 Steve Vai
2005 Chronicles Whitesnake
2005 Live at Royal Albert Hall (Video) Black Oak Arkansas
2005 Live at Royal Albert Hall Black Oak Arkansas
2005 Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne
2005 Welcome to the Nightmare: An All-Star Salute to Alice Various Artists
2006 Definitive Rock Collection Black Oak Arkansas
2006 Flying High Again: The World Greatest Tribute to Ozzy Various Artists
2006 Guitar Visions Various Artists
2006 Live in the Still of the Night (DVD) Whitesnake
2006 Live... In the Shadow of the Blues Whitesnake
2006 Vinnie Moore Collection: The Shrapnel Years Vinnie Moore
2007 1987 (20th Anniversary Collectors Edition) Whitesnake
2007 Booze, Brawds and Rockin Hard Chris Catena
2007 Live for Tomorrow Marco Mendoza
2008 Knowbody Else Black Oak Arkansas
 

Noise

 
 
  • "Would I recommend a career in drumming? For me it has been the vehicle by which I have traveled the world, met a host of incredible, amazingly talented people, and has gratified me in more ways than anyone could ever deserve. I thank God daily for His provision in my life, for without Him and the Son I am nothing." -Tommy Aldridge
  • Tommy's "amazing mom" helped him "procure" a kick drum, snare, hat, and ride cymbal" for his first kit.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums


Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Yamaha
Heads: Remo
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Percussion: Rhythm Tech, Latin Percussion
Sticks: Pro-Mark
 
 

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