Bobby Rondinelli - The Strong Arm of Rock

Bobby Rondinelli

Rondinelli is not only a true New Yorker but a guy that has been beating the drums since he was 11 years old.  He is best known for his work with hard rock / heavy metal bands Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Quiet Riot and Black Sabbath.

A few interesting facts about Rondinelli that people may not know is that Rondinelli was on the short list for replacing Peter Criss of Kiss in 1980. There were hundreds of drummers that auditioned for the spot but in the end it came down to Rondinelli and Eric Carr. The spot obviously went to Carr but Rondinelli already had a Plan B - which was joining Rainbow at the request of Ritchie Blackmore. 

Aerosmith Tour Used Maracas
Another interesting Rondinelli factoid is during the Aerosmith '82 - '83 tour "Rock in a Hard Place", Rondinelli temporarily replaced Joey Kramer while Kramer was recovering from a health issue.  Years after his gig with Aerosmith, Rondinelli cleaned out his road cases and came across a pair of maracas used during the tour by Tyler. Rumba shakers have been used by Tyler ever since the late 1970s and are most recognizable in "Sweet Emotion". The maracas / rumba shakers, which he considers to be a treasure from one of the most memorable times in his legendary career, are featured in the auction.

Rondinelli has quite a few personal treasures featured in the auction including a pair of signed sticks and a cymbal used during his time with Black Sabbath, a signed cymbal from his Blue Oyster Cult days and he has even put his personal drum kit in the auction that was used on tour and in the official "Cross Purposes" Black Sabbath live video.

The auction event, aptly titled the "Rock Gods and Metal Monsters Auction", is a not-to-miss opportunity for fans and collectors around the world to own an authentic piece of one of the most significant genres of music history. The auction, which will be held on-line at starts on October 31, 2010 and will run through November 7, 2010. A special preview of the entire auction catalog is available now for viewing.

Artist Links
Bobby Rondinelli Official Myspace Page

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