Clufetos performing with Black Sabbath in Birmingham, 2017
|Birth name||Tommy Clufetos|
December 30, 1979 |
Detroit, Michigan, US
|Genres||Heavy metal, alternative metal, instrumental rock, hard rock|
|Associated acts||Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath|
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. He's also the drummer for Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.
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 Rob Zombie's 2006 album Educated Horses, on Zombie's first live release, 2007's Zombie Live, and on 2010's Hellbilly Deluxe 2.
In March 2010 Clufetos had quit Rob Zombie to join Ozzy Osbourne. As of May 2012 Clufetos played with Black Sabbath, filling in for original drummer Bill Ward. However, he did not perform on their latest album, 13, as Brad Wilk ended up behind the kit during the recording sessions. Clufetos returned to playing with Black Sabbath in April 2013 as the drummer for their North American tour, starting with the opening show in Houston on July 25, 2013. Clufetos continued with Black Sabbath in 2014 with the first show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York,and the final show at Hyde Park, London. In 2015 Clufetos played shows with Ozzy Osbourne including Ozzfest Japan and others. In late 2015 Clufetos began rehearsals with Black Sabbath for their farewell tour simply titled "The End", with the first show starting on January 20, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska, with another 57 shows currently scheduled.
- 2005: Dirty Diamonds
- 2008: Unbeautiful
- 2012: All Rise!
- 1999: Rock n' Roll Greats - In Concert - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
- 2001: Full Bluntal Nugity - Ted Nugent
- 2006: "Ozzfest: 10th Anniversary" - Rob Zombie
- 2008: IMV Behind the Player (instructional DVD) - Tommy makes an appearance on John 5's guitar instructional DVD for IMV
- 2008: IMV Behind the Player (instructional DVD) with Tommy Clufetos.
- 2010: IMV Behind the Player (instructional DVD) Tommy makes an appearance on Ace Frehley's instructional DVD on the song "Shock Me"
- 2013: Live... Gathered in Their Masses - Black Sabbath
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