terry bozzio

Born: December 27th, 1950

"Terry Ted" Bozzio won the audition to be in Zappa's band when, after he played, all of the other drummers behind him in line left. Zappa wrote "The Black Page" for Bozzio.

He provided drums and vocal for Bongo Fury, Zoot Allures, Zappa In New York, Sleep Dirt, Sheik Yerbouti, Orchestral Favorites, Joe's Garage Acts 2 & 3, Baby Snakes, Thing-Fish, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4, You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6, The Lost Episodes, Läther, Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa, FZ:OZ, Quaudiophiliac, and for the Beat The Boots disk Conceptual Continuity.

Frank Zappa wrote 'The Black Page' for Terry Bozzio. Terry Bozzio also played this composition during his solo concerts / drum clinics.

After their time with Zappa, Warren Cuccurullo, Dale Bozzio, Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn and Chuck Wild teamed up to form The Missing Persons.

Terry can be seen in the Zappa movie "Baby Snakes".
The April 2003 edition of French Batteur magazine presented the first part of a series on Zappa's drummer: a special on Terry Bozzio.
  • no.157: Terry Bozzio
  • no.158: Chad Wackerman
  • no.159: Vinnie Colaiuta
  • no.162: Ralph Humphrey

The picture on the left shows Terry Bozzio with Charles Pater, somewhere in 2004. Charles has a radio show in which he plays records for his guest, asking questions about the music and the performer, without telling his guest who the performer is.
The "Blindfold Test" with Terry Bozzio got broadcast may 15, 2004, on dutch Radio 4.

2005/10/09, the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, conducted by Peter Rundel, performed Frank Zappa's 'Mo'n Herb's Vacation' and 'G-Spot Tornado' in concert with Terry Bozzio as special guest.

In 2006, Terry performed with the Zappa Plays Zappa band, touring Europe and the US.

In 2006, The Amsterdam Percussion Group, featuring Terry Bozzio, performed a number of concerts in The Netherlands. Bozzio performed Frank Zappa's 'The Black Page' during these concerts.

Since the start of the internet's Drumchannel, Terry has been a regular contributor. He conducts interviews, performs and gives clinics on the Drumchannel website.

July 9, 2011, The Terry Bozzio Trio (Terry Bozzio, Doug Lunn, Alex Machacek) did a gig at 'The Iridium' in NYC.
June 2012, Terry Bozzio went to Japan with U.K.. The band consisted of John Wetton, Eddie Jobson and Terry Bozzio.
January 15, 2013, 



The December 1984 edition of Modern Drummer magazine had Terry Bozzio on the cover:
  • "Terry Bozzio" by Rick Mattingly, an 11-page interview
  • drum parts: 'Clandestine People' by Terry Bozzio, 1-page
  • rock 'n' jazz clinic: 'The Rhythms of Frank Zappa' by Bob Saydlowski jr, 2 pages.

The March 2006 edition of Modern Drummer magazine has a Terry Bozzio special.



  1974 luis gasca- born to love you


zappa / beefheart / mothers: bongo fury
   (1975, lp, usa, discreet)


frank zappa: zoot allures
   (1976, lp, usa, warner brothers)

  1977 barretto, ray- eye of the beholder  
  10cc: deceptive bends (5)
1977, lp, uk, mercury 9102 502) - feat. terry bozzio


frank zappa: zappa in new york
   (1978, 2lp, usa, discreet)

  brecker brothers: heavy metal be-bop
    (1978, lp, ??, arista)
  andré heller: basta
    (1978, lp, ger, mandragora intercord int 460 110) - feat. peter wolf, terry bozzio, patrick o'hearn, ed mann, vinnie colaiuta

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  1978 uk- rendezvous 6:02 (single only)


frank zappa: sleep dirt
   (1979, lp, usa, discreet)

26 frank zappa: sheik yerbouti
   (1979, 2lp, usa, zappa records)

27 frank zappa: orchestral favorites
   (1979, lp, usa, discreet)

29 frank zappa: joe's garage acts II & III
   (1979, 2lp, usa, zappa records)

  u.k.: danger money
    (1979, lp, usa, polydor) - feat. eddie jobson & terry bozzio

  u.k.: night after night - live !
    (1979, lp, usa, polydor) - feat. eddie jobson & terry bozzio

  1980 group 87- group 87
31 frank zappa: shut up'n play yer guitar
   (1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)
32 frank zappa: shut up 'n play yer guitar some more
   (1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

33 frank zappa: return of the son of shut up 'n play yer guitar
   (1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

  frank zappa: shut up 'n play yer guitar - box set
    (1981, 3lp, eur, cbs)
  missing persons: spring session m
    (1982, lp, usa, capitol)


frank zappa: baby snakes
   (1983, lp pict.disc, usa, barking pumpkin)

  missing persons: rhyme & reason
    (1984, lp, ??, capitol)


frank zappa: thing-fish
   (1984, 3lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

  1986 missing persons- color in your life
  1987 back to the beach- back to the beach
  missing persons: the best of the missing persons
    (1987, cd, usa, capitol cdp 7 46628 2) = compilation

  robbie robertson: robbie robertson
    (1987, cd, ??, geffen)
  frank zappa: the guitar world according to frank zappa
    (1987, mc, usa, ??)
  dweezil zappa: my guitar wants to kill your mama (2)
    (1988, lp, aus, chrysalis 1 38922) - feat. thunes, bozzio, moon & ahmet , incl. 'my guitar' (frank zappa)
  mark isham: castalia
    (1988, cd, ??, virgin)
  1988 gary wright- who i am
  1988 frank zappa- you can't do that on stage anymore (sampler)
  terry bozzio: solo drums
    (1988, vhs, usa, ??)
51 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.1
   (1988, 2cd, usa, ryko)

  1988 o'hearn, patrick- rivers gonna rise
  1989 thompson, michael band- how long
  jeff beck: guitar shop
(1989, cd, uk, epic 463472-2) - feat.bozzio
  1989 harry, debbie- def, dumb & blonde
54 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.3
   (1989, 2cd, usa, ryko)
  the brecker brothers: collection volume one
    (1990, cd, usa, arista) = compilation
  the brecker brothers: collection volume two
    (1991, cd, usa, rca) = compilation
  1991 beck, jeff- beckology
  1991 marx, richard- rush street 
  1991 earl slick- in your face


frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.4
   (1991, 2cd, usa, ryko)  
  1991 mark isham- mark isham
  1991 the lonely bears- the lonely bears
  frank zappa: conceptual continuity
    (1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71023)
59 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.6
   (1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
  1992 cool world- cool world [score] 
  1992 white sands ost (percussion, drums) (with warren cuccurullo and patrick o'hearn
  missing persons: the best of missing persons
    (2002, cd, usa, capitol 7235-36234-2-5) = compilation
  steve vai: sex & religion
    (1993, cd, usa, relatity)
1 z: shampoo horn
    (1993, cd, uk, food for thought cdgrub 25)  / european edition, = ahmet & dweezil zappa, feat. scott thunes, mike keneally, terry bozzio, morgan ågren
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  z: shampoo horn
    (1994, cd, usa, barking pumpkin r2 71760)  / american edition, = ahmet & dweezil zappa, feat. mike keneally, joe travers, bryan beller, scott thunes, terry bozzio, morgan ågren
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  lonely bears: lonely bears
    (1994, cd, ??, magna carta)
  1994 big bang in the beginning was the d (drums, producer)
  1994 hide- hide your face
  david torn - mick karn - terry bozzio: polytown
    (1994, cd, ger, cmp cd 1006)
  terry bozzio: solo drum music cd I
    (1994, cd, usa, slam)

  terry bozzio: solo drum music cd II
    (1994, cd, usa, slam)

  gary wright: first signs of life
    (1995, cd, usa, triloka)

