Pete Pagonis

Starting out playing in hard rock and heavy, I mean heavy metal bands in Chicago, Pete moved to LA to begin his music filled journey. After playing with quite a few bands and jamming with notables like Tom Morrello and Brendan Benson, Pete put away his drum sticks for 7 years. “I had hit the wall pursuing a career in music and saw the industry shriveling up, that and my Tinnitus was so bad I thought it was time to stop.”

After doing some casual jams with some old friends on his visits back to Chicago. Pete decided to get a little beater kit and find a casual thing. “I wanted to just find some good guys that were good musicians. I also decided if I was going to play again I wanted to play in a style that was more in the vein of the bands I grew up on like Zeppelin, Sabbath etc…. I wanted to play drums in a more open way ala John Bonham, Bill Ward, Mitch Mitchell. Those guys were going for it but in a musical way and still had a great feel. My goal is to make your head always move or you could shake your ass. So I placed an ad stating all this and what did I get. I got f@#king IDLEWAR!”

Who are your musical influences? 

John Bonham, Les Binks (Judas Priest), Simon Phillips, Steve Jordan (even though I can’t play like him.)

If you could be on tour with any band, who would it be?

QOTSA, Band of Skulls, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Volbeat, Jack White, Rival Sons.

If stranded on a deserted island, which 5 records would he bring?

Sinatra – Live at the Sands, Beatles –  White Album, Black Crowes – Amorica, Cheap Trick – Live at Metro (technically it’s 4 records), Bach – Adagios (to help me from freaking out being on a desert island).

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