Today, December 9, is Thommy Price’s birthday! I thought we could start the celebration by resurrecting an awesome interview he did with David Iozzia in 2007:
Dave: At your MySpace page, you state that although you had been playing on Joan Jett and The Blackhearts records, you weren’t in the band. After seeing them play at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, you joined a perfect rock and roll gang. Did you have to change “your game” to fit in or did you see anything watching from the audience that you wanted to tweak?
THOMMY: They were a great band, and I wanted to be a part of what was going on. I didn’t agree with what was going on drum-wise. That’s the reason I thought they needed me. I think that my drumming made them a better band.
Thommy, your drumming makes The Blackhearts a GREAT band, and I will always be grateful that you were born. I heard YOUR drums at the beginning of “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” which is the song that started all of my Jetthead insanity. (Now you all know who to blame!)
Read the rest of the interview HERE.
Read more about Thommy’s career and his solo work on his Myspace page, and his official website.
Follow the jump to see some of my favorite drum tracks from Mr. Thommy Price, in no particular order. Which ones are YOUR favorites?
1. “Change the World,” from Sinner:
2. “Back it Up,” from Up Your Alley:
3. My initiation into the Jetthead fandom:
4. “The Only Good Thing You Ever Said Was Goodbye,” from Notorious:
5. “You Got a Problem,” from Pure and Simple. This one wasn’t on YouTube.
And here’s Thommy fronting his own band at The Knitting Factory in New York: