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Rockets (band)
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Rockets
Also known as Crystal, Rocket Men, The Rocketters, Les Rockets, Tom n' Jerry's Rockets, Silver Rockets, Roketz/Rok-Etz
Origin Paris, France
Genres Space rock
Years active 1976–2014

Rockets is a French space rock band that formed in Paris in 1974 and relocated to Italy in 1978. Some of the former members had played together since 1970 in a local band called Crystal. In their most successful era (1977–1982) the line-up comprised vocalist Christian Le Bartz, bassist and vocalist "Little" Gérard L'Her, guitarist and keyboardist Alain Maratrat, drummer and percussionist Alain Groetzinger, and keyboardist Fabrice Quagliotti. The band went through a number of name changes, being known as the Rocket Men and Rok-Etz, among others. In the year 2000, Fabrice Quagliotti decided to reform the band (initially with the name Rockets N.D.P.), but with a totally different line-up. This brought to an anomalous situation, as far as none of the former members agreed to hold a reunion. In fact, the last former member to leave the band was Alain Maratrat, in 1992.

Band members

Rockets

John Biancale – vocals (2006–present)
Gianluca Martino – guitar (2004–present)
Rosaire Riccobono – bass (2004–present)
Fabrice Quagliotti – keyboards (1977–present)
Eugenio U. G. Mori – drums, percussion (2005–present)

Former members

Patrick Mallet – drums (1974)
Guy Maratrat – guitar (1974–1975)
André Thus – keyboards (1974–1975)
Christian Le Bartz – vocals (1974–1983)
Alain Groetzinger – drums, percussion (1974–1983)
"Little" Gérard L'Her – bass, vocals (1974–1984)
Alain Maratrat – guitar, keyboards (1974–1992)
Michel Goubet – keyboards (1976–1977)
Bernard Torelli – guitar (1975–1976)
Bertin Hugo – keyboards (1977)
Sal Solo – vocals (1984–1992)
Luca Bestetti L.B.M. – vocals (2000–2006)
Little B. – drums (2000–2005)

Guest musicians

Phil Gould – drums (1986)
Andrew Paresi – drums (1986)
Bruce Nockles – trumpet (1986)
Alison Lee – vocals (1986)
Paul McClements – vocals (1986)
Carole Cook – vocals (1986)
Nick Beggs – bass (1992)
Herve Koster – drums (1992)
Michael "Clip" Payne – percussion, vocals (1992)
Matt Rossato – guitar (2003–2004)

Discography
Main article: Rockets discography

Rockets (1976)
On the Road Again (1978)
Sound of the Future (1979)
Plasteroïd (1979)
Galaxy (1980)
π 3,14 (1981)
Atomic (1982)
Imperception (1984)
One Way (1986)
Another Future (1992)
Don't Stop (2003)
Kaos (2014)
Wonderland (2019)

Notes
References

"Rockets Official". Rockets. Retrieved July 19, 2009. vte

Rockets Studio albums Rockets On the Road Again Plasteroïd Galaxy Don't Stop

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