One band that many veteran metal heads feel should have hit the big time was New York’s The Rods. Comprised of members David “Rock” Feinstein (guitar/lead vocals), Garry Bordonaro (bass/vocals), and Carl Canedy (drums/vocals), The Rods would go on to open arena shows for such renowned groups as Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne (the ‘Blizzard of Oz’ tour), the Scorpions,
Rainbow (Joe Lynn Turner era), and during the mid ’80s, even had a then-unknownMetallica opening a headlining tour for them. Add to it the fact that Feinstein is the cousin of the late, great Ronnie James Dio (both played together in Elf) and Canedy is an acclaimed metal producer (having worked on classic early releases by Megadeth, Anthrax, Overkill, etc.), and it makes it even more baffling why The Rods never got their due.
But this appears to changing quickly, as the trio has signed on with the Niji Entertainment Group, a label that was created by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio. The band’s seventh release overall (and sixth release overall for Niji) is titled ‘Vengeance,’ and will be released on March 29, 2011.
The release comes hot on the heels of Feinstein’s recently-released solo album, ‘Bitten by the Beast.’
The first single off ‘Vengeance’ will be “The Code,” which features vocals from none other than Ronnie James Dio (one of the very last songs that Ronnie ever recorded, before his untimely death in May of 2010).
This aforementioned Rods line-up has been rocking and rolling for nearly 30 years, and the group has been officially invited to play SXSW this year in Austin, Texas.
More info and tour dates will be announced soon, so get ready to rock once more with The Rods!
‘Vengeance’ Track Listing:
1. “RAISE SOME HELL
2. “I JUST WANNA ROCK”
3. “REBELS HIGHWAY”
4. “RIDE FREE OR DIE”
5. “THE CODE” (Featuring Ronnie James Dio)
6. “LIVIN’ OUTSIDE THE LAW”
7. “LET IT RIPP”
8. “FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE”
10. “RUNNIN WILD”
THE RODS are gearing up for a 30th Anniversary celebration with a few special performances. These shows will be unique, one-of-a-kind shows, tailored especially for true RODS fans. One half of each special show will feature brand new, original songs from THE RODS’ forthcoming album, “Vengeance” as well as songs from guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein’s fantastic new CD “Bitten by the Beast”.
The other half of the show will consist of fan favorites, selected by RODS fans themselves! You heard that right…RODS FANS will author the show’s set list! Here’s the chance that all the “Wild Dogs” have been waiting for – the band is asking their true, rabid, hard rockin’ fans to submit their favorite song titles for possible inclusion to the “Rods Rabid Fans Set List” There are a lot of fans out there, but THE RODS will tabulate all submissions and attempt to play as many of the most requested songs as possible. The request form is located here: http://www.therods.com/RodsRequestForm.html
Saturday, June 19th at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY will mark the kickoff of the official 30th Anniversary shows. With new RODS and David “Rock” Feinstein music, the “Rods Rabid Fans Set List”, and a warm-up by special guests Blue Monday (with special guest Billy Golicki) on tap, these shows have all the ingredients to produce events to remember.
Advance sale tickets can be obtained at http://www.thehaunt.com. If you consider yourself to be a “Rabid Rods Fan”, and are planning to attend the show, be sure to submit your songs to the band ASAP. And as for the rest of you…..this STILL promises to be a show that shouldn’t be missed….so get ready to CRANK IT UP and ROCK HARD!
Legendary Heavy Metal Vocalist, Shmoulik Avigal (THE RODS, JACK STARR, PICTURE) is currently mixing “GATES OF HELL,” the debut AVIGAL album.
The album also features Dick Reome on guitar, Carl Canedy (THE RODS) on drums, Mark Denson on bass, and Rich Ackerman on guitar.
A few months ago, Shmoulik broke his foot, which delayed the recording of the album. Shmoulik is now taking his time with the mixing process, because he wants it to be as perfect as it can be.
Two songs from the forthcoming CD – ”Unbroken,” and the title track, “Gates of Hell,” are available for streaming at: www.myspace.com/avigaltheband
Mark your calendars…The Rods return to rock The Haunt Bar & Grill on Willow Ave. in Ithaca, NY on Saturday, May 16. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6pm. This show is in support of The Rods’ forthcoming CD “Vengeance” which features Ronnie James Dio’s vocal on selected tracks. The show is also a precursor for their appearance at the South Texas Rock Fest with Queensryche. Support for The Rods show on May 16 will include Central NY’s Blue Monday band, with special guest Tim (Flynn) Hylton on guitar.