Announcing North American 2016 Touring Availability
Ross the Boss for 2015 played over 100 dates. Ross is back to his heavy metal roots performing all his classic Manowar and Ross the Boss hits.
As a child growing up in New York City, Ross “The Boss” Friedman showed great promise as a piano and violin prodigy, but when he first touched the electric guitar he knew he found his true love.
He met Andy Shernoff in 1973 while playing in one of his bands at a house party in his teenage years. Together, they created a band known as The Dictators, who became the first signed Punk Rock band launching the CBGBs scene. Known for their sense of humor and affection for White Castles and wrestling, they were one of the most copied and influential bands of the genre.
Blue Oyster Cult Producer Sandy Perlman was the manager for both The Dictators and French Rock Band Shakin' Street in 1979 when Ross needed a gig and Shakin' Street needed a guitar player. Ross flew to France and floored everyone with his guitar playing. He joined the band, lived in France for a year, recorded an album, learned to speak French and toured the world with the band.
While Shakin' Street was opening for Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult in 1980, Ronnie James Dio introduced Ross to crew member Joey DeMaio. The two of them agreed on their vision for what a Heavy Metal band should be and together, they co-founded Manowar. They created their own sub-genre and dubbed it “True Metal” playing epic songs with Viking themes at very loud volumes. His eight years and six albums with this band gained him an unbelievably loyal cult following who widely considers Ross The Boss to be the definitive Manowar guitar player.
The Dictators revamped into a new band called Manitoba's Wild Kingdom in 1989 that bridged that gap from punk rock to metal, and really allowed Ross The Boss to showcase his kind of guitar playing. Even though each of his bands are a different musical style, he says he's always, "Just playing Rock and Roll".
When his son was born in 1991 he stayed closer to home being a great dad and making music with his friends and other New York based musicians. During that time he had a few major releases and played shows with his bands The Pack, the Blues Rock “Heyday” and The Spinatras. The Dictators continued to tour and made a highly acclaimed studio record " D.F.F.D.", a live CD "Viva Dictators" , and a Greatest Hits and Early Demos compilation.
In 2005, the time was right for him to join former Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard in his band The Brain Surgeons, winning over audiences with his own style of guitar playing, and kicking the band up a notch into new territory for two albums.
Ross constantly writes and records new music and reunites with his old bands and former band members for special shows and projects. His 2005 appearance with Manowar at the Earthshaker Festival was so successful he formed his own "Ross The Boss" band and signed with AFM Records Germany. His two critically acclaimed solo albums 2008 “New Metal Leader” and 2010 “Hailstorm” saw him playing shows and festivals all over the world, putting him back in front of a Heavy Metal audience and reminding everyone that Ross The Boss is one of the world's most loved Metal guitar players.
As people started connecting with him on the internet, he began to collaborate with musicians online and guesting on tracks for bands like Majesty, Wotan, Atlantean Kodex and The Vibrators to name a few.
His newest band “Death Dealer” began as an online collaboration but quickly gelled into a super-group featuring Sean Peck (Cage), Stu Marshall (Dungeon, Empire of Eden), Mike Davis (Halford, Lizzie Borden), and Steve Bolognese (Into Eternity). The band has been touring the world for their debut album "Warmaster" 2013 and second album "Hallowed Ground" in 2015.
Ross The Boss was one of the pioneers of both Punk Rock and Heavy Metal. He's proud to know that the music he's made has influenced and inspired so many other artists. You can be sure that whatever band he's in or whatever style he's playing in, he's always happy to be writing new music and playing the guitar with his friends.
Ross is touring with The Dictators
September 16th, 2016 – Once Ballroom – Somerville, MA
September 25th, 2016 – CASTLE OF ROCK – Batumi
September 27th, 2016 – CASTLE OF ROCK – Moscow
September 29th, 2016 – CASTLE OF ROCK – Tel-Aviv
Ross the Boss Band
October 1st, 2016 – Harder Than Steel Festival – Germany
October 8th, 2016 – Revolution Bar & Music Hall, Amityville, NY
October 15th & 16th – Ross in Argentina
Ross is touring with The Dictators
November 5th, 2016 – Blackthorn 51. Elmhurst, NY
November 9th, 2016 – The Ritz, San Jose, CA
November 10th, 2016 – Slims, San Francisco, CA
November 13th, 2016 – The Casbah, San Diego, CA
Ross The Boss - (Lead and Rhythm guitar)
Mike Cotoia (vocals) Born August 29th 1992 in Port St. Lucy Florida. Started playing drums at age 4 and singing at age 17. Also plays guitar, bass and piano enough to get by. Also records as the drummer and the lead vocalist of Fate Breaks Dawn. Influenced first by my father to play the drums and he passed down the love of rock and metal music to me. Then bands like Manowar and Symphony X inspired me to become a vocalist. Other influences include Pantera, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Iced Earth, Lamb of God and many others.
Mike LePond (bass) is one of the most well known bass players on the heavy metal scene today and perhaps best known for his work with progressive metal giants, Symphony X. With this band he has been a part of some of most critically acclaimed releases in the last 15 years. Besides his extensive recording resume, LePond has toured the world over many times. His influences are based in classic heavy metal such as Manowar, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
Lance Joseph Barnewold (drums) Born November 3rd 1994 in Queens, NY. Picked up the guitar at age 13 and drums at age 15. Lead guitarist of Fate Breaks Dawn. Earliest musical influences were Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Manowar along with lots of classic Rock and Roll/Heavy Metal. Later influenced by bands like Symphony X, Opeth, and Sylosis. Also loves orchestral film score music by composers such as Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore and John Williams.
Current Touring Members:
Ross The Boss - guitar
Mike Cotoia - vocals
Kevin Bolembach - bass
Lance Barnewold - drums.