SABIAN is proud to announce that Gregg Bissonette has chosen to play SABIAN cymbals. Gregg is well known in the music industry for being among the finest examples of a professional musician, an effective educator and inspiring artist. His fans and peers have recognized Gregg many times in Readers Polls by major publications like Modern Drummer and DRUM!, and Gregg won the 2015 Modern Drummer poll in the category of #1 Best Studio Drummer.
Gregg currently holds his dream gig as a member of Ringo Starr’s All Starr band. A lifelong fan of Ringo since his father took him to see The Beatles in 1966, he now gets to play alongside one of the architects of Rock ‘n’ Roll. But going from one dream gig to another has been the story of Gregg’s career for over 3 decades, starting with trumpet great Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band back in 1982.
His breakout gig with David Lee Roth and the album Eat ’em & Smile made a star of Gregg, along with bandmates Billy Sheehan and Steve Vai. Gregg has also played with Joe Satriani, Toto and Steve Lukather, Don Henley, Santana, Jeff Lynne and ELO, Spinal Tap, Andy Summers, Jann Arden, Lou Rawls, Ray Charles, Duran Duran, Frank Gambale, and many projects with his bassist/producer brother Matt. He has recorded dozens of soundtracks for TV and Film and released 3 solo albums: Self Titled in 1998, Submarine in 2000 and Warning Will Robinson in 2013, which includes a minus drums CD for drummers to play along. His educational projects include 2 instructional DVDs, regular appearances on DrumChannel.com, his own intensive drum camp, and many highly in-demand clinics the world over.
Gregg says, “I am extremely excited and honored to be a new Sabian cymbal artist!
I have loved and been a big fan of the Sabian sound for many years. I can now say that I have had an amazing experience playing them in many different musical situations. I feel that one of the most important aspects of my career has always been being stylistically diverse. I love all styles of music and I am constantly trying to increase my musical drumming vocabulary. Sabian cymbals give me every option to play in any different style I could imagine. I look forward to a long career of playing and exploring many new great and very musical sounds with Sabian.”
SABIAN President, Andy Zildjian adds, “Gregg has always stood out in the drumming community, not only as a performer, but as a person. He inspires new people to explore the art of drumming and that makes him a special ambassador. Welcome to the family Gregg!”
Learn more about Gregg here: www.GreggBissonette.com.
Catch him on tour this summer with Ringo and his All-Starr Band:
June 3 Lakeview Ampitheater, Syracuse, NY
June 4 Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Salamanca, NY
June 5 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
June 7 Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ
June 8 Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME
June 10 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
June 11 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
June 12 Santander Arena, Reading, PA
June 14 FM Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA
June 15 St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY
June 17 Warner Theatre, Washington DC
June 18 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
June 19 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
June 21 Foellinger Theatre (sold out), Fort Wayne, IN
June 22 PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH
June 23 Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
June 25 Pinewood Bowl Theater, Lincoln, NE
June 26 Hartman Arena, Wichita, KS
June 28 Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
July 1 Humphreys Concerts, San Diego, CA
July 2 The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Photo Credit: Rob Shanahan
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