Rue the Day / Bio

Bringing a modern edge to old school metal - RUE THE DAY slams some tight grooves and heavy melodies in your face with tunes that just keep coming. Serious riffs and a female lead singer - RUE THE DAY is your new favorite Chicago Metal Band!

RUE THE DAY started as an unnamed, part-time project in the early 2000's. The goal was to bring a modern edge to the old-school metal, but with enough melody to appeal to a wider audience.

The project turned more serious with the addition of bassist Michael Kitchell in 2005. Two years of wood shedding and auditioning vocalists later, Kat joined the project, bringing clever lyrics and an uncanny sense of melody to an already well-developed old-school metal style. With the addition of Dave Rodriguez on drums, work began in earnest. A rigorous practice schedule brought tightness and power to the band as well as inspiring over a dozen new songs, most of which make up RUE THE DAYs debut cd - LASHING OUT.

RUE THE DAY has been gigging steadily (as DODGING OSCAR in 2008)and building an audience by both playing live and promoting through Reverb Nation and www.RueInYourFace.com.

In 2013, after a hiatus spawned by medical problems, and the departure of our original guitarist, Michael Kitchell switched over to handling guitar duties. Chuck Weinstock, a longtime collaborator of Michael and Daves from SAWBONZ, was brought on board to round out the band on bass. This incarnation has been rehearsing old songs and writing new ones and will be ready to kick ass by Spring 2013.

About the Band...

Michael Kitchell

A veteran of the Chicago Music scene; Michael has played guitar, keyboards,
and bass in multiple bands over the years. A prolific songwriter,
he has written over 200 songs for his own publishing
company - NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS. Michael is dedicated to
METAL music, good times, and trying to bring Dimebag Darrell back to life every day.

Michael uses Gibson, Fender, and Carvin Guitars,
ERNIE BALL strings, green DUNLOP picks, MONSTER Cables,
CARVIN power amps and speakers, with BBE, Morley, MXR and LEXICON processing.

David "Bubba" Rodriguez

Born in Chicago, Dave has been playing drums for 24 years.
He always loves jammin to all types of music and people;
but preffers pure raw METAL. He loves playing for hours,
gigging and sharing our own style of music
with people. None of that pussy shit here, boy!!

Dave plays a 7-piece Signature Double Bass TAMA Set. He uses ZILDGEN AVEDIS ride,
hi hats and crashes with SABIAN trashes and splash, 2DW 7000 pedals,
TAMA cymbal stands, PRO MARK 5B's (The Natural) and a DW hi hat stand.


After years of backup singing and guitar
playing in some local bands, Kat is now
fronting this killer metal band! Always down for the metal,
although previous bands and a few drunkin karaoke
nights include rock both classic and hard. See that
sweaty red-head with the mic screaming
and jumping around on stage? That would be Kat!

Kat uses her vocal chords and what breath she
has left to scream into AUDIX mics.

Chuck Weinstock

Our newest member has been playing in Chicago bands for decades, including a decade long stint with Michael Kitchell and Dave Rodriguez in SAWBONZ.

Chuck plays Ibanez basses thru Ampeg Amplification.

General Info

Band Members
Dave Rodriguez - Drums, Michael Kitchell - Guitars, Kat - Vocals, Chuck Weinstock - Bass
Artist Name
Rue the Day
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Contact Info

Roselle, IL