Tim Pierce

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Tim Pierce
Born1959 (age 60–61)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
GenresAlternative rock, pop, metal
Occupation(s)Session musician
InstrumentsGuitar (acoustic/electric)
LabelsPRA Records

Tim Pierce (born 1959 in Albuquerque) is an American session guitarist. He has worked for artists, such as Crowded House,[1] Goo Goo Dolls,[1] Michael Jackson,[1] Roger Waters,[2] Alice Cooper,[3] Johnny Hallyday,[4] Phil Collins[5] and The Cheetah Girls.[6]

Pierce's parents were not musicians, although his father used to play the trumpet in his youth, which Pierce did not know.[1] He first tasted mainstream success in the early 1980s, when he began recording with Rick Springfield, who was experiencing a resurgence in popularity due to his hit "Jessie's Girl". In addition to playing on the studio recordings that followed, he also joined Springfield's touring band throughout the 80s[7] and appears in several of Springfield's music videos from the era.

Tim has played on many hit songs including contributing second guitar parts on Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over",[1] mandolins and slide guitar on Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris",[1] and a heavy metal rhythm guitar part during the bridge of Michael Jackson's "Black or White", which was inspired by the work of Mötley Crüe.[1]

Pierce has recorded a solo album, Guitarland in 1995, by PRA Records.[8]

He had recently started a YouTube channel where he offers tips he gained from his years in the music industry.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Obrecht, Jas (13 June 2013). "Tim Pierce: The Guitarist with the Golden Touch". PureGuitar.com. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "Roger Waters Amused to Death". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 August 2014. Release Date September 1, 1992
  3. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Alice Cooper: Dragontown". ArtistDirect.com. Retrieved 8 August 2014. CD Release 10/24/2001
  4. ^ "The new Johnny Hallyday studio album planned for November 2014". metronews.fr/ (in French). MetroNews. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. We also find several American musicians like saxophonist Dave McMurray or guitarists Dean Parks and Tim Pierce and American choristers.
  5. ^ "Phil Collins Testify". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 August 2014. Release Date November 12, 2002
  6. ^ "Tim Pierce: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Tim Pierce Interviews Rick". RickSpringfield.com. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Tim Pierce: Guitarland". ArtistsDirect.com. Retrieved 8 August 2014. Released 1995

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