Tom Ardolino, a self-taught drummer who for 30 years provided the impassioned but steady pulse for NRBQ, one of the longest-lasting and most beloved rock groups never to have a Top 40 single, died on Jan. 6 in Springfield, Mass. He was 56.R.I.P. Tom Ardolino.
His death was confirmed by an NRBQ spokeswoman. She did not specify a cause, but Mr. Ardolino had been in poor health for some time.
NRBQ (the initials stand for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, although it was a quintet early in its existence) was known and critically praised for its freewheeling, genre-bending approach, which could embrace rockabilly one minute and avant-garde jazz the next. [NY Times]
Tom's group NRBQ (original member Terry Adams along with Scott Ligon, Pete Donnelly, and Conrad Choucroun) are on tour now and play in NYC TONIGHT (1/17) and tomorrow (1/18) at The Iridium with special guest Jake Jacobs. They play an early and a late show (8 PM and 10 PM) both nights. Tickets for all four shows are on sale now.
They've also got another NYC show scheduled to happen on April 14 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketfly for updates.
All dates and a video of NRBQ with Tom Ardolino behind the kit below...
NRBQ -- 2012 Tour Dates
January Tuesday 17 The Iridium (with special guest Jake Jacobs) New York, NY
January Wednesday 18 The Iridium (with special guest Jake Jacobs) New York, NY
January Thursday 19 Ram's Head Annapolis, MD
January Friday 20 Boulton Center for the Performing Arts Bay Shore, NY
January Saturday 21 FTC Stage One Fairfield, CT
January Sunday 22 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
April Thursday 5 Flynn Space, Presented by Valley Stage Productions Burlington, VT
April Friday 6 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
April Saturday 7 Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction, VT
April Thursday 12 Shea Theater Turner Falls, MA
April Friday 13 Infinity Music Hall Norfolk, CT
April Saturday 14 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY