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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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