Ryan Roxie

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Ryan Roxie
Ryan Roxie of Alice Cooper performing in San Antonio, Texas 2015.jpg
Roxie performing with Alice Cooper in 2015
Background information
Birth name Ryan Rosowicz
Born (1965-12-01) December 1, 1965 (age 50)
Origin Sacramento, California
Genres Rock, Indie-Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1977-present
Labels Wax-Tone Records
Associated acts Alice Cooper, Gilby Clarke, Slash's Snakepit, Roxie77, HappyPill, Casablanca
Website Official website

Ryan Roxie born in Sacramento, California, December 1, 1965 is an American guitarist/singer-songwriter currently residing in Stockholm, Sweden, probably best known for his guitar work with Alice Cooper and Slash's Snakepit.[1]

Early life[edit]

Roxie was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in the East Bay in a small town called Pleasanton. Ryan's father, Polish, used to play trumpet and his mother was a drummer in her high school marching band. Around age five Roxie picked up the guitar but was more interested in drums. It wasn't until he was around eleven or twelve that he started taking guitar seriously.

Roxie learned to play guitar from an old record player and invented his own form of scratching, going through many records in the process, picking out guitar parts. He was influenced by albums like Van Halen and has had many guitar heroes including Brian May from Queen, Steve Stevens, Elliot Easton from The Cars, Neil Geraldo from Pat Benatar and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick.

Career[edit]

Candy[edit]

Candy were a band featuring original members Kyle Vincent, Jonathan Daniel, John Schubert, and guitarist Geoff Siegel. Gilby Clarke replaced Siegel after 6 months. They had an album release in 1985 titled Whatever Happened To Fun. Later that year, Gilby Clarke replaced Kyle Vincent as lead vocalist, and guitarist Roxie joined the lineup. After Gilby parted to form his own band Kill for Thrills the rest of the guys joined up with new lead vocalist Shane and became the Electric Angels.

Electric Angels[edit]

Roxie formed Electric Angels with Shane, Jonathan Daniel and drummer John Schubert. They moved to New York where they signed to Atlantic Records. The show they are signed at is opening for Dogs D'amour and Mother Love Bone (some of whose members went on to form Pearl Jam) and their self-titled album is released in 1990 produced by Tony Visconti (best known for his work with T Rex, Bowie and Thin Lizzy to name a few). The band works on a second album to be called New York Times but is dropped by Atlantic before it is released.

Hired Gun[edit]

Between '94 and '96 Roxie worked with various artists. He provided guitar on Gilby Clarke's albums, Pawnshop Guitars, Blooze, The Hangover and Rubber. Roxie also lent his guitar styling to the un-credited work with Tal Bachman. Roxie's guitar work is displayed on the hit single "She's So High" produced by Bob Rock. Roxie played guitar on James Michael's (from Sixx AM) Inhale release as well. In 2000 Roxie also wrote and recorded on Slash's Snakepit's second album Ain't Life Grand.

Dad's Porno Mag[edit]

In 1997 Roxie joined up with long-time friends drummer Mike Fasano and bassist Will Effertz and created the band Dad's Porno Mag. After Effertz left, guitarist Keri Kelli and bassist Stefan Adika joined. The album was released on Wax-Tone Records. This item is now out of stock but was re-released in 2000 from Robinson Records. Produced by Jim Mitchell of Ugly Kid Joe fame and Mark Schulman (Simple Minds) with additional production by Alex Woltman and friend Gilby Clarke. The album has fourteen tracks and one special hidden track entitled "My Bad Knee" on track 77. It is currently available at this site: ([1])

Alice Cooper era[edit]

Roxie began working with Alice Cooper in 1996 after a few good words were put in for him by Gilby and a shady character known as 'Bobby from Mates' while proving himself in an audition. He was offered a 'one year tour' playing with Alice. His first show with the Cooper band was at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo club in Cabo San Lucas.

In 2000 Roxie recorded his first studio album with Alice Cooper, Brutal Planet. Through 2000 to 2005 Roxie collaborated with Cooper on several albums including Dragontown, The Eyes of Alice Cooper and Dirty Diamonds, co-writing a number of songs on the latter two albums.

In March 2012 it was announced [2] that Ryan Roxie was rejoining the Alice Cooper band for the forthcoming 2012 tour. He will be joining Tommy Henriksen and Orianthi on guitar, Chuck Garric on bass and Glenn Sobel on drums.

