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Jimmy DeGrasso performs in 2004
||March 16, 1963
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United
||Hard rock, heavy
metal, funk metal,
||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
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
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.
DeGrasso joined the veteran metal band Y&T in 1986, replacing their original
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
Since Megadeth, DeGrasso has performed at the prestigious Modern
Drummer Festival in 2002, Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Australia, Drummer Live in
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.
bands as drummer