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Jimmy DeGrasso

Jimmy DeGrasso performs in 2004
Background information
Born March 16, 1963 (1963-03-16) (age 46)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, thrash metal, speed metal, funk metal, crossover thrash, hardcore punk
Occupations Drummer
Instruments Drums
Years active 1986 onward
Associated acts Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, White Lion, Fiona, Suicidal Tendencies, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, MD.45, David Lee Roth, Ministry, F5, Mama's Boys, Hail
Website www.jimmydegrasso.com

Jimmy DeGrasso (born March 16, 1963) is an American heavy metal drummer. He is currently the drummer for F5 and singer Alice Cooper.

DeGrasso was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1981.

DeGrasso has also performed with Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, White Lion, Suicidal Tendencies, and Y&T. More recently, DeGrasso was a member of Megadeth, a multi-platinum heavy metal band.

He was Alice Cooper's drummer who played in Wayne's World (at the very end of the 'Hey Stoopid' tour), South America '95, Summer '96 and '97 tours along with filling in for his good friend Eric Singer in Summer '08. Prior to his work with Alice Cooper, he played with Talas (before they recorded), Suicidal Tendencies and White Lion.

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Career

DeGrasso joined the veteran metal band Y&T in 1986, replacing their original drummer Leonard Haze. He remained with the group into the '90s. He would go on to play on Dave Mustaine's (Megadeth vocalist/guitarist) solo album, MD.45 in 1995. Mustaine asked him to join Megadeth in 1998 as drummer and continue the band's Cryptic Writings Tour. He was asked to play with Megadeth five days before the next show. He walked around with a walkman all day to memorize the songs. DeGrasso recorded and toured behind Megadeth's Risk album in 1999-2000, The World Needs A Hero in 2000-2001 and was featured on Megadeth's first ever live CD and DVD release, Rude Awakening in 2002.

Since Megadeth, DeGrasso has performed at the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival in 2002, Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Australia, Drummer Live in the United Kingdom and toured with Stone Sour (Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor’s side project) and guitar legend Ronnie Montrose. He is a highly sought after session player and drummer.

He currently resides in San Jose, California, where he runs his own drum shop, San Jose Pro Drum.

In late August / early September DeGrasso played 11 shows with Alice Cooper to fill in for Eric Singer while Singer played a few KISS shows in America.

Today DeGrasso is a full time member of a heavy metal band F5 and Hail along with former Megadeth band mate Dave Ellefson.

Former bands as drummer

Discography

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Preceded by
Nick Menza
Megadeth Drummer
1998-2002
Succeeded by
Nick Menza

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