Detroit native Tommy Clufetos is a thinking man’s groove master in hyper-adrenaline mode, at once clever, perfectly timed, and theatrical.
It takes a special man in the tradition of the western hero to ride with Ted Nugent. A man’s gotta shoot pistols, shotguns, and even machine guns. It’s the same story with him playing with Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie.
If you want to share their plank stage, stay in the raw leather saddle, you stay on the attack and frighten off the bad guys with incessant barrages of high SPLs.
But, you know, it’s more than stratospheric sound pressure levels. Arm chair analysts may not admit it, but drumming at the very edge of human capabilities is as much an art as the heavily-ornamented (read “cluttered” fusion thing).
When you play as tightly, as in-time when utterly complex, and as dynamically as Tommy, you display something that transcends mere drum licks.
Tommy’s ingenuity, technique, musicality, and sense of humor are developed to super-human heights.
*Tommy Clufetos speaking to Glam Metal