Gregg Potter

COUNTRY United States      
GROUP BUDDY RICH BAND      

Biography

BORN IN:
Chicago, IL

LIVES IN:
Chicago, IL

DRUMMING SINCE:
I could walk

CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S):
Buddy Rich Band

BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S):
Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Dino Danelli, Ian Paice, Tommy Aldridge and with YOUTUBE there are too many modern influences to list.

FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON:
"Chupacabra", Supermercado
"All Is Forgiven", SIREN

FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN'T PLAY ON:
"Roar of 74", Buddy Rich
"MF Horn Volume One", Maynard Ferguson
"Aja", Steely Dan
"KISS Alive", KISS
"Go For What You Know", Pat Travers Band

CAREER HIGHLIGHT:
Playing the 25th Anniversary Buddy Rich Memorial Concert at the London Palladium with the Buddy Rich Band and sharing the stage with drummers Dave Weckl, Gavin Harrison, John Blackwell, Ian Paice and Ginger Baker.

2012 - Winning an EMMY Award
2009 - SABIAN making me a set of Buddy Rich custom prototype cymbals

FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL:
20" AA Crash/ Ride Brilliant finish

Gregg most recently recieved an EMMY Award along with his band BLACKBOX and Cheap Trick guitar legend Rick Nielsen for their televised live performance.

Gregg's career began when he won the Slingerland/Louie Bellson National Drum Contest at the legendary Frank's Drum Shop in Chicago. Still a teenager, he landed the drumming spot with radio icon Steve Dahl. Along with Dahl and his band, Teenage Radiation, Gregg scored two hit singles, performed on Dahl's radio show, syndicated national shows, Emmy Award-winning television specials, feature film soundtracks, daily morning television shows, and live concert appearances.

Gregg has performed with the likes of Joe Walsh, Rick Nielsen, Cheap Trick, Steve Stevens, Billy Idol, John Entwhistle, The Who, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw, Damn Yankees, and Billy Squier, among others, which led to his first major label record deal with the group, SIREN. Recording, videos, and tours followed when SIREN'S first album, All Is Forgiven garnered two hit singles, received heavy MTV rotation and received massive radio airplay.

Among the many highlights of Gregg's career is his Modern Drummer Magazine affiliation in which he was not only featured but also became a contributing writer. He is a clinician for many of the drum and accessory companies that have endorsed him throughout his career.

Gregg continues playing with national acts, recording, touring, writing, and gaining the respect of his drumming peers.