Brooks Wackerman performing live with Bad Religion.
|Born||February 15, 1977|
|Genres||Punk rock, hard rock|
|Years active||1990 - present|
|Labels||Epitaph, Emotional Syphon Recordings|
|Associated acts||Bad4Good, Infectious Grooves, Suicidal Tendencies, The Vandals, Bad Religion, Blink-182, Kidneys, Tenacious D, The Innocent, Fear and the Nervous System|
Brooks Wackerman (born February 15, 1977) is the drummer for the American punk band Bad Religion and the younger brother of John Wackerman and Chad Wackerman (formerly a member of Frank Zappa's band). He is the son of Chuck Wackerman, an educator in the Los Alamitos California Unified School District. Brooks is also a former student of Murray Spivack and Chuck Flores.
Brooks Wackerman started his musical career as a teen with a group called Bad4Good in 1991. Under Steve Vai's guidance, the band released one album in 1992 called Refugee, produced by Vai himself. However, the band disbanded shortly after. From 1993 to 2000, Wackerman was a member of Infectious Grooves, playing drums on the albums Groove Family Cyco (1994) and Mas Borracho (2000) and touring with the band.
Brooks played drums for the Vandals' album Look What I Almost Stepped In... (2000). He is the substitute for Vandals drummer Josh Freese, due to Freese's commitments with groups such as Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, and Devo.
In 2001, he became the latest drummer for Bad Religion by replacing Bobby Schayer, who left the band due to an arm injury. He has appeared on The Process of Belief, The Empire Strikes First, New Maps of Hell, The Dissent of Man and True North.
Alongside Terry Bozzio, he contributed drums and percussion for Korn's untitled album. He is the frontman for Hot Potty. Wackerman is also the drummer for The Innocent, a thrash metal band featuring bassist Ryan Sinn (formerly of Angels & Airwaves and The Distillers), vocalist Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through) and guitarist Dave Nassie (No Use for a Name). In March 2008, Wackerman joined Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer's newest solo project, experimental industrial rock band Fear and the Nervous System, alongside vocalist Steve Krolikowski (Repeater), Billy Gould (Faith No More), Leopold Ross (Error), and Zac Baird (Korn, Billy Goat).
He currently fronts Kidneys alongside Tenacious D's John Spiker and his brother John Wackerman. A full-length album titled 'Talkie Walkie' was released in 2007, and another album in 2012 entitled 'Sophomore' for digital download.
Brooks played with Tenacious D again on their Rize of the Fenix tour where he got the nickname "Thunderskin" from Jack Black for comical remark, making appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. They also performed at the 2012 Rock Am Ring Festival. Wackerman also appeared in the music video for their song "The Roadie".
Drum Workshop (DW) Current kit is made from VLT maple in Candy Apple finish
- 7x10 tom
- 8x12 tom
- 14x16 floor
- 12x14 floor
- 18x22 kick
- 5.5x14 candy apple red maple snare or 6.5x14 DW alluminum snare. He also uses a 5.5x14 Craviatto Diamond series nickel-over-brass snare.
- Bass:EQ4 Batter Clear/EQ3 Black Resonant
- 18 inch K Constantinople crash and 18 inch A Breakbeat ride (used as hi hats)
- 20 inch Oriental China or 18 inch A Custom EFX
- 18 inch K Custom Session crash
- 22 inch A Custom ride
- 22 inch K Light ride
- 20 inch A Custom EFX crash
- Brooks Wackerman artist series by Zildjian
- Bad4Good - Refugee (1992)
- Infectious Grooves - Groove Family Cyco (1994)
- Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire (1997)
- Mass Mental - How To Write Love Songs (1998)
- Suicidal Tendencies - Freedumb (1999)
- Infectious Grooves - Mas Borracho (2000)
- Suicidal Tendencies - Free Your Soul and Save My Mind (2000)
- The Vandals - Look What I Almost Stepped In (2000)
- Bad Religion - The Process of Belief (2002)
- Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin (2004)
- Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First (2004)
- Korn - Untitled (2007)
- Bad Religion - New Maps of Hell (2007)
- Kidneys - Talkie Walkie (2007)
- Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man (2010)
- Kidneys - Sophomore (2012)
- Bad Religion - True North (2013)
- Fear and the Nervous System - Debut studio album (TBA)
- "KORN Guitarist Launches Fear and the Nervous System Project". Blabbermouth.net.
- Zildjian Artist Page
- Official Twitter page
- Fear and the Nervous System MySpace page
- Information from Roadrunner Records
- Official Bad Religion website
- Bad Religion Tribute All About Bad Religion
- Bad Religion Page Article on The Innocent (10/17/07)]
- The Innocent's Myspace page
- Fear and the Nervous System's official website
- 7 Questions with Brooks Wackerman