RIP: Tommy Ardolino, 1955-2012

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tommy Ardolino, drummer with NRBQ and record collector supreme.

Ardolino and NRBQ have been frequent visitors to Nippertown over the decades, and it seemed only fitting that Tommy made his last Albany appearance with the band back in April at The Linda, as keyboardist Terry Adams launched the new incarnation of the band. (Read review/see photos) NRBQ’s current line-up features Conrad Choucroun on the drum throne, but for nearly half of the show at The Linda, Ardolino was playing right alongside him as special guest on a second drum kit.

And in typical NRBQ fashion, the band made way for Tommy to step up to the microphone for a guest lead vocal, as well. The song? A delightfully disastrous rendition of the Ruby & the Romantics ballad, “Our Day Will Come.”

Thanks for all the music, Tommy. We miss ya already.

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