A much more complete treatment can be seen in the Steve Ferrone article at Wikipedia.
|Born||April 25, 1950|
|Associated acts||Duran Duran|
Average White Band
Steve Ferrone (born April 25, 1950 in Brighton) is an English drummer, whose work has included performing with Duran Duran.
Brought up in a musical family, Steve was educated in France and was heavily influenced by the Motown sound. He drew inspiration from Jack DeJohnette, his favorite drummer, among many others. His first claim to fame happened when he opened for the not-yet-famous band The Who at Uncle Bunnie's Chinese Jazz Club, as part of a small local band in the early 1960s -- Ferrone was just twelve years old at the time.
Ferrone was active in the music scene in Italy and France in addition to his studies at The Nice Conservatory. He played in the bands Bloodstone and Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, which had previously featured future Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh. When McIntosh died of a heroin overdose in September 1974, Ferrone was asked to join AWB and stayed with them until they broke up in 1982. He joined the Saturday Night Live house band in 1985.
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Ferrone toured and recorded with Eric Clapton from 1986 to 1992, as well as appearing on recordings by many other artists. He began drumming for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1992, and became a full-fledged member of the Heartbreakers band in 2005.
He released a live solo album entitled It Up: Steve Ferrone and Friends Live at La Ve Lee in 2003.
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