Tony "Thunder" Smith is a world-renowned drummer, vocalist and producer, having worked with some of the most legendary artists of all time.

Today, Tony is touring and recording with Lou Reed, and is endorsed by major drum and percussion companies. He has been involved in a variety of film, commercial and musical projects, both at home in the U.S. and internationally.

Tony has had the honor of performing for President Clinton, President Haval of the Czech Republic and Pope John Paul. His musical opinions are often sought by leading musical publications and his work has been featured in news articles across the globe.

Tony's discography speaks of his ability to handle any kind of musical challenge. From complex instrumental numbers by John McLaughlin to the hard driving Jan Hammer Group, which he co-founded. Despite the demands, Tony consistantly brings his energy and distinct style to projects, ranging from rock, r'and'b, funk to fusion, latin, jazz and folk.

Tony's mark is his melodic approach to rhythm and ability to inject life into the music he performs. This is clearly evident when creating drum sequences or loops for artists' albums - Tony always displays a true drummer's sensibility.

His years of experience and understanding of all aspects of the recording and touring process has made him a top choice among producers worldwide. This experience has also enabled him to delve into commercial soundtrack production, where he is actively involved in scoring original music for film and television.


 Video Interview with Tony Smith
  Hear stories about Tony's early history as a session musician as well as how he began playing with Lou Reed and teaching at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Tony's stick of choice:
American Sound® 8D
Like the 7A‚ with a bit more reach.
L = 16" | Dia. = .540"
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Tony's Discography:

Tony "Thunder" Smith's Funk/Fusion Ensemble (BCM 2006)
Tony "Thunder" Smith Live at the BPC (BCM 2005)
Lou Reed Live in Spain /Spanish Fly (Sanctuary Records 2005)
Lou Reed Live at Montreux (Eagle Rock Entertainment 2005)
Bill Chinnock Promise Land (East Coast Records 2003)
Lou Reed Live at the White House (Reprise 1998)
Lou Reed Raven (Reprise 2003)
Lulu and Bambou Ne dis Rien Manon (Virgin 2001)
David Coburn Comes the Dawn (2001)
Lou Reed Ecstasy (Reprise 2000)
Lou Reed Perfect Night (Reprise 1998)
Scott Allen Super Natural (VMG 1998)
Block Timing is Everything (Java 1998)
Big Open Road Big Open Road (1998)
Deepak Chopra Gift of Love (1998)
Nomad Songman (Australian Music Int. 1999)
Marianne Faithfull Compilating - Isolating (Island Rec. 1997)
Pat Dinizio Songs and Sounds (Velvet Rec. 1997)
Lou Reed Set the Twilight Reeling (Reprise 1996)
Robert Miller Group Prisoners of Love (32 Rec. 1996)
Joe Taylor Spellbound (RCA 1995)
Bill Linton and Jerry Jemmott New York View (Blues Inter. 1995)
Christine Lavin Please Don't Make Me Too Happy (Shanachie 1995)
Mann Bros. The Mann Brothers (DMP Rec. 1994)
Robert Miller Miles Behind (Catwalk Rec. 1993)
Luico Hopper Lessons of Light (Catwalk Rec. 1993)
Miles High Big Skies (Mad Park Rec. 1993)
Gary Lucas Gods and Monsters (Enemy Rec. 1991)
Gary Lucas Bad Boys of the Arctic
Serge Gainsbourg Live at Au Zenith (Phonogram Fr. 1989)
Serge Gainsbourg You're Under Arrest (Phonogram Fr. 1988)
Serge Gainsbourg Live at Casino de Paris (Phonogram Fr. 1987)
Carlos Alomar Dream Generator (Private Music 1987)
Jane Birkin Jane (Phonogram 1986)
Bambou Bambou (Phonogram 1986)
Charlotte Gainsbourg Forever Charlotte (Phonogram Fr. 1986)
Nelson Rangell Nelson Rangell (1985)
Darryll Dobson The Mind Electric (Inner City Music 1985)
Clive Stevens and BrainChild Mystery Man (Frog Rec. 1984)
Bill Chinnock Boys On The Avenue (Leon Russell 1984)
Yoshiaki Masuo Boogie Hotel (CBS/Sony 1983)
Alain Bellaiche Kirlian Effect (Tabata Rec. Fr. 1982)
John McLaughlin The One Truth Band Electric Dreams (CBS 1979)
John McLaughlin Electric Guitarist (CBS 1978)
Jan Hammer Group Black Sheep (Nemperor 1978)
Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer Group Live (Epic 1977)
Jan Hammer Group Melodies (Nemperor 1977)
Jan Hammer Group Oh Yeah (Nemperor 1976)
Jose "Chepito" Areas Jose "Chepito" Areas (CBS 1974)
Carlos Santana Welcome (Columbia 1974)
Malo Ascension (WB 1973)
Malo Dos (WB 1972)
Papa John Creach Papa John Creach (Grunt Rec. 1972)

For more on Tony, visit his website!