Rock’s Iconic musicians
Billy Sheehan ( David Lee Roth , MIster BIg & Winery Dogs) & Rod Morgenstein ( Winger & Dixie Dreggs) offer their time & combined talent to support a different kind of Rock !
“ Rock 4 Rocco “ & “The Baby Rocco Foundation.”
2 1/2 year old Baby Rocco Cangemi was hit & killed in front of his families vacation home on Long Island , New York on labor day weekend September 2, 2017 by a speeding distracted driver in a posted 5 mile an hour speed zone.
Soon after the tragedy Rocco’s Dad Guitarist Joey “Jem” Cangemi assembled “Rocco’s Road Crew” putting together musicians & volunteers to spread the word of the foundations work and created the Event now known as “ Rock 4 Rocco."
The first Rock 4 Rocco event in June of 2018 which Joey Jem performed on the big stage for the first time in 20 years to honor the memory of his son Baby Rocco raised an astounding
$ 6,800.00 in 4 hours.
After that event Joe decided to write & record an album of original music dedicated to his son Baby Rocco. He reached out to long time friend & Keyboard player Nick Troiani to discuss the project. Next step was to find the perfect front man, vocalist & lyricist to collaborate with on the material. Joe knew exactly what he wanted spiritually as well as vocally. A mutual friend put him in touch with Don Chaffin of Voices of Extreme & from the first note Rocco’s “Road Crew” the band was created.
They immediately began collaborating on Demo’s for the album. The thought of a Bass player & Drummer for the project was never discussed. Joe already had the players picked in his mind. He worked briefly with Rod Morgenstein back in 2004 & reached out to him to ask him for his help on the project. At the same time a good friend Joey Ragz had recently worked with Billy Sheehan on a project called Madam Mayhem. Joe reached out personally to Billy & he was more than happy to help out with the project & the foundation.
On January 4, 2019 history was made when Billy Sheehan & Rod Morgenstein recorded together for the first time on Road Crew’s debut album named “Side A” which includes a modern day remake of Zeppelins Rock N Roll highlighting each musicians individual talents.
For Rocco’s dad , The meaning of “Long Live Rock “ reaches above & beyond the music.
With the help of Billy & Rod’s selfless contribution "The Baby Rocco Foundation" has raised
$ 58,000.00 since its inception as well as other events raising another reported $ 60,000.00 .
When asked about the future of “ROAD CREW” as a band. Founder & Lead guitarist Joey Jem Cangemi stated- "Every one involved with Road Crew & the Baby Rocco Foundation has inherently become part of the Baby Rocco family. We are all going to do what ever it takes to keep his Memory & “Rock” alive !"
Joe also added ——
“ I am pretty sure if we get called to do the 1/2 time show at the Super Bowl .... Billy & Rod will be there ! “
The inspiration to remake Rock N Roll was directly attributed to a comment by Adam Levine which later was supported on the Howard Stern Show by Howard himself about Rock Music Being Dead. Although the comment was not meant to degrade Rock N Roll music or musicians, it did hit a nerve with Lead Guitarist Joey Jem an admitted long time fan of The Howard Stern show . What better way to have the Worlds Best Rock N Roll Bass player Billy Sheehan & Drummer Rod Morgenstein record the song to prove that Rock Music is as strong as ever. Road Crew recorded Rock N Roll keeping it true to its original format giving it a modern sound keeping Rock & Roll alive for all future generations to enjoy .
Billy Sheehan & Rod Morgenstein have graciously taken the time out of their extensive recording & touring careers to bring awareness to the fundamental values of The Baby Rocco Foundation. They Continue to be a part of helping the foundation raise money through their generosity of time, talent & celebrity status. Road Crew is putting the finishing touches on their debut album "Side A". As of April 29 , 2019, The First single Rock N Roll has been released on all Major Platforms including I Tunes & Amazon Music. Due to each members relentless working schedule, No Official Tour dates have been announced for 2019 -
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Born in Long Island New York, Don has toured the U.S.A opening for Godsmack, Foreigner, Disturbed, Alice In Chains, Powerman 5000, Dr. John, Steve Howe of Yes, Robbie Krieger of the Doors, Vanilla Fudge & more. Since 1995 Don has worked hand in hand as co-writer & co-producer with the legendary team of Jerry Kasenetz & Jeff Katz from the Kasenetz & Katz allstars. Don Chaffin recently lent his formidable pipes to the Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Dan Spitz (Anthrax) produced debut album ( and subsequent tour) from Red Lamb w/ Dan Spitz from Anthrax on Guitar. Don is also the man behind the mic for American Mafia & Ram Jam, the band made famous by the song "Black Betty." As a song writer Don works closely with hit making producers such as Jerry Kasenetz, Jeff Katz & Jim Bralower. He recently also launched the DIIBand ( also with Dan Spitz). In addition. Don has performed countless appearances with projects such as O2/LUB/John Macaluso/Union Radio/Emperyon/and many more.
The Vision of Road Crew - Growing up in New York Joe was surrounded by the ultimate music scene & some of world’s best musicians. In the 90’s he co founded the Band No Return which went on to national success. Joe – self-proclaimed “mediocre” guitar player managed to always be relevant on the East Coast with his own weekly guitar column called “ROCK GUITAR WITH JOEY JEM” as well as a Ruthless teaching, Gigging & recording career. Joe received artist endorsement deals from D’addario Strings, ESP Guitars, Seymour Duncan & JEM Guitars. In 1991 Joe Despagni of JEM Guitars gave him the nick name “Joey Jem” while creating the “JEMSTER” series guitars which were featured on stage with Steve Vai & the late Randy Coven. Joe went on to individually write & work with various artists such as John Gatto of the Good Rats.
Rod Morgenstein is an American drummer and music educator. He is best known for his work with the rock band Winger and with the jazz fusion band Dixie Dregs. He also played with Fiona, Platypus, the Steve Morse Band, and Jelly Jam. He has also done session work with Jordan Rudess including his ventures with the Rudess/Morgenstein Project. He also toured with Jazz is Dead. He has also been awarded Modern Drummer’s "Best Progressive Rock Drummer" five years (1986-'90), "Best All-Around Drummer" (1999) and was inducted into magazine's Honor Roll. Morgenstein continues to tour with the band Winger. He has also been a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine.
William "Billy" Sheehan is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin, and The Winery Dogs. Sheehan has won the "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll from Guitar Player magazine five times for his "lead bass" playing style. Sheehan's repertoire includes the use of chording, two-handed tapping, right-hand "three-finger picking" technique and controlled feedback.
Nick Troiani (Keyboardist) started playing piano at age 10 and has been influenced by Billy Joel, Elton John and the music of ELP. He has holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education and has composed music for two original musicals. He is very excited to be part of Road Crew. He hopes his musical contributions will in some way help bring rock music back to forefront of FM radio and the concert stage.
Baby Rocco Cangemi's life was abruptly & tragically cut short by a distracted driver in front of his families vacation home on Long Island, New York. A portion of the Road Crew's proceeds will be directly donated to The Baby Rocco Foundation. www.babyroccofoundation.com
Head of MMI Bass Department in Milan Italy. he is one of the world's renowned bass instructors and author of several instructional books and videos. Giorgio is also a clinician and a proud endorser of Ibanez, Gallien Krueger, Zoom, Ik Multimedia... Girogio has performed with the worlds best guitar players including Paul Gilbert, Gus, G, Billy Sheehan, Virigil Donati, Marco Sfogli and many more...
ROAD CREW has literally searched the world for the ultimate bass player to take residency with the band to compliment Billy Sheehan's relentless recording & touring schedule.
We are blessed to have 2 of the world's greatest bass players on our team.