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  1995 duran duran- thank you


patrick o'hearn: trust
    (1995, cd, usa, deep cave records) - feat. warren cuccurullo, terry bozzio

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frank zappa: the lost episodes
   (1996, cd, usa, ryko)


frank zappa: läther
   (1996, 3cd, usa, ryko)


frank zappa: frank zappa plays the music of frank zappa
   (1996, cd, usa, barking pumpkin)

  bozzio, levin, stevens: black light syndrome
    (1997, cd, usa, magna carta)


frank zappa: have i offended someone?
   (1997, cd, usa, ryko)

  1997 munetaka higuchi with dream castle- free world (w/ steve vai)
  missing persons: late nights early days
    (1997, cd, japan, bandai music entertainment)

  terry bozzio: chamber works
    (1998, cd, usa, tb)

  terry bozzio: drawing the circle
    (1998, cd, usa, tb)

  explorers club: age of impact
    (1998, cd, ??, magna carta)
  1999 captain beefheart- the dust blows forward
  steve vai: the 7th song
    (2000, cd, usa, epic 501093 2) - feat. mike keneally, terry bozzio, tommy mars
  bozzio, levin, stevens: situation dangerous
    (2000, cd, usa, magna carta)

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  dweezil zappa: automatic (6)
    (2000, cd, usa, favored nations entertainment) - feat.m.ågren, t.bozzio, m.keneally, s.thunes, a.zappa
  bozzio / wackerman: alternative duets - volume 1
    (2000, cd, usa, slam international)

  bozzio / wackerman: alternative duets - volume 2
    (2000, cd, usa, slam international)

  terry bozzio & billy sheehan: nine short films
    (200?, cd, usa, magna carta)

  terry bozzio - chad wackerman: solos & duets
1, vhs, usa, dw) - incl. 'the black page' (frank zappa)

  missing persons: lost tracks
    (2002, cd, usa, one way records one35189)

  missing persons: the best of missing persons
    (2002, cd, usa, capitol 7235-36234-2-5) = compilation


frank zappa: fz:oz
    (2002, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)

  frank zappa: fz:oz  (70)
    (2002, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)
  terry bozzio & pat mastelotto: bozzio / mastelotto
    (2003, cd, ??, ??)
  terry bozzio - chad wackerman: solos & duets
4, 2dvd, usa, dw dvd pr04duetsdvd) - incl. 'the black page' (frank zappa)

  jeff beck: live at b.b.king blues club
    (2004, cd, ??, epic) - feat.terry bozzio


frank zappa: quaudiophiliac
    (2004, dvda, usa, dts entertainment 69286-01125-9-9)

  various artists: drum nation volume one
    (2004, cd, usa, magna carta max-9065-2) - feat.terry bozzio & chad wackerman ; incl. zappa reference by tim alexander and brain

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  terry bozzio, patrick o'hearn, alex machacek: out trio
    (2005, dvd, usa, altitude digital)

  terry bozzio: prime cuts
    (2005, cd-promo, usa, magna carta)

  terry bozzio + the metropole orkest: chamber works
     (2005, cd, usa, favored nations)

  terry bozzio: live with the tosca strings
    (2006, dvd, usa, mvd visual mvdv4724)

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frank zappa: trance-fusion
    (2006, cd, usa, zappa records)

  various artists: the frank zappa aaafnraa birthday bundle
    (2006, itunes, -) - feat. frank, moon, dweezil, ahmet & diva zappa

  korn: -
    (2007, cd, usa, virgin) - feat.terry bozzio

  zappa plays zappa: zappa plays zappa
    (2007, 2dvd, eu, strobosonic strobo-d-100) - all compositions by frank zappa, feat.dweezil zappa, n.m.brock, s.vai & t.bozzio

  alex machacek: [sic]
    (2007, cd, ??) - feat.terry bozzio

  terry bozzio, zakir hussain, chad wackerman, steve smith, mike portnoy: the drum pad's 20th anniversary show
    (200?, 2dvd, ??, ??)
  terry bozzio - chad wackerman: duets volume 2
    (2007, dvd, usa, dw)

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  zappa plays zappa: zappa plays zappa
    (2008, cd, usa, razor & tie 7930182993-2) - all compositions by frank zappa, feat.dweezil zappa, n.m.brock, s.vai & t.bozzio

  zappa plays zappa: zappa plays zappa
    (2008, 2dvd, usa, razor & tie 7930182997-9) - all compositions by frank zappa, feat.dweezil zappa, n.m.brock, s.vai & t.bozzio

  zappa plays zappa: zappa plays zappa
    (2008, 2dvd + 3cd, usa, razor & tie 7930182997-9) - all compositions by frank zappa, feat.dweezil zappa, n.m.brock, s.vai & t.bozzio


frank zappa: one shot deal
    (2008, cd, usa, zappa records)


frank zappa: joe's menage
    (2008, cd, usa, vaulternative records)

  terry bozzio: seven nights in japan
    (2008, 14cd + 3dvd box, japan, and.forest) - limited to 1000 copies

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  various artists: the frank zappa aaafnraaa birthday bundle 21 dec 2008
    (2008, itunes, -) - feat. frank, dweezil, ahmet & diva zappa

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  doubleyousee: playing in tongues
    (2009, cd, usa, zappa records) - feat. terry bozzio, dale bozzio, al malkin & peter wolf, incl. 'wreckelection' (frank zappa)

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  various artists: dc collection: vol.1 - the drummers of frank zappa
    (2009, dvd, usa, drum channel dc dvd) - feat. terry bozzio, ralph humphrey, chester thompson, chad wackerman & ruth underwood

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frank zappa: philly '76
    (2009, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)

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  michael riessler / terry bozzio: hemis - single track
    (2009, download, -, cinik records)

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  chicanery: chicanery
    (2010, cd, usa, dpulse) = a warren cuccurullo project / feat. terry bozzio, joe travers

