Glen Sobel

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Glen Sobel
Born Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Rock, hard rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, rap rock, instrumental rock, pop, jazz fusion, funk, Latin, R&B
Instruments Drums
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Alice Cooper, Vasco Rossi, Sixx: A.M., Beautiful Creatures, Impellitteri, SX-10, Gary Hoey, Jennifer Batten, Tony MacAlpine, Hollywood Vampires

Glen Sobel is an American drummer who has performed and recorded in many different genres. Mainly known for being the drummer for Alice Cooper since 2011, Sobel has also worked with Sixx: A.M., Vasco Rossi, Elliott Yamin of American Idol, SX-10, Beautiful Creatures, Impellitteri, Gary Hoey, Tony MacAlpine, Jennifer Batten, Paul Gilbert, Saga, Shark Island, Vivian Campbell, Uli Jon Roth, Jeff Scott Soto, Alcatrazz (feat. Graham Bonnet), Trev Lukather, Brooks Buford, among others. As a member of the house band at various events in 2011 and 2012, Sobel played behind such varied artists as Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp,[1] Rob Halford,[2] "Weird" Al Yankovic, Mike Myers, Pat Simmons, Michael McDonald,[3] Robbie Krieger, Kesha,[4] Arthur Brown[5] and others.


A native of Los Angeles, Sobel began playing drums at the age of eleven. He studied drums throughout high school whilst playing in marching bands, jazz bands and other bands outside of school, ultimately winning a large drum-off competition in Los Angeles at the age of 19. This soon led to his first pro gig playing for guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlpine. Sobel recorded one record with MacAlpine in 1993, entitled Madness, which featured jazz saxophone luminary Branford Marsalis. This led to several other gigs and session work with virtuosos such as former Michael Jackson guitarist Jennifer Batten, Gary Hoey, and Chris Impellitteri.

Switching musical gears, Glen took gigs with SX-10, a rap/rock hybrid band with Sen Dog of Cypress Hill which featured many other rap luminaries of the day such as Everlast and Kottonmouth Kings. Soon after, Sobel accepted an offer to become a band member of Warner Bros. Records artists Beautiful Creatures whose line-up also featured Joe Leste of Bang Tango and DJ Ashba of Sixx: A.M. and Guns N' Roses fame. Beautiful Creatures participated in several tours in 2001 including Ozzfest, opening for Marilyn Manson and others.

The next few years saw Sobel playing on a number of tours and recording jobs including playing on the new version of "Heavy Action" (the Monday Night Football theme on ESPN) and touring with American Idol second runner up Elliott Yamin who scored a top ten smash in 2007.

Teaching jobs also followed with a faculty position in the drum department at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. This also led to appearing and performing at various drum clinics and festivals in several countries such as Drum Daze[6] in Columbus, Ohio, the Laguna Drum Festival[7] in Mexico and various clinics throughout Asia and Europe.

In September 2010, Sobel got a last minute call to sub for an injured Matt Laug on the Vasco Rossi 2010 Indoor Tour of Italy. The tour saw crowds in excess of 40,000 people and Sobel filled in for five weeks.[8]

February 2011 Sobel received a call about becoming the new touring drummer for Alice Cooper. Having done a recording session for the shock rocker previously with famed producer Bob Ezrin, Sobel accepted the offer and has been in the drum chair for Alice ever since having toured and performed 150 concerts in over 20 different countries. In June 2012, Sobel was forced to take a temporary leave of absence from the Alice Cooper band due to a persistent neck injury.[9]

In the 2013 Readers Poll for DRUM! Magazine, Sobel placed first runner-up in both the "Rising Star" and "Rock/Metal" categories.[10]

When not on the road, Glen can be seen playing around Los Angeles with various artists, including Jeff Kollman, Adrian Galysh,[11] and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell's band, Sir Sodoff and the Trainwrecks.[12]


Sobel plays Mapex drums, Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Regal Tip drumsticks, and also uses DW hardware.

Drums: Mapex Saturn series:

  • 22"x18" bass drums (x2)
  • 10"x10" rack tom
  • 10"x12" rack tom
  • 12"x13" rack tom
  • 14"x14" floor tom (left side)
  • 14"x16" floor tom
  • 14"x18" floor tom
  • 14"x6.5" snare drum

Heads: Remo CS black dot, clear powerstrokes, pinstripes

Cymbals: Sabian

  • 19" AA holy china
  • 14" HHX power hi-hats
  • 10" AAX splash
  • 18" Paragon crash
  • 19" AAX stage crash
  • 20" HHX X-plosion crash
  • 20" Paragon crash
  • 14" AA metal-x hi-hats
  • 22" HHX legacy ride
  • 20" AAX metal china

Sticks: Regal Tip metal x

Pedals and hardware: DW 9000 series

Percussion: 8" LP cowbell



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Video tour of Glen's current Mapex/Sabian live set-up.


Glen is currently endorsed by Mapex Drums, Gibraltar Hardware, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Regal Tip Sticks, DW Pedals, Groove Juice, Cool Claws, Kelly Shu Microphone Mounts, and Humes and Berg Cases.


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