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Rob De Luca

Rob De Luca
Genres Rock music, heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, Vocals
Years active 1985–present
Labels MCA/Universal Records, Lovember Records
Associated acts Sebastian Bach
UFO
Spread Eagle
OF EARTH
Website [2]

Rob De Luca is an American bassist, best known for playing in UFO, the Sebastian Bach band, and as a founding member of Spread Eagle.[1]

Early years

Rob De Luca started playing guitar at the age of 15.[2] He first played bass in a band called Bang.[3] When the members of Bang met vocalist Ray West Spread Eagle was born.

Spread Eagle

Spread Eagle formed in 1989[3] and after just a few months of rehearsals they signed a record deal with MCA/Universal Records. They released two albums: their debut Spread Eagle in 1990 and Open to the Public in 1993. The honesty of Spread Eagle's debut release quickly gained the band worldwide critical acclaim and propelled them to the forefront of the genre. That debut album was recently voted as one of the top 20 glam albums of all time (along with Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Hanoi Rocks and Skid Row):[4] Although most people thought of the band as Streetmetal, not Glam, they appreciate any mention of influence. In 2006 a remastered version of their acclaimed debut album was released on Lovember Records.[5]

Despite being quite popular amongst their fans, they never had major commercial success and disbanded around 1995. Spread Eagle reunited in 2006[5] and are currently together and touring. [5][6]

OF EARTH

OF EARTH is a four piece psychedelic/progressive band from NYC fronted by Rob De Luca on vocals and bass. Their self-titled debut album mastered by Howie Weinberg was released on February 14, 2010.[7] In October 2012 their debut album was reviewed on New York Music Daily and referred to as an "Art-Rock Masterpiece".[8] The band is currently playing shows in the NYC area. In a 2012 interview with Music Legends, De Luca confirmed that he is working on the follow-up album, due in early 2013.[9] On February 21, 2013 OF EARTH released the lead off single 'Prototype' of their upcoming album The Monarch.[10]

In March 2013 Classic Rock nominated 'Prototype' for 'Track Of The Week' in a poll that also included David Bowie's new song The Stars (Are Out Tonight) from his 2013 album The Next Day. OF EARTH won the competition collecting more than two times as many votes as David Bowie, who ranked No. 2.[11] In June 2013 Classic Rock Magazine again nominated OF EARTH for 'Track Of The Week', this time for the song 'Heart Of The Hard Drive'. OF EARTH won for the second straight time, gaining almost one third of all votes and beating Nine Inch Nails, Shinedown, Megadeth and Queensrÿche.[12]

Studio work and touring

De Luca has recorded for Grammy winning "Producer Of The Year" Steve Lillywhite[13] and for Grammy winning "Album Of The Year" engineer Tom Camuso. De Luca has also toured and/or recorded in Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob), Mike Chlasciak (Halford). He joined the Sebastian Bach band in 2005.[14][15] They toured as direct support for Guns N' Roses and as headliner in the US, Europe, U.K., South America, Asia, Australia, Scandinavia, and Canada.[16] In 2012 De Luca left the Bach band to play bass in the legendary British band UFO.

Another guest appearance worth mentioning is Helmet in 2006 supporting Guns N' Roses, when Helmet's previous bassist was refused entry at the Canadian border.[17] De Luca had 4 hours to learn a 10 song set before going onstage in Winnipeg. Next day in Calgary he already knew the full 12 song set. De Luca did the entire leg of the 2006 GN'R Canadian tour playing bass in both support acts.

References

External links

  • http://www.facebook.com/robdelucaofficial
  • http://www.lovemberrecords.com/ofearth
  • http://www.youtube.com/ofearthmusic1

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