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  movie / documentary: let's hear it for jimmy carl black
    (2010, dvdr, ger, arf society) - feat. moni black, geronimo black, helmut king, napoleon murphy brock, roy estrada, don preston, bruce bickford, ike willis

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frank zappa: hammersmith odeon
    (2010, 3cd, usa, vaulternative records 20101)

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  various artists: the frank zappa aaafnraaaa birthday bundle 21 dec 2010
    (2010, itunes, -) - feat. frank, dweezil, ahmet zappa

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  gannin arnold project: 5 world class drummers
    (2011, dvd, usa, drum channel) - feat. terry bozzio

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  terry bozzio: performance & seminar
    (2011, 2dvd, usa, drum channel)

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  mike portnoy: the art of drumming
    (2011, dvd, usa, drum channel) - feat. terry bozzio

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  terry bozzio: melodic drumming and the ostinato vols 1, 2 & 3
    (2011, 3dvd, usa, drum channel) - re-release

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  terry bozzio: live in japan 2007
    (2012, 2cd, usa, drumchannel cd10014801-h01) - incl. 'frank' (t.bozzio) = frank zappa tribute

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  frank zappa: aaafnraa - 21 december 2012
    (2012, itunes, --, --)
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  antoine fafard: occultus tramitis
    (2013, cd, ??, unicorn digital) - feat. terry bozzio, chad wackerman


frank zappa: joe's camouflage
    (2014, cd, usa, vaulternative records)
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  frank zappa and captain beefheart: providence college, rhode island, april 26, 1975
    (2014, 2cd, uk, keyhole kh2cd9028)
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  frank zappa: the muffin man goes to college (live)
    (2015, spotify, --, sonic boom) = 1975/04/26 providence concert
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  terry bozzio: composer series
    (2015, 4cd + blu-ray, japan, ward records)

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  terry bozzio: composer series, deluxe edition
    (2015, 4cd + dvd + 2blu-ray, japan, ward records)

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  terry bozzio: reality & simple moments compilation
    (2017, cd, usa, private release)

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  terry bozzio / todd griese: no work no food, a journey along spiritual lines
    (2017, cd, usa, private release)

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  u.k.: night after night extended
    (2019, blu-ray+2cd, uk, globe music) = extended version of the "night after night - live!" album


semi-official 'radio show' albums

  missing persons: live in new york 1981
    (2017, cd, ??, air cuts) 

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  frank zappa featuring captain beefheart: the muffin mand goes to college
    (2018, lp, uk, cult legends) = 1975/04/26 providence concert
  frank zappa: berlin 1978
    (2018, 2cd, uk, leftfieldmedia lfm2cd575) = 1978/02/15 berlin concert




and also




concerts, ...



September 2002, Jeff Beck played two gigs at The Royal Festival Hall in London. The September 13 concert had Roger Waters as a special guest. The September 14 concert featured John McLaughlin.
Among the other special guest was Terry Bozzio.





the terry bozzio & chad wackerman clinic tour

terry bozzio, marco minnemann and chad wackerman: "bmw east coast tour 2006"

2006/05  -> on tour as special guest with the Zappa plays Zappa tour.


The Amsterdam Percussion Group and Terry Bozzio present "Ionisation".
  • 2006/06/02 concert 'philharmonie', haarlem, nl
  • 2006/06/03 concert 'tivoli', utrecht, nl
  • 2006/06/06 concert 'boerderij', zoetermeer, nl
  • 2006/06/08 concert '013', tilburg, nl
  • 2006/11/15 concert 'de meerse', hoofddorp, nl
  • 2006/11/17 concert 'schouwburg', gouda, nl
  • 2006/11/18 concert 'zuiderpershuis', antwerp, belgium - cancelled
  • 2006/11/19 concert 'de vest', alkmaar, nl
  • 2006/11/24 concert 'de lievekamp', oss, nl
  • 2006/11/25 concert 'de metropole', almere, nl
  • 2006/12/01 concert 'de spiegel', zwolle, nl
  • 2006/12/02 concert 'muziekgebouw aan 't ij', amsterdam, nl
  • 2006/12/04 concert 'theater aan de parade', den bosch, nl
  • 2006/12/07 concert 'lucent danstheater', den haag, nl
  • 2006/12/08 concert 'muziekcentrum', enschede, nl

Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin & Pat Mastelotto on tour in Europe 2010


All-Star Line-Up featuring Terry Bozzio (drums), Allan Holdsworth (guitar), Tony Levin (upright bass, Chapman Stick, bass guitar), Pat Mastelotto (drums, samples)

  • 06.04.2010 D-Berlin, Quasimodo 

  • 07.04.2010 D-Hamburg, Fabrik 

  • 08.04.2010 NL-Amsterdam, Paradiso 

  • 09.04.2010 NL-Zoetermeer, Boerderij 

  • 10.04.2010 D-Münster, Jovel 

  • 11.04.2010 NL-Groningen, Oosterpoort

  • 12.04.2010 B-Limbourg, Salle Le Kursaal 

  • 13.04.2010 D-Bonn, Harmonie 

  • 14.04.2010 D-Ludwigshafen, KUZ dashaus 

  • 15.04.2010 NL-Eindhoven, MC Frits Philips

  • 16.04.2010 D-Karlsruhe, Tollhaus 

  • 17.04.2010 A-Dornbirn, Spielboden 

  • 18.04.2010 I-Milano, Live Club 

  • 21.04.2010 A-Vienna, Planet.tt 



European Tour 2012
- solo drum performances -

2012/10/20 CZ-Hradec Kralove, Jazz Goes To Town

2012/10/21 PL-Opole, Drum Fest 2012 (together with Stick Men)

2012/10/23 DE-Dresden, Puschkin (drum clinic)  NEW VENUE!!!

2012/10/24 CZ-Beroun, Ceska pojistovna

2012/10/25 DE-Reichenbach, Bergkeller

2012/10/27 DE-Frankfurt, Jazz Festival Frankfurt  (together with Stick Men)

2012/10/29 DE-Diskothek GUM, Burghausen (drum clinic)  

2012/10/31 NL-Haarlem, Patronaat

2012/11/01 NL-Arnhem, Luxor

2012/11/02 DE-Ibbenbühren, Musikproduktiv  (drum clinic)

2012/11/04 NL-Den Haag, Paard van Troje

2012/11/06 FR-Nancy, Music Academy International  NEW!!!

2012/11/07 DE-Karlsruhe, Rockshop  (drum clinic)

2012/11/08 BE-Belsele, Sporthal "De Klavers"  (drum clinic)

2012/11/10 GB-London, Garage (matinee show!)


