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Chuck Burgi
Chuck Burgi.jpg
Background information
Birth nameCharles Arnold Burgi III[1][2]
Born (1952-08-15) August 15, 1952 (age 68)
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
OriginMontclair, New Jersey
Associated acts

Charles Arnold Burgi III (/ˈbɜːrɡi/,[4] born August 15, 1952, Montclair, New Jersey) is an American drummer. He has performed with many rock bands and musicians, ranging from local New Jersey/New York-area artists to international groups, throughout his prolific career. He is the current drummer for The Billy Joel Band.


After having performed on several album sessions, Burgi earned a spot with the jazz fusion band, Brand X. He then experienced early mainstream success with his band, Balance in the early 1980s. This group also featured Peppy Castro, Bob Kulick, Dennis Feldman and noted arranger and keyboardist Doug Katsaros. The group scored a top-25 hit on the U.S. singles chart with "Breaking Away" in 1981. Although the song was recorded before Burgi joined the group, he had joined in time to record Balance's follow-up album, In for the Count.

In addition to Brand X, Burgi has played and toured with Al Di Meola, Hall & Oates, Joe Lynn Turner, Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult,[5] Meat Loaf, Fandango and Enrique Iglesias and has recorded with numerous other artists, including Michael Bolton, Glen Burtnik, Bon Jovi and Diana Ross.

Burgi was a member of the on-stage band in the Twyla Tharp - Billy Joel hit musical Movin' Out during the entire 3½ year run on Broadway.

Recent recordings include Billy Joel's live CD 12 Gardens Live and the 2007 Joel-penned single, "Christmas in Fallujah", exclusive to iTunes. Since November 2005, Chuck has been Joel's drummer, touring extensively, including 12 record breaking shows at New York's Madison Square Garden in 2006, 2008's double night The Last Play at Shea and the October 2008 New York Springsteen/Joel benefit for Barack Obama at the Hammerstein Ballroom. He also appears, with former Rainbow bandmate and bassist, Greg Smith, Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley, and Trixter guitarist Steve Brown, on the self-titled melodic hard rock-styled "Tokyo Motor Fist" album, released February 24, 2017.

He is the brother of actor Richard Burgi and briefly lived in London while playing with Brand X.[6]


Year Band Title
1978 Brand X Masques
2016 Brand X Live From Stockholm
1980 Daryl Hall & John Oates Voices
1980 Daryl Hall & John Oates The King Biscuit Flower Hour
1981 David Bendeth Band Just Dessert
1981 The Bendeth Band The Bendeth Band
1982 Balance In For The Count
1983 Rainbow Bent Out Of Shape
1986 Rainbow Finyl Vinyl
2015 Rainbow Japan Tour '84 / Live In Japan 1984
1985 Michael Bolton Everybody's Crazy
1985 Joe Lynn Turner Rescue You
2016 Joe Lynn Turner Street Of Dreams - Boston 1985
1987 Meat Loaf Meat Loaf Live
1994 Blue Öyster Cult Cult Classic
1994 Red Dawn Never Say Surrender
2013 Rainbow Black Masquerade
1998 Blue Öyster Cult Heaven Forbid
2006 Billy Joel 12 Gardens Live
2010 Billy Joel The Last Play At Shea (The Documentary Film)
2011 Billy Joel Live At Shea Stadium (The Concert)
2016 Shotgun Wedding South Of Somewhere
2017 Tokyo Motor Fist Tokyo Motor Fist
2018 Skull Featuring Bob Kulick Skull II (Now More Than Ever)


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  3. ^ "About Us". Shotgunweddingnyc. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "That Drummer Guy Interviews Chuck Burgi - YouTube".
  5. ^ Seigal, Buddy. "Lightening Up the Dark Side Blue Oyster Cult Could Take a Joke-but the Band Survived Anyway" Los Angeles Times, 1994-09-10. p.2. section: Calendar; PART-F; Entertainment Desk
  6. ^ YouTube

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