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Paul Thompson (musician)


Paul Thompson (musician)

Paul Thompson
Birmingham, England, January 2011
Background information
Birth name Paul Thompson
Born (1951-05-13) 13 May 1951 (age 63)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Genres Glam rock, rock, art rock
Occupations Musician
Years active 1970–present
Labels Island
Associated acts Angelic Upstarts, Concrete Blonde, Roxy Music

Paul Thompson (born 13 May 1951) is an English drummer. He has been a drummer for the rock band Roxy Music from 1971 to 1980 and from 2001 onwards.[1]

In between those stints with Roxy Music, he was drummer in the Oi! band, Angelic Upstarts and the American alternative rock band Concrete Blonde.

Early life and education

He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.

Thompson lived in Jarrow from the age of six months, and attended West Simonside Infants and Junior School.


He was a member of The Influence with John Miles, then joined Roxy Music in 1971 and wielded the drum sticks for six albums, as well as performing on solo records of his bandmates Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera; he also toured with them.

In 1980, Thompson and Roxy Music parted ways due to "musical differences" and Thompson played with musicians like Gary Moore, Jonathon Perkins and Concrete Blonde.

Fans nicknamed him "The Great Paul Thompson", because of his remarkable drumming skills and power.[2]

In 2001, he reunited with his fellow Roxy Music band members for a tour (excluding Eno, who refrained from participating). He also toured with Ferry, supporting his Frantic album. The band, again with Thompson on the drum stool, performed on 11 June 2005 at the Isle of Wight Festival 2005.

Drummer Roger Taylor of the New Wave band Duran Duran has said that Thompson's drumming was a big influence over his development.[3]


External links

  • , his official website
  • AllMusic

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