Michael Raimondo

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Michael Lean (born Michael Raimondo) played drums for American glam metal band Tuff (1985-1993). He got his first drum set in 1979 when he turned 12. During his drumming career he was at one time endorsed by D.W., Paiste, Pro-Mark and Sonor.


Tuff is an American glam metal band formed in 1985 in Phoenix, Arizona, by guitarist Jorge DeSaint, drummer Gary Huckaby, and bassist Todd Chase. After drummer Gary Huckaby left the group in later in 1985 to work with another local project, the band enlisted drummer Michael Lean and vocalist Terry Fox (who left the band shortly afterwards to pursue an ice skating career). With replacement vocalist Jim Gillette, the band recorded a four-track EP entitled Knock Yourself Out (1986). However, Gillette soon departed to form Nitro and was replaced by Stevie Rachelle.

The band with its classic line-up consisted of Stevie Rachelle on vocals, Jorge DeSaint on guitars, Todd Chase on bass and drummer Michael "Lean" Raimondo. The band played all over the West Coast and eventually was doing cross country tours headlining clubs. Yet had no record deal. After becoming the biggest unsigned band in the world, after years of hard work it finally paid off in 1990. Tuff was then signed by Atlantic Records, and released their debut album What Comes Around Goes Around in May 1991, in which the band released the successful power ballad "I Hate Kissing You Goodbye". The video reached #3 on Dial MTV behind Guns N' Roses & Metallica.

Life After Tuff

Lean always dreamed of owning his own business and after his split with Tuff, he did started Low Key Coffee & Bagel (now Old New York Bagel and Coffee Co.) in Camarillo, CA in 1994.