Terry Bozzio - Alex Machacek - Jimmy Johnson

2013/01/15 concert 'The Loft', UCSD, San Diego, CA, usa

special guest : Mike Keneally


Terry Bozzio: Portrait Of A Drummer As An Artist 
by Howard Shih

    Drummers have to be the most maligned musicians in the world; that is, if they're lucky enough to be called musicians. They're the butt of countless jokes (Q:How many drummers does it take to screw in a light bulb? A:None. They have a machine that can do that now.), the least favorite member of a big band (i.e.:Ringo), and are usually considered replaceable, ala Pearl Jam, or explodable in the case of Spinal Tap. For the average person, drum solos mean one of two things depending on whether they're at a concert or listening to an album. In concert, drum solos are an excuse to go to the bathroom and on an album they're a waste of space. Well, Terry Bozzio is on a mission to change all that.

    Who the hell is Terry Bozzio? Simply one of the most talented and influential musicians that ever picked up a pair of drumsticks. Terry had a highly influential stint during the mid 70s as a drummer for Frank Zappa (You know, one of the most important composer/musicians of the 20th century?), played countless sessions for artists as diverse as Debbie Harry, Robbie Robertson and Steve Vai, started the New Wave band, Missing Persons, in 1980, and in 1989 he helped revitalize Jeff Beck's career with his drumming on the amazing Guitar Shop album. Currently Terry is on a one man crusade to promote solo drumming as a legitimate art form.

    Solo drumming? You mean he's playing by himself the whole time? Yep. Instead of showing off his chops, like most drummers do, Terry's solos are concise musical statements that have themes and specific structures to them. Terry Bozzio is doing something with the drum kit that has no real precedent; he is creating music. The writer Harlan Ellison wrote: "In any field of endeavor, in any medium of the arts or sciences, an occasional talent will manifest itself and, through bare existence, we perceive how mundane has been the effort in that field or genre, that medium or category... Name the highest and brightest and most accomplished till you get to Fellini or Billie Holiday or George Bernard Shaw; and compare; and recognize how much higher thereafter is the high water mark." The same could be said of Terry Bozzio and what he has done for the world of drumming.

    I traveled to The California Drum Shop in Bethlehem, PA, where Terry was doing a drum clinic for a group of about 25 drummers, to find out what solo drumming was all about. For those of you who think that this drum clinic was just a two hour wanking session for drummers then you're sorely mistaken. What was experienced by everyone at the California Drum Shop was more akin to a classical concert with a short lecture between each piece of music. Looking like an Indian shaman, with his wiry-body and his long dyed-black hair in a single braid, Terry Bozzio proceeded to create pure magic on his monstrous DW drumset. Terry's drumming painted sonic portraits of horses thundering over the horizon, African tribes engaged in ritual dances, flamenco dancers, and much more. If you were in a room next door you'd have thought that there were three or four people playing instead of one man. A drummer on the Internet, after having seen Terry play, summed it up by saying, "I'm giving up." However, there was none of the self-indulgent soloing that's found in the live version of "Moby Dick" or "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Terry was kind enough to sit down and talk with The Rutgers Review after the clinic. What I found was an extremely modest man who loved drumming and wanted to pass on what he knew about it to anyone who would listen.

The Rutgers Review:: Could you explain your approach to solo drumming in layman's terms?

Terry Bozzio: Yeah. I can play on my drum set the same way a keyboard player accompanies himself by playing a bass line, or maybe chords, with his left hand while he plays a melody line with his right hand. I designate one or more of my limbs as accompaniment voices as they play a pattern so that's like either a little song or little beat that keeps people hooked in. On top of that I can solo against it, with my other limbs, in a melodic way and within a thematic and structural way so that I'm actually playing a drum song or drum sonata or what have you. In essence I have, to a certain extent, four way coordination and I can designate any of my limbs to hold onto certain things while others play against it. I try to approach the drum kit like a small orchestra within itself. I feel that the combinations of colors, textures and effects that you have from combining the different instruments on a drum kit makes a complete music statement within itself. And that's something most people can't understand unless they're explained what's going on... in terms of trying to market it. Because when most people hear that I have a 2 hour one man show, they think "solo drum" music cover your ears and run for the doors. And that's what I would think too! But I've been able to develop this to the point where it's sophisticated enough and accessible enough that I've had people from Iowa, a retired couple, come into the show I did at the Hollywood Palace and ask what it was all about. My wife was working the box office and she explained the concept to them and they went in. They made point to find her after the show to tell her how much they enjoyed and it how they'd tell everyone in their little town about it. And something like that gives you the hope that possibly this has a more universal application.

Review: Do you plan to do more shows for the general public as opposed to these drum clinics?

Terry: Well, I love teaching and I love explaining this. I feel that this isn't being done in drums and drummers need to know about this. Whether they play by themselves or not they need to be more thorough in their musical education and most drummers aren't applying all extra-musical techniques to drumsets. So they can gain a lot from that and I feel that you can't keep it unless you give away. I really enjoy teaching. But I also want to do my two hour one man show, which is a performance like a classical solo recital.

Review: How did you hook up with Frank Zappa?

Terry: I was doing session work around San Francisco when I heard about the Zappa Audition

Review: You just heard about it?

Terry: Yeah, I'd never heard his music before. I had heard of Frank Zappa and I'd heard about "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" and may have even heard some of his other stuff but I didn't really know it. Three days before the audition I bought a couple of his albums and it scared me sleepless. But somehow I got the audition. [During the clinic, Terry explained how he went to Zappa's house & how Frank had this huge soundstage with a complete band setup, tons of sheet music spread on the floor, and 2 drum kits. One drummer would set up one kit and while the other would play. There was a huge line of drummers and they were basically dropping left and right. When it was Terry's turn Frank had him sight read some pieces, and explain the score.Terry played what he could and with the material that was too difficult he explained what he thought was on the score. When Frank was done with Terry he turned to his road manager and asked him who was next. There was still a line full of drummers but they all backed off after seeing what Terry went through and that's how he got the gig.] Frank heard something he could work with and that started me. Literally, my career as such, is all thanks to him because he took me from nowhere and made me an internationally know drummer with all kinds of credibility because his music is accepted classically, and within the pop/rock field, not to mention the whole comedy/theatrical aspect of it as well. It gave me a name internationally. I told Frank before he died "Thanks to you I'm making a living telling people how I got the gig..." [laughter]

Review: How did you move from the complex and progressive music of Frank Zappa and UK to the New Wave pop of Missing Persons?

Terry: Well, times had changed and I was pretty much a follower of fashion. I was always influenced by Miles Davis and, when I got in with Zappa, became influenced by David Bowie. At that point, I went back and studied a lot of the rock music that I had missed while I was being a jazzer & classical artist. I was infatuated with that whole theatrical and image element. And so with Missing Persons we wanted to make a rock band that was sorta like a Fellini movie. There a look to it, there was a stage presence and in a small minimalist modern art type way we'd transform these clubs we'd play in , into a visual and musical experience that was not like anyone was doing at the time.

