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It isn't too often a kid can get to live out his dreams. Tommy Gray managed to do just that.
As a 12 year old kid in his bedroom, Tommy, originally a guitar player, would jam to Crazy Train, Paranoid, Skynyrd, and all kinds of other songs on his Les Paul. He regularly played guitar at open mic nights at the Tin Lizzy in Toms River, NJ at the ripe old age of 16 (shh..... the bartenders didn't know... ha ha) with drummer Brian Brosen (Big Baby Ernie), Guitarist Bobby Arnold, and many other local talents.
Tommy Gray, then known as Tommy Toolz, came on to the scene in 1997 as the original bass player and founding member in the Jersey shore area hard rock band TWiNE, initially helping out some friends and then sticking along for the ride. During his time in TWiNE, Tommy opened for bands like Type O Negative, Drowning Pool, GWAR, OHGR, Powerman 5000, and many others. He recorded several albums with TWiNE, including "Pretty People Do Ugly Things" (Tommy contributed lead guitar tracks to the album's second single "Love and Hate"), "The Value of Being Nobody", "The Drugs in D Minor Demo", and contributed three songs to TWiNE.'s first release on Jersey Jam Records, "Burning the White Flag": "190 BPM (Drunk and Violent)", "Playing Dead", and the breakout song, "Song 4", which earned nods at the Asbury Park Music Awards. TWiNE was also nomintated for both Top Heavy Rock Act and Top Live Performance in 2005, and won Top Heavy Rock Act in 2006.
When a hiatus within the band made Tommy look elsewhere for shows in 2002, he found himself rocking the stage as the bass player in Hazlet, NJ based Spider Rockets, along side singer Helena Cos, guitarist Johnny Napp, and drummer Waldo. While his tenure in this project was short lived, Tommy and SR played venues all over NJ, upstate NY, Long Island, and all the way out to Ohio. He recorded a 4 song EP entitled "Preview" with SR at BC Studio in Brooklyn, NY, which received adds and airplay at over 150 college radio stations across the US.
Tommy uses Dean guitars, Hughes and Kettner and Framus amplifiers, Dean Markley Strings, and Dunlop picks.
Tommy has recently begun lead guitar work with a Queens based band. Stay tuned for updates!!!