Black Sabbath comes to an end, but their drummer says he's just beginning.

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CLARKSTON (WJRT) - (08/30/2016) - "You always kind of maybe get a moment of thinkin' back when you were a little kid sittin' back in the seats lookin' at the drums wondering what was goin' back stage," Drummer Tommy Clufetos says. "And now you're the dude doin' it."
And Wednesday, Tommy will have the chance to look out at the very seats he used to daydream in growing up when he returns to his hometown behind the kit for Black Sabbath as they bring The End tour to DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston. But while this may be his last stop in Michigan sharing the stage with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, he says he expects to be back in one form or another many more times in the coming years.
"Those guys may be stopping, but I'm not stopping. I'm just beginning. I feel like this is still the beginning of my career. I've got about 35 more years before I'm where they are. So I'll still be playing a long time. But whenever it's the last gig that I'm playing with these guys, it's gonna be a shame, because playing with such amazing musicians is such a gift to me. That's what I'm gonna miss the most is these three guys on stage. It's such a blessing and such a gift that I get to play music with such greats. So I'm loving every chance that I get to do so."
The 36 year old has already had a whirlwind of a career, beginning with Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, then moving on to Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper and a stint with Rob Zombie before joining Ozzy's band and Black Sabbath. But he says as amazing as all that sounds, it wasn't always an easy ride.
"Before that it was 15 years of playing clubs in Michigan and 5 sets a night, and the way you get there is just hard work and practice and dedication. And not letting anything take you away from your path or goals of what you want. Again, I don't take it for granted, I got a long way to go and I'm just gonna keep pushin' and keep the same attitude as when I was coming up."
The Rochester Adams grad says he sees a lot of those same values in his current bandmates, which is part of the reason why the Detroit area got multiple stops on The End Tour, which also played The Palace of Auburn Hills back in February.
"I think if Sabbath were from the United States, they would have been from Detroit. You know, the cities are very similar believe it or not. Birmingham, England is a very industrial kind of town, same kind of vibe. And music connects with working class people, that's what good rock and roll, that's who really it's for. And America eats that kind of stuff up and Black Sabbath connects with those people because it's about working hard and giving it all you got, and that's what Black Sabbath does on stage and have been doing for 45 or 50 years."
As he continues his adventures behind the drums, Tommy says he's proud of being another Detroit musician who has found success, and can't wait to get back home this week and share it with his friends and fans.
"I'm so thankful that I'm from there because my parents raised me with those Midwestern values of work hard and give it all you got, and I think Detroit personifies that in so many ways. So I'm thankful for where I'm from and I can't wait to get back and show em that the work has paid off."



 
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