"I stared playing with my Dad’s group in Detroit when I was 11. We backed up all of the old rock n’ roll groups like Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. I was doing these gigs at 11, 12 & 13 years of age. I would have to learn 40 songs in only a couple of nights and had to learn to read these big ass charts. It really helped me for what I am doing now because nothing is a big deal. I had to back 8 acts in a show when I was 12 so it really prepped me. I got a lot of experience at an early age."At age eleven he was playing clubs and concerts five nights a week in his father’s band. All while trying to stay awake in his junior high school classes. Tommy recollects on those early invaluable experiences.
"It was the greatest training ground, one night I would play a wedding, and the next night I would be playing ”Johnny B. Goode” behind the actual Chuck Berry. I played in every situation imaginable."Also, at the age of fourteen Tommy began a year long touring engagement with 60’s soulful singing icons Little Anthony & The Imperials. Next, Tommy Clufetos began playing with Detroit rock legend Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, touring across the country. By age eighteen he was a seasoned pro with hundreds & hundreds of gigs under his belt.
"It's the showing up on time, getting along with people, having an upbeat attitude, and you must maintain a strong work ethic. You have to be willing to go to any length to be the best you can be."Tommy first met Ted Nugent while recording tracks for the Jeff Daniels (Dumb & Dumber) produced movie "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" with Alto Reed (Bob Seger Saxman) producing the session. Two weeks later Tommy joined Ted on his 2001 World Tour.
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