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Giorgo has toured the world with numerous Rock, Hard Rock and Metal bands such as: Mr. Pig , Killing Touch alongside Michele Luppi (Whitesnake). Absynth Aura with Michele "Dr. Viossy" Vioni, Arthemis with Andrea Martongelli (ex-Kobra&the Lotus, Altituded&Attitudes) Ship of Theseus with Michele Guaitoli (Vision of Atlantis, Temperance) & Marco Cardona (Krampus). He hits the stage of some of the most important European Festival as Download Festival, Wacken Open air, Hellfest Open Air, BloodStock Open Air with his band Arthemis. He also played in Thailand, Japan and India and he still touring Europe wih his bands.
Jordan Cannata has a long history behind a drum set that was molded by his relentless passion for music, drumming, and an unwavering thirst to expand upon his knowledge and abilities. Growing up in a family of music lovers, it wasn't surprising when Jordan and his brother Jared quickly developed an interest in music. At the age of 8, his parents bought him a guitar because his brother wanted one and they didn't want Jordan to feel left out. However, Jordan showed no interest in it, opting to bang on things with chopsticks rather than play his guitar. Realizing this, his parents bought him his first drum set and Jordan has been making noise ever since.
ROAD CREW has been working with Jordan since inception. Jordan is the original drummer on Road Crew's demo tracks prior to Rod Morgenstein joining the project in January 2019. Jordan is the ultimate drummers drummer & a perfect fit for when Morgenstein is Recording & touring with Steve Morse & Winger . Road Crew are lucky to have Rod & Jordan as member of our family.
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Jordan and his brother Jared co-founded their band J.Rad. With J.Rad, Jordan has recorded 3 albums and shared the stage with many great artists such as Twisted Sister, Living Colour, Filter, Joe Bonamassa, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Scott Stapp (Creed), Bret Michaels (Poison), Mountain, Johnny Winter, Gilby Clarke (Guns n Roses), Blue Oyster Cult, Asia, Saliva, Yngwie Malmsteen, Styper, LA Guns, Rick Derringer, Otherwise, Gemini Syndrome, Zach Myers (Shinedown), Saving Abel, Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf), and many others.
In 2017, Jordan joined the ranks of Century Media Records/Sony Music Entertainment artists, Adrenaline Mob (a position formerly held by both Mike Portnoy and AJ Pero). Jordan was introduced as the new drummer for Adrenaline Mob with a drum solo video that received over 2.5 million views and is still climbing. Jordan’s debut album with Adrenaline Mob titled “We The People” was released in the summer of 2017. It debuted at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, and #15 on the iTunes Rock Chart, and was supported by a US headline tour.
Unfortunately, the tour ended in tragedy. A truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel and struck the band’s bus, injuring the entire band and crew, and killing bassist David Z and tour manager Janet Rains. After this accident, Adrenaline Mob dis-banded and everyone needed time to heal.
After several months of recovery, Jordan was asked to form a new band which is now known as Stereo Satellite which features Jordan, his brother Jared Cannata on guitar, singer Lukas Rossi (Rockstar Supernova), and bassist Erik Leonhardt (Tantric). In less than a year, Stereo Satellite had opened for Bon Jovi, played the Shiprocked Cruise alongside bands such as Stone Sour, In This Moment, Seether, P.O.D., and Black Label Society, and has had multiple songs get mainstream New York radio play. The band’s debut album is being released later this summer and will be followed by supporting tours.
In 2018, Jordan also joined the ranks of two more bands; Sugarmore, a group of musicians with a mixture of rock and theatrical backgrounds who create pop-fusion versions of modern hits, as well as the band Voices of Extreme. Sugarmore’s focus is creating video content, and has garnered 75,000 views with their first two videos. With Voices of Extreme, Jordan spent portions of 2018 touring the US opening for Tesla and will be continuing to tour as well as record new music throughout the year.