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Tommy Clufetos

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Tommy Clufetos
Clufetos performing with Black Sabbath in 2013
Clufetos performing with Black Sabbath in 2013
Background information
Born (1979-12-30) December 30, 1979 (age 44)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal, alternative metal, instrumental rock, hard rock

Tommy Clufetos (born December 30, 1979) is an American session drummer most noted for his work with Black Sabbath during their Black Sabbath Reunion Tour, which highlighted their new album 13. He also toured with them on their final tour. Clufetos is also the drummer for vocalist Ozzy Osbourne as well as the supergroup L.A. Rats.


Clufetos was born in Detroit, Michigan.[citation needed] He attended Rochester Adams High School in Rochester. He began playing drums around the age of six.[1]


Clufetos started playing drums at age seven and went on to join Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (1999) before joining forces with Ted Nugent (2001–2003). He played on Craveman and Love Grenade. After Ted Nugent, Tommy went on to join Alice Cooper's Band for his 2004 tour. He also performed on Alice Cooper's 2004 release Dirty Diamonds. He went on to join Rob Zombie from 2005 to 2010, and played on Zombie's 2006 album Educated Horses, on Zombie's first live release, 2007's Zombie Live, and on 2010s Hellbilly Deluxe 2.

In March 2010 Clufetos quit Rob Zombie to join Ozzy Osbourne. "I have no problem with [Ozzy], nor with Tommy joining his band," said Zombie. "My beef was the way Tommy did it. If he'd come to me and said he wanted to leave, I'd have said that was fine and wished him all the best. He didn't."[2]

Clufetos performing at Hellfest 2016

In May 2012, Clufetos played with Black Sabbath, filling in for original drummer Bill Ward.[3] However, he did not perform on their album 13, as Brad Wilk ended up behind the kit during the sessions. Clufetos returned to Sabbath in April 2013 for their North American tour, starting in Houston on July 25, 2013. Clufetos continued with Sabbath in 2014 with the first show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City, and the final show at Hyde Park, London. In 2015 Clufetos played with Ozzy Osbourne including Ozzfest Japan and others. In late 2015, Clufetos began rehearsals with Sabbath for their farewell tour simply titled "The End", starting on January 20, 2016, in Omaha, Nebraska through to a final show on February 4, 2017, at Birmingham England's Genting arena. He is thus featured on Sabbath's DVD The End.

In May 2021, it was announced that Clufetos joined with previous bandmates Rob Zombie and John 5 as well as Nikki Sixx to form a supergroup called L.A. Rats.[4] Their debut track, "I've Been Everywhere", is from the soundtrack to the Liam Neeson film The Ice Road.[4]

On June 16, 2022 Mötley Crüe began a summer tour at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia.[5] After the band finished their fifth song, drummer Tommy Lee announced to the crowd that he was playing with broken ribs and was not able to finish the set. Lee announced Clufetos as his replacement for the remainder of the show.[6] Clufetos remained with the tour and partially filled in for Lee until Lee was able to fully return on June 28, 2022 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.[7]


Clufetos endorses Drum_Workshop drums, Meinl Percussion cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks & Remo Drumheads .[8]


Alice Cooper[edit]


Ted Nugent[edit]

Lesley Roy[edit]

Rob Zombie[edit]

John 5[edit]

Whitey Kirst[edit]

  • 2012: All Rise!

Black Sabbath[edit]

L.A. Rats[edit]

  • 2021: The Ice Road Soundtrack

Tommy Clufetos[edit]

  • 2021: Tommy's RockTrip: Beat Up By Rock 'N' Roll



  1. ^ Karasinski, Christina Fuoco (February 9, 2011). "Working with Ozzy Osbourne a dream come true for Rochester's Clufetos". Mlive.com. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  2. ^ Dome, Malcolm (March 2011). "Q&A: Rob Zombie". Classic Rock #155. p. 34.
  3. ^ "Heavy Heart :: The Official Geezer Butler Website". May 30, 2013. Archived from the original on May 30, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Squires, John (May 20, 2021). "Rob Zombie Forms New Band L.A. Rats With Nikki Sixx and First Song Will Debut Tomorrow!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  5. ^ Kaufman, Spencer (February 17, 2022). "Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard expand 2022 stadium tour with several more dates". Consequence. Retrieved May 23, 2023.
  6. ^ "Tommy Lee exits Mötley Crüe's reunion tour kickoff 5 songs into set due to broken ribs". June 17, 2022.
  7. ^ "Tommy Lee Performs First Full Mötley Crüe Show Since Breaking Four Ribs". June 29, 2022.
  8. ^ "MEINL CYMBALS... INSPIRE: Artists : Tommy Clufetos". Archive.today. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "IMV - Guitar - John 5". November 7, 2008. Archived from the original on November 7, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  10. ^ "ROB ZOMBIE Drummer TOMMY CLUFETOS releases IMV DVD; Trailer Available". Blabbermouth.net. October 29, 2008. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2008.

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