|Sarina Potgieter||(3 October 2010 - present)|
|Dominique Beyrand||(3 January 1988 - ?) (divorced) 2 children|
Drummer for the rock group Queen.
Owns an extensive collection of classic automobiles. One of these cars, an Alfa Romeo, and the Triumph TR4 owned by a friend are the co-inspirations for the Queen song "I'm In Love With My Car".
Has 4 children: Felix Luther, Rory Eleanor, Rufus Tiger and Tigerlilly.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 (as a member of Queen).
He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
He started studying dentistry but got his degree in biology
Released four solo albums over the years. In 1981, there was "Fun in Space", following 1984's "Strange Frontier", containing covers from Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Ten years later, after Freddie Mercury's death, he made "Happiness", a very strong album. His most recent album, "Electric Fire", was released in 1998.
Put Surrey home up for sale for estimated £6 million (2003).
Shares a birthday with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.
Queen was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Is a multi-instrumentalist. In addition to drums, he can play guitar, bass and keyboards.
Married to Sarina Potgieter.
Has a daughter named Lola Daisy May.
We (pop stars) are people not androids. We've got views. I've got opinions and I don't see why I shouldn't use a bit of my art to put them over. I think music is one of the most powerful media forces in the world today.
We're not going out there with somebody pretending to be Freddie Mercury. We are what we are now; we're not what we were then, we're just going out, playing our songs.
There are stereotypes and it is quite amazing how often members of bands seem to follow those stereotypes. Singers are all vain. Guitarists are all vain but won't admit it. Bass players are quiet people, and drummers are very exciting people to be with.
There's something rather nice about spending the evening hitting things. (On drumming)
Fantastic to write with. They have their place, they're terribly useful to the musician, but they're just another tool. They never will replace a good drummer. A lot of the bands that use them, I call them typewriter bands because basically they program the sample sounds with no real dynamics, and that dynamics is very important. And the records come out sounding very flat and very 2-dimensional whereas something with real dynamics and a good drummer can add another dimension - depth - to the band and that's why bands that play together when they're actually making the record will always sound better. (On drum machines)
I saw Buddy Rich playing. He was wonderful, fantastic. I would say of just sheer technique he's the best I've ever seen.
The greatest Rock'n'Roll drummer of all time was John Bonham who did things that nobody had ever even thought possible before with the drum kit. And also the greatest sound out of his drums - they sounded enormous, and just one bass drum. So fast on it that he did more with one bass drum than most people could do with three, if they could manage them. And he had technique to burn and fantastic power and tremendous feel for rock'n'roll. "When the levee breaks" is the archetypal heavy drum sound - it's never been bettered - it's like a steamroller, enormous bass drum. Simple but takes feel.
The first time I saw Led Zeppelin, Bonzo (John Bonham) just walked on the stage and just warmed up for about 10 seconds. Freddie (Freddie Mercury) and I nearly fell over we just couldn't believe the power and the sound. People are still today trying to imitate Led Zeppelin, America is full of drummers trying to play like John Bonham.
I picked up a guitar and found it very difficult and I sort of graduated to drums because I found them very easy - I suppose it was a case of natural aptitude. Mitch Mitchell was my role model at the time, and I still think listening to Mitch Mitchell, especially the early stuff with Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix), is just fantastic.
We had a joke that we wanted to be the biggest. It was a joke, but underneath, it was really true. Number one is much better than number two.
[on David Bowie] Freddie and I saw the first Ziggy gig at Friar's Aylesbury. We drove down in my Mini. We loved it. I'd seen him there about three weeks before in the long hair and the dress. Suddenly you saw this spiky head coming on stage. You thought, wha-a-at??? They looked like spacemen.
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