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The band has featured singer Rob Lamothe, several guitarists, bass guitarists and drummers at different times.

Past and present Riverdogs musicians include:

Guitarists: Vivian Campbell, Nick Brophy

Bass guitarists: Nick Brophy, Cary Beare

Drummers: Marc Danzeisen, Mike Baird (former Journey drummer), Ronnie Ciago.


Following an introduction to guitarist Vivian Campbell, formerly of Sweet Savage, Dio, and Whitesnake, Campbell agreed to produce Riverdogs’ first demo. Vivian was so impressed by their talent, he joined the band for its first eponymous CD, released on Epic Records in 1990. Soon after, drummer Marc Danzeisen joined the band to complete the line-up. Though fans and critics gave the album a warm reception, lack of support from their record label eventually led the band members to go their own way, with Campbell settling into the Def Leppard lineup and Nick Brophy becoming a respected engineer and producer. The band still gets together to play for fun and eventually record new songs.

Nick Brophy played as a bass guitarist on Riverdogs and played as a guitarist on Absolutely Live and Bone, replacing Vivian Campbell as guitarist, and himself being replaced by Cary Beare on bass guitar.

Vivian Campbell is now playing in both Def Leppard and Riverdogs.

Rob Lamothe was a guest lead vocalist on the song “The River” on former Badlands bass guitarist Greg Chaisson’s solo album It’s About Time. Marc Danzeisen guested on several songs on It’s About Time as a backing vocalist and percussionist.

Rob Lamothe and Vivian Campbell have both had solo careers.

Keyboardist Kevin Gilbert played keyboards on the song “America” from Riverdogs.


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  • MikeySchenker

    But all four albums in the list :)!

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    "1,184" how absurd...

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    9 Shouts for this fabulous band. Unbelievable that some bands never seem to get the appreciation they deserve... this band is THE example for that fact! What a shame... and that low count of plays and listeners... daaamn...

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    About time to put up the 2 other albums already...

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • lametal-80s

    Awesome band!!! I love them ;)

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Totally agree when it comes to Bone. Rock with lovely Soul. Very honest music...

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • fmaratz

    "Bone" is a sincere, soulful rock album with solid songwriting and great melodies / arrangements. And of course Rob Lamothe's great voice! Truly a hidden gem!

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • LollyBubbleGum

    Wow, this is underrated.

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Can't believe "Spooky" is not even in the charts...

    14 Sep 2009 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Amen to that, great vocals (Dio/Coverdale + lots of Soul), beautiful melodies... and top songwriters qualities...

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
  • mucko

    A great roots rock-based band that was wrongly pigeon-holed into hair metal.

    17 Oct 2008 Reply

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