RAINBOW Singer RONNIE ROMERO Covers LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER, QUEEN, URIAH HEEP, Others On 'Raised On Radio' Solo Album
February 8, 2022
One of the great up-and-coming hard rock singers of our time, Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW, LORDS OF BLACK, SUNSTORM, THE FERRYMEN) has announced the release of a unique covers album, "Raised On Radio" on April 15 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single and video from the album, "No Smoke Without A Fire", a BAD COMPANY cover, is out today.
"Raised On Radio" features covers of classics that have meant something special to Romero over the years and helped forge this talented singer's musical style. Songs by legendary acts like SURVIVOR, BAD COMPANY, FOREIGNER, QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN and more are given Romero's talented vocal treatment here. Joining Romero is a stellar cast of musicians, including Srdjan Brankovic (THE BIG DEAL, ALOGIA) on guitar, Javi Garcia on bass, Andy C (ex-LORDS OF BLACK) on drums, and keyboards by Alessandro Del Vecchio, who also handled production, mixing and mastering.
Serafino Perugino, president and head of A&R for Frontiers, obviously already had a working relationship with Romero through LORDS OF BLACK and THE FERRYMEN, but knew Romero had the pipes to sing melodic rock/AOR (hence why he brought him in to sing for 2020's "Afterlife" by SUNSTORM). As the two discussed Romero working on a solo album for the label, Perugino brought forward the idea of Romero covering classic AOR and classic rock artists for a covers album. Romero, being a fan of these styles already and influenced by them in his formative years, knew he could easily pick a killer list of songs that suited his tastes and thus "Raised On Radio" was born.
Through Romero's career thus far, he has performed killer renditions of several rock classics as part of his shows fronting legendary acts like RAINBOW and the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG). He's also covered classic songs by JOURNEY, QUEEN, RAINBOW and more with Spanish metallers LORDS OF BLACK. So, with trying his hand at covers by legendary artists being familiar territory already, "Raised On Radio" were waters that Romero was already comfortable wading into.
But rather than go for covers of well-known mega-hits, Romero and company went for, in most cases, lesser known, deep cuts from these legendary bands. Because after all, when you truly love a band, you know those gems buried beneath the surface on their hit albums. Such gems by QUEEN, KANSAS, ELF, URIAH HEEP, BAD COMPANY, FOREIGNER and more are taken on here with passion and enthusiasm by Ronnie and his