Ray Luzier (born 1970 in Pennsylvania) is an American rock drummer. He was the drummer for Army of Anyone, a rock band composed of Filter frontman Richard Patrick and brothers Dean DeLeo and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots. Since November 1, 2007, Ray has been the touring drummer for the nu-metal band Korn (according to the Musicians Institute website).
Ray Luzier was raised in West Newton, Pennsylvania, a small town an hour outside of Pittsburgh. He began to play drums at the age of five, and although basically self-taught, participated in his high school jazz, concert, and marching bands. After his graduation in 1988, Luzier moved to Hollywood, California to pursue an education at the renowned Musicians Institute. He graduated in 1989 with a degree from MI's Percussion Institute of Technology. Luzier later returned as an instructor at MI (1992–2001), where he taught rock-style drumming classes and private lessons.
Luzier is best known for his work with David Lee Roth, with whom he played drums for from 1997-2005. Luzier has also played with The Hideous Sun Demons, a progressive-rock/fusion trio formed with DLR bandmembers Toshi Hiketa (guitar) and James LoMenzo (bass).
In 2004, Luzier released an instructional DVD. It features a wide variety of lessons, including double-bass technique, drum fills, motion exercises, and warm-ups. It is available through Amazon.com and Hal Leonard Publishing Co.
In January 2006, Luzier appeared at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California with Billy Sheehan and Toshi Hiktea. The DeLeo brothers of Stone Temple Pilots appeared at the same NAMM venue as part of an impromptu band put togehter by Steve Ferrone, the drummer for Tom Petty and Average White Band featuring, among others, Keb Mo, Brian Auger, and Alex Ligertwood. After seeing Luzier's performance, the DeLeo brothers invited Luzier to join the band Army of Anyone that they were putting together with vocalist Richard Patrick of the band Filter.
Luzier completed tracking for Tracy G's newest Goaded record in May 2007. Beginning in late May 2007, Luzier and former DLR Band/Hideous Sun Demons guitarist Toshi Hiketa will embark on a two-week tour of Japan, performing various clinics at music schools.
In 2007, drummer Joey Jordison's time with KoRn was coming to an end because his band Slipknot was preparing for the recording of a new studio album. Consequently, KoRn started looking for a new drummer. Having been a fan of Army Of Anyone, Jonathan Davis had mentioned to Luzier the possibility of working together. Luzier reportedly flew to Seattle to audition for Korn with Munky and Fieldy during a soundcheck for a show scheduled for that evening. KoRn invited Luzier to join the band after a very impressive audition.
Luzier played his first show with KoRn on January 13, 2008 in Dublin, IR and played throughout the bands Bitch We Have a Problem Tour. Currently the members of KoRn have taken a break to focus on different sideprojects, but are scheduled to record their ninth studio album together with Ray and their original producer Ross Robinson. Recently, Ray made UltimateRockGods.com's Artist Of The Month for July 2008.
Ray's kit is often changed slightly to fit the style of the band or artist that he performs or records with. He is currently endorses ddrum, Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads, Pro-mark Drumsticks, DW hardware and Factory Metal Percussion Cymbals. Listed is Ray's basic setup.
Despite the fact he endorses ddrum, he has been spotted playing Orange County Drums & Percussion (OCDP) drums.