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April 2021:
April 2021
Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault
Tico Torres’ fully restored 1984 Pearl All Maple drum set. Restoration by Chris Hankins.

Tico Torres’ 1984 Bon Jovi Pearl Drumset By 1984, Tico Torres and his band Bon Jovi had worked their way through the ranks of the New Jersey bar scene, had recorded their first album, and were opening for established acts such as KISS and Scorpions. By the end of 1986, …


July 1986:
Tico Torres — Challenges
Tico Torres

When Tico Torres relates his experiences in music, he’s talking about his life, and it’s clear that the two are one and the same. “I’ve definitely got drums in my blood. I’ve got rhythm,” comments Tico. “It comes from in here,” he explains, pointing to his heart. Affectionately dubbed “The …


April 2011:
April 2011 – Volume 35 • Number 4

John “JR” Robinson, Homer Steinweiss, Camille Gainer Jones, Thomas Pridgen, Scott Amendola, Jared Champion, Ismael Cancel, Roger Earl, Stacy Jones, Wells Kelly, Hal Blaine, Susie Ibarra, Tico Torres, Chris Tsagakis


February 2003:
February 2003 – Volume 27 • Number 2

Spüg, Carlos Vega, Rodney Green, Daniel Freedman, Karriem Riggins, Ali Jackson, Carter Beauford, Tico Torres, Patty Schemel, Derek Roddy, Tris Imboden, Darren Lyons, J.D. Blair, Vinnie Colaiuta, Virgil Donati, Scott Rockenfield


November 2000:
November 2000 – Volume 24 • Number 11

John Otto, Tito Puente, Nasheet Waits, Dom Famularo, Anton Fig, Ed Blackwell, Tico Torres, Samantha Maloney, Pat Mastelotto, Billy Conway, Jerome Deupree, Eric Bobo, Lou Dog, William Goldsmith, Paul Leim, Russ Miller, Tony Royster Jr.


March 1990:
March 1990 – Volume 14 • Number 3

In this Issue: Tico Torres, Bill Summers, Boris Williams



Posted: July 9, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres Visits Modern Drummer Online, Part 3

For the third and final segment of Modern Drummer’s Web exclusive interview with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and his longtime drum tech, JD Derosz, the two talk about the transducer drum seat, playing in a band, spending time with family, being on the board for the Amazon Conservation Team, …


Posted: July 1, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres Visits Modern Drummer Online, Part 2

In this Web exclusive video, Cam Patterson of DrumHang sits with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and his longtime drum-tech, JD Derosz. For part two, the guys share stores about repairing Joe Morello’s roof, watching Elvin Jones, recording in the studio, tuning and changing drumheads, and their reason for using …


Posted: June 20, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres Visits Modern Drummer Online, Part 1 (VIDEO)

Tico and his long-time drum-tech JD Derosz check in at sound-check to show us his set-up and brand new DW kit, talk about life on the road for thirty years and playing for the song. “I never take the song out of context, that’s the key. I always believe I’m …


Posted: June 27, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Southside Johnny’s Joe Bellia

I'm a drummer/percussionist in the NJ/NY area and a member of New Jersey's Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. This year I celebrated my tenth year with the band (with a year or two off for good behavior :-).


Posted: June 27, 2008

Joe Bellia of Southside Johnny
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Southside Johnny's Joe Bellia

I'm a drummer/percussionist in the NJ/NY area and a member of New Jersey's Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. This year I celebrated my tenth year with the band (with a year or two off for good behavior :-).


Posted: April 16, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mal Taylor of Your Vegas

‘Sup, guys! This is my very first blog for the Modern Drummer page but fingers crossed it won't be my last, so here goes….


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Tico Torres of Bon Jovi

The last time we spoke to Tico Torres (November 2000), Bon Jovi had just made a triumphant return to the limelight with its eighth album, Crush. That CD’s success brought their total album sales to over 90 million. In 2003, Bon Jovi will celebrate its twentieth year in the music …



Posted: April 22, 2021

Episode 30 Tico Torres
Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 30: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola with Tico Torres

Episode 30: David Frangioni & Billy Amendola feature interview with Tico Torres Welcome to this week’s Modern Drummer podcast with Billy Amendola, David Frangioni, and the multi-platinum-sold-out arena-selling drummer of supergroup Bon Jovi, “The Hitman” himself Tico Torres. Since the mid-eighties, Tico and the band have released over thirty albums …