|Brian Viglione photo by Sarah Wilmer|
Brian Viglione has been the driving rhythmic force behind The Dresden Dolls since 2000. The band have travelled throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia to critical acclaim, as well as being handpicked to tour alongside Nine Inch Nails in 2005 and Cyndi Lauper in 2007. In December 2007, Brian collaborated with Trent Reznor on the Nine Inch Nails album, Ghosts: I-IV. Brian has also been featured in several theatrical settings including The Onion Cellar, a stage production hosted by The American Repertory Theater, Addicted To Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s 20th Century with The World/Inferno Friendship Society, and The Master and Margarita at Theater Dortmund with Botanica. He is currently the drummer of The Violent Femmes.
Viglione has appeared on over 50 albums since 2008, most notably, Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I–IV, which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, under the categories Best Rock Instrumental performance for the track "34 Ghosts IV", and Best Boxed Set or Limited Edition Package and sold over 750,000 copies.
Throughout 2008 – ‘09, Brian was the band leader and drummer for Brooklyn’s punk-orchestra, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, touring in 16 countries. He also starred in the band’s theatrical production, Addicted To Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s 20th Century, in the US, Canada, Netherlands, and Finland. Viglione joined Botanica throughout 2010-12, touring Europe and working extensively at the city theater in Dortmund, Germany on several productions. Brian self-released, Face Of The Sun, a metal album based around drum improvisations he recorded with guitarist Ron Arra in 2010.
Guitarist, John Andrews (Nena, Botanica) teamed up with Brian in 2013 to record the second Loudboy album, Ultra MK. The group opened for Peter Murphy on his 35th Anniversary Bauhaus tour and continues to perform in the U.S.
In July of 2013, Viglione joined as the new drummer for Violent Femmes, performing at festivals in North America and Australia. He continues to tour around the globe with Loudboy, The Dresden Dolls, and record with numerous artists in New York City.
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