Paul Thompson (musician)
|Birth name||Paul Thompson|
13 May 1951 |
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
|Genres||Glam rock, rock, art rock|
|Associated acts||Roxy Music, Angelic Upstarts, Concrete Blonde, Lindisfarne|
Early life and education
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Thompson lived in Jarrow from the age of six months, and attended West Simonside Infants and Junior School.
He joined a group called The Tyme in 1965 which played at local youth clubs.
Thompson's next group was a local band called The Urge which he joined when 17 years old. Tiredness from performing with them seven nights a week in local clubs and pubs led him to fall asleep on his job as an apprentice metalworker, which resulted in his dismissal.
He was a member of The Influence with John Miles, then joined Roxy Music in 1971 and wielded the drum sticks for six albums, as well as performing on solo records of his bandmates Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera; he also toured with them.
In 1980, Thompson and Roxy Music parted ways due to "musical differences" and Thompson played with musicians like Gary Moore, Jonathon Perkins and Concrete Blonde.
Fans nicknamed him "The Great Paul Thompson", because of his remarkable drumming skills and power.
In 2001, he reunited with his fellow Roxy Music band members for a tour (excluding Eno, who refrained from participating). He also toured with Ferry, supporting his Frantic album in 2003. The band, again with Thompson on the drum stool, performed on 11 June 2005 at the Isle of Wight Festival 2005.
Thompson's latest project is his new band The Metaphors.
- Farber, Jim (22 July 2001). "Roxy Music returns out of the blue". Daily News. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
- "Paul Thompson Biography". Roxyrama.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Interview: Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor". www.journallive.co.uk. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
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