Mark Brzezicki – A Powerful and Distinctive Drummer

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Mark Michael Brzezicki or Mark Brzezicki is a rock drummer, who is primarily known for his work with Big Country and is a former member of the groups The Cult, Ultravox, and Procol Harum. He was born on June 21 1957 in Slough, Berkshire, England.

Mark Brzezicki Early Career

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Mark Brzezicki had an early session career, drumming for various artists including Al Stewart, Gary Numan, and John Foxx. His first significant success as a drummer was with The Cult between 1982 and 1984, which overlapped with his work with Big Country. Brzezicki left Big Country in 1991 to concentrate on studio work but returned to the band in 1995. He left the band again in 2002 and has since worked with a variety of other artists.

Mark Brzezicki rejoined the Cult onstage at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He joined original members Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy, and Jamie Stewart, with whom he had recorded their Love (1985) album, to perform “The Phoenix” and ” She Sells Sanctuary ” as a second and final encore to a live performance of Love. Mark is a close friend of Josh Phillips and plays drums on most of what Josh writes. They were working together in 1991 in a studio on the Isle of Man (with Simon Townsend) when he got the call from Gary, asking if he’d like to work with Procol Harum. 

His first significant success as a drummer was with The Cult between 1982 and 1984. This overlapped with his work with Big Country. In 1984, he played drums on the track “Shout” from The Cult’s album, Sonic Temple. In 2004, Brzezicki helped found a new band, Casbah Club, with Bruce Foxton and Simon Townshend. Smash Hits magazine had a running gag in the 1980s wherein they referred to the drummer as “Mark Unpronounceablename of Big Country”.

Mark Brzezicki is the son of a Polish war veteran and an English mother. With Tony Butler (of Big Country) he was known as ‘Rhythm for Hire’. He is known for his powerful and distinctive style of drumming, which has been likened to “a thunderstorm inside a church”. In a 2001 interview, he listed Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and early Pink Floyd as his main influences.

Mark Brzezicki Has Played With Some of The Biggest Name in Rock Music

Mark Brzezicki is a drummer who has played with some of the biggest names in rock music. He is best known for his work with Big Country but has also played with The Cult, Ultravox, and Procol Harum. Brzezicki is a highly sought-after drummer and has worked with a wealth of major artists including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, and many others. On Pete Townshend’s All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes and White City: A Novel albums, there are joking references to the spelling of Brzezicki’s last name.

Mark Michael Brzezicki started his musical career as a drummer in the 1970s playing with a series of rock bands before joining Big Country in 1981. While drumming for Big Country from 1982 to 1991, He also worked with The Cult and Ultravox. In 1995, he rejoined Big Country and stayed with the band until 2002. Since then, he has worked with a variety of different artists including Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan. Brzezicki, together with bassist Tony Butler and guitarist Bruce Watson, began gigging again as Big Country in 2007, as part of their 25th-anniversary tour.

Throughout his career, he has also played with the Cult, Ultravox, From the Jam, Procol Harum, Rick Astley, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Roger Daltrey, Fish, Steve Harley, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, the Pretenders, Thunderclap Newman, Tiffany, Midge Ure, Pete Townsend, and many others.

Mark Brzezicki Drumming Style

Mark Brzezicki Performing
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However, it is his powerful and distinctive style of drumming that has earned him the most acclaim. Brzezicki is, without a doubt, one of the most talented drummers on the planet. In a 2001 interview, he explained that his main drumming influence was Led Zeppelin’s, John Bonham. He also listed The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and early Pink Floyd as influences.

Mark Brzezicki is a drummer who has played with some of the biggest names in rock music. His work with Big Country alone has led to his name being mentioned alongside the likes of The Who’s Zak Starkey and Genesis’ Phil Collins. Brzezicki is currently living in Los Angeles. He is married to his wife, Amanda, who used to be the vocalist for the band, The Adventures. They have two daughters and a son.

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