For 32 Years, Jeffrey "Joffo" Simmons Has Supplied the Driving Backbeat for Joe Grushecky's Houserockers. the Versatile Drummer and Avid Pittsburgh Sports Fan Has Toured the Country with the Band and Backed Bruce Springsteen during Legendary Performances at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., and at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. [Derived Headline]

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For 32 Years, Jeffrey "Joffo" Simmons Has Supplied the Driving Backbeat for Joe Grushecky's Houserockers. the Versatile Drummer and Avid Pittsburgh Sports Fan Has Toured the Country with the Band and Backed Bruce Springsteen during Legendary Performances at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., and at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. [Derived Headline]


For 32 years, Jeffrey "Joffo" Simmons has supplied the driving backbeat for Joe Grushecky's Houserockers. The versatile drummer and avid Pittsburgh sports fan has toured the country with the band and backed Bruce Springsteen during legendary performances at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., and at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

Simmons learned to drum with the Ozanam Strings in Homewood and from Eugene "Babe" Fabrizi at Fabrizi's Drum Shop in Pittsburgh. He later attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in percussion.

Simmons also has played with John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band and the Joe Cocker Alumni Band in San Francisco.

He can be heard on the new Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers' CD "American Babylon: Live at the Stone Pony."

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:

Samuel L. Jackson. I've had people come to me asking me for an autograph and calling me Sam.

Childhood hero and why:

My brother Ronnie. He's always taken care of me since I was born and has even changed my diapers. He's a second father to me and the most amazing man I've ever known.

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:

An autographed hockey stick from Pittsburgh Penguins great Syl Apps, who lived three doors from us growing up

Favorite ethnic food:

Turnip greens

The superpower I wish I had in real life and why:

To transport to different places like "Star Trek"

My favorite cable channel:

AXS TV concert channel

What dessert matches your personality?

Devil's food cake

Show I have or want to binge-watch:

"The Bold and the Beautiful"

Who's your favorite TV or movie villain?

Victor Newman on "The Young and the Restless"

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:

Any James Bond movie

The movie that always makes me cry:

"Star Trek: Wrath of Khan"

The first band I saw in concert (when and where):

The Jackson 5 at the Civic Arena in 1969

The best concert I've ever seen:

Michael Jackson on the Bad Tour 1988 at the Civic Arena

Pick one: Pirates / Penguins / Steelers / Other / I hate sports:

Steelers

Celebrity crush:

A tie between Sandra Bullock and Ashley Dougherty on WTAE

Something I would do over if I could and why:

Play with the Joe Cocker Band. …

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