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Marco Minnemann
December 24, 1970
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Marco Minnemann

Marco starts to play organ at the age of 6, and then switches to drums and guitar at the same time at the age of 11. Fame strikes at the age of 19 when Marco’s reputation as an extraordinarily talented drummer and composer leads him to Munich.

The first “crossover” band Freaky Fukin’ Weirdoz offer him a position as drummer in 1992. The Weirdoz are the originators of so-called crossover music.

The Weirdoz have a gig with Nina Hagen on the album “Mao Mak Maa” creating a fantastic cover version of Ian Dury’s hit “Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick” after which Marco was booked to play a Nina Hagen tour.

Meanwhile, Marco’s reputation as a brilliant drummer reaches worldwide attention. Prominent are his solo workshops, for example, at the Frankfurt Music Fair, PASIC in Dallas and a solo performance at the Modern Drummer Festival in Toronto, where Marco has the honor of being the first German drummer to display his talents. This performance, in the eyes of professionals and music trade magazines, catapults him into the Top Ten of the drumming world. Following Drumfest, including the Australian TUDW fest and the Montreal Drumfest in Canada, Marco produces four albums with his own band Illegal Aliens. Since then, Marco has released 14 solo albums .

Marco performs and records with Paul Gilbert, Eddie Jobson, Steven Wilson, Trey Gunn, Kreator, Necrophagist, Adrian Belew, Nena, Udo Lindenberg, Mike Keneally, Andy Partridge, FFW, Gianna Nannini, The Buddy Rich Big Band and many more.

His work as an educational book author along with Rick Gratton brings out two books including the award-winning and in many magazines as #1 voted “Extreme Interdependence”. Also, one of his DVDs “Extreme Drumming” wins the polls and wins Marco a Telly Award.

“Normalizer 2″ is released in 2012, a concept featuring Mike Keneally, Trey Gunn, Alex Machacek, Mario Brinkmann, John Czajkowski and Marco writing separate versions to a 51 minute drum solo.

Marco tours with metal band Kreator in 2009.

Marco tours in 2011/12 with Eddie Jobson of the band UK, Steven Wilson and with his own trio The Aristocrats featuring Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco (their debut is released 2011).
The Aristocrats’ DVD “Boing! We’ll Do It Live” as well as the Steven Wilson DVD/Blu-Ray “Get All You Deserve” are released in Fall 2012, Steve Wilson releases “The Raven that Refused to Sing” in 2013.

Marco is involved as a writer, drummer, guitar player and vocalist on the LMR project (Levin Minnemann Rudess). The debut album was released in Sept 2013 and stayed for 2 months at #1 in three different categories on amazon.com and made into several best of 2013 Top 5 polls.
In 2014, Marco’s album “EEPS” is released. Also the Aristocrats are putting out their second album “Culture Clash” followed by the DVD release “Culture Clash Live”, which was filmed in 7 different cities around the world.

Marco plays on Steven Wilson’s “Hand.Cannot.Erase” album, which was released in February 2015, followed by a tour.

Marco’s album “Celebration” was released in June that same year.

In 2017 Marco released the concept double disc package BORREGO, which can be viewed as a soundtrack to an imaginary movie about the hauntingly beautiful Anza Borrego desert. BORREGO also features JOE SATRIANI and ALEX LIFESON from the band RUSH on guitar. 

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