Interview with Ross the Boss
Andy-You've had such a long and fruitful career in metal Ross. Can you tell us how you first got your feet wet as a musician?
Ross-Well I started playing piano when I was 7 then unfortunately switched to violin when I was 11. By the time I turned 13 RnR and the ladies were calling me so that put me on the path I'm still on.
Andy-I'm sure you've been asked this a thousand times over, but I've always wondered how did you get your nickname?
Ross-My nickname ?? Well, I can tell you I don't like it, but its more to do with me playing baseball than music! hahahahaha
Andy-You've seemingly done it all Ross, from playing in a punk band (which I fondly remember discovering as a teenager!) to having been a founding member of one of the greatest epic heavy metal bands of all times! Are there any moments that stand out more then others?
Ross-Good question. I'll tell you what really stands out is the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that had to occur if anything was to succeed . There was a lot of sacrifice that went down in the early days of The Dictators and Manowar, but now I look back and its very satisfying .
Andy-While your life almost reads like a bucket list for many are there any regrets for you? Is there anything that you never got around to that you wish you had?
Ross-Regrets? Yes. What comes to mind is the insanity of me being asked to leave Manowar weeks before the release of "Kings of Metal". We were really a good band on the brink of greatness. The following tour would have been amazing! I could imagine a live CD OMG, but alas it wasn't meant to be...oh well.
Andy-Your new band Death Dealer features a whose who of heavy metal veterans. From a time standpoint was it difficult to get everyone together to record "War Master"?
Ross-Actually forming DeathDealer was very easy. With Sean , Stu, Mike and Kenny on board it was a no brainer!
Andy-Both you and Rhino played in Manowar, but not at the same time. How did it come about that the two of you played together on this project?
Ross-Well, as I said, when Sean told me Rhino was on board I jumped for the opportunity to be in DD, but I would have joined on the strength of our music which is the most important reason.
Andy-Are there plans to make this a long-term project?
Ross-DeathDealer is the band that all of us want to be in. I can tell you we are here for the long run. This is not a "project". No way!!
Andy-Will the band be able to tour behind this album or is that just way too impossible with every one's schedule?
Ross-Touring for DeathDealer ?? Hahahaha! Absolutely, as I said DD is our band. We will be a touring juggernaut!
Andy-I'll leave you with the last word. Anything else you'd like to add or say to your fans Ross?
Ross- I salute my fans and hope to see everyone real soon. Spread the word DEATHDEALER!!! Thank you.