Drummer Terry Bozzio talks Zappa, Beefheart, and that massive drumkit
He’s best known for working alongside Frank Zappa, but self-confessed workaholic Terry Bozzio has had a multitude of side projects. Here, he shares some of the best stories from his career
Terry Bozzio isn’t someone known for sitting back and taking things easy. The Grammy Award-winning drummer who came to prominence with Frank Zappa albums such as Zoot Allures and Sheik Yerbouti in the 1970s is a self-confessed workaholic, never happier than when he’s embarking on one project or another.
Aside from Zappa, Bozzio’s turbo-charged drumming helped propel UK’s Danger Money and Night After Night after Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth left the ranks. Boasting stints with Jeff Beck, Quincy Jones and Mick Jagger, Bozzio has also fronted his own bands, including his post-punk synth-tinged pop outfit, Missing Persons, and the eclectic improv-supergroup HoBoLeMa, with Holdsworth and King Crimson’s Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto.
Encouraged by Zappa and famed musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky, he developed a taste for composing settings that took him beyond rock and jazz, resulting in his contemporary classical chamber works performed by the Metropole Orchestra in 2003