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Rob Rock, a powerhouse vocalist who started off in the 'supergroup' M.A.R.S., then sang with guitar wizard Chris Impelliterri and now he has his own band - Rage of Creation. Over to Rob...

1. What are you currently up to?

I am currently working on my new solo album with Roy Z. We are in the guitar and bass tracking stages. I am also producing a solo album for my touring guitarist Rick Renstrom which features instrumentals and vocal songs. Both albums will have some very special guests on them and we'll announce their participation once all the tracks are completed. I hope to be able to complete both recordings by the end of the year and we have 2 shows coming up as well. My band is going to play the Power of Metal 1 festival concert in Orlando November 18th and we are also doing a headline Puerto Rico show in San Juan December 6th.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career to date?

Highlight one was landing the M.A.R.S. Project:Driver gig and recording my first album with Rudy Sarzo, Tommy Aldridge and Tony MacAlpine. My low point was when Rudy and Tommy left M.A.R.S. to join Whitesnake. I'm happy for them and their success but I was really disappointed that Driver never got to do the worldwide tour we were setting up when they accepted Coverdales's offer. Highlight two was the recording and release of my first solo album Rage of Creation. It was a big step for me personally and when the album is so well received, it makes it even sweeter.

3. If you could form a fantasy band line-up - who would be in it and why?

It would be something like a mix of Metallica/Dio and Priest music with Damn Yankees backing vocals going on with the finance, commitment and support of a major label and MTV. I would also have the luxury of having my own tour bus so I could get the sleep I need on the road. My fantasy would be to have the greatest success here in the states with a band of great musicians and friends who get along well together.

4. Who would you like to work with in the future? Who has been your biggest influence?

I would like to have a Rob Rock album produced by Bob Rock, with Bobby Rock on the drums so people could get the names and musicians straight once and for all. Hahahaha! My influences are vast, but I guess Ronnie James Dio comes to mind as my favorite vocal influence.

5. You sang on many albums - what was your personal highlight?

My personal fave is Screaming Symphony. That album seemed to come together completely intact with the mix, vocals, guitars and lyrics all gelling together the way I was hearing it. Usually an album takes on a new form while you are recording it but this one seemed to stay focused all the way through and in the end I really like the result.

6. How has the 'Rage of Creation' CD been doing? Could you tell us some of the highlights on this album please? Are there any plans in place yet for a follow-up?

Rage of Creation is still doing well. 2 years after it's release people are hailing it as a classic metal album over in Europe. The songs "In The Night", "Streets of Madness", "Eagle", "Forever" and Sun Will Rise Again" all get great comments from the fans and the press. The songs with Jake E. Lee on them are loved too. I'm very happy with the album and glad it finally came to be realized. I am now working on the follow up and it is continuing the course set by Rage of Creation while venturing into new musical areas as well. I'm sure fans of ROC will love this one too.

7. Looking there anything in hindsight that you would change in the history of your recorded work? And looking to the future...are there any goals you still want to achieve?

With hindsight, I would have done my solo album much sooner. In the future, I hope to perform "live" for as many people as possible. I am very grateful to be professional musician. This was the biggest goal of my life when I first started out as a drummer and by the grace of God I am able to make a living at it for a long time now. I still want to reach higher but I am very pleased with the longevity of my recording career and the great recordings and songs that I've been apart of.

8. Outside of business, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I like going to movies and the beach.

9. What was the last thing you read?

The Bible.

10. Message for your fans...

I really want to thank everyone for their support. My new album should be coming out early next year and I look forward to your positive reactions to it. Keep in touch at with monthly news updates, concert dates, vocal tips and of course all the information on my recordings and studio projects. See you soon!

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