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The Rods

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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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