Full name - Robert Rocco Rondinelli Jr

Date of birth - 7/27/55

Favorite Lizards song - I Can't Fool Myself

Favorite non-Lizards song
- The Meaning of Evil

What's the best gig you've ever seen? - Led Zeppelin at the Fillmore East opening for Iron Butterfly

What's the best gig you've ever played, and why? - Rainbow at Madison Square Garden


And... the worst (and why)?
- I was in a band called Tusk with my brother Teddy, we live in New York and had a gig in Connecticut during a snow storm, and my windshield wipers broke. So for 4 hours we tied string to the wiper blades and manually worked the wipers. The kicker was the show was pretty empty, because of the storm...

What bands do you think were the most influential during...
(a) the 70s - Deep Purple
(b) the 80s - Whitesnake
(c) the 90s - couldn't tell ya!

Apart from The Lizards (of course), which up'n'coming bands have got what it takes for this decade and beyond? - Rage And Beyond

Alive or dead, fact or fiction, who is your ultimate hero? And who else would be in your top five heroes'n'heroines list? - Buddy Rich, Bonzo, My Father

Favourite drink - Coffee

Who would be in your fantasy band line-up - with yourself in the line-up too, naturally? -Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, Jack Bruce, and ME...

Three words each that describe the other guys in the band - prolific, determined, funny....

Favorite actor - Al Pacino

What's your ultimate ambition musically? - Just to keep improving

Message to the fans - Buy the CDs and come to the shows!

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The story so far....

I started on guitar and switched to drums at eleven years old. I think I made the right move! All I ever really wanted to be is a drummer. Luckily I've been able to do it for a living. I'm loving The Lizards. We play the kind of music I grew up on - bluesy, sometimes funky, hard rock.

Over the years I've played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Quiet Riot, toured with Aerosmith and Zebra, recorded with The Scorpions, Mark Stein, The Sign, Rondinelli, Daniel Wentworth, Sun Red Sun, and am co-author of the book The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming published by Modern Drummer and distributed by Hal Leonard.

I teach when I'm not on the road, and did a successful clinic tour of Europe in November and December 2005, and more are planned for this year. I still try to practice every day. I tell my students "when you stop getting better, you start getting worse" - and I believe it.

We were touring a lot during 2004 and 2005, mostly in Europe. We recently started to tour the States, and we're playing some of our best shows yet! Hope to see you at the show!

Scroll down for details of the gear I use

Ludwig Drums
Paiste Cymbals & Gongs
Vater Drum Sticks
Gibralter Hardware
Axis Pedals
Attack Drum Heads
Community Pro Speakers
Puresound Percussion
Audix Mics
May Drum Mic System
Carver Power Amps
Slug Percussion Beaters