Tony Palermo

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Tony Palermo
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Tony Palermo
Background information
Birth name Anthony Joseph Palermo
Born (1979-11-22) November 22, 1979 (age 36)
San Jose, California
Genres Hard rock, punk rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 2004-present
Labels Eleven Seven Music, DGC/Interscope, Geffen, Lava, Epitaph, Abydos
Associated acts Papa Roach
Unwritten Law

Anthony "Tony" Joseph Palermo (born November 22, 1972 in San Jose, California) is the current drummer of Californian rock band Papa Roach[1] and is the former drummer of punk rock band Pulley and post-grunge band Unwritten Law. He was also a touring drummer for Sixx:A.M. in summer 2008.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Ten Foot Pole[edit]

Main article: Ten Foot Pole

Tony Palermo began his career as the drummer for the Los Angeles punk band Ten Foot Pole.

Unwritten Law[edit]

Main article: Unwritten Law

Tony Palermo was the drummer for Unwritten Law, with which he was featured on the albums, Here's to the Mourning, and The Hit List. While in Unwritten Law, he was asked to be a touring drummer for Papa Roach before becoming a full-time member.


Main article: Pulley (band)

Tony Palermo is no longer the drummer for the punk rock band Pulley, after the departure of Jordan Burns, Tony took over but now, Metal Bob is behind the kit.

Current bands[edit]

Main article: Papa Roach

When Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner was sent to rehab in 2007, the band asked Tony Palermo if he would be willing to play drums for the band live. During the tour, the band formed a relationship with Palermo. In January 2008, when Dave left the band for good, Papa Roach asked Tony to be the band's permanent drummer. It was the band's first line-up change since 1996, also the first since signing with a major label. Tony is featured on 4 Papa Roach's albums, Metamorphosis, Time for Annihilation, The Connection, and F.E.A.R.. In combination as member from Papa Roach was Tony also a touring drummer for Sixx:A.M. while the band was on the Crüe Fest tour, while the band was featured in the tour along with Papa Roach.[3]


Drums (Pearl Masterworks in Black Sparkle 6 ply Maple shells)

  • 26x16 kick drum (x2)
  • 14x9 rack tom
  • 16x14 floor tom
  • 18x14 floor tom
  • 14x6.5 Ultracast snare

Cymbals (Sabian AAX and Paragon)

Paiste cymbals (late 1990s-2011)

  • 18" 2002 novo china
  • 14" 2002 heavy hi-hats
  • 19" Signature power crash
  • 20" Signature power crash
  • 20" Signature reflector heavy full crash
  • 22" Signature reflector heavy full crash
  • 22" 2002 crash
  • 22" 2002 power ride