Tico Torres

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Tico Torres
Tico Torres Bon Jovi at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Torres in 2009
Background information
Birth name Hector Juan Samuel Torres
Also known as Tico, The Hit Man
Born (1953-10-07) October 7, 1953 (age 62)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer, painter
Instruments
Years active 1969–present
Associated acts
Notable instruments
Pearl drums
DW drums and pedals
Paiste cymbals
Remo drumheads
Ahead drumsticks
LP percussion

Hector Juan Samuel "Tico" Torres (born October 7, 1953) is an American drummer and percussionist for the rock band Bon Jovi. He also has taken lead vocals on a song on the box set 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong, as well as backing vocals on a couple of the early Bon Jovi tracks, notably "Born to Be My Baby" and "Love for Sale".

Childhood[edit]

Hector Juan Samuel Torres was born on October 7, 1953, in New York, and brought up in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. His parents, Emma and Héctor, immigrated from Cuba in 1948.[1] He attended John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Iselin.[citation needed] He has a sister called Opi.

Music career[edit]

Tico Torres live with Bon Jovi on November 14, 2007 in Montreal.

Torres was a jazz fan as a youth and studied music with Joe Morello. In 1969 he played drums for the psychedelic rock band Six Feet Under. Before joining Bon Jovi in 1983 he had already played live with Joe Cerisano's R-Band aka Silver Condor in the New Jersey Rock circuit, and in the studio with Franke and the Knockouts, Pat Benatar, Chuck Berry, Cher, Alice Cooper and Stevie Nicks, recording a total of 26 albums with these artists. Tico was also one of the drummers auditioned by Kiss in 1980 after original drummer Peter Criss left the band.

Torres was the original drummer for the glam rock band T. Roth and Another Pretty Face and played on their debut album Face Facts.[2]

Bon Jovi[edit]

Main article: Bon Jovi

Tico met Alec John Such while playing with a band called Phantom's Opera and it was this friendship which led to him joining Bon Jovi. When Jon Bon Jovi, the lead singer of the band, approached Torres, he was put off by the fact that Jon was 9 years younger than he was. Regardless of this he said it was Jon's charismatic appearance and watching Jon perform that attracted him to join the band.

Equipment[edit]

Tico Torres is an endorser of DW Drums and hardware since 2013, previously he had endorsed by Pearl Drums for over 25 years. He uses Signature & 2oo2 Paiste cymbals, his signature Ahead Tico Torres drumsticks/gloves/griptape, Remo drumheads, Coated Emperor X on the snare (Ambassador *resonate* Snare), Coated Emperors on (top) and Clear Ambassadors (on resonate toms/floor toms), Coated Powerstroke 3 on the bass drums 22 x 18 x'2 (Ebony Powerstroke 3 (Remo), Pro-Mark Thunder Rods & Hot Rods, DW bass drum pedals and hi-hat stands (DW 5000 and 9000 series). When the band was on Oprah in 2005 in the studio recordings he was using Pearl Eliminator PowerShifter bass drum pedal and a hi-hat stand but when performing live he still uses DW pedals, LP percussion and Beato bags.

Current Kit Setup

DW Collector Series Drums, Cherry Shells (custom finish with Tico's custom artwork)

  • 22x18" bass drums x2
  • 12x9" rack tom
  • 13x10" rack tom
  • 16x16" floor tom
  • 18x16" floor tom
  • 14x6.5" maple snare drum

Paiste Signature Cymbals

The cymbals are listed below are from left to right

  • 16" Power crash
  • 10" Splash
  • 14" Heavy hi-hat
  • 18" Power crash
  • 16" Power crash
  • 20" Power crash
  • 2oo2 22" Power ride
  • 2oo2 20" China
  • 16" Power crash

LP percussion

  • Mountable Cyclops tambourines with dimpled brass jingles x2
  • Stealth jam blocks x2
  • Lu 90 bar chimes (Custom black finish)

Previous Gear

January 2008 - April 2013

Pearl Reference Series Drums, (custom finish with Tico's custom artwork)

  • 22x18" bass drums x2
  • 12x9" rack tom
  • 13x10" rack tom
  • 16x16" floor tom
  • 18x16" floor tom
  • 14x6.5" snare drum