Roxie 77[edit]

R77 formed in 2002 and wrote a bunch of songs whose influences lie somewhere in between The Beatles and the Beastie Boys. They played the usual suspect clubs around the L.A. area for the next year, and then recorded their debut CD.

Roxie 77's 11 song debut CD is entitled Peace, Love & Armageddon and is released under the small indie Wax-Tone Records label. The spectrum of music and song subject matter span from acting like a punk-ass kid to facing the reality of actually having a kid.

A new album "Two Sides To Every Story" was released in July 2009 - available as downloads only through the band's webspace at bandcamp.com [2]. The band added a new song every week, so that it comes to a total of 24 Songs. Each song is downloadable as a regular and also as an acoustic version.

In 2014 Roxie 77 released a 6 song EP entitled 'The Ameriswede'. This is a unique release out on Bellyache Records and is available in a package that includes Vinyl, CD, and Digital Download. The albums 2 sides feature a slick 'radio-friendly' mix of the album called 'side American'is mixed by Tommy Henriksen whereas the flip-side (the Swedish side) is mixed by Jon Bordon with a more garage-indie sound.

Casablanca[edit]

Roxie has also recorded two records with the Swedish Stockholm-based band, Casablanca. The first record is titled 'Apocalyptic Youth' and the second album is called 'Riding a Black Swan'

Other projects[edit]

Big Rock Show Podcast[edit]

On July 7, 2005, Roxie aired the first Roxie 77 podcastRoxie's Big Rock Show. There were seven Podcasts in total which featured interviews with long-time friend Stefan Adika, as well as Calico Cooper, Damon Johnson, Eric Singer, Alice Cooper and Cheap Tricks Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos. The podcast also featured Roxie's favourite songs, some rare tracks and two unreleased Roxie tracks including "Consequence of the City" with ex-Alice Cooper band member and friend Eric Dover on vocals.

Media[edit]

October 2006 saw Roxie hosting his own radio show on Rocket 95.3 FM (The Rock Home of Stockholm) The show ran every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm (Stockholm time) and played a variety of music. The website featured live streaming, an online chat and webcam of Roxie in the studio.

March 2016 Roxie currently hosts a web-based Blab show called Big Rock Talk. The show features special guest interviews along with music videos. Some have compared it to the early days of MTV style programming.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Artist Album Label
1985 Candy Teenage Neon Jungle Song Tree Records
1991 Electric Angels Electric Angels Atlantic Records
1997 Dad's Porno Mag Dad's Porno Mag Wax-Tone Records
1998 Tal Bachman eponymous title Columbia Records
1999 Dad's Porno Mag Dad's Porno Mag (Re-Release) Robinson / Conspiracy Records
2000 Slash's Snakepit Ain't Life Grand Koch Records
2004 Roxie 77 Peace, Love and Armageddon Wax-Tone Records
2008 Happypill This Year (Single Release) R77Sound Records
2009 Roxie 77 Two Sides To Every Story Bandcamp/R77Sound Records
2010 Casablanca Downtown (Single Release)
2010 Casablanca La Voix (Single Release)
2012 Casablanca Apocalyptic Youth Rocket Songs
2013 Ryan Roxie(collaborative with DPM, Roxie 77, and various artists) The Roxie Box R77 Records
2014 Casablanca Riding a Black Swan Sony/Gain Records
2015 Roxie 77 The Ameriswede EP Bellyache Records

With Gilby Clarke[edit]

Year Album Label
1994 Pawnshop Guitars Virgin Records
1995 Blooze Virgin Records
1997 The Hangover Paradigm Records
1998 Rubber Pavement Records

With Alice Cooper[edit]

Year Album Label
1997 A Fistful of Alice Guardian Records
2000 Brutal Planet Spitfire Records
2001 Dragontown Spitfire Records
2003 The Eyes of Alice Cooper Spitfire Records
2005 Dirty Diamonds New West / Eagle Records
2006 Live at Montreux Eagle Records
2014 Raise the Dead: Live from Wacken UDR Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newman, Melinda (12 August 2000). Slash's Snakepit makes change work for hard-rocking Koch Set, AC/DC tour. Billboard. p. 14. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "He's Back - Ryan Roxie to join Alice Cooper 2012 Tour". sickthings.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 

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