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Rough Cutt is a band featuring singer Paul Shortino, who for a while replaced singer Kevin DuBrow in Quiet Riot. Paul Shortino’s former Quiet Riot bandmate Sean McNabb has also played for Rough Cutt.

Rough Cutt also once had as a member Jake E. Lee, who later became famous for playing guitar for Ozzy Osbourne, and had previously played in an early version of Ratt. Ronnie James Dio produced two early Rough Cutt demos that Jake E. Lee played on, “Used And Abused” and “A Little Kindness”. Ronnie James Dio’s wife Wendy Dio was once Rough Cutt’s manager. Ronnie James Dio co-wrote the song “Take Her” and Wendy Dio co-wrote the songs “Dreamin’ Again” and “Black Widow” on the first Rough Cutt album. Ronnie James Dio wanted Jake E. Lee to join his band Dio, but this ended up not working out and Jake joined Ozzy Osbourne’s band soon after.

Guitarist Craig Goldy and keyboardist Claude Schnell, both later of the band Dio, were also early Rough Cutt members. Amir Derakh of the band Orgy was also a member. Other members have included guitarist Chris Hager, bassists Matt Thorr and Joey Christofanilli, and drummer Dave Alford, who were all in early versions of Ratt.

Paul Shortino also sang for a band called The Cutt that some people may argue is a distinct band from Rough Cutt.

Amir Derakh, Matt Thorr, and Dave Alford were also in the band Jailhouse.


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  • jrs1991

    Awesome underrated band.

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • litex_fen

    This band is awesome \m/ [2]

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Motley-Khon

    I honestly consider paul shortino as one of the best vocalists of all time, no one else has that kind of delivery in there voice. As for Rough Cutt not being more famous? meh, lets be honest they were all great musicians but they just couldnt seem to write strong songs.

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • vanessaechelon

    They have a fabulous first album. They are such an underrated band. Sadly people didn't see in Rough Cutt the amazing talent they had. Amir was and still is a great guitarist though.

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Slesar-int

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • gdcman

    95% of Glam bands have below average musisciant. There are always exceptions a la Reb Beach - Andy Timmons. The bands Rough Cutt has been lumped with here completely suck.

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • outofthecellar

    Jakey was in Ratt and even played for Enuff'zeNuff lately... Rudy was in Quiet Riot and Whitesnake... i could go on quite a lot more... why get upset with the word 'glam(ish)'? threatens your masculinity/'true metal'-poserness ? (-;

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • gdcman

    Glam Bands don't fill Dio and Ozzy musician slots. Jake E. Lee, Graig Goldy, Claud Shnell.

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • outofthecellar

    it's funny how few listeners they have compared to other 80's glam(ish) bands, coz they're one of the best metal acts of that decade (and hence of any decade!) period

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • steelironmaiden


    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • GlamBitch13

    Shortino's the Best!!!!!

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LollyBubbleGum

    Amir is hot.

    5 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ArekkerA

    Yeah, great voice and great band!

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • lametal-80s

    Shortino has amazing voice!! =D

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • imagesk8r6969

    this band is awesome \m/

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Deathriderdoom

    yeah this is good. i've had it in my collection for years, but keep forgettin about it....

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • fridur

    I'm in so much 80s metal but I never got into Rough Cutt, dunno why - just doesn't work.

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • FC3SCorey

    Helluva voice.

    6 May 2009 Reply
  • Noxbi


    2 May 2009 Reply
  • Krunkfist

    Hair Metal at its most glam-rific! Must be "Dreamin Again" of being a teen in the 80's.

    15 Aug 2008 Reply
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