Basic Background Info
Tony Hajjar was born in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, in the mid-70s. Recently, Tony Hajjar has made a name for himself with his aggressive drumming style for the bands At the Drive-In and Sparta.
During the Lebanese civil war, five-year-old Tony Hajjar left his country for the United States. His family settled in El Paso, Texas. When his mother died and his father left, Tony Hajjar's eighteen-year-old brother raised Tony and his sister alone.
In 1993, Tony Hajjar joined up with At the Drive-In, a local post-hardcore band. In its early years, the band toured extensively, trying to reach as many potential fans as possible. Their shows were famously energetic, and the bandís fan base grew through word of mouth. Their sound expanded from pure post-hardcore to incorporate progressive and ethnic influence. Later, they integrated elements of electronica and punk into their music.
At the Drive-In performed on the USA Network's FarmClub, as well as Later with Jools Holland, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Late Show with David Letterman. Their song, One Armed Scissor, garnered national radio attention and was played frequently on MTV. In 2001, At the Drive-In dismantled. They had been unable to convey their staggering live energy onto studio recordings and, in the process, had developed artistic and creative differences.
After At the Drive-In's demise, former members Tony, Paul Hinojos, and Jim Ward formed Sparta. The band struggled to find their voice for a while, but eventually found their niche as a solid alternative band.
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