THE RODS (1981–94). David “Rock” Feinstein (guitar, lead vocals), Garry Bordonaro (bass, vocals), Carl Canedy (drums, vocals).
While they never attained significant commercial success, New York’s The Rods were stalwart keepers of the metal faith, playing a streetwise version of hard rocking metal that eschewed some of the more flashy trappings of their peers for a down and dirty image (think heavy metal Ramones: blue jeans and leather jackets) and performance style that focused on no-nonsense delivery of high-energy hardrock-derived metal in a blazing power trio format.
Featuring Ronnie James Dio’s cousin David “Rock” Feinstein (who had played with Dio in the regionally successful pre-Rainbow group Elf), bassist Garry Bordonaro, and powerhouse drummer (and producer) Carl Canedy. Releasing their first self-titled album in 1981, the group gained a reputation as a powerful live act, their power trio format bringing out the best in the three members. They delivered a series of consistent albums throughout the ’80s that showcased their straightforward metal style, before calling it a day in the early ’90s, with Canedy pursuing a career as a producer. The band reformed briefly in 2004 for a performance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival.
Discography: The Rods (Arista, 1981); Wild Dogs (Arista, 1982); In the Raw (Shrapnel, 1983); The Rods Live (Music For Nations, 1983); Let Them Eat Metal (Music For Nations, 1984).