Review: Did you get a lot of flak from your old fans? I mean, progressive music fans tend to be a critical bunch. Did they accuse you of selling out?

Terry: To be honest with you, I'm sure a lot of people/musicians had trouble with Dale's voice and some of the pop music aspects. But if they came to a show a lot of the song arrangements and the caliber of musician of Warren [Cucurullo], Patrick [O'Hearn], and myself were high enough [Note:They're all Zappa alumni] to give those guys what they wanted, within the pop framework that we were working in. If you want a career in music you can't really turn your back on trends. And in a certain respect, we were part of a trend, you know the New Wave movement; it stood for somewhat minimalism, not being self-indulgent and no flashy solos. I also thought that we tried to do really interesting things within a format that wouldn't lose people. There was always a fundamental powerful groove there but on top of that we'd have weird harmonies & melody lines and odd time signatures but nothing that would make people lose the beat. They didn't know, 'cause they were just bopping their heads, that we were in 11/4 or 9/4 or what have you because it was structured in a way that was weird, exciting and confusing but didn't lose them. On the other hand it was really stepping away from what I'd done with Zappa but now it's like I've come full circle. I'm not catering to a public anymore. I'm catering to myself and my own inner desires and intuitive impulses. And I've been lucky enough to find this audience of drummers. Hopefully, it'll develop to a point where more people outside of the drumming community can appreciate it.

Review: You're putting out your Solo Drumming CD's on your own label, Slam International. Did you resort to this because you couldn't get a record deal or was it because of your lack of faith in the music industry?

Terry: Just about everything Frank told me about the music business I didn't believe and it turned out to be true. I can make more money by putting out my own CD's, investing the money up front out of my own pocket, and selling it via mail order and at my appearances, than I can from a 10% royalty with a huge record label. First of all they don't know how to market it, they don't understand it, they don't work it properly. And I'm reaching my core audience myself just like Zappa did with his mail order company, Barking Pumpkin. And now with the Internet it's even easier to reach more people. Luckily enough, I'm a person who has a name that has a certain amount of recognition to it because of my past. So I can advertise and draw in a certain amount of sales this way. I mean, it doesn't completely pay the rent but I'm just starting and it's beginning to snowball. And that way I can gain a catalog and if I can get to the point where I'm popular enough then I could get a distribution deal just like a major label and get my stuff to different outlets. So I'd much rather be on my own than to be under a record label. 

random notes


The ground breaking news on Terry Bozzio is that he has just done some work with Duran Duran in the studio, recording, "Here Comes Success" (Iggy Pop tune).  This has made a lot of us DD/FZ/Missing Persons fans very happy, as Duran hasn't had a stable drummer in many a year.  Terry is a welcome addition even if it is only a quick stint.
Oh yeah, don't forget Missing Persons, 3 albums (none on CD, there is a
Best of though) all worth picking up.
_Spring Session M_  (actually this one is available on CD)
_Rhyme & Reason_
_Color in Your Life_

Someone had inquired about Terry Bozzio's work. Here's the Bozziography, as recommended by himself, from Modern Drummer:
In the July '94 Modern Drummer interview with Terry Bozzio, Terry lists the following as recordings that best represents
his drumming:

"Spring Session M" appears on CD.  I believe it's an import from Japan.  Terry will also appear on some songs on the upcoming Duran Duran album.

Was in a band called UK with Eddie Jobson and John Wetton. Terry replaced Bill Bruford on drums. Can be found on the LP "Danger Money" (1979).

Bozzio is in a band at the moment called Lonely Bears with Hymas etc., the 3rd CD is due out at any time the first two CDs are superb you can get them at G&S Music 0442 63287 

TERRY BOZZIO is working in lots of groups, and played on Jeff Beck's killer GUITAR SHOP CD.  Also toured with Jeff.  Still has an edge.
Toured with Jeff Beck and is now touring with someone else, um, I
forget who though.  I think he might be touring with Steve Vai's current band.

Terry Bozzio is right now(?) on tour with Vai, a band presently consisting of Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, T.M. Stevens (bass), and Devin Townsend (vocals).

       Subject: More About Terry/Vai
       From: James Tejada (yojimboakimbo@worldnet.att.net)

Terry and TM Stevens never went out on the road with Steve Vai. The band,originally called Light Without Heat, became the band Vai with the addition of vocalist/guitarist Devin Townsend on board. By Vai's own admission in his 1995 Guitar Player interview,his control freak tendencies came out at the beginning of recording of the project.Terry looked at it in a mature way,said that Steve was at the point in his career similar to where Terry was when he was in Missing Persons.Having to call the shots .Bozzio and TM Stevens jumped ship and were replaced  by Scott Thunes and Abe Laboriel Jr.(who left in the middle of the tour,but not before showing his replacement Toss Panos the material).

The many drum clinics plus one off projects like Polytown(who put on a killer set at The Great American Music on 9-9-94) are probaly closer to Terry's heart than Sex and Religion  .Also there is the more recent Bozzio Levin Stevens cds,Black Light Syndrome and Situation Dangerous, with guitarist Steve Stevens and everybody's  favorite bassist, Tony Levin.

     From: unknown

Has played on Jeff Becks "Guitar Shop" album and Steve Vai's, "Sex and Religion."

Terry Bozzio has left Vai's band (source: T'Mershi Duween).  

I've heard that Terry has recorded an album with Mick Karn, David Torn, and Bozzio, to be released by the medium label. This came over the USENET, but I'll be buying it when it comes out. Supposedly it's credited to all their names.

I picked a Gary Wright album a few years ago cause it listed Bozzio, but I don't believe the playing was much distinctive or memorable. I've emailed MODERN Drummer magazine (from rec.music.makers.percussion), requesting that they post or email a Bozziography.

I believe there's some more Bozzio on the Jeff Beck collection that comes in the FenderTweed case.

I don't know the Gary Wright material, but some while ago Bozzio was on a Brecker Brothers release called 'Heavy Metal Bebop' (sorry if someone else already mentioned this).  What I heard sounded more like 'Purple Lagoon' than standard B-Bros; the recent CD I saw was too expensive or it would now be mine (C$41, Japanese import I think).  It was a quintet - add bass and keyboards to the others. 

Bozzio is on David Torn's new album: "POLYTOWN is anything but quiet. It's a ferocious, freewheeling electric improvisation. [Mick] Karn and Terry Bozzio's rock background give it a groove and center around which Torn whirls lines that transfigure in space." (John Diliberto, April 1994)

Saw Terry Bozzio's current band Polytown live last night, and just want to say that it was one amazing percussion performance. Polytown is a three person 90's supergroup thing, but to me Bozzio's playing was consistently interesting, and of course in the power trio format he was given lots of space to show it off.

