Rockets (band)

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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 1976–2014

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.

Covers and collaborations[edit]

  • A cover version of their song "Ideomatic" was recorded by the industrial metal band Digitalis Purpurea and was included in the free net compilation Italian Body Music Vol. 2. Digitalis Purpurea re-released the song on their album Aseptic White featuring Celine Cecilia Angel from the Austrian project Sanguis et Cinis.
  • International superproject Docker's Guild recorded a version of "Prophecy" (from Galaxy, 1980) for its prog metal space opera The Mystic Technocracy - Season 1: The Age of Ignorance (Lion Music, 2012). Featured on the track are Gregg Bissonette (drums), Tony Franklin (bass), Guthrie Govan (guitars) and project mastermind Douglas R. Docker (keyboards).

Band members[edit]

  • John Biancale – vocals (2006–present)
  • Gianluca Martino – guitar (2004–present)
  • Rosaire Riccobono – bass (2004–present)
  • Fabrice Quagliotti – keyboards (1977–present)
  • Eugenio U. G. Mori – drums, percussion (2005–present)
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)
  • Luca Bestetti 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)