Ronnie Vannucci Jr. story
Vannucci was born to an American couple with Italian and German ancestry. He began drumming at an early age and continued to perform from age 6 on. He was a part of his junior high school's jazz ensemble and later attended both Clark and Western High School. He would later finish his B. A. with a focus on percussion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on May 14, 2011 while The Killers were on hiatus.
Vannucci played in various popular local bands in Las Vegas including Attaboy Skip (which also included Branden Campbell), Expert on October (which also included Taylor Milne and Ted Sablay). He also studied percussion at UNLV. Vannucci was working as a photographer at Chapel of the Flowers, a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip when he joined Dave Keuning and Brandon Flowers who had recently begun performing as The Killers, he had met the pair while playing drums for Romance Fantasy. They would practice at Vannucci's garage, and then in the UNLV band room after hours in 2002 and 2003.
He is married to Lisa Vannucci with whom he lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Park City, Utah. The Vannuccis were married May 2, 2003.
Vannucci mainly plays with his kit set up using a jazz technique with a high stool and hitched-up snare stand. He attributes this to his 6'1" frame, a former teacher who whipped him, and the examples of great drummers including Mitch Mitchell and many jazz performers.
He is known for crashing his hi-hats, skillful sixteenth notes, and a fluid playing style. Drummer Magazine labels them a "few distinctive hallmarks [that] help characterize Ronnie's style".
Vannucci and his fellow band mate, bassist Mark Stoermer, have what they consider a rewarding relationship musically. Of Stoermer, Vannucci has said, "He almost intuitively knows what I am going to play and his parts are so rhythmic its a joy to dance around him I really enjoy thinking up parts with him. . . it works very well for us."
InfluencesVannucci cites influences such as jazz legend Papa Jo Jones, Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Keith Moon of The Who, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. He also lists as influences The Cure, U2, Depeche Mode and more modern drummers including Charley Drayton, Steve Jordan, and Ahmir Thompson.