Terry Bozzio appears in two Andy Taylor videos: Take It Easy and Wings of Love. He did play on the actual songs, and they can be located on the American Anthem soundtrack. Videos can be gotten from just about any Duran Duran fan (Andy used to be in Duran Duran) or you can see Take It Easy if you rent the American Anthem movie (they tacked it on to the end).

If I remember right, both Terry and Patrick O'Hearn are in Andy's "When the Rain Comes Down," but I'm not sure (it can be found on the Miami ViceII album (not in the Miami Vice movie).

Terry has made a few drumming instructional videos which are very good. The first one was in his "African-tribal, ear to nose ring" phase released by DCI. The others are a trilogy of videos entitled "Melodic Drumming". These videos are very good, and highlight such things as polyrythms and the art of compositional drumming. Heard a rumor in an interview with him in a recent Modern Drummer that he had been thinking about getting back together with Patrick and Warren for a pseudo-Missing Persons album????

Terry Bozzio -although we don't hear too much of him, at least here in Europe- is a very busy man: besides his work with Polytown lately, he is also pretty  busy working  on his drum set at home. Sure enough, all of us Zappa fans realize the weight of Bozzio's contributions to FZ's work (just think of Live in New York with the irresistible The Black Page), but Bozzio is a lot more than a damn good drummer who was once member of Zappa's band, he is one of the most innovative drummers around: this guy was pretty  early with his double bass-drum, he was one of the first (if not  the first) to mount several cymbals on each other, thus creating some sort of 'double-deck' or 'triple-deck' or whatever (you name it!), he was the one who started mounting (preferably thick, heavy) cymbals in a rototomframe for a dryer, trashier sound, he pushed Paiste (his cymbal-maker) to start coloring their cymbals (this idea didn't seem attractive to Paiste in the beginning, and sales-figures "proved" that they were right, but just recently they started making black cymbals -conceptual continuity?- under the outspoken support of Terry Bozzio, and hey ..they do sell here in Europe!) and so on and on ... But besides being an extremely inventive and creative person in terms of 'use of the equipment', Bozzio's "big thing" of the past few years is without any doubt the development of the idea of "the drummer as a solo-artist". Through his amazing skill, and his amazing concept and imagination, Bozzio has established the idea of "solo-drummer".   Bozzio occasionally gives master classes in drum schools, gives  clinics all over the world and plays] solo-concerts all over the world. Last year, I was there when he played an  hour-and-a-half-concert in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and djeez ... I never saw a thing quite like that in my whole life! Bozzio played a pattern with, say, both his feet, and solo-ed over this pattern with his hands, He then changedthe pattern, started playing it with left foot and left arm, and solo-ed with "the remaining parts of his body", and so on! It truly flabbergasted me! He  calls this "patterns-with-incredible-solos-over-it type of drumming": melodic drumming with ostinatos. He released three lesson-videos in which he explains his  approach to the drum set ("Melodic drumming and the ostinato vol. 1,2,3"), also there must be a video with a solo-concert of his on it, and he released two (if I'm not  mistaking) CD's with his drum music. All of these are by  post-order only: you should ask your local  music-store about that.

One thing is for sure: you  really should check out this man's solo-career! (I poured this information out of several articles about Terry Bozzio that were published in a Dutch magazine for drummers  (Slagwerkkrant) or occasionally in some other magazine, heard him say a few words on it when he played in Amsterdam,  and had the chance to catch a glimpse of his videos on a music fair- and immediately decidedto buy them!)

Terry Bozzio is currently living in Austin, TX USA. What is notable, his phone number and address are in the Austin telephone book!  

Just watched the Missing Persons performance from the US festival. Terry Bozzio was absolutely AWESOME at this show.

The Torn/Karn/Bozzio album from last year, _Polytown_, ranks as one of my favorite CDs. Some of it sort of reminds me of King Crimson -- David Torn's fascination with soundscapes seems to parallel Fripp's, and the Karn/Bozzio rhythm section is as aggressive as anything KC's done...
Compared to the Lonely Bears albums, I found Polytown to be disappointing (I also preferred Torn's Tripping Over God).  
Other places where Bozzio can be heard are Jeff Beck's Guitar Workshop, and, for his best work, Zappa's mid-/late-70's albums.Terry Bozzio may be the single most creative drummer currently making music on the planet. He stretches the limits of what drums
are supposed to do and turns the instrument into another element completely. Terry is currently working in Jeff Beck's band while they tour the US in a package with Santana. These shows are selling out everywhere and Terry is amazing audiences with his riveting performances. You may contact Terry at SLAMBOZZIO @ AOL.COM for information, CD's, Videos, merchandise, etc

Terry is now on tour with Beck and Hymas again, I saw them at Starplex a few weeks ago, and he was incredible...
Terry toured with Jeff Beck during the fall of 1995 as The
Jeff Beck Group.

     lenb@hic.net sez:

Over Memorial Day a local club in Houston advertised an 80's show featuring Flock of Seagulls and Missing Persons.  I called the club the day of the show but I never got any answer, so I assume the show was cancelled or I had the wrong club.  Would have been great to see Missing Persons again.  The last time was at Six Flags amusement park and Terry's kit was all pads not even any cymbals.

     Trevor Judson sez:

Somewhere above somebody suggested that Terry Bozzio was one of the earliest exponents of double-bass drumming. Not true, as Terry was pre-dated at least a couple of decades in this area by the likes of Gene Kruppa. Still, this is not to take anything away from the man. He was certainly one of the first to play parradiddles with his feet, and I am personally convinced that the man has a separate brain to serve each limb. 

     Resident of Polytown(kathuria@sprynet.com) sez:

No news to add, perhaps a rumor that needs confirming:  Polytown touring or recording again? This info was borrowed from Bozzio's home page. Do you have any news of these possibilities???  

     Scott Howard(noshowj@aol.com) said:

I just attended a drum clinic in Tempe, Arizona on 3/25 and thought it to be an amazing evening. I thought you might like to know what Terry thought about the Steve Vai project. He told the audience that Steve conducted the recording as Zappa would have, dictating everything about how Terry played.
Terry never toured or played live with the Vai project.

      Rich said:

According to the Tony Levin homepage (http://papabear.com/), Bozzio, Levin (King Crimson and P.Gabriel, etc.) and Steve Stevens (of Billy Idol 'fame') have recorded a load of stuff together. There is/was a picture there of Bozzios ridiculous 'hairstyle' as well.

     From: RUBEN ARNAO RODRIGUEZ (930053@aloe.ulima.edu.pe)

Bozzio plays in the CD called "Black Light Syndrome"  by Bozzio, Levin, Stevens. It's a 1997 release made by the Magna Carta label. All the songs are improvisations and they're great!. (includes Tony Levin and Steve Stevens.)

     From: perjac-6@student.luth.se

Could someone plese tell me what the greatest powerdrummer of all time is doing these days.

     From: Patrick Neve (splat@darkwing.uoregon.edu)

He does clinics on the side.

