Drummer Anton Fig Reveals "Figments" of His Imagination

Sherrill Fulghum By Sherrill Fulghum, 9th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Drummer Anton Fig delves into decades of material to launch his solo album.

Anton Fig

Ask anyone to name a famous drummer and the names Buddy Rich, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, and Don Henley are first names that come to most people's minds.

But there is another...

Anton Fig!

Fig spent 29 years holding down the beat for Paul Shaffer's band as a part of the “Late Night with David Letterman”.

Now Fig is branching out on his own and is releasing a CD – his debut solo album – on August 14.

Throughout his career Fig has shared the stage with many musical stars; some of those stars have lent their talents to Fig's album; including Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Blondie Chaplin, Ivan Neville, Richie Havens, Ace Frehley of KISS, Richie Scarlet, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Al Kooper, Donald “Duck” Dunn from Booker T and Mgs, Chris Spedding, Chip Taylor, Catherine Russell, Oz Noy, Richard Bona, Tony Garnier, Bakhiti Kumalo, Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Lew Soloff, Paul Shaffer, Felicia Collins, Will Lee, Paul Butterfield, Sid McGinniss, and Jimmy Vivino.

Titled “Figments” the album features music that Fig has penned or co-wrote over the years. Speaking on the album Fig said, “at a certain point, I looked back and realized that I had accumulated all these songs. So I decided that it was time to realize them by matching each song with the right musicians and singers, with my drumming and production as the through line.”

The album was released in 2002 as a limited edition album. Now the album is being given a full release. Using his home studio, Fig said that about 80% of the album was recorded in his Manhattan apartment.

The track listing for “Figments”:
“Hand on My Shoulder”
“Inside Out”
“More than Friends”
“Know Where You Go”
“When the Good Die Young”
“Anyway that You Want Me”
“Heart of Darkness”

He was born in Capetown, South Africa on August 8, 1952. Young Anton began drumming when he was only four years old. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, Fig said that he saw the United States as, “a beacon of musical freedom”. Fig notes that when he was young, it was illegal for mixed races to perform in public. Bug Figs said that his family threw a lot of parties and he would get to sit in with the musicians of colour; saying, “they’d wake me up and I’d come down in my pajamas and I’d get to sit in with them.”

After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, Fig had no difficulty in finding work in New York City; performing with Garland Jeffreys, Link Wray, the band Spider, Ace Frehley, Frehley's Comet, Joan Armatrading, Rosanne Cash, Joe Cocker, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Robert Gordon, Mick Jagger, Cyndi Lauper, Ronnie Spector, Holly Knight, and Joe Bonamass – whom he is currently touring with. Then Shaffer and the Late Show came calling.

Over the past 30 years Fig has performed with a who's who list of musical artists including Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Little Richard, Gloria Estefan, N'Sync, Booker % and the MGs, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Ray Davies, Miles Davis, Marianne Faithfull, Al Green, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Madonna, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Satriani, Paul Simon, The Boss, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Warren Zevon, Bob Dylan, Macy Gray, Keith Richards, James Taylor and numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.


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author avatar Legend
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Looking forward to hearing it!

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Was listening to some music I downloaded last night and there was a Joe Bonamassa piece with Fig playing a solo. Awesome stuff!

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