Rockets (band)

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Rockets
Also known as Crystal, Rocket Men, The Rocketters, Les Rockets, Tom n' Jerry's Rockets, Silver Rockets, Roketz/Rok-Etz
Origin Paris, France
Genres Space rock
Years active 1974–1986
1992
2000–present
Website www.lesrockets.com

Rockets were a French space rock band that formed in Paris in 1974. Some of the former members had played together since 1970 in a local band called Crystal. In their most successful era (1977–1982) the line-up comprised vocalist Christian Le Bartz, bassist and vocalist "Little" Gérard L'Her, guitarist and keyboardist Alain Maratrat, drummer and percussionist Alain Groetzinger, and keyboardist Fabrice Quagliotti. The band went through a number of name changes, being known as the Rocket Men and Rok-Etz, among others. In the year 2000 Fabrice Quagliotti decided to reform the band (initially with the name Rockets N.D.P.), but with a totally different line-up. This brought to an anomalous situation, as far as none of the former members agreed to hold a reunion. In fact, the last former member to leave the band was Alain Maratrat, in 1992.

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Patrick Mallet – drums (1974)
  • Guy Maratrat – guitar (1974–1975)
  • André Thus – keyboards (1974–1975)
  • Christian Le Bartz – vocals (1974–1983)
  • Alain Groetzinger – drums, percussion (1974–1983)
  • "Little" Gérard L'Her – bass, vocals (1974–1984)
  • Alain Maratrat – guitar, keyboards (1974–1992)
  • Michel Goubet – keyboards (1976–1977)
  • Bernard Torelli – guitar (1975–1976)
  • Bertin Hugo – keyboards (1977)
  • Sal Solo – vocals (1984–1992)
  • L.B.M. – vocals (2000–2006)
  • Little B. – drums (2000–2005)
Guest musicians
  • Phil Gould – drums (1986)
  • Andrew Paresi – drums (1986)
  • Bruce Nockles – trumpet (1986)
  • Alison Lee – vocals (1986)
  • Paul McClements – vocals (1986)
  • Carole Cook – vocals (1986)
  • Nick Beggs – bass (1992)
  • Herve Koster – drums (1992)
  • Michael "Clip" Payne – percussion, vocals (1992)
  • Matt Rossato – guitar (2003–2004)

Discography[edit]

Main article: Rockets discography

Cover and collaborations[edit]

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