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Frank Ferrer

Frank Ferrer
Ferrer playing for Guns N' Roses in 2012.
Background information
Birth name Frank Ferrer
Also known as Frank "Thunderchucker" Ferrer
Born (1966-03-25) March 25, 1966
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres Hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1989–present
Labels Geffen
Associated acts Guns N' Roses, The Beautiful, The Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love, the Compulsions

Frank Ferrer (born March 25, 1966) is an American rock drummer. Ferrer is best known as the drummer for American rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he has played, toured, and recorded since 2006. Ferrer was also a member of The Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love as well as The Beautiful. He has recorded and worked with several high profile musicians including Robi "Draco" Rosa, Tool, Gordon Gano, PJ Harvey, Tommy Stinson, Nena, Frank Black of The Pixies , Neil Young, Perry Farrell and Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys.


  • Music career 1
    • The Beautiful (1988-1993) 1.1
    • Psychedelic Furs & Love Spit Love (1992-2008) 1.2
    • The Compulsions (2004-present) 1.3
    • Guns N' Roses (2006-present) 1.4
    • The Dead Daisies (2013-2014) 1.5
  • Personal life 2
  • Equipment 3
  • Tours & live sessions 4
    • Tours 4.1
    • Live sessions 4.2
  • Endorsements 5
  • References 6

Music career

The Beautiful (1988-1993)

Ferrer was a member of New York based band The Beautiful. The band featured Ferrer on drums along with Jonathan Lacey on vocals and guitar, and bassist Perry Bottke. The band released a self-titled EP in 1990, and a full-length album Storybook, in May 1992

Psychedelic Furs & Love Spit Love (1992-2008)

Ferrer joined Love Spit Love in 1992. The band was formed by Richard Butler with Ferrer and Richard Fortus while The Psychedelic Furs were on hiatus. Love Spit Love released their self title album Love Spit Love in 1994 and Trysome Eatone in 1997. From 2001 until 2008, Ferrer joined the touring lineup (along with Fortus) of The Psychedelic Furs.

The Compulsions (2004-present)

Ferrer is drummer for the New York City based band The Compulsions. The band features Rob Carlyle on vocals and rhythm guitar, fellow Guns N' Roses member Richard Fortus on lead guitar, and bassist Sami Yaffa. In 2011, the band released their first full-length studio album, Beat The Devil.

Guns N' Roses (2006-present)

In July 2006, Frank Ferrer joined Guns N' Roses during their European Tour to replace Bryan "Brain" Mantia, who had returned to the United States when his wife had a child. Tommy Stinson and Richard Fortus, who Ferrer had both recorded with in the past, reached out to Ferrer to fill the drum position.[1] Ferrer played his first show with the band on June 24, 2006 in Dessel, Belgium at Graspop Metal Meeting.[2] Initially expected to be just a touring drummer filling in for 2 weeks, Ferrer became the official drummer in late 2006. He recorded tracks Chinese Democracy, Better and If the World for the album Chinese Democracy.

Ferrer toured with the group through the end of the Chinese Democracy Tour, as well as the Up Close and Personal Tour & Appetite for Democracy Tour.

He appears in the live video release Appetite for Democracy 3D.

The Dead Daisies (2013-2014)

Ferrer toured with The Dead Daisies in 2013 and recorded drums for their 2014 EP Face I Love.

Personal life

Ferrer was born March 25, 1966 from Cuban parents and raised in New York. His father was a carpenter and Latin percussionist. At age 11, Ferrer saw a Kiss concert at Madison Square Garden and fell in love with rock music.

Ferrer's daughter Olivia was a member of the band Supercute!, an indie pop band.


Ferrer uses Pork Pie drums, Remo drumheads, Zildjian cymbals and Vater drumsticks. His drum setup according to his official website consists of a 26x14" kick drum, a 12x12" rack tom and 14x14 and 16x16" floor toms, sometimes using 16x16 and 18x16 floor toms. His Zildjian cymbal setup varies from time to time along with drumheads. His choice of sticks are Vater Power 5Bs. Ferrer uses a Latin percussion rock ridge rider cowbell and various handheld tambourines.

Tours & live sessions


Live sessions

  • Tool - February 1, 2012 - Izod Center East Rutherford, NJ. Lateralus drum duel performance.
  • Tool - August 1, 2009 - All Points West Festival, Liberty Park, NJ. Lateralus drum duel performance.
  • Tool – August 15, 2002 – Continental Arena, NJ. Second drummer on the song called "Triad".
  • Wyclef JeanReggae Sunsplash 1999
  • Tommy Stinson (Guns N' Roses/Replacements) – Series of shows in 2004 featuring Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses)
  • Frank Black/Gordon Gano – October 11, 2003 Troubadour, LA
  • Thunderchucker Records – inception October 2004 New York, NY
  • Perry Farrell - live show at HIRO, NYC fashion week 2005
  • Nena Vienna, Austria 2008



  1. ^ Interview with Frank Ferrer
  2. ^ Frank's anniversary with GNR
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