|Born||July 13, 1963|
|Genres||Heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock|
|Associated acts||Vinnie Vincent Invasion|
Michael Angelo Batio
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Bobby Rock (born July 13, 1963, Livermore, California) is a Los Angeles based rock drummer. He was a student of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and has worked with several bands.
Rock first came into national awareness with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Following his two-album/tour stint with Vinnie Vincent, he recorded with Nitro before joining the band Nelson. He would then go on to work with the bands Brunette and Hardline. He reunited with former Vinnie Vincent Invasion bandmates Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum, when he toured with Slaughter, filling in for drummer Blas Elias who had prior commitments to performing with the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas.
Recently, Rock has also played with Gary Hoey and the metal band Carnival of Souls, and continues to travel the country doing drum exhibitions.
Rock has also released material as a solo artist on his own record label, Paranormal Records. The first release, 1994's Groovin' in Tongues is an EP featuring some original songs along with some cover versions such as "Climbing Up The Ladder" and "Frankenstein". This was a tribute to his time spent playing with some hardcore funk bands at Lyons Ave., better known as Houston, Texas's Fifth Ward following his studies at the Berklee. It also features a reworking of a drum solo entitled "Pedal to the Metal" from his Metalmorphosis video as this version also features a full band playing along to what was previously only a drum solo.
His second release, 1996's Out of Body, is a progressive rock album featuring guitarist Brett Garsed, whom Rock played with in the band Nelson, and bassist Carl "The Fox" Carter, who was a classmate of Rock's at Berklee. The album features some instrumental cuts with complex changes and rhythmic patterns. It also features covers of Yes' "Roundabout" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" along with two short drum solos.
Rock then released Snap, Crackle and Pop: Live, which features selections from a tour he did with guitarist Neil Zaza and bassist Bill "The Buddha" Dickens. The release featured many tracks from both Rock and Zaza's back catalogs. Covers included Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie," along with a drum solo entitled "Quadzilla".
Rock has released two videos to date, 1989's Metalmorphosis and 2001's The Zen of Drumming.
Rock is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist and a devoted vegan. He is also a supporter of animal rights and has many links on his website to promote his particular ideas. He is also strongly interested in meditation and Eastern philosophy.
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