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A Breath of Fresh Air Apr 25

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You may not know the name, Tony Newman but he’s a British drummer with a huge pedigree, perhaps best known for his work with the legendary 70s band T.Rex.

Tony started his music career in the early 1960s, playing with various bands in London. He quickly gained a reputation as a versatile and talented drummer, and in 1969 he was asked to join Marc Bolan and T.Rex, which was then led by the iconic glam rock musician Marc Bolan.

Newman played on T.Rex’s classic albums “Electric Warrior” and “The Slider,” which are considered to be some of the greatest albums of the glam rock era. He was known for his dynamic, hard-hitting drumming style, which helped to drive the band’s energetic sound.

After leaving T.Rex in 1973, Newman continued to work as a session musician, playing with a wide range of artists including David Bowie, Jeff Beck, and Donovan. He also played with the power pop band the Rubinoos in the 1980s, and with the blues rock band the Animals in the 1990s.

In addition to his work as a musician, Newman also became a successful music producer and engineer, working with artists such as Rory Gallagher and the Jam.

Today, Tony Newman is living in Las Vegas. He is still active in the music industry, and continues to perform and record with a variety of artists. He is considered to be one of the most respected and influential drummers of the glam rock era, and his contributions to the music of T.Rex and other bands continue to be celebrated by fans and musicians alike.

Tony joins us this week to recount the highs and lows of his music career and tells us how he’s more surprised than anyone that he managed to survive the excesses of the most outrageous period in rock and roll history.

 

 

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