IN THE BEGINNING
Inspired by Keith Moon’s joyful exuberance, Tom played drums in bands throughout the 1970s. He also taught high school English in upstate New York, where his courses included an elective in the History of Rock, featuring a unit built around the Who’s rock opera “Tommy.”
He made friends with filmmakers Jeff and Kevin Stein, lending them some 8mm home movies he had filmed of Who concerts, for which they kindly thanked him in the credits of their documentary “The Kids Are Alright.” When Keith Moon died, Tom wrote an obituary focusing on Moon’s drumming style for “Who’s News,” the Who fan magazine, called “The Best Keith Moon-Type Drummer in the World.”
By the 1980s, Tom had moved to Boston, where he worked as a video producer, educational TV director and musician. Switching from drums to bass guitar, he played in legendary clubs like the Rat, the Channel and the Paradise, with semi-legendary bands like Angry Young Bees, the Ironics and Mr. Curt’s Camaraderie. He often thought that someday he would love to play in a Who tribute band, but meanwhile, as time went on, he found other sources of happiness: he met his future wife, with whom he lives in Melrose, and started a new job at Swampscott High School, where he teaches Media Literacy and Film Studies.
However, the old dream of finding a Who tribute band that needed someone to play John Entwistle’s amazing bass lines never died, and, every once in a while, Tom would scan Craigslist ads wondering if such a band existed. Then, one fateful day in early 2018, he saw an ad asking “Can you play like Thunderfingers?” Now Tom finds himself very happy to be on stage with the inspired, spirited musicians of the American WHO, playing songs he never gets tired of - even though he’s probably been listening to them longer than you’ve been alive! Long Live Rock!
The Boys In The Band
Tom is the most recent member of the American WHO after the departure of Art Esposito who briefly took over for founding member John Nicholson. The Who have been Tom Reid’s favorite band ever since he saw them open for Herman’s Hermits in Rochester, New York in 1967. It was the closest he had ever come to a religious experience, so he began making pilgrimages to Who concerts at every opportunity. He even went to Woodstock, not because he had any idea it would become the central cultural metaphor for his generation, but simply because it was another chance to see the Who.
The Kids Are Alright
So WHO is this guy anyway?
IN THE BEGINNING