     From: Debra Simpson (dsimps@po-box.mcgill.ca)

I saw Terry Bozzio in a clinic here in Montreal, Canada. He is by far one of the leading drummers right now. He not only plays drums, he plays music. He now plays DW drums and His own design of cymbals, made for him by Sabian. That clinic was the most amazing display of MUSICAL ability that I've ever seen or heard in my life. Now, I must go back to my basement and practice. After what I heard and saw, I must practice.

     From: Bill (billf_ihatespam@patriot.net)

Read in a recent drum-related magazine this weekend that Terry B. will be touring as the Knack's drummer this summer. ('98)  I don't know how reliable this info is.

     From: Arthur Barrow (bigear@netcom.com)
     Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 03:55:05

Do you guys know that Bozzio is now the drummmer for the Knack?

     From: Ted Martin (ted@hikarate.com)

I checked it out and I was a bit unsure how he would fit in with the knack but I shouldnt have.  He knows what and when to play.  I have never seen a drummer control the feel of the room like that before.  purely amazing.
Even if you are not a knack fan catch them if you can just to see terry.
tour details at www.knack.com Plus they hang out afterwards and you can
meet and talk to them.

     From: ArtShop (artshop@artist-shop.com)
     Subject: New Bozzio Solo CD's

Magna Carta's http://www.artist-shop.com/magna sublabel, Pelican Sound Recordings, has some adventurous new recordings from percussionist Terry Bozzio.  Terry Bozzio/Chamber Works - "Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Copland, Bartok, Messiaen, Varese, Zappa, Slonimsky, and countless others have influenced, inspired and guided me - made me crazy, envious, desirous, emotional, awe struck, deeply humbled and  full of respect for the work they left for us to experience and enjoy.

To begin like a child at age 46 to compose in the daunting shadow of these masters, with an insufficient music education for an instrument which is hardly considered legitimate might easily be considered folly.   But, because of the rules the broke in the fullness of their knowledge, I have the freedom today to put notes together in any way I want, feel or chance to happen.   And, with today's technology enabling me to literally have an orchestra at my fingertips, I am compelled to do so." ~ Terry Bozzio

 Terry Bozzio/Drawing the Circle - "Over the last 10 years, I have continued to explore the application of melody, harmony, orchestration and ostinato accompaniment to the modern trap drumset, in solo compositional forms.  'Drawing the Circle' is the culmination of my work, so far, in this area - these tracks are attempts to create a complete musical statement on the drumset alone." ~ Terry Bozzio

     From: Asmet (asmet@tm.net.my)

Terry also played on an Andy Taylor 12" single song called "Take it easy". I believe that this song is also on the OST of the film "American Anthem".

     From: John Henley (jhenley@mail.utexas.edu)

Terry lives in Austin, and last fall was extensively profiled in the Austin Chronicle.  He stated that at the first day of rehearsals for his fourth year in the band, FZ let him go, but amicably.  "He sensed my readiness to move on, I guess, though I wasn't aware of it at the time and wasn't ready to give up my gig."  Y'all can read the article here:

     From: SR Lewis (bnwonly@stic.net)
     Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999

(I saw a drum seminar that he gave about 4 months ago) He said that it was a brutal tour they had set up for the last Knack album (in 98) and he pulled out of it when his assistant was so tired one night from riding in a van for 12 hours that he fell down some stairs and broke his arm. That and the flu, TB went home to Austin.  He is no longer a member of the Knack. He is on the last Knack album.
TB went on to comment tht he wouldn't go on the road again unless it
was a sensible schedule with lots of breathing time.  He also mentioned that he has 6 COMPLETE sets of those monster drums stashed around the world, and has no idea how much they cost because he didn't pay for them.

     From: Hiroshi Okub (bozzio@ari.bekkoame.ne.jp)

I want to inform you Terry launched his own website.
URL is http://www.terrybozzio.com

     From: Andre Lewis (dremandre@uswest.net)

i missed terry a few years ago when he came to germany to do some film work but he was playing with a friend of mine rick keller a killer sax guy until the time i played with zappa a had not ever played with a guy like terry billy hart curky martin but not terry

andre lewis

     From: "Jack P. Armstrong" (stucohomes@aol.composer)
     Subject: Bozzio in Louisville, 9/2/00

Terry Bozzio is doing a solo drum performance supporting - seriously - the Louisville Ballet!  It's part of their "Free-form Series."  Tickets are $18 and $20, and it's at the Iriquois Ampitheater (i *think*) in Louisville.  On the radio, they keep mispronouncing his name "Bahz - ee - oh" (it should be "Boze - ee - oh").  They said his drums/percussion setup spans 16 feet on stage.

     From: Gleonard9@aol.com

Recently visited Terry Bozzio's web site & discovered that his fave hobby is collecting fountain pens. He's just fascinated with 'em. Gives a new perspective on Rhonda's Brief Case Boogie from Thingfish, eh?

     From: Jan (j.vankemenade3@chello.nl)

Hi Patrick, I just found this ...

2001 release. Audiophile customers who saw the Bozzio Wackerman drum
clinic tour last year are still talking about it. During the fall 2000 tour, the two drummers performed at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. which was recorded using state of the art digital audio and video equipment. The video captures Terry Bozzio and Chad Wackerman's incredible performances of their original compositions for solo and dual drumsets, and exclusive footage of their note-perfect duet of Frank Zappa's infamous 'Black Page #1.' Also included is extensive interview footage of the two musicians discussing their choice of instruments, experiences working with the legendary Zappa, and their approach to both written and improvisational drumming.

info from maurice vergeer - 2002/05/016
Newsgroups: alt.fan.frank-zappa - Subject: Re: Drummer-geek question for Ed

No way Terry Bozzio used Zildjian. Even up to UK he used Paiste cymbals.  I even have a paiste booklet with all their endorsers profiled with their cymbal-setup (and to think the last time I moved to another house I almost threw the booklet away!!!). TB's setup is as follows:

14" Dark Sound Edge H-h, SC
18" Dark China SC
18" Ride, 2002
14" Medium H-H, top, 404 18" meduim, 404 (placed on each other to sound thrashy)
20" medium, 2002 8" Bell, F) 602
14" Sound Edge H-H, 2002
20" Dark China, SC
18" Dark Crash, SC

14" heavy H-H, FO 602
20" Dark Crash, SC
20" Mellow Ride, SC
22" Dark Ride, SC

The special sound of the hi-hits is caused by the big 'dents' around the top cymbal. I liked them very much, also. Only, at that time, they cost a fortune. So, later a 'settled' with quich beat H-H by Zildjian. Guess what, Vinnie Colaiuta used them. Mmmm, only when he played them they sounded better than when I played them. Strange, isn't it?
By the way, because I recently bought a scanner I'll scan the Bozzio-page and the Vinnie Colaiuta-page. Indeed, Zildjian also produced a booklet with their endorsers. I almost thew that away, also.
I'll post the images on the following address: http://members.chello.nl/mr.vergeer/drums.htm. Have a look.
By the way: does this mean I'm a geek?

-- Maurice Vergeer

   From: Mike Hawk

Did you know Terry Bozzio and Scott Thunes went to the same high school and had the same band teacher?
Sir Francis Drake in San Anselmo, CA

I went to the same school and Scott is a good friend of mine. I was looking at your site and  thought that might be an interesting connection to make.
I remember seeing Bozzio's name on the wall in the band room as recipient of a music scholarship in 1969, I believe. I don't think Scott actually took school band for very long - he was far ahead of the crowd.

-- Mike Hawk

    From alt.fan.frank-zappa / Hoodini 
    2007 01 08

Drummer TERRY BOZZIO To Play On New KORN Album? - Jan. 7, 2007


According to Korn.Simpol.Net, Terry Bozzio will fill in for KORN drummer David Silveria during his temporary hiatus from the band, Martini Republic reports. 

Bozzio, 56, who is long considered one of the greatest drummers in rock history, will replace David Silveria for at least one studio album and tour.

According to Martini Republic, Silveria is taking time out from the band to maintain his restaurants - Tuna Town and Silvera's Steakhouse & Lounge - plus spend quality time with his family. Bozzio has recorded with numerous musicians on hundreds of albums across the musical spectrum, including DURAN DURAN, STEVE VAI, PAUL HYDE, HERBIE HANCOCK, DWEEZIL ZAPPA, BILLY SHEEHAN, RICHARD MARX, MATSUMOTO HIDETO, and more.

KORN is currently writing and recording material for its eighth studio album. An MTV "Unplugged" performance taped last month will be broadcast and released on CD in February.

2009 09

Terry Bozzio & The Metropole Orkest Live in Groningen


-- info & video: TA

a number of videos were uploaded at the drumchannel dot com website













2010 03

Thursday, March 25th - DC Live - 6:00PM (PST)

Cole Marcus

Cole Marcus will be hanging with Terry Bozzio this Thursday on DC Live.

Cole Marcus is an incredibly talented 11 year old musician. He is not only an outstanding drummer but also an accomplished pianist and composer. At the age of 4 he won NBC's "America's Most Talented Kid."



Drum Legend Terry Bozzio To Issue Unreleased Tracks Digitally!

2017 01 24

On the heels of a massive successful North American tour, legendary & award winning melodic drummer Terry Bozzio is releasing rare and unreleased music digitally via his official website! Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness' Munetaka Higuchi & “X” Japan's Hide - as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O'Hearn - see more atwww.terrybozzio.com - Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine's Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone's Top 5 Drummers of All Time!

The first group of tracks available for download is called “Simple Moments Series”. The concept was to name the “moment”. For example the track “Something to drive to”, then the title which is “Beck”.

Simple Moments Series:

1. Something to drive to: $4.99
Burning Rock funk with Jeff Beck & Tony Hymas in mind.

2. Something to think about: $6.99
“Re: Mussorgsky”
Neo Classical Piano Trio w/ Fretless Bass & My Drums. I improvised on live piano (poorly) then corrected and composed around that.

3. Something to dream about: $2.99
“Midnight Waltz (1800s Vienna)”
Sentimentalism and mood evoking solo piano.

4. Something for a departed friend: $3.99
“M (for Mick Karn)”

5. Something strange: $2.99
“Farm Bells”
I sampled nearby farming machinery: A plowing or tilling device with different sized steel discs & made a drum part out of it. OutTrio inspired, semi-classical Guitar, Bass & Metal Drum piece.

6. Something to dance to: $2.99
“Five Nations: Arise”
Recalls my Native American experience performing Tony Hymas' “Oyate” project, from which sprung the Lonely Bears.

7. Something to gaze at: $3.99
“Still Life”
A jazz piece I wrote while still in College! Explores different poly-chords over a pedal tone.

8-9. Something to take:
“Two Endless Trails”
1- Persistance $2.99
2- Compassion & Hope $2.99
Orchestral Strings, with Bass & Drums. Mysterious Moods.

10. Something to go deep with: $3.99
Electronic, Submersive Ambience

11. Something that “Goes to 11”: $3.99
Several Harmonic Progressions in 11/4, w/ Piano & 12 String Guitar Solos.

All Compositions Copyright: Terry Bozzio, Private Life Music ASCAP

Terry Bozzio Solo Project 1991:

I've never finished it over the years until now, because of technology problems (computer not fast enough to mix - midi & sync problems, & not enough track space to do overdubs etc!) but I always liked the compositional approach to the drum parts! I look at it as a missing link between guitarshop, and melodic drumming & the ostinato! The period after recording the drums included doing the lonely bears & polytown & changing to Mapex, then DW as well.

I have a new track to release. It's called “Advent”. It's the first in the Terry Bozzio Solo Project 1991 series. I went into Jeff Burton’s garage studio (he is the son of Elvis Presley's famous guitarist James Burton!), with Missing Persons' Live Sound Engineer (who has been my dear friend from the very beginning of that band), Gary Epstein. We recorded my drums on Jeff's 16 track 2” machine.

We managed to get 9-10 tracks down with a beatbox for a hybrid sound. With no idea of what it would ultimately be, I tried to improvise composed beats along with the beat box and create different sections, based on what felt was natural to do next. I had the concept of overdubbing the music on it later.

One thing we tried right away was to float in some vocal stuff I had done with Patrick O'Hearn in his studio at previous session a year before. The result was very good and inspired me to do more with other previous recordings. At that time I was living near Jeff in Studio City and had converted my garage into a little studio too. I called it White Rooms. I had a 3M 79 16 track 2” machine (bought from Gary Wright!) as well, & some early midi equipment and started to drag the midi overdubs via a sync tone from the 3M. A very slow and tedious process at the time!

But the magic was that 2 of my previously recorded vocal tracks, just done in free space up in Oregon w/ Pat, using my vocoder, synced up unconsciously, but perfectly with 2 of the drum track's structures! So it was meant to be.

I'm still not finished with all the tracks, but I have 4 almost ready to go, & coming soon! This is the first and it's called “Advent”. It means “a coming”. Burning drums, Bulgarian Folk Singing, and driving sequencer parts. I hope you like it!

Watch Terry Bozzio's promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CroX237dzfY#t=36

To purchase Terry Bozzio's new digital only tracks: http://terrybozzio.com/media/audio/

To purchase Terry Bozzio's “Composer Series” The Music & Art of Terry Bozzio: https://www.amazon.com/Composer-Terry-Bozzio/dp/B01M301W4F?tag=smarturl-20

Terry Bozzio's official website: www.terrybozzio.com

Terry Bozzio biography: http://terrybozzio.com/biography/



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