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Who is Longineu Parsons?


OMG Longineu… It was a total pleasure putting this together and getting to know you better!  Can’t wait to meet you this summer during the tour!

Longineu Parsons is the extremely talented drummer for Adam Lambert’s amazing band.  He was born in Paris on Feb 16,1980 and currently lives in West Hollywood.  Hope this page gives you some insight into the world of Longineu!

            Drum Magazine Cover, 2006




“Most sixteen-year-olds are worried about a couple of things-passing a driving test, getting through an algebra exam, maybe even a first (or second or third) crush. But when drummer Longineu Parsons III was sixteen, he was worried about 25,000 different things.

“I was in South America with my father’s band, Tribal Disorder,” Parsons recalls. “There were ten people in the band, and I was the first to walk out on stage. I looked out and all I could see was a sea of people. There were 25,000 people out there. It was the biggest crowd I’d ever played for. I was out of my mind.”

Longineu carried that performance with aplomb, just like the hundreds of others he had played in the previous three years across the globe with his father, noted jazz trumpeter Longineu Parsons II. “Working with my dad broke me into the music world pretty well,” he reports with a laugh. No kidding.

Given that exposure (and let’s face it – pressure), twenty four year-old Longineu Parsons III has been well-schooled in the music world. A couple of years after the “sea of people” show, Parsons and four of his friends formed Yellowcard, an emo-punk rock band that has recently scored a platinum disc with their major-label debut, “Ocean Avenue”, behind such hits as “Only One”, “Way Away”, and the album’s title track.

Parsons brings an eclectic drumming and music history into Yellowcard, including jazz and fusion dates with his father’s numerous outfits, funk-flavored session dates, and a sheer love for hardcore metal. He sat behind a drumkit for the first time at the age of two, during another of his father’s tours. “I was on tour with my dad,” he recalls, “and Max Roach was the drummer. So I was walking around the stage one day after they had finished and I just hopped behind Max’s kit. My feet didn’t reach the pedals, but I started tapping on the drums, trying to figure out what sound each made, instead of just beating on them wildly. But that’s what got me started on drums, watching Max Roach and his famous twenty-minute hi-hat solos.”

In addition to the global tours, the Parsons family gigged across the country at a variety of small jazz clubs and in a number of studio situations. “We always traveled a lot,” Parsons recalls. “We’d go from our home in Florida to Georgia to play with different studio musicians. I was playing professionally when I was thirteen. And it was my father who always told me to head out there, play gigs, and get my feet wet. I think he wanted me to be the musician he thought I could be.”

“I did every little gig I could,” Parsons continues. “I played little places that sometimes had as few as five people, sometimes less. But I would play for the experience and to get the chance to work with different musicians. Over time I learned how to improv over songs. I built a lot of confidence that way. I’d just show up to a gig without even knowing the musicians, and play all night.”

Thanks to Susan Sporran for pic below!

Besides a lot of gigging experience and the opportunity to see Max Roach play, the youngster listened to what the elder statesman of the drums had to say. In fact, Parsons’ quick-paced playing in Yellowcard was influenced by the legendary drummer. “Max had a theory that a drummer should never have more gear than he actually plays, but at the same time a drummer should never play more than he needs,” Parsons recalls. “If you go way back in time, like back to the beginning with Buddy Rich, he would use a couple of toms, snare drum, and that little cymbal that came up from the big extended bass drum, and he would rock that kit as if he had twenty pieces in front of him. Max would solo on just a hi-hat and make it sound as if he was playing a solo on an entire kit.

“Nowadays you’ve got these rock drummers who have all these drums,” Parsons says, “but they don’t know how to play them or don’t use every piece. If I go to one of these shows and see a drummer with a lot of drums, I want to see those played.”

Currently, LP will be playing drums for season 8 American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert.”

 Longineu learned to play the drums from his father.  He played with his dad in the Longineu Parsons Ensemble, and his “big break” was with Max Roach. He helped Ben Harper form the band Yellowcard and played drums with them.



 Longineu’s  musical influences include Anthrax, Slayer, Green Day, Nirvana, Megadeth, and many more. He enjoys riding Harleys!

Longineu  is MADLY IN LOVE and engaged to the very beautiful Joan Murray who is an actress.

 He loves his  little dog named Falco.


Longineu calls his fans the Outlaws or Animal’s Outlaws since one of his nicknames is Animal.

More fun facts from a December 2009 Twitter party:
How to pronounce his name: “lawn jih new”
He’s 5’11” and has been playing drums since he was 2, recorded at age 4.
He can play guitar, bass, piano, and all percussion.
He’s also in a band with his dad called Tribal Disorder.
His favorite song on For Your Entertainment is “Aftermath.”
Longineu has 22 tattoos, including one on his lip that says “Animal”:
He’s had dreads for about eight years; his hair has been red, blue, green, and blond at various times.
He lived in Guadaloupe for five years and speaks Creole.

Contact Longineu:


MySpace page:

    Facebook link:!/longineu.parsons

Fanmail address:  Longineu Parsons PO Box 64919 Los Angeles CA 90064

Link to the Outlaws, Fan Club:

Look at Longineu and his Dreads Rocking this Song! Love it!

Thanks to Lori Forbes for pic above!

Articles about Longineu

 Longineu on Drum Technique

Drum Solo

Longineu having fun Party in the USA

Beautiful drawing by @santabillie given to Longineu at Kradison NYC

Special thanks to @susanjenelle for providing many of the links used


Link to post about Monte Pittman:

Link to post about Tommy Joe Ratliff:


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  1. Excellent article! I’m sure Longineu will love it 🙂 Any plans for the rest of the band?

    Comment by @smlzlikrozs — April 12, 2010 @ 7:56 am

  2. Thanks so much for the feedback. I have already done a page about Monte. He retweeted it and his wife, Lisa, responded as well. Tommy is next but that is a daunting task for me. Have to let him simmer in my brain (LOL..he does) for a while. And Cam will follow once she’s an established member of the band! Adam, of course, is on and on and on… forever!

    Comment by adamquotedaily — April 12, 2010 @ 8:00 am

  3. Thanks! That’s the first time I actually read about Longineu’s bio and I was totally surprised to learn that he’s from a musical family and has been playing drums for a gazillion years! Way to go!

    Comment by Lil — April 12, 2010 @ 8:40 am

  4. I AM SO PROUD to be a FAN of ADAM LAMBERT’s band ! Great bio about Longineu. Can’t wait to see bio of the rest of the band.

    Comment by Libraglamb — April 12, 2010 @ 10:16 am

  5. Well done!! Longineu you DA PIZ !!

    Comment by Susan — April 12, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  6. Wow, that’s MY picture from River Rock up there on the left (the purplish one with Monte in the forefront). I tweeted it yesterday and Longineu tweeted back that he loved the picture and now here it is in an article about him. Way cool!!!!!!

    Comment by SusanSporran — April 12, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

  7. What name do you want me to use to give you credit for it? Thanks for the great pic!

    Comment by adamquotedaily — April 12, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

  8. OMG i LOVE this article sooo much! Longineu has been long long overdue on getting an article tracing his history and accomplishments!! I’m so glad you did this, it’s lovely and the pics are to die for! Such a sweet and talented man, his family too, and the band.

    Thank you very very much!!!


    Comment by feetchick — April 14, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  9. I am fine if you use Susan Sporran, probably more people on the net know me by that than by my real name (but Susan is my real first name). I still get jazzed when I see that picture here!

    Comment by SusanSporran — April 14, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

  10. Very well done and informative! It give us fans the missing ‘dimensions’ of this interesting and talented man. The group is becoming like a family. Adam sure can pick ’em!

    Comment by theresa/canada — April 14, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  11. I’m thrilled you used my picture- of Monte and Adam, with LP in the background- dreds a flyin’! Would you credit me for the pic/ thanks! LP is such a talented drummer, and a lovely man!

    Comment by Lori Forbes — April 14, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

  12. Absolutely… thank you so much for letting me know!

    Comment by adamquotedaily — April 14, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

  13. Longineu is the BEST!!! He’s such a nice person and an amazing drummer! I met him last month with my friends and he is really respectful and listens to our opinions and things (we’re 14 years old :P). Then he promised one of my friends to be her BFF, lol. And I hugged him and high-fived when he said he like the TV show Scrubs!!! 😀 He’s really kind and helpful. Everyone just have to love his personality.

    Comment by Erika — April 14, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

  14. Erika, thanks so much for sharing your experience. He seems like a really kind, warm person and i cant wait to meet him soon!

    Comment by adamquotedaily — April 14, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

  15. LOVE getting more info about Longineau…I had the awesome privilege of meeting him after the Fantasy Springs concert in Indio, CA. He came down to the lobby where a bunch of fans were waiting for cabs and hoping to see Adam or the band – very brave of him, I thought! I LOVED his djembe playing on the acoustic pieces, and asked about what drums he was playing, since I play conga and djembe a bit. He was so gracious and easy to talk to – I was more excited about meeting him than if Adam or the other band members had come out! Thanks again, Longineau for making that concert a memory of a lifetime!

    Comment by LibraryJade — April 15, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  16. Its really great to hear feedback about all the guys in Adam’s band. Each one of them has been described as being really kind and approachable and friendly and appreciative. Adam has attracted a bunch of people just like himself. Class acts! Dont know enough about Cam yet but I would be willing to wager she is the same kind of person too! Love them all!

    Comment by adamquotedaily — April 15, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

  17. I was lucky enough to meet Longineu in NYC in a snowstorm, and let me say it was cold!!! He was so generous with his time;staying to take a picture with anyone who wanted one…Joan stood off to the side (equally freezing) and smiled the whole time. I was so impressed by Longineu’s soft, easy manner and yet he is an Animal on the drums!!! He is good stuff!!


    Comment by Lisa Harrington — April 15, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

  18. Thanks for the great bio. I also met Longineu at Fantasy Springs after the concert. He was very generous with his time, talking and taking pictures with all the fans. Love Adam’s band-mates!

    Comment by dorihb — April 16, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

  19. WOW! Great pics and information about Longineu. So glad you were able to get this bio together about him. What an interesting and diverse background! Nice to know about everyone in Adams’ band. Love the Glamily! 🙂



    Comment by LuvAdam476 — April 17, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

  20. I was FRONT ROW CENTRE THANKS TO THE BEAUTIFUL woman – a true glambert who kindly gave me her spot for the entire show, except for soaked and WWFM! second row front centre was great, but getting as close to adam was spectacular especially for broken open and aftermath! Longineu was tosing stix to the audience at the end of the show. people were jumping up and down waving their arms begging for a stick. i stood quietly with my arm outstretched, and he placed the drum stick right in my hand!! i slept with it that night! got it beside me right now!
    BEST NIGHT EVER – 5 more shows to go!!!!

    Comment by Carter — June 10, 2010 @ 9:29 am

  21. I love this website, the information is great and I have bookmarked it in my favorites. This is a well organized and informative website. Great Job!

    Comment by missy — June 20, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  22. I love this website, the information is great and I have bookmarked it in my favorites. This is a well organized and informative website. Great Job!

    Comment by maryanne — June 20, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  23. I think Longineu is HOT HOT HOT! I wish we would see more of him.

    Comment by Sally — July 23, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

  24. This was an absolutely beautiful article. About an absolutely beautiful and talented man. He is
    A one in a million drummer. I was so sad to see him leave, the Glam Band with Adam. He was one of the most cohesive parts of the whole group. They are all so talented, and individual. I hope he can
    someday go back to them. At least be on the next recording session.
    There is so much depth to him and his talent. It is totally amazing. You covered him so well. It
    was so respectful too. I cannot believe that a musician as smart and knowledgable as Ben Harper, let
    him get away. Maybe it was Longineau’s own decision. He may not have wanted to be tied to only one
    guy who does kind of flit around like a butterfly. He has made some great stuff, but he is rather un
    settled in his ways.
    Anyway I hope he goes back to being with Adam, if there is another tour, and when the next album comes out. He will definitely add so much to the project. Thanks for this. Well done Janice3

    Comment by Janice Dodd — February 3, 2011 @ 7:11 am

  25. He is such a talent. I just love his ability.. I am sorry that he had to leave the group with Adam.. I think they would have been such a great group now…I loved him while he was there.. Thanks for all the intimate talks and treatises.. I learned a lot more about his techniques by watching his tutorials..

    Comment by Janice Dodd — April 13, 2012 @ 5:55 am

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