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The Rods to release Vengeance

Jermy Leeuwis, Editor at MusicRemedy on January 07, 2011.

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-unknown Metallica opening a headlining tour for them.


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The Rods





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” by The Rods will be released on 03/29/11.

Former TNT and current TONY HARNELL & THE MERCURY TRAINvocalist Tony Harnell has issued the following update:

“2010 was definitely better than 2009 by a long shot! I continued healing from my mother’s passing and my own health scare and subsequent surgery in spring 2009. It knocked me down for a bit and I haven’t spoken about it much ’till a couple of months ago but all is good now.

“It feels great that we actually got an album released, did some shows in New York, Norway, Spain and Florida and I’m almost back to my old self.

“My bands both in New York and in Sweden really helped me through some tough times. I love them all very much.

“2011 should be interesting. We are working on new material. We’re not sure if we’ll release a full album or a few songs at a time. We’ll have to see how things go.

“I hope to do a lot more shows this year, either solo or with THE MERCURY TRAIN or maybe in some other unforeseen situation, such as last year’s Queen Symphonic Rhapsody, which was a huge success and a lot of fun.

“I’ll be announcing a New York show soon and hopefully more good things to come.”

“Northern Lights”, the debut video from Harnell‘s new project, TONY HARNELL & THE MERCURY TRAIN, can be viewed below. The track comes off the group’s debut album, “Round Trip”, which was released in Europe on July 2, 2010 and in the USA on July 27, 2010 via Frontiers Records.

“Round Trip” is a very special record: a stripped down, reinvented retrospective of Tony Harnell‘s past classics originally recorded with his previous bands TNT, WESTWORLD and STARBREAKER, with one brand new song, “Anywhere But Here”, recorded exclusively for this release.

L.A. Weekly has issued an article listing the “Top Ten L.A. Musician Mansions For Sale”. Topping the list is the late RONNIE JAMES DIO. Details are as follows: Price: $3,333,000, Address: 4634 Encino Avenue, Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 5, Square Ft: 5057. Listing: “Full of Grace and Old World charm this 5 BD/5BA 5,000 plus sqft English mansion was built w/custom original pieces taken from Europe. Features include 200 year old wood flrs from France, pub bar from the Kings Arms in Chiqwell Essex, England c. 1820 & custom stained antique windows from the 18th & 19th centuries. Spacious cooks kitchen w/all Viking & Meile products. Master BD w/ antique cathedral windows imported from England c. 1790, hand-painted Griffin wall paper as seen in Greystone Manor, 2 walk-in closets, hardwood flrs & master BA. Downstairs level includes a custom built music studio.”

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