modern day renaissance man, Bobby Rock is an internationally-renowned
performer and music educator, an author with several books to his credit,
a producer, a health and fitness specialist/consultant, and the CEO/Founder
of Paranormal Records, Zen Man Publishing and Rock-Solid Fitness.
The Early Years
After studying at the prestigious Berklee College
of Music in Boston with Ed Kaspik and Lenny Nelson, Bobby recorded and
toured with a number of funk, fusion and rock bands, and worked on a variety
of movie soundtracks, jingles and record dates. Some of the early bands
included the Berklee-based fusion ensemble, Interstate,
rockin' funk outfit, The Lyons Avenue Jam Band,
and seasoned touring groups on the national club circuit, Worlds
and Diamond Romeo.
The Arena Years, Round One
In 1985, after a brief association with legendary
70's rockers Rare Earth, Bobby began a three-year,
two-album stint with ex-KISS guitarist's Vinnie
Vincent Invasion. Their self-titled first album became the fastest
selling debut in the history of Chrysalis records. The controversial "Boyz
Are Gonna Rock" video and extensive tours with Iron Maiden and Alice
Cooper had the young rock Rock busy playing arenas and all over international
press and MTV. The band's second release, All Systems Go, spawned the
hit single/video "Love Kills," which wound up as the theme for
one of the Nightmare on Elm Street films.
The VVI affiliation, along with some of his initial
endorsement arrangements (most notably Sabian Cymbals), would also prove
to be the genesis for Bobby's "second career" as a leading drum
clinician and educator.
After the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Bobby
played drums on several albums of note including veteran guitarist Bob
Kulick's band, Skull (No Bones About It),
Japanese guitar hero Kuni (Lookin' For Action)
and even the debut release from the manic Nitro
(O.F.R.), which has become something of an underground cult smash.
From there, Bobby's increased notoriety as an educator and his continued
pursuit of the art form led to the release of his 1989 video/book package,
Metalmorphosis (Warner Brothers).
This video is still recognized as one of the most cutting-edge available
over a decade later, and the book can be found in practice rooms and teaching
studios around the globe.
1989 also marked the beginning of Bobby's longtime affiliation with Geffen
recording artists, Nelson, perhaps Bobby's
most commercially successful project to date. Their 1990 multi-platinum
debut, After The Rain, yielded four Billboard Top Ten hits and
high-rotation videos, a sold-out world tour (1991-92), and numerous television
appearances. Bobby would go on to record two more Nelson records, Because
They Can and Imaginator.
Extensive solo/clinic tours commenced in and around the Nelson
recording/touring schedule, as did several more record dates including
work with guitarist Jake E. Lee on Japanese
superstar Ann Lewis' K-Rock record.
The Solo Artist/Master Clinician
In 1993, Bobby moved full time into his solo artist/educator pursuits
and began a series of grueling tours that have become legendary in the
industry. In a motor home, with a two-man crew and a customized trailer,
Bobby and company have zigzagged around North America numerous times,
doing drumming exhibitions at conservatories, music stores, schools, theaters,
and "every place in between," says Peavey drum product manager,
Steven Volpp. "He has revolutionized an industry and, with over 800
educational events under his belt, Bobby is far and away the most active
clinician in the business."
During this time frame, Bobby and his crew have traveled well over a quarter
million on-the-ground miles throughout the U.S. and Canada, making countless
solo exhibition and trade show appearances with his elaborate drum kits.
The tours continue to this day and all of Rock's efforts on the educational
front have been duly noted, as he's won the coveted Clinician
of the Year in Drum magazine's Annual Readers Poll two times.
In 1994, after two recordings with the instrumental rock guitar duo, Garsed
and Helmerich (Quid Pro Quo and Exempt), and an innovative
book/audio package entitled The Encyclopedia of Groove (Warner
Brothers), Bobby's debut solo EP hit the streets. This recording has recently
been re-released to CD as a 6-song EP entitled Groovin' In Tongues.
1996 saw the release of Bobby's critically-acclaimed Out Of Body
record. The CD features longtime band mates and co-writers, Australian
guitar phenomenon Brett Garsed and New York-based
session/road monster Carl "The Fox" Carter
on bass. Out of Body remains Bobby's most popular solo disc.
The majority of '97 found Rock touring around North America in yet another
installment of Peavey's Rock Across America road
show where he led an all-star band featuring Neil
Zaza on guitar and Bill "The Buddha"
Dickens on bass. The trio also headlined club shows and released
a rip-roaring, double-live CD entitled Snap, Crackle and Pop...Live!
in '98; then returned to the road in '99 for another successful tour of
1999 also found Bobby hooking up with guitar great
Gary Hoey for an extensive tour in support
of his Money record. Back in the familiar "power trio"
format, Bobby and the band toured well into 2000, playing to sold-out
clubs and theaters around the continent. He continues this affiliation
2001 marked Bobby's long-awaited return to the instructional video arena
with The Zen of Drumming. This spectacular, two-volume/three-hour
production is undoubtedly the most complete representation of Bobby's
artistry to date as it features a full spectrum of solo/band performances,
detailed instructional segments and philosophical insights.
Additionally, Bobby has found himself in the producer chair on a number
of occasions, having racked up production credits on the LA-based Watson's
Psychics Are Standing By, the ultra-intense self-titled EP from Orange
County heavyweights, Sicktrip, and the debut release of that hard rockin'
new band from Texas, Seventh Rize. He also produced two stunning Bill
"The Buddha" Dickens instructional videos for Warner
Brothers and co-wrote the book, Funk
Bass and Beyond.
more recent recording projects include work on the sophomore effort from
the Gioeli Brother's and Journey guitarist Neil Schon's band, Hardline
2 (Frontier Records), Gary Hoey's "Wake
Up Call," (Surfdog/Warner Bros.) and several movie soundtracks.
Bobby also recently joined forces with his former VVI bandmates Mark Slaughter
and Dana Strum for a summer tour with perennial rockers, Slaughter,
on the popular Rock Never Stops bill, as well as in a series of headlining
Dates continued into '04, then Bobby began his most current affiliation
with the NY-based modern metal band, Carnival of
New books include a second printing of his health and fitness book, to
be released as Rock-Solid Fitness due out soon, and Veggie Zone,
a detailed resource on veganism and vegetarianism. (You can preview some
of these book's contents at www.rocksolidfitness.net
addition to all of his artistic pursuits, Bobby is a respected fitness
specialist with a number of
published articles on the subject of health and wellness, a vegan
(one who follows a strict vegetarian diet and avoids any animal-based
clothing or consumer goods) and an advocate of drug and alcohol-free living
with many years of sobriety. He remains dedicated to his healthy lifestyle
and daily regimen of training and meditation.
Sabian Cymbals: 1985 - Present
Sonor Drums: 1985 - 1994
Pro Mark Sticks: 1987 - Present
Latin Percussion Instruments: 1990 - Present
Aquarian Drum Heads: 1990 - Present
DW Pedals/Hardware: 1992 - Present
Peavey Drums: 1994 - 2002
Gibraltar Rack Systems: 1995 - Present
Diggit Stickweights: 2000 - Present
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