An exclusive interview by Lonn M. Friend for… “The Rockstar Remedy” A Rock’n’Roll Doctor’s Prescription for a long healthy life with out missing the fun. By Dr. Gabrielle Francis
LONN: Do you have a specific diet or nutritional program you follow on or off tour? You can briefly name it.
TOMMY: NOT REALLY!…. I DO MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO EAT HEALTHY!! THAT DOESNT ALWAYS WORK ON THE ROAD AS YOU KNOW . I ALSO CANT EAT BEFORE A SHOW EVER!! GOING UPSIDE DOWN ON MY DRUM ROLLER-COASTER FULL OF FOOD AINT FUN!!!
LONN: Do you have any kind of exercise regime’ that you employ while on tour? You can briefly name it. Do you have one that you employ while you are off tour? Is it different?
TOMMY: PLAYING DRUMS FOR 2 HOURS A DAY HELPS KEEP MY GIRLISH FIGURE…..HAHAHAHAH!! I CLIPPED ON AN ODOMETER ONTO MY SHOE AS AN EXPERIMENT ONCE….AND AFTER A SHOW IT SAID 12.3 MILES!! HAHAH!! THERES MY DAILY EXCERSISE RIGHT THERE PAL!!
LONN: Do you use any alternative health modalities either on or off tour (such as Massage, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Cranial Sacral therapy, Vitamin supplements, Detoxification Herbs, Homeopathy, Diet therapies, Essential Oils/Aromatherapy)?
TOMMY: I TRY TO GET A MASSAGE OR Chiropractic 1-2 TIMES A WEEK…. THATS REALLY ABOUT IT!!
LONN: Is there a specific health condition you have that you have employed natural remedies for (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, headaches, insomnia, depression, laryngitis, stage fright, fatigue, etc.…)?
TOMMY: NO SIR!…. IM A PILLAR OF HEALTH!! HAHA!
LONN: How long have you been a touring artist? At what age do you expect to stop touring? Do you generally tour via bus, plane, auto or some other mode of transportation? Are your performances physically demanding?
TOMMY: BEEN TOURING SINCE 1980!! I PREFER THE TOURBUS OVER ANY OTHER MEANS OF TRAVEL..ITS REALLY LIKE HAVING A PART OF YOUR HOME ON SOME BIGASS WHEELS!!……I HAVE NO LOVE FOR AIRPORTS WHATSOEVER!
LONN: Do you have a relaxation or rejuvenation technique that helps enhance your performance?
TOMMY: I DO TOTAL SILENCE FOR 10 MINS RIGHT AFTER A SHOW…….. AS MY EARS RING OUT AND ALL MY ENERGIES START TO COME BACK TO EARTH I FIND PEACE IN THAT 10 MINS THEN ITS TIME TO PARTYYYYYYYYY!!!!
LONN: Do you have any special therapies or techniques that inspire your creativity?
TOMMY: AHHH YEAH! I BURN THE INSENCE CALLED “NAG CHAMPA” CONSTANTLY!!! ITS A CREATIVE SCENT FOR ME THAT OPENS UP ALL THOSE DOORS OF INSPIRATION!!! CALL ME CRAZY OR SUPERSTITIOUS…..BUT IF ITS NOT BURNING I NOTICE!!!
LONN: Does your tour promote any green or environmentally conscious practices?
TOMMY: YES SIR! I DRIVE AN ELECTRIC CAR….THE FISKER “KARMA” FUCK THE GAS N OIL COMPANIES!!!
LONN: Is there a healthy recipe that you would like to share?
TOMMY: I JUST TRIED THIS DETOX AND MAN!!!…. DAY 4 WAS EPIC…. I WORE A BRIGHT YELLOW SHIRT!…I NEVER WEAR BRIGHT HAPPY COLORS……RESEMBLED HOW I FELT!! LIKE THE SUN!