His surfing sometimes causes a problem when trying to deal with work on No Doubt's music.
Tom played in a metal band at age 21.
He was turned on to The Beatles in grade school.
Tom studied Music Theory for five semesters at Orange Coast College. Because of him, No Doubt learned how to write and compose new music.
Tom has never been officially invited into No Doubt.
Tom was glad he wasn't doing metal music. He said that "head banging probably originated when musicians could not put together that one song they needed so they banged their heads against the wall!"
Because of Tom, No Doubt's music became more like rock.
He took the place of Jerry McMahon, No Doubt's previous original guitarist.
Tom joined No Doubt in 1988.
Tom: (on Return of Saturn) "There's so much pressure. If you don't take it seriously and do it right, you look like a fool."
Tom loves to surf.
No Doubt's song, Trapped in a Box, is based on a poem Tom wrote about being addicted to television.
With No Doubt, Tom and Eric Stefani were like teachers for the rest of the band. When Eric left, it was Tom who took responsibility for the writing and composing of songs.
Tom used to be in the rock metal band Rising. A week after he left them, No Doubt spotted and became interested in him.
Tom received his first guitar from his father when he was 12.
Tom's favorite fan is "NDFairy".
Tom's height is 6'1".