Bobby Rondinelli
July 27, 1955




Bobby Rondinelli
Bobby Rondinelli took up drumming at the age of 11, having previously played guitar.

Rondinelli missed out on replacing Peter Criss of Kiss in 1980 to Eric Carr because, as Carr put it, his vocals were better than Rondinelli's. While playing with Rainbow, Rondinelli was featured on a performance recorded live in San Antonio, TX for MTV; his drum solo from this show was featured.

Rondinelli also recorded the drum portions for "the Scorpions" much lauded and big-selling 1984 Love at First Sting album. However, no one from the Scorpions has ever confirmed that any of his tracks made the final cut. Rhythm guitarist Rudolf Schenker wanted him to join the Scorpions full-time but since they were the first successful German rock band in America the management wanted to keep the band German.

He played with Black Sabbath on the albums Cross Purposes and Cross Purposes Live and was a member in 1994 and again in 1995.

He also played in the bands Rondinelli and Sun Red Sun with Ray Gillen, and also was the drummer for Gidget Gein and the Dali gaggers fearturing Gidget Gein.

Between 2003 to 2008, he played in the NY band The Lizards, founded by ex-Cactus bassist Randy Pratt and guitarist Patrick Klein.

Rondinelli has since gone on to join a Rainbow tribute band,"Over the Rainbow"
From 2008 to 2010. Band members consisted of Joe Lynn Turner, Jurgen Blackmore, Paul Morris, and Greg Smith.

During the Summer of 2010, Bobby Rondinelli had joined Foghat, substituting for original drummer Roger Earl while Roger was recovering from surgery.

Bobby Rondinelli regularly holds drum clinics and is co-author of The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming published by Modern Drummer. His most recent tour was with Over the Rainbow which ended in 2010 in Finland.

In 2013 he joined the Axel Rudi Pell Band in Germany and tours with them all over Europe in 2014.

His drum kit includes Ludwig Drums with Attack drumheads, Paiste cymbals and gongs, and he plays with Vater sticks.



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Bobby Rondinelli - Fredi Studer - Jim Keltner



















Bobby Rondinelli - Blue Öyster Cult



Jimmy Haslip, Mark Stein, John McCurry, and Bobby Rondinelli.




Bobby Rondinelli of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult and master teacher Michael Lauren from the Drummers Collective have put together the most comprehensive text ever written on the subject of double bass drumming.

It features hundreds of innovative warm up, beat and fill exercises, tips for getting started, a discography of important double bass recordings, plus a timeline of the most important double bass drummers in history, including photos of their setups.

A must for all drummers interested in improving their double bass technique!







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Bernhard Castiglioni (Drummerworld) - Bobby Rondinelli
Hi Bernhard,I hope you are well, thanks for all the support , it good editing job on the video - please stay in touch. Great work - thanks Bernhard - I'll put you on the guest list for the gig
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thanks for your visit!