Mickey Curry (2nd from left)
|Birth name||Michael Timothy Curry|
|Born||June 10, 1956|
|Origin||New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Instruments||Drums, backing vocals|
|Associated acts||Bryan Adams, Hall & Oates, The Fontanas, Alice Cooper|
Michael Timothy Curry (born 10 June 1956) is an American drummer. He is best known for his long-term collaboration with the singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, although he has also worked with Hall & Oates, Cher, Tina Turner, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, Tom Waits, Survivor, The Cult, Steve Jones and other musicians.
Mickey Curry was born in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.. He started playing drums at 11 when he had lessons at school with a man named Nick Forte. When he was 13, he and two of his brothers formed a band called The Rack. When he was 17, he joined the Scratch Band in Connecticut.
He played in many local bands in Connecticut until around 1980, when he started working in studios in New York. While working in Manhattan, he joined a band called Tom Dickie and the Desires. They were managed by Tommy Mottola who also managed Hall & Oates. Impressed by Curry's work, Mottola asked him to record with Hall & Oates on their album Private Eyes.
Around the same time he was working with Hall & Oates, Curry met producer Bob Clearmountain who had just begun working with a young Bryan Adams. Soon after this, Curry was playing on Adams' second album, You Want It You Got It. It was at this time that Curry started gaining prominence. He toured with Hall & Oates for several years, concurrently with playing on Bryan Adams' studio albums. Curry's stint with Hall & Oates continued until 1986, at which point, he decided to begin touring full-time with Adams. It is with Adams that Curry has achieved most of his success and fame and still tours full-time with him today. Curry appears on almost all of Adams' albums.
Although he has continued to tour with Bryan Adams, Curry has also found time to play on a variety of other artists' albums and tour with several of them. In 1987, he was the drummer on a young Jude Cole's self-titled debut album. In 1989, he joined the hard rock band, The Cult, performing on several of their albums, including the smash, Sonic Temple (which included one of their biggest hits, "Fire Woman").
He is married to his high school sweetheart Susan and they live in southern Connecticut, where both were born and raised, and maintain, in Curry's words, 'a ridiculously low-key, non-rock 'n' roll lifestyle that involves a lot of baseball games and riding my lawn tractor.'
Musical style and preferences
- Mickey Curry exclusively uses Yamaha Drums and has endorsed the brand for many years.
- Curry's influences include Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Marvin Gaye and Jim Gordon.