Paiste Signature Cymbals

The cymbals are listed below are from left to right

  • 16" Power crash
  • 10" Splash
  • 14" Heavy hi-hat
  • 18" Power crash
  • 16" Power crash
  • 20" Power crash
  • 2oo2 22" Power ride
  • 2oo2 20" China
  • 16" Power crash

LP percussion

  • Mountable Cyclops tambourines with dimpled brass jingles x2
  • Stealth jam blocks x2
  • Lu 90 bar chimes (Custom black finish)

November 2005 - August 2007

Pearl Masterworks Series Drums, (custom finish with Tico's custom artwork)

  • 22x18" bass drums x2
  • 12x8" rack tom
  • 13x9" rack tom
  • 16x16" floor tom
  • 18x16" floor tom
  • 14x6.5" snare drum

Paiste Signature Cymbals

The cymbals are listed below are from left to right

  • 16" Power crash
  • 10" Splash
  • 14" Heavy hi-hat
  • 18" Power crash
  • 16" Power crash
  • 20" Power crash
  • 2oo2 22" Power ride
  • 2oo2 20" China
  • 16" Power crash

LP percussion

  • Mountable Cyclops tambourines with dimpled brass jingles x2
  • Low-Pitch jam blocks x2
  • Lu 90 bar chimes

September 2002 - September 2005

Pearl Masterworks Series Drums, (red sparkle with chrome hardware)

  • 22x18" bass drums x2
  • 12x8" rack tom
  • 13x9" rack tom
  • 16x16" floor tom
  • 18x18" floor tom
  • 14x6.5" Pearl Tico Torres Signature snare drum, 14x6.5" Pearl SensiTone brass snare drum, 14x6.5" Pearl SensiTone phosphor bronze snare drum and a 14x6.5" Pearl SensiTone aluminum snare drum all with Coated Emperor X heads

Paiste Signature Cymbals

The cymbals are listed below are from left to right

  • 16" Power crash
  • 10" Splash
  • 14" Heavy hi-hat
  • 18" Power crash
  • 14" Full crash
  • 20" Power crash
  • 22" Power ride
  • 2oo2 20" China
  • 16" Power crash

LP percussion

  • Mountable Cyclops tambourines with dimpled brass jingles x2
  • Low-Pitch jam blocks x2
  • Lu 90 bar chimes

Percussion/Acoustic Gear When Bon Jovi was having more acoustic gigs in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Tico had to use percussion and lower volume drum set components with the acoustic guitars, So he used a Pearl 13" Piccolo snare with a Remo Coated Ambassador for "Love For Sale" and "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead". He also used various LP tambourines, shakers, maracas, chimes, and congas for songs like "Blood on Blood", "Livin' on a Prayer", and "Wanted Dead or Alive". He include some of his Paiste cymbals and he usually had a 10" Signature splash and either a 16" or 18" Signature Full or Fast crash. He used Pro-Mark rods and he also used Pearl hardware.

Art[edit]

Known as "The Hitman," Tico discovered another talent: painting. He has exhibited his art since 1994. The successful first show was at the Ambassador Galleries in Soho, New York. Tico is a self-taught painter, who paints expressive pictures which show scenes from everyday life and the life with the band.

His painting talent was shown in one of the three videos made for the single "Who Says You Can't Go Home." There is a scene in one of the videos showing Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Richie Sambora painting a wall of a house a solid color, while Tico is at the other end of the room, painting an extravagant picture of a house surrounded by a multi-colored heart on the same wall. His art can be found at http://www.walnutst.com/.

He also owns a fashion line for babies called Rock Star Baby (selling baby clothing, strollers, soft toys, jewelry and furniture, etc.), which is viewable at http://www.rockstarbaby.com

Personal life[edit]

Tico and his first wife divorced soon after the formation of Bon Jovi in 1983. In 1996, Torres married Czech-born model Eva Herzigová in Sea Bright, New Jersey. The ceremony was attended by their closest friends and family including Donald Trump and the members of Bon Jovi. The band serenaded Eva and her husband with the hit single "Always" during the dance. Their marriage ended two years later. Tico married Maria Alejandra in September 2001, his third marriage. They have a son, Hector Alexander, born on January 9, 2004.[3]

Discography[edit]

Bon Jovi[edit]

Main article: Bon Jovi discography

Richie Sambora[edit]

Studio albums

T. Roth and Another Pretty Face[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]