INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA
Anton Fig is a South African / American drummer who is best known for his work David Letterman’s house band, the CBS Orchestra. Fig has been the drummer on Letterman’s television shows since 1986. During this period Fig played with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Winwood and Tony Bennett. The CBS Orchestra has also backed up a host of artists in other venues. They played in Hall of Fame ceremonies and with B.B. King at the closing ceremonies of the summer 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Fig is also a well-known session drummer. He has recorded with such names as Mick Jagger, Gary Moore, Madonna, Joe Satriani, Paul Putterfield, Sebastian Bach and Michael Monroe. In 1978 he played on KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s solo debut. He replaced Peter Criss on the KISS albums DYNASTY and UNMASKED, and later on he appeared on several Frehley’s albums including FREHLEY’COMET, LIVE+1, TROUBLE WALKIN and ANOMALY. In May 2015, David Letterman announced his retirement, and the last episode of the show aired on the 20th of May. Fig soon joined in the ranks of Joe Bonamassa’s band, with whom he had already worked with for close to 10 years on different occasions. I met a good-humored Anton in Helsinki last October when the Joe Bonamassa band visited Helsinki. Here is the now fully assembled transcription for what the man had to say about the end of Letterman show, working with Joe Bonamassa, and of course, a bit about Ace Frehley, KISS stories, and a little more … Read on!