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The Rockets / Bio

The Rockets reemerged in 2010 with original members Jimmy McCarty on guitar and drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek. Badanjek and McCarty were bandmates in Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels before forming the Rockets in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
With the addition of veteran Detroit frontman Jim Edwards replacing the beloved, but deceased Dave Gilbert, the band continues to delight audiences with their classics (Turn Up The Radio, Desire, Oh Well) as well as very strong new material.
The debut of the new Rockets in 2010 drew nearly 10,000 rabid fans and shows with Alice Cooper,J.Geils Band, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Sheryl Crow, Raconteurs, are some of the most talked about in recent Detroit concert history. Their mastery of the gritty Detroit sound is what fans love and the Rockets deliver each and every time. There seems to be no end to their energy or creativity and they define all that is good in Rock and Roll.
On hiatus since September of 2011, the band is currently working up a brand new show for the summer 2013.

General Info

Band Members
Johnny "Bee" Badanjek - Drums, Joey Gaydos - Guitar, Phil "Greasy" Carlisi - Guitar, Mike Marshall - Bass, Danny Taylor - Keyboard, Jim Edwards - Vocals
Artist Name
The Rockets
Profile Page
Active Since
Rock / Blues

Contact Info

Sterling Heights, MI
Contact Tony Villarreal @ Thunder Audio (313) 291-5020

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