Born and raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois, Wengren has been playing drums since around the age of 10, when he took some lessons for about a month but didn’t begin to take his drumming seriously until the age of 15.
He has been quoted as saying that Metallica, Slayer, Judas Priest, Testament, Mötley Crüe, Pantera and Racer X were his strongest influences.
In recent years, he has appeared in ads for Pearl Drums, since the Masters Series was his first professional kit purchased from Midwest Percussion the early 90's. Wengren uses Evans Hydraulic Glass drumheads on all toms and EQ heads on both bass drums. He has also been added to the Vater Signature line of drumsticks, which now has the Mike Wengren model. Additionally, he uses Sabian cymbals.
His previous tour kit was a 'cranberry fade' Pearl MRX Masters Series drumset with black hardware. Wengren's tour kit in support of the album Ten Thousand Fists was a 'vintage sunburst' variation of the same drumset, also with black hardware.
Reference Series Custom painted by Nub Grafix
- 22x18 bass drum x 2
- 10x8 tom
- 12x9 tom
- 14x11 tom
- 16x14 tom
- 18x16 tom
- 14x6.5 snare drum x 2
- 14x6.5 steel Reference snare drum
Demo Tape (1994)