Dave Buckner

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David "Dave" John Louis Buckner (born Vacaville, California, (1976-05-29) May 29, 1976 (age 46)), former (original) drummer American hard rock band Papa Roach (1993–2007), to be followed by Tony Palermo.

Early life

Born in Los Angeles, California, he moved to the northern California town of Vacaville, California at the age of 14.

Musical career

Papa Roach

It was at Vacaville where he formed the band with fellow bored high school students, and equally driven aspiring musicians, Jacoby Shaddix, Ben Luther and Will James in January 1993. After entering the school talent show later that month covering Jimi Hendrix's classic song "Fire" (without a guitarist), They soon ousted Luther for guitarist Jerry Horton. Buckner left for Washington to attend the Art Institute of Seattle for a semester, but he soon returned to California, and Papa Roach began to pick up momentum. The band recorded the 2 track sampler Caca Bonita, and with Buckner back on drums, they all knew they had made great improvements. Buckner and the rest of the band continued practicing, recording and touring heavily until 1999 when they were signed to DreamWorks Records. Papa Roach's major label debut, Infest, was released in April 2000, and went on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide. It became the launching point of Papa Roach's over 10 year career, which continues strong today. Buckner has also played with other rock bands such as Still Life Projector.

A statement by Shaddix, on January 28th 2008, on their Facebook and Myspace pages said that Buckner left the band, citing personal reasons.

On December 12, 2008 it was reported that Buckner had filed a lawsuit claiming that Papa Roach cheated him out of royalties and other compensation due to him. The suit claimed that his relationship with the band is "strained and antagonistic" and that he wants "to dissolve Papa Roach".

Last Angels

In 2008, Buckner and Jake D formed the group Last Angels, and the bands MySpace page describes the project as a musical re-incarnation and personal creative proving-ground for Buckner, who spent most of the last few years in what he half-jokingly terms "self imposed rock exile".

Personal life

On October 2, 2003 he married celebrated model/actress, Mia Tyler, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler's second daughter. Notably, the wedding was held onstage, in front of a completely surprised, yet laudatory, audience attending a sold out Aerosmith concert at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. They filed for divorce in July 2005. They had no children together.


Zildjian cymbals, Pearl drums, Vater drumsticks.

Dave Buckner Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 4.

1009-1010 Dave Buckner - unused, tour signature model Vater drumsticks, Papa Roach.