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Paul Thompson
Thompson performing with Lindisfarne in 2015
Background information
Born (1951-05-13) 13 May 1951 (age 72)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1970–present
Labels Island
Member of
Formerly of

Paul Thompson (born 13 May 1951) is an English drummer, who is best known as a member of the rock band Roxy Music. He is a member of Andy Mackay's project with the Metaphors and joined Lindisfarne in 2013. He was also the drummer for Oi! band Angelic Upstarts and the American alternative rock band Concrete Blonde.

Early life and education

Thompson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. He lived in Jarrow, north-east England from the age of six months and attended West Simonside Infants and Junior School. [1]


In 1965, Thompson joined The Tyme who played at local youth clubs. [2] His next group was a local band called The Urge which he joined when 17 years old. Fatigue from performing with them seven nights a week in local clubs and pubs led him to fall asleep on his job as an apprentice metalworker, resulting in his dismissal. [3] Alongside John Miles he became a member of The Influence. [4]

Thompson joined Roxy Music in 1971 and was credited as drummer on six albums, as well as touring and performing on solo records with his bandmates Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, [5] and Andy Mackay [6]

In 1980, Thompson took leave from Roxy Music due to an arm injury. Later that year he left the band, owing to musical differences between himself and Bryan Ferry. [7] During this period Thompson played with rock band Concrete Blonde. [8]

Thompson with Roxy Music in 2011

In 2001, he reunited with fellow Roxy Music band members for a tour. He also toured with Ferry, supporting his Frantic album in 2003 and appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival 2005 [9] on 11 June 2005 with Ferry. During this period Thompson played live gigs with Andy Mackay and The Metaphors and was credited on their self released live CD London! Paris! New York! Rome! in 2009. He joined the Newcastle upon Tyne Lindisfarne in 2013. [8]

Thompson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 as a member of Roxy Music. [10]

Influence and following

Drummer Roger Taylor of the new wave band Duran Duran has stated that Thompson's drumming was a big influence over his development. [11] Fans of Thompson nicknamed him "The Great Paul Thompson", because of his drumming skills and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols is also a fan. [1]


  1. ^ a b "Paul Thompson biography". 25 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  2. ^ "The Official Roxy Music Tour 2001 Paul Thompson Biography". 2001. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Interview: Roxy Music's Paul Thompson". Chronicle Live. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  4. ^ Carson,Stephen Burgess,Mark Jangra Bimal Townsend, Richard. Webster,John (ed.). "John Miles". Retrieved 13 May 2021.{{ cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list ( link)
  5. ^ "Paul Thompson credits". Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Paul Thompson". Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Interview: Roxy Music's Paul Thompson". Evening Chronicle Northeast. 6 February 2009.
  8. ^ a b Budofsky, Adam (November 2005). "Friday Nuggets: Paul Thompson's Trip From Roxy Music to Lindisfarne". Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Roxy Music on Isle of Wight bill". 18 March 2005. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Roxy Music inducted into Rock and roll hall of fame". 29 March 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Interview: Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor". Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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