Craig Rosevear

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Craig Rosevear
Birth name Craig Gary Rosevear
Origin Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Hard rock
Instruments drums, percussion
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts The Screaming Jets

Craig "Rosie" Gary Rosevear is an Australian drummer from Newcastle who joined hard rock group The Screaming Jets from 1993 to 2000. From 2001 to 2003, he relocated to the United States and was a member of American band, Cinderglass. By 2003, he had returned to Australia and set up a music school in Newcastle focusing on drumming and percussion. His portrait, Rock and role model by Peter Sesselmann, was entered for the 2009 Archibald Prize.


Craig Rosevear started his musical career with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, before becoming lead drummer for 5 years with the Newcastle Combined High Schools Marching Band, or The Marching Koalas. He was also percussionist with the Broadmeadow High School Concert Band.

In 1990, he joined Sydney-based hard rock bands Angry Snuff Puppett and then BB Steal.[1] With BB Steal, he recorded their debut full-length album, On the Edge, which was released in 1991. They supported Def Leppard on the Australian leg of their 1992 tour.[2][3]

Rosevear joined rock group, The Screaming Jets, in July 1993.[1] He was the permanent replacement for founding drummer, Brad Heaney who had been sacked in April and was temporarily filled-in by United Kingodom's Dave Holland (ex-Judas Priest) for the last leg of their European tour.[1][4] The band supported Def Leppard and Ugly Kid Joe on their tour of United States.[1] They returned to Australia in late 1993 and released a single, "Helping Hand" from their previous album, Tear of Thought (1992, before Rosevear had joined).[1] With Rosevear, they recorded their third studio album, The Screaming Jets, which was released in August 1995 with the related single, "Friend of Mine" appearing in November.[1] The album peaked at No. 5 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart.[5] They followed with World Gone Crazy in August 1997, which reached the top 20 and compilation album, Hits and Pieces in November 1999, which also peaked in the top 20.[5] Rosevear left The Screaming Jets by 2000 and was replaced by Col Hatchman (ex-Hang Seng).[4] Rosevear briefly played for Newcastle band, DV8 with Greg Bryce and Mark Middleton.[6]

In 2001, Rosevear moved to the US, where he played with Albanian singer Simaku and then joined US band Cinderglass.[3] After the demise of Cinderglass he returned to Newcastle and resumed playing with DV8 and also played with The Retro Rockets. In 2003 he set up his own music school called "Rosie's School of Rock" inspired from some of the Rock Schools he saw in USA. The school provides tuition on all Rock instruments and hosts concerts every term. The school's core aim is to provide a learning environment that creates confidence in kids by enabling them to create a 'cooler' image for themselves, including kids with disabilities. Many students form bands, perform, make and promote albums, get on radio and TV.[3][7] With Retro Rockets, Rosevear released a third album, Cars, Guitars and Girls from Mars in 2007.[3] In 2009, Peter Sesselmann's portrait of Rosevear was entered into the Archibald Prize as Rock and role model and was "symbolic of the rock drummer's transition from touring musician to educator over the past few years".[7] In 2011, DV8 released a live album, Live at the Wicko.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Screaming Jets'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on August 3, 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Centre 1992". Darren's UK Def Leppard Site (Darren Gibson). Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Alumni Profiles: Craig Rosevear (2005) Graduate Certificate Marketing" (Portable Document Format (PDF)). Alumni. University of Newcastle. December 2007. p. 8. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus. "The Screaming Jets". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Discography The Screaming Jets". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Beaumont, Anita (27 January 2011). "Live album an easy choice for DV8". The Newcastle Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Scully, Anthony; Russell, Garth (6 February 2009). "Craig 'Rosie' Rosevear, portrait of a 'rock and role model'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 1 March 2011. 

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