Rob Rock

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Rob Rock
Born Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, power metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, neoclassical metal, Christian rock, metal
Instruments vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels Massacre, Victor, AFM
Associated acts Impellitteri, M.A.R.S., Axel Rudi Pell, Avantasia, Warrior, Angelica, Joshua, Driver, Timo Tolkki's Avalon

Robert "Rob" Rock is an American heavy metal singer-songwriter, best known as the longtime frontman of Impellitteri, a position he has held from 1987 to 1988, 1992 to 2000, and now from 2008 to the present day. Rock has also released five albums as a solo artist, and performed with a number of other notable artists, including M.A.R.S., Joshua, Tobias Sammet, Axel Rudi Pell and Warrior.


Rob Rock started his music career in 1983 when he and Chris Impellitteri joined a cover band called VICE.[1][2] They released a demo and were together until 1985. In 1986, he joined musicians Tony MacAlpine (guitar), Tommy Aldridge (drums), and Rudy Sarzo (bass guitar) in a project called M.A.R.S. The group released a lone album entitled Project: Driver in 1986, which received much critical praise, but the next year each member went a different way.[3][4][5]

Rock then reunited with friend Chris Impellitteri and recorded the self-titled debut EP of the latter's band Impellitteri. However, he was also committed to another band named Joshua, so he could not continue with the band at the time.[6] Rock recorded the Intense Defense album with Joshua, which was characterized by the editor of HM Magazine as being "probably the best melodic metal album in the universe."[7] He also worked on other projects (Dennis Cameron's Angelica, Driver) which gave him knowledge of international musicians that would serve him well later.

After leaving Joshua in 1988, Rock formed M.A.R.S. off-shoot Driver with two other former Joshua members, bassist Emil Lech-Brando and keyboardist Greg Shultz, former Jag Panzer drummer Reynold 'Butch' Carlson, and guitarist Roy Z; Z, Carlson and Lech-Brando had previously played together in Gypsy Moreno. Driver would release a 5-song cassette-only EP in 1990 but broke up the following year when Rock got a call from Chris Impellitteri and decided to once again join his band. Rock would stay on as lead singer until 2000 during which time Impellitteri released five successful albums.

In 2000, Rock decided to pursue his own solo career and parted ways with Impellitteri amicably. That same year, he released his first solo album called Rage of Creation. The album received critical praise and Rock has gone on, releasing three more albums (Eyes of Eternity, Holy Hell, Garden of Chaos).

Eventually, Rock would reform Driver with Roy Z and Reynold Carlson and release the Sons of Thunder album in 2008, which consisted of re-recordings of their 1990 EP along with other unreleased songs written at the time. A second Driver album, Countdown, was released in 2012.

In May 2008 it was announced that Rock reunited once more with Impellitteri. Their new album, Wicked Maiden, was released in April 2009.[8]

Rock has also lent his voice to the Randy Rhoads tribute released in 2000 and to countless other projects through his career like Avantasia and Axel Rudi Pell.[9]

In 2013, Rob Rock made part of former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki new project called Avalon, a metal opera featuring Rock as one of the main characters. He sings 6 songs on the album The Land of New Hope.

Personal life

Rock has one son, Alexander John, with his wife Liza. Alexander was born January 5, 2006.[10] Rock is a born again Christian, which has formed the subject matter of many of his lyrics.[citation needed]

Band members

Current members
Former members

Solo discography


  1. ^ "Rob Rock at". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Impellitteri Trivia and F.A.Q." 2008-12-12. Archived from the original on January 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  3. ^ Jason Ritchie (2002). "10 Questions with... Rob Rock". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Rob Rock Bio". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Rob Rock at". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Impellitteri Trivia and F.A.Q." 2008-12-12. Archived from the original on January 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  7. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (May–June 2001). "Having Something To Say...". HM Magazine (89): 26. ISSN 1066-6923. 
  8. ^ "Impellitteri Trivia and F.A.Q." 2008-12-12. Archived from the original on January 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  9. ^ Cameron Edney (2005-11-01). "Rob Rock Interview". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Rob Rock at". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 

External links

  • Official website
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