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Tico Torres
Bon Jovi - United States


As a young jazz fan, studying with Joe Morello, Tico never could have imagined the success that would come his way. Even before he joined with Jon Bon Jovi in 1983, Tico had a successful career as a drummer. His studio and live experience with Frankie and the Knockouts, Pat Benatar, Chuck Berry, Cher, Alice Cooper, and Stevie Nicks helped to establish him as a first call player. Playing with Bon Jovi has simply been the icing on the cake. Few bands embodied the era of pop-metal like Bon Jovi. The New Jersey-based quintet developed an ingratiatingly melodic and professional variation of hard-rock -- one that appealed as much to teenagers as to adults. Their videos helped propel 1986's Slippery When Wet and 1988's New Jersey into multi-platinum status around the world. The group managed to subtly change their image in the early '90s, moving away from metal and concentrating on straightforward arena-rock and ballads. The shift in style worked, and Bon Jovi was the only American pop-metal band of the '80s to retain a sizable audience in the '90s and 00s.

Pearl is also pleased to introduce the Tico Torres Signature Snare Drum and it's one that you won't forget anytime soon. It combines our patented Free Floating System with a 3mm thick Cast Aluminum Shell to create a drum that will take your snare collection to new heights. Satin Chrome Plated Hardware teamed with a 14"x 6.5" silver Aluminum shell offers a seamless metallic look that is unmatched. Its Stainless Steel Tension Rods insure that you'll be able to effortlessly pinpoint exactly where your tuning needs to be. Jon spent most of his adolescence playing rock & roll, usually in local bands with his friend David Bryan. After the demo, "Runaway," became a hit on local New Jersey radio, and Jon formed Bon Jovi to support the song, recruiting not only Bryan, but also Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such and drummer Tico Torres. Soon, Bon Jovi was the subject of a major-label bidding war, and the group signed to Polygram/Mercury in 1983. Bon Jovi's eponymous debut album was released in 1984, and "Runaway" became a Top 40 hit. The following year, 7800 Fahrenheit was released and went gold. Slippery When Wet was released in 1986 and was supported by several videos that helped the album eventually sell nine million copies in the U.S. alone, helping usher in the era of pop-metal. Two songs, "You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer," reached number one, while "Wanted Dead or Alive" reached the Top Ten, and Bon Jovi were established as superstars.

Bon Jovi replicated the success of Slippery When Wet for 1988's New Jersey, which shot to number one upon its release. New Jersey generated two number one singles, "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You," as well as the Top Ten hits "Born to Be My Baby," "Lay Your Hands on Me" and "Living In Sin."

Bon Jovi's fifth album, Keeping the Faith, which was released in the fall of 1992 and its more straightforward, anthemic sound produced the hit single "Bed of Roses." A hits collection, Cross Road, followed in 1994, and in the fall of 1995, they released These Days. Crush and Have A Nice Day have introduced the band to a new legion of fans and has earned them a place as one of rock's most successful bands.


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Tico's Signature Snare Drum

Equipment Configuration

MCX Masters Series
Black Silk w/ custom designs
black hardware
22x18 bass drum x 2
10x8 tom
12x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum

B1000 cymbal holder x 4
P2000C pedal x 2
T1000 tom holder
D1000 throne
H2000 hi-hat stand
S1000 snare stand