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De Grasso Goes Big With Alice Cooper

By Radim McCue Published November 7, 2009

Pearl artist JImmy DeGrasso, a veteran of Y & T, Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford and Megadeth, has also held the drum chair for Alice Cooper three different times in the past 13 years. The legendary Cooper, a groundbreaking artist known for his horror show makeup, theatrical tours and teen rock anthems, has 25 albums to his credit in his 35-year career.

For the past year Jimmy has been on an extensive tour with Alice Cooper. It's his third stint with Cooper, taking the gig from 1995-1998 and returning briefly in 2001. Late in 2008, Jimmy got the call again from Alice after Eric Singer needed to fulfill his obligations with KISS, and Jimmy and Alice have been on the road ever since. Over one year, and one World tour later, Jimmy doesn’t seem to be slowing down or stopping any time soon, especially when playing to thousands of the most devout fans on the planet.

Jimmy’s kit for this past world tour is the custom Orange Sparkle Reference Series kit that we have seen him rocking with David Lee Roth back in 2006. However, Jimmy recently made a couple of changes to his setup, adding a 20x16 gong drum and 2- 24x15 kick drums. We thought it was so cool we wanted to show it to you. Here goes. Reference Series in custom Orange Sparkle:

  • 24" x 15" bass drum x 2
  • 8" x 7" tom
  • 10" x 8" tom
  • 12" x 8" tom
  • 13" x 9" tom
  • 14" x 14" floor tom
  • 16" x 16" floor tom
  • 14" x 5.5" Jimmy Degrasso Signature Snare Drum
  • 6" x 12" quarter tom
  • 6" x 15" quarter tom
  • 20" x 16" gong drum

According to Jimmy, these are a switch from the 22" x 18" kick-drums that usually accompany this kit, because he was looking for a little more power, punch, and attack from his bass drums. Wanting to get the feel of a 22” but with the push of a 24”, he decided to try the experimental size on his kit after using Eric Singer’s kit (with 24" x 15" kick drums) during the later part of Alice Cooper’s 2008 tour.

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