Tommy's signature style is a rare combination of power, technique, and feel. His performing and recording credits include Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers, Vinnie More, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake. In 1988, he was voted best rock drummer in the Modern Drummer Reader's Poll.
Tommy remains very active as a clinician discussing everything from the basic fundamentals of rock drumming to the double bass fills and solos that made him famous.
"Rock Drum Soloing and Double Bass Workout" is Tommy's first instructional video. He is currently working on his second instructional video and a method book on double bass drumming.
With his hard-hitting style, flair, and showmanship, Tommy continues to be a major influence in hard rock and heavy metal drumming.
Tommy Aldridge's relationship with Yamaha began in the early 1980s when he collaborated in the development of Yamaha's Super Rack System, a type of system that was popular at the time in the rock drumming world, after which he supported a large-scale promotion activity for the Yamaha Drum Power V series. Continuing to perform on the Maple Custom, PHX series and other drums kits as well as carrying out various activities including hosting drum clinics worldwide, he has played a major role in the development of these high-end, professional models by providing Yamaha with a wealth of valuable advice and feedback from a drummer's point of view.
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Born in Reykjavik, Iceland. As a child Gulli started banging on pots and pans on the kitchen floor of the family home in Reykjavik. Played guitar for two years and sang in a school band until the original drummer got sick and was forced to leave his chair. Practiced drums in the loft of the Briem family residence, while playing in high school bands and musicals, where he met Johann Asmundsson a co-founding member of Mezzoforte (1977). The pair soon met Eythor Gunnarsson and Fridrik Karlsson in a Reykjavik music store, where Fridrik sold guitars. Recorded and toured with the band internationally from 1982. Their first big worldwide success with the group was in 1983 with the U.K. dance funk hit "Garden Party" and the Surprise, Surprise album. Mezzoforte has been nominated five times as the drummer of the year in Iceland.