Tommy Henriksen

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Tommy Henriksen
Born (1966-02-21) February 21, 1966 (age 48)
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock, industrial rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, vocals
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Alice Cooper, Doro, Warlock, Underground Moon, P.O.L., Boink!, DiS ViciOuS, The Audio Club, War & Peace, Needle Park, Big Trouble, Ruffkut
Website tommyhenriksen.net

Tommy Henriksen (Born February 21, 1966) is an American musician from Port Jefferson, New York best known for his work as a Singer/Songwriter/Artist and with Alice Cooper and German band Warlock, as well as punk rockers P.O.L., and his work as a solo artist. Henriksen is also a sought-after songwriter, arranger, producer and mixer who has worked with artists such as Lady Gaga, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed, Halestorm, Ke$ha, and Daughtry. Tommy is currently based out of Zurich, Switzerland where he lives with his family.

Biography[edit]

Henriksen got his start on the New York scene with the band Ruffkut which also featured his brother Gene on drums. After playing mostly covers initially, the group began writing their own material and issued the Fight for the Right mini-LP in 1984. In 1986, Henriksen joined German metal band Warlock and featured on their 1987 album Triumph and Agony which went gold in Germany; the videos for the singles "All We Are" and " Für immer" were in regular rotation on MTV's heavy metal program Headbangers' Ball. Henriksen stuck around co-writing several songs as lead vocalist Doro Pesch lost the rights to the name Warlock and issued her next album Force Majeure, which also went gold, under the name Doro. Eventually, Henriksen, guitarist Jon Levin, and drummer Bobby Rondinelli all left the Doro camp and formed their own band, Big Trouble, with future Burning Rain and Montrose vocalist Keith St.John rounding out the line-up; another incarnation featured Eric St.Michaels (China, Criminal Minds) on vocals. Although signed to Atlantic Records the band split up without ever releasing an album. Henriksen left New York and moved to Los Angeles. After a brief stint with C.C. DeVille's ill-fated band Needle Park he joined former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson's band War & Peace, appearing on the band's 1993 debut album along with Russ Parrish (Satchel) Steel Panther and Ricky Parent (Enuff Znuff) Time Capsule.

In 1994, Henriksen, taking on the alias Da Skunk, formed punk rock outfit P.O.L., short for Parade of Losers, signing a major label deal with Warner Bros. imprint Giant Records. The band's Garth Richardson produced self-titled debut was released in 1995 and the group appeared on the The Jon Stewart Show playing their top 5 alternative single, "Stupid." P.O.L. issued their sophomore effort, Sprockett on their own Junkrock label in 1996 before the album saw a wider release via Entourage Records. The song "Sixteen and Confused" would later become the alternate closing theme to Is It Fall Yet?, the first Daria TV movie.

After the breakup of P.O.L., Henriksen began working with noted producer Keith Forsey on a more pop oriented full-length solo album.[1] Released by Capitol Records in 1999 this self-titled affair spawned the hit single "I See the Sun", which reached #34 on the Adult Top 40 that year[2] and was also included in the Blast from the Past movie soundtrack.[3] In 2000 Tommy Henriksen released the follow-up, Selected Songs For A New Beginning, on his own ZuZu Ltd label. He also collaborated with former War & Peace band mate Jeff Pilson in Underground Moon whose sole album was issued on the Nuclear Blast subsidiary Rebelution Entertainment in 2002.

In 2001, Henriksen teamed up with P.O.L. drummer and future Alice Cooper band mate Glen Sobel to form girl-fronted sugar-punk band Boink!. They achieved reasonable popularity in L.A., releasing a single and video, "Punk Break Beat", followed up by a 5-track EP, Walk of Fame. A huge Sex Pistols fan, Henriksen unleashed DiS ViciOuS in 2006, described by Tommy as being "another side of Sid Vicious." A few tracks were released via social networking, most of which were an anarchic rant against society, albeit rather tongue-in-cheek.

2007 saw Henriksen, in a silent member producer/singer/songwriter role, join forces with Rehab's Brooks Buford and Ashley Alan-Lee in The Audio Club. The trio independently produced a music video for the single, "Sumthin' Serious", which gained notable airplay on a number of North American radio stations. Signed to Interscope Records the group disbanded after disputes with their label. During this time Henriksen also continued to hone his skills as a producer and engineer working with a wide variety of artists.

Henriksen has worked as a songwriter, arranger, producer and mixer for such artists as Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Krace, Daughtry, Kumi Koda, Porcelain Black, Meat Loaf, Cavo, Allison Iraheta, Atom Smash, Steel Magnolia, Alice, Tohoshinki, Kimberly Caldwell, Hyper Crush, The Canadian Tenors, Fefe Dobson, Lou Reed, Christian Kane, Alice Cooper, Longview, Reamonn, Revis, Runner Runner, Clear Static, Framing Hanley, Halestorm, China, Camera Can't Lie, New Medicine, Angels Fall, The Audio Club, Syndicate, Safety Suit, Brooks Buford, Emphatic, BC Jean, Kristin Chenoweth, Bowling For Soup, Capra, Simple Plan, Future Boy, Wes Carr, Fighting With Wire, The Rouge, David Cook, Beasto Blanco, Fugufish, The 3 Dudes, Annie-Rose and The All New Josie and the Pussycats.

In March 2011, while being associate producer, guitar player, bass player, programmer, mixer and engineer on the new Alice Cooper Welcome 2 My Nightmare record, Tommy was asked by Alice to join his live band on guitar which he continues to be a member of.[4] Tommy can also be seen playing bass guitar in the "Heaven In This Hell" video by fellow Cooper bandmate Orianthi.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • 2011 Alice CooperWelcome 2 My Nightmare
  • 2011 Tommy Henriksen – Bluto Nero
  • 2003 Boink! – Walk of Fame EP
  • 2002 Underground Moon – s/t
  • 2000 Tommy Henriksen – Selected Songs for a New Beginning
  • 1999 Tommy Henriksen – s/t
  • 1996 P.O.L. – Sprockett
  • 1995 P.O.L. – s/t
  • 1993 War & Peace – Time Capsule
  • 1989 DoroForce Majeure
  • 1987 WarlockTriumph and Agony
  • 1984 Ruffkut – Fight for the Right

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