Smoking! Top Drummers Who Smoked While Drumming in the Rock Era

cworrick

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Drums and guitars are one thing. I'm constantly surprised at the number of famous "wind" instrument players that smoke /smoked. For them their lungs are their livelihood and that affects them both on and off stage.

I had the chance to see THE Tonight Show Band when they did their farewell tour after Johnny called it quits. I got Ed and Doc's autographs on my music fraternity (which they are both members) paddle at that show. I caught Ed sneaking out the side door. I got to meet Doc backstage. He was smoking away on something....not American. Hearing him play I would have never guessed that he smoked.
 

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when in Rome, do as the Romanians do ....

 

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Bun's at No. 3 for the level of difficulty of his great playing of high-BPM songs while wearing a white dress shirt.

I still have fond memories of Cheap Trick opening for Styx at the Rosemont Arena in Chicago, early 80's. I watched Bun set down one stick on his trap table (full of sticks), grab his smokes, light one up, and then grab the stick back, during a song. NEVER missed a beat. :)
 

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Back in the pre covid touring daze our little combo who had just as many cigarette smokers as non smokers had/have a "rule" of no smoking tobacco on stage....no exceptions.
However we have a little dub toon entitled Jumbo Spliff, which over the years became an anthem of sorts.
No we did not light one up ourselves, however the audience did and of course a few found their way onto the stage.....one gets pretty adept at keeping things going while having a draw....

On another note a well worn guitar was the one with the burn marks on the headstock....especially Strats....mostly blues folks.
Also the late great jazz drummer Claude Ranger was known to light up a smoke and keep it in his mouth while the whole thing burned down to the end....ashes intact.....obviously not a head banger.
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Used to play in the country bars on Whiskey Row in Prescott AZ in the 80's/90's...

Guitar player would light a cigarette between songs, take a puff then place the smoke carefully in an ashtray sitting on top of his amp (cigarette was still burning of course). Amp was right next to my drums. I played in a cloud of smoke.

I eventually had to have a talk with him.

OTOH, I would bum a smoke off of the band leader (Winston Reds) before the gig and sit at the bar with a cigarette and a coffee before we had to start playing. I would chat with the lovely bartender between long drags on my only cigarette of the day. Good times in the '80's!!!
Prescott AZ….. best Steak I ever had . That log cabin restaurant on the Main Street . Sorry , can’t think of the name .
 

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Yeah, Neil was a big smoker. I was surprised (not sure why) to see Steve Ferone smoking in the TP documentary. But really, that was one smoking band. Every member smoked I believe.

To that, both my bands now have no smokers. Personally, never been a smoker. What broke me from ever wanting to smoke was both my parents were and taking long car trips was miserable.... So glad to see bars change.
 

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Drums and guitars are one thing. I'm constantly surprised at the number of famous "wind" instrument players that smoke /smoked. For them their lungs are their livelihood and that affects them both on and off stage.

I had the chance to see THE Tonight Show Band when they did their farewell tour after Johnny called it quits. I got Ed and Doc's autographs on my music fraternity (which they are both members) paddle at that show. I caught Ed sneaking out the side door. I got to meet Doc backstage. He was smoking away on something....not American. Hearing him play I would have never guessed that he smoked.
Back in the day ,one of the local dance bands (Joe Silvo's band) had a sax player that could take a drag on a cigarette,chug a beer and come back off a 4 bar break on time and on beat.
 

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I remember seeing Ferrone smoking on Wildflowers tour. I think it was a joint but not sure.
 


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