Tommy Thayer

American guitarist

Tommy Thayer (born November 7, 1960 in Portland, Oregon) is a former guitarist of Black 'N Blue (1981-1989, 1998) and current guitarist of the band Kiss (2002-present).

Tommy Thayer
Thayer holding his White Lightning signature guitar
Thayer holding his White Lightning signature guitar
Background information
Birth nameTommy Thayer
Born (1960-11-07) November 7, 1960 (age 63)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
GenresHard rock, Glam metal
Occupation(s)Musician, Songwriter
Years active1981–present



Tommy Thayer in his childhood was influenced by bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. In early 1980's Tommy Thayer, way the band of Heavy Metal Movie Star, with vocalist Jaime St. James. The band then changed his name to Black N' Blue. Thayer would record four studio albums for the band. Black 'N Blue (1984), Without Love (1985), Nasty Nasty (1986) and In Heat (1988).

His father was World War II general James B. Thayer.

In 1989, Thayer began working for Kiss, co-writing the themes Betrayed And "The Street Giveth & The Street Taketh Away" of the album Hot In The Shade (1989). Tommy Thayer replaced guitarist Ace Frehley when leaving Kiss in 2002, He used Frehley's makeup and became the "Spaceman". Tommy Thayer recorded one live album, Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003) and two studio albums with the band. Kiss Klassics (2008), and Sonic Boom (2009).

Kiss Azkena Rock Festival 2010



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