Hector Juan Samuel "Tico" Torres (born October 7, 1953) is an American musician, artist, and entrepreneur, best known as the drummer, percussionist, and a songwriter for American rock band Bon Jovi. In 2018, Torres was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Bon Jovi.[1]

Tico Torres
Torres in 2009
Torres in 2009
Background information
Birth nameHector Juan Samuel Torres
Also known asTico, The Hitman
Born (1953-10-07) October 7, 1953 (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Musician
  • drummer
  • painter
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1969–present


Hector Juan Samuel Torres was born on October 7, 1953, in New York, and brought up in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. His parents, Emma and Héctor, emigrated from Cuba in 1948.[2] Torres attended John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Iselin.

Music careerEdit

Torres live with Bon Jovi on November 14, 2007 in Montreal.

Torres was a jazz fan as a youth and studied music with Joe Morello. In 1969, he played drums for the psychedelic rock band Six Feet Under. Before joining Bon Jovi in 1983, Torres had already played live with Joe Cerisano's R-Band aka Silver Condor in the New Jersey Rock circuit, and in the studio with Franke and the Knockouts, Pat Benatar, Chuck Berry, Cher, Alice Cooper and Stevie Nicks, recording a total of 26 albums with these artists. Torres was also one of the drummers auditioned by Kiss in 1980 after original drummer Peter Criss left the band.

Torres was the original drummer for the glam rock band T. Roth and Another Pretty Face and played on their 1980 album Face Facts.[3]

Bon JoviEdit

Torres met Alec John Such while playing with a band called Phantom's Opera and it was this friendship which led to him joining Bon Jovi.[4] When Jon Bon Jovi, the lead singer of the band, approached Torres, he was put off by the fact that Jon was 9 years younger than himself. He said it was Jon's charismatic appearance and watching him perform that attracted him to join the band.

Torres is primarily a drummer and percussionist, but he sang lead vocals on a song on the box set 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong, as well as backing vocals on a couple of the early Bon Jovi tracks, notably "Born to Be My Baby" and "Love for Sale".

Other workEdit

Known as "The Hitman," Torres discovered another talent: painting.[5] He has exhibited his art since 1994. The successful first show was at the Ambassador Galleries in Soho, New York. Torres is a self-taught painter, who paints expressive pictures which show scenes from everyday life and his life with the band.

His painting talent was shown in one of the three videos made for the single "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

Torres also owns a fashion line for babies called Rock Star Baby.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Torres and his first wife divorced soon after the formation of Bon Jovi in 1983. In 1996, Torres married Czech-born model Eva Herzigová in Sea Bright, New Jersey. The ceremony was attended by their closest friends and family including Donald Trump and the members of Bon Jovi. The band serenaded Eva and her husband with the hit single "Always" during the dance. Their marriage ended two years later. Torres married Maria Alejandra in September 2001, his third marriage and divorced in 2008) They have a son, Hector Alexander, born on January 9, 2004.[citation needed]

When the Bon Jovi What About Now tour reached Mexico on September 10, 2013, Torres experienced severe abdominal pains and was rushed to the hospital with appendicitis. About two weeks later, on September 22, 2013, he was hospitalized a second time for emergency gall bladder surgery.[7] Rich Scanella filled in for him, and Torres returned to the tour in Fresno CA on October 8, 2013.

Torres is an avid golfer who frequently participates in the Alfred Dunhill Links Pro-Am in St. Andrews, UK, often playing in a foursome with fellow musician and good friend Huey Lewis.[8][9]


Bon JoviEdit

Richie SamboraEdit

Studio albums

T. Roth and Another Pretty FaceEdit

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Bon Jovi". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "BON JOVI DRUMMER BEATS OUT EMOTION ON CANVAS". The Palm Beach Post. March 20, 1996.
  3. ^ "Face Facts". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Read Bon Jovi's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Speeches". Rolling Stone. April 15, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Tico Torres - BON JOVI: Presented by Walnut Street Gallery". walnutst.com. Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  6. ^ "Bon Jovi star keeps faith in brand". Independent. Retrieved December 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Tico Torres Hospitalized For Emergency Gall Bladder Surgery". HuffPost.com.
  8. ^ "2021 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Celebrities in the field". thegolfnewsnet.com. Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  9. ^ Flett, Amie. "Ronan Keating, Peter Jones and Huey Lewis among stars competing in Alfred Dunhill Links 20th anniversary". The Courier. Retrieved December 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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