Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Anton Fig (1952 in Cape Town, South Africa), known as "The Thunder from Down Under", is a South African/American session drummer, noted for his work in David Letterman's house band, the CBS Orchestra. Letterman often refers to Fig as "Anton Zip" or "Buddy Rich Jr."
Fig began playing drums at age four. His formal education included studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz and classical disciplines.
Fig was a member of the band Spider and played on both their releases in 1980 and 1981, and also played with Shanghai on their 1982 release. Fig was a member of ex-Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley's solo project Frehley's Comet from 1984 to 1987, as well as the drummer on Frehley's 1978 solo album. Other artists with whom he has worked include Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, B. B. King, Peter Frampton, Joan Armatrading, Cyndi Lauper, Link Wray, John Waite, Robert Gordon, Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart and Kix. Fig also played drums on all but one song on Kiss's 1979 album Dynasty and every song on their 1980 album Unmasked.
Fig is a known boinero. Alas he gives his own twist as to how to wear a beret.