Steve Ferrone

261 – Steve Ferrone: Making a name for himself

Steve Ferrone has been the drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers since 1994 after replacing their original drummer, Stan Lynch. While most people recognize him as the drummer for the heartbreakers, few people know about his long resume of other acts, including: Average White Band, Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Rick James, Whitney Houston and many others. Steve’s Journey has been a windy road of discovery and adventure filled with pocket and groove.

If you don’t write your own script, someone else will write it for you. – Chase Jarvis (Tweet this)

Steve Ferrone Talks about:

  • Discovering his real name
  • Getting his first gig
  • His stint in Italy
  • How one gig has always lead to another
  • His approach to groove
  • Why everyone should have the chance to play in a band like the Heartbreakers
  • Playing with Prince
  • Much more

Resources / People / Links mentioned:

Steve Ferrone Plays:

  • Gretsch Drums
  • DW Hardware
  • Promark Drumsticks
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Remo Heads

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