Born and raised in Rochester, NY and currently residing in Albion NY, Thom spent seventeen years as a mobile disc jockey, playing classic rock at local bars and also performing at weddings. Thom's first concert was Styx in 1979, and shortly afterward he landed a volunteer position taking surveys at all the local rock concerts from 1981-1983, during which he saw almost every major arena rock concert.
Thom is an avid Todd Rundgren fan, and has traveled all over the east coast to see Todd. Since 1983 he has only missed one of Todd's east coast tours. His collection of Rundgren memorabilia includes two signed miniature replicas of and a signed ukulele.
Currently, Thom's full time job is as a social studies teacher, he graduated from college in his late thirties and began a part-time career as an op-ed columnist which later led to his current position as music writer for The Lockport Union Sun and Journal and The Niagara Gazette.
Thom has also had music related columns published in Buffalo Insider Magazine, The Medina Journal-Register, The North Tonawanda Times and is a frequent contributor to Backstage Axxess.
Top Five Concerts:
1. Van Halen, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Kim Mitchell Rochester, NY September 1, 1986
2. The Who and The Clash Buffalo, NY September 26, 1982
3. Ringo's All Starr Band Canandaigua, NY August 25, 1992
4. Paul McCartney Toronto, ON August 8, 2010
5. SARS Benefit Concert Toronto, ON July 30, 2003
Multiple Shows (ten or more):
Todd Rundgren /Utopia -109
Rik Emmett/Triumph- 27
Cheap Trick -18
Styx /Styx related bands- 15
Flogging Molly- 10
Styx, Rochester, NY November 8, 1979