Tim Pierce

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Tim Pierce
Born1959 (age 59–60)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
GenresAlternative rock, pop, metal
Occupation(s)Session musician
LabelsPRA Records

Tim Pierce (born 1959 in Albuquerque) is an American session guitarist. He has worked for artists, such as Rick Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Johnny Van Zant, Meat Loaf, Patty Smith, Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson,[1] Joan Armatrading, Madonna, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Roger Waters,[2] Ricky Martin, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, The Doobie Brothers, Elton John, Peter Cetera, Alice Cooper,[3] Shakira, Carlos Santana, Ozzy Osbourne, Seo Taiji, Luis Jara, Vasco Rossi, Eros Ramazzotti, Jovanotti, Christina Aguilera, Tracy Chapman, 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 80's[7] and appears in several of Springfield's music videos from the era. Another one of his early gigs was playing all guitars on Bon Jovi's debut single, "Runaway." Using this experience as a launching pad, he began extending his talents to other musicians, and he has since appeared as a session musician on countless albums.[6]

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


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b "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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