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Gregg Bissonette (born June 9, 1959) is an American drummer. He has been a touring, session recording, and full-time drummer in many jazz and rock bands. He is primarily known being part of the David Lee Roth band, and for his instructional videos and drum clinics.[1] He is the brother of bass player Matt Bissonette, who for a short while joined Gregg in Roth's band.

Gregg Bissonette
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Bissonette in concert
Background information
Born (1959-06-09) June 9, 1959 (age 60)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresPop, rock, jazz
Associated actsDavid Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Ringo Starr, Spinal Tap, Steve Vai, Electric Light Orchestra, Toto, Bee Gees


One of Bissonette's first recordings was Brandon Field's The Other Side of the Story in 1985. It featured David Garfield on keyboards. A few years later Bissonette would start playing shows with Field, Garfield and Steve Lukather on guitar and with John Peña on bass as Los Lobotomys. These shows took place at the Baked Potato, a jazz club and restaurant in Los Angeles, California, playing rock, Latin, and jazz.

Bissonnette got his big break joining former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. The band included guitarist Steve Vai and future Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan. During 1985-1992 Gregg appeared on all three US Billboard 200 hit albums Eat 'Em and Smile (no.4) Skyscraper (no.6) and A Little Ain't Enough (no.18)[2] and the subsequent world tours.[3]

In 1990 and 1993, Bissonette released drum videos Private Lesson[4] and Playing, Reading & Soloing with a Band,[5][6] respectively. Private Lesson covers a variety of topics including double bass drumming, rudiments (with a backsticking technique from the snare drum solo Tornado[7] by Mitch Markovich), playing with a metronome and brushes.

In late 1995, Toto was beginning their Tambu tour when Simon Phillips developed back problems. Phillips asked Bissonette to fill in for him during the tour's first leg.

He played drums on Santana's album Supernatural (1999).[8] In 2007, he recorded on the album La La Land by Daniel Glen Timms.[9]

Bissonette can be heard on a number of rock instrumental and progressive rock albums, including The Extremist by Joe Satriani, Temporal by Shadrane, Deep Forest by Deep Forest, Bass Invader by Martin Motnik, Inner Galactic Fusion Experience by Richie Kotzen, Shadow King by Steve Fister, Revolution Road by Rocket Scientists, In the Eye of Time by Vox Tempus, Bug Alley[10] and the soundtrack to the movie The Endless Summer II by Gary Hoey.[11]

In 2012, Bissonette played drums on several tracks featured on Docker's Guild's album The Mystic Technocracy: Season 1: The Age Of Ignorance, the progressive rock space opera masterminded by the French-American musician, teacher, and ethno-musicologist Douglas R. Docker.[12]



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  4. ^ Gregg Bissonette (1990). Private Lesson (VHS). New York: DCI Music Video. OCLC 22866873. Retrieved 2013-03-13.
  5. ^ Olson, Rex; Bissonette, Gregg (1993). Playing, Reading & Soloing with a Band (VHS video). Miami, Florida: CPPMedia : DCI Music Video. OCLC 32400704.
  6. ^ Bissonette, Gregg (1993). Bill Reeve (ed.). Playing, Reading & Soloing with a Band (Musical score). Chris Brady. Miami, Florida: Manhatten Music. OCLC 68957968.
  7. ^ Markovich, Mitch (1966). Tornado. Rudimental Contest Series (musical score ed.). Creative Music. OCLC 7895690. 10-305. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  8. ^ "Supernatural - Santana". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Daniel Glen Timms: Discography". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
  10. ^ "Gary Hoey: Discography". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
  11. ^ a b "The Endless Summer II: Credits". Retrieved 2013-02-24.
  12. ^ "LION MUSIC - the progressive, neoclassical & hard rock label". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  13. ^ "Gregg Bissonette: credits". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  14. ^ "Gregg Bissonette: Discography". Retrieved 2013-02-24.

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