1. Thomas was born May 8, 1967 in...
Vienna, Georgia, United States
New Vienna, Ohio, United States
2. He started playing the drums...
at the age of 5.
after being rejected as the first she-male fencing champion in Austria... his legs were too skinny.
to start the first drum-related avalanche in Innsbruck, Austria.
3. His first drum teacher was...
a gentleman named Johann Hengst who was a classical percussionist and played with Viennese orchestras.
fellow Austrian (and current Californian governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Engelbert Glockenspiel, the musical producer from the movie "The Sound Of Music".
4. His first teacher taught Thomas to...
play traditional grip and to read music.
yodel Alpine folk songs in various time signatures.
appreciate how much the artist Falco was influenced by fellow Austrians Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig von Beethoven.
5. Thomas only had a snare drum for about a year when he started playing, but gradually increased the size of his kit over the years by...
requesting additional parts on every Christmas and birthday wish list.
tips he received from being a topless Octoberfest waiter in local Beer Gardens.
setting up a small Wiener Schnitzel stand in Innere Stadt (city centre) and selling them to tourists.
6. ... was a big influence in his early drumming days.
ländler (a folk dance in 3/4 time for couples which strongly features hopping and stamping and sometimes yodeling)
Nicki Lauda (Austrian Formula One Drummer)
7. Thomas was first introduced to heavy rock...
by some local musicians he used to jam with. They played Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Free covers and after about two years started trying to get local gigs. They never succeeded...
while at Prater Amusement Park riding the big Ferris Wheel (made famous as the location where Orson Welles filmed "The Third Man".)
by their brothers Bantam Rock, Feather Rock, and Middle Earth.
8. His first gig was...
playing the bongos with the local choir where his mother was a member. He was 10 or 11 years old and he got a pair of sticks for the performance
playing Viennese Schrammelmusik... with Thomas on lute, Wierd Al Yankovich on accordian and Eddie Van Halen on double neck guitar
lead drummer and second tenor with the Vienna Boys' Choir
9. When Thomas first moved to the U.K., he ...
taught drums at the Musician's Institute and the London School of Music...
convinced Paul McCartney to dump Ringo Starr... and hire him.
was immediately fired by Paul McCartney... who quickly re-hired Ringo.
10. In 1995, Thomas...
recorded a two-part instructional video series complete with a booklet (?Ultimatives Schlagzeug?). It was the first instructional German language drum video ever produced...
fell asleep... and woke up in 2003.
recorded a two-part instructional video series complete with a booklet ("Ultimatives Slag"). It was the first instructional German language musical-porn video ever produced.
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