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One of the leading American Metal bands to make a distinct impression in Europe in the early 80s, THE RODS are a hard hitting trio led by guitarist David ‘Rock’ Feinstein, a cousin of Ronnie James Dio. Feinstein had played with his famous relative and recorded with him in Ronnie Dio and the Prophets as well as the pre Rainbow outfits The Electric Elves and Elf in the early 70s.

Feinstein had become interested in music at a very early age, taking up the trumpet at 7 years of age and then the drums. By 18 he was in a band called The Cindells playing a mixture of folk and covers from the likes of Cream, the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, releasing a couple of singles along the way.

The band split in 1967 and he was asked by Ronnie Dio if Feinstein fancied the job of replacing the guitarist in RONNIE DIO AND THE PROPHETS. Feinstein barely played the guitar at the time, but soon learnt, and joined the group, who progressed to becoming the ELECTRIC ELVES, the ELVES and, ultimately, ELF with whom he stayed until they were effectively taken over by Ritchie Blackmore upon his original departure from Deep Purple in the mid 70s.

With ‘Rock’ now wrestling with his conscience and proclaiming that he wished ‘to recover from the sixties’ the man retreated into the wilderness- literally.


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  • SubmitToDeath


    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dekraai The Rods comfirmed to play at Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival 19th october 2013, Amstelveen, Netherlands!!

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • flaviovigatto


    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • RebelAtHeart

    Jesus, so riffy!!

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tiagorods

    Minha banda é FODA!

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rod_tricolor

    minha banda '-'

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Darmer_91


    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • tilleafian

    Yeah ! Get to see these guys live tomorrow in wolverhampton....Saw them early 80s last time. CRANK IT UP !!!!!!

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • murilocd

    How an American band can be tagged as NWOBHM?

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • sixxdogg

    vengeance ROCKS!!!

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • nhgypsy65

    New CD Tracks: Raise Some Hell; I Just Wanna Rock; Rebel's Highway; Ride Free or Die; The Code (with RJD); Let it Ripp; Living Outside the Law; Fight Fire with Fire; Madman; Runnin' Wild; Vengeance

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • nhgypsy65

    New CD drops May 24th, 2011!! GET READY TO ROCK AND ROLL!!

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • tilleafian

    Remember buying the first EP with Crank It Up,Power Lover etc on, it kicked ass.Good to see them touring again managed to see them in early 80s and hopefully see them again in June in Wolverhampton.

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • DeliciousVomit

    the Wild Dogs album has some of the raddest album art ever!

    15 Feb 2011 Reply

    THE RODS HEADLINE "METAL 'CUSE" 11/6/2010 Syracuse NY Tickets are only $9.95!!!! New York 's classic metal trio THE RODS are once again headlining a major Upstate New York Event, as The Power and Fury Festival Presents: METAL ‘CUSE, which takes place on November 6th at FUSION in North Syracuse , NY . The lineup is: THE RODS (headliner) TITANIUM BLACK VOODOO TERROR TRIBE CAUSTIC METHOD ZADOC… AND THE NIGHTMARE STONE ALBATROSS COSMIC SEA AND AN ALL STAR JAM - FEATURING MUSIC FROM RONNIE JAMES DIO'S CAREER A portion of all ticket sales (as well as all fan donations) will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. For the latest information on THE RODS, visit their official website: For more information on The Power and Fury Festival Presents: METAL ‘CUSE – please visit: You can also follow the event on Twitter @powerandfury

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • nhgypsy65

    RODS will ROCK Auburn, NY....Suzy's Place....on Sat., Sept. 25, 2010. If you are in the area, GET TO THE SHOW!!

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • nhgypsy65

    This Friday, THE RODS will ROCK on Main Street in Cortland, NY!  There will be limited edition Dio t-shirts for $25 (proceeds benefit Dio's "Stand Up And Shout" cancer fund)! Billy Golicki and Blue Monday will kick things off at 6:00pm. GET READY TO TO RAAAAAWWWWWK!

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Ozzman_Cameth

    i've only been a fan of the rods since May, but listening to them already brings back good memories. they're great.

    12 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Ojeba

    There should be Avigal and Elf in similar artists.

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Noxbi

    Great band, The Rods FTW. Can't wait for the new album. :)

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
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