Luzier during a Korn concert in April 2010
|Birth name||Raymond Lee Luzier|
June 14, 1970|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Origin||West Newton, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
Life and career
Ray Luzier was raised in West Newton, Pennsylvania, a small town an hour outside of Pittsburgh on a 180-acre farm. He began playing drums at age five, and although basically self-taught, he participated in high school jazz, concert, and marching bands. After graduating in 1988, Luzier moved to Hollywood, California to pursue an education at the Musicians Institute. He graduated in 1989 with a degree from MI's Percussion Institute of Technology. Luzier later returned as an instructor at Musicians Institute (1992–2001), where he taught rock-style drumming classes and gave private lessons.
Luzier is well known for his work with David Lee Roth, whom he played drums for from 1997–2005. Luzier has also played with The Hideous Sun Demons, a progressive-rock/fusion trio formed with DLR bandmembers Toshi Hiketa (guitar) and James LoMenzo (bass). Luzier became the drummer for Steel Panther shortly after the band formed in 1997. He remained with Steel Panther for six years until he was let go by the band when Luzier refused to stop touring with David Lee Roth. In 2004, Luzier released an instructional DVD. It features a wide variety of lessons, including double-bass technique, drum fills, motion exercises, and warm-ups. It was released through Hal Leonard Publishing Co.
In January 2006, Luzier appeared at the NAMM in Anaheim, California with Billy Sheehan and Toshi Hiketa. Robert DeLeo and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots appeared at the same NAMM venue as part of an impromptu band put together by Steve Ferrone. After seeing Luzier’s performance, the DeLeo brothers invited Luzier to join Army of Anyone, the band they were putting together with vocalist Richard Patrick of the band Filter.
In 2007, after original drummer David Silveria had left (in 2006), Korn hired many touring drummers including Joey Jordison of Slipknot. Jordison left due to preparation for the recording of Slipknot’s new album All Hope Is Gone. Consequently, Korn was then looking for a new drummer; and Luzier reportedly flew to Seattle to audition for Korn with James "Munky" Shaffer and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu. When told to learn only five of their songs, Luzier learned 30. After an amazing audition, Luzier was immediately invited to join Korn.
Luzier played his first show with Korn on January 13, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland and played with the band throughout 2008. Korn recorded their ninth studio album together with Ray and their original producer Ross Robinson. Korn frontman Jonathan Davis revealed that Luzier is now an official member of the band. Ray made "UltimateRockGods" Artist Of The Month for July.
Luzier also played live with Stone Temple Pilots for a couple of the band’s shows on their reunion tour in October filling in for drummer Eric Kretz, who took time off due to the death of his father. In November 2010, Luzier played drums for the immensely popular Japanese band, Kat-Tun on their song “Change UR World.” It was Kat-Tun‘s thirteenth number one single on the Oricon charts.
Luzier has two sons: Hudson Ray Luzier (born February 15, 2011) and Beck Jagger Luzier (born March 17, 2015)
Ray Luzier's kit is often changed slightly to fit the style of the artist he performs or records with. He currently endorses Pearl Drums, Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads, DW hardware, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Factory Metal Percussion Cymbals. Despite the fact he endorses Pearl, he has been spotted playing ddrum and Orange County Drum and Percussion (OCDP), companies he had previously endorsed.
The Paradigm Shift Tour Kit: Pearl Reference Series (Natural Maple with Black Hardware)
- 24x18" Kick Drums (x2)
- 10x8" Tom
- 13x8" Tom
- 16x16" Floor Tom
- 18x16" Floor Tom
- 20x14" Gong Drum
- 14x6.5" Free Floating Maple snare drum
- 14x6.5" Reference snare drum (possibly used for triggering)
- LP Ridge Rider Cowbell
- Snare: Remo Coated Emperor X or Coated Emperor over Remo Ambassador Hazy
- Toms: Remo Clear Emperor over Remo Clear Ambassador
- 14" mounted floor tom/gong drum: Remo Clear Emperor over Remo Controlled Sound Clear Black Dot
- Bass: Remo Clear Powerstroke 3 over Remo Ebony Ambassador with Korn logo
- Drum Workshop 9000 series pedals
- DW 9000 series "Cage" Rack System
- Moongel Dampening Pads
- Yamaha Electronics
David Lee Roth
Army of Anyone
- 2006: Army of Anyone
- 2010: Korn III: Remember Who You Are
- 2011: The Path of Totality
- 2013: The Paradigm Shift
- 2016: The Serenity of Suffering
- 2008: Nightmare Revisited, (track 10 "Kidnap the Sandy Claws")
Jonathan Davis and the SFA
- 2011: "Alone I Play / Live at the Union Chapel"
- 2018: Black Labyrinth, Jonathan Davis
- 2010: Change Ur World - Kat-Tun with Ray on drums
- 2009: A Song for Chi, Various artists
- 2008: Billy Sheehan "Holy Cow"
- 2008: Repo! The Genetic Opera Official Soundtrack
- 2008: Goaded "To Die is Gain"
- 2006: Billy Sheehan "Cosmic Troubadour"
- 2005: Goaded "Goaded"
- 2003: "Hideous Sun Demons"
- 2002: "Honky MoFo" (featuring Ricky Wolking)
- 2002: Tracy G "Deviating From the Setlist"
- 2001: Tracy G "Katt Gutt"
- 2001: Zac Maloy Band
- 2001: Jason Becker Tribute CD
- 2001: Freak Power Ticket "Rock Hard Compilation"
- 2000: Driven 4 Song Promo Cd With Tracy G
- 1999: Tracy G's "Driven"
- 1998: Medicine Wheel "Small Talk"
- 1998: Mike Hartman "Black Glue"
- 1998: Freak Power Ticket
- 1997: Medicine Wheel "Immoral Fabric"
- 1996: Jeffology (Tribute to Jeff Beck) with Jake E. Lee
- 1995: Darren Housholder "Symphonic Aggression"
- 1994: Hard Rock Magazine Compilation CD. Band: Medicine Wheel
- 1994: Howling Iguanas
- 1994: Metal Edge Compilation "Best of L.A."
- 1994: Medicine Wheel "First Things First"
- 1993: T.J. Martell Foundation Benefit CD. Band: Ivory Tower
- 1993: Darren Housholder "Generator Man"
- 1993: Toby Knapp "Guitar Distortion"
- 1993: Tony Fredianelli "Breakneck Speed"
- 1993: Shrapnel Guitar Greats Compilation
- 1993: Concrete Foundations Forum Compilation
- 1992: Darren Housholder
- 1990: 9.0 "Too Far Gone"
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- "Ray Luzier | SABIAN Cymbals". Sabian.com. Retrieved October 21, 2011.