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NRBQ’s Ardolino was joyous, rocking drummer

NRBQ drummer Tom Ardolino died a week ago today. (photo: Michael Hochanadel)
NRBQ drummer Tom Ardolino died a week ago today. (photo: Michael Hochanadel)
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We’ve mourned many mighty musicians recently, including Richard Lainhart, Sam Rivers, Jackie Leven and Robert Dickey of James and Bobby Purify (“I’m Your Puppet”). More on them in a minute, but the one that really hurts is the death of Tom Ardolino a week ago today. Tom went from high school in Springfield, Mass., to playing drums in NRBQ for 30 years. Reports on his death vary, but I heard that after snowstorms knocked out ...

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