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Tom Sandoval Reveals Big News on What’s Next for His Career, and It May Very Well Involve Ariana Madix
The Vanderpump Rules cast member opened up about his new band and shared surprising details about his future plans.
Tom Sandoval is a man of many talents. As fans have seen over the years on Vanderpump Rules, Tom not only knows his way around a bar and, as it just so happens, all things male modeling, but has also revealed his musical prowess and performing abilities on multiple occasions. Who can forget his starring role in a NSFW music video or his melodic ode to being sunburned and hungover? And there was also that time Tom put his trumpet skills on full display with an unforgettable recording session alongside James Kennedy and Lala Kent during Season 6.
Now the Vanderpump Rules cast member is taking his career to yet another "most extra" level with his latest endeavor in music, which has him touring, playing sold-out shows, and having the time of his life performing covers of hit songs with his new band, Tom Sandoval & the MOST Extras.
"It's just been crazy. I didn't know if this was going to be something that people really got into," Tom said in an exclusive interview with Bravo Insider earlier this month. "I just wanted to do it. You know what I mean? I just wanted to get out there, make music, and do it. And I love it so much."
After making his debut as the lead singer of the nine-piece cover band in November 2021, playing a sold-out show at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, Tom and the group went on to play more shows and eventually arranged a successful East Coast tour in the process. He opened up about Tom Sandoval & the MOST Extras' first tour, which took place less than a year after the band was formed.
"[The tour] went really well. It was amazing and I'll never forget it for the rest of my life," said Tom, going on to express how much love he had for the members in his band. "I mean, these are all badass musicians."
Tom went on to explain how the band decided on their extensive and unique catalog of songs. "We want to do songs that people don't normally hear in cover bands. If we play a Journey song, there's no way we're playing, like, 'Don't Stop Believin'," he said, adding that the group had "such a crazy mix" of songs they liked to cover. "We're just all over the place. Like, we open up with Incubus' 'Wish You Were Here,' I play trumpet within the first 20 seconds. And then it goes right into, you know, Loverboy's 'Workin' for the Weekend.' That's what I really like, just the unexpectedness of it."
When asked if he might ever pick up the aforementioned trumpet and collaborate with James and Lala again, Tom shared with Bravo Insider that he was open to the idea. "I don't know if Lala's really messing around with music right now, but of course, I would do something collaborative," he responded. "I would definitely be down to do something with James again."
Tom also revealed that James wasn't the only Vanderpump Rules cast member he'd consider for a possible music collaboration. On the subject of putting together the band's set list, Tom shared a surprising tidbit about the role his longtime girlfriend, Ariana Madix, played in helping to decide what songs to cover. "I'll ask her sometimes," he said, later adding, "She'll tell me if something's just, like, not working."
Tom shared his hopes for Ariana that happened to involve her own musical talent. "I'd love to get her up there to sing a song at some point, because she's got such a great voice," he said. "Ariana can sing — she's got some pipes on her."
Last year, Tom showcased just how glorious Ariana's singing is by sharing a sweet video on Instagram of the couple performing a holiday song together.
In addition to playing shows with his cover band, Tom revealed details about another music-related project he has in the works. "I'm really excited that I have been actually working on some original music," Tom said, adding that he was working with "a really good producer" and record label. "I'm working on one song right now. I'm really excited for [people] to hear this song. It's going to be kind of, like, pop but indie."
He also revealed what's next in terms of his solo project's future unveiling. "You know me — I'm going to shoot a music video. And then we'll probably do a release in the summer."
Recently, Tom shared on Instagram a series of memorable moments with the MOST Extras, including a snapshot from their sold-out show at New York City's Gramercy Theatre and announcing their upcoming May 10 performance at the Venice West in Los Angeles.
Speaking of the New York City show, Tom opened up about how much he appreciated the support from fellow Bravolebs who had seen his band play live on the East Coast tour, including Summer House's Carl Radke, Lindsay Hubbard, and Luke Gulbranson. "It was awesome [to see them]," he said, adding, "In fact, Scheana [Shay], Brock [Davies], and Raquel [Leviss] were going to fly out to New York to see the show, and their flight got delayed twice and then eventually canceled. But a lot of people have come out and been supportive. It's been awesome."
Tom also reflected on his vision for the band's future, while sharing one of his "favorite things" about playing live with his band and what he hoped audiences took from seeing their performances.
"My goal for Tom Sandoval & the MOST Extras is for people to come out and listen to their favorite songs," he said, later adding, "That's like one of my favorite things, for people to hear a song that maybe they haven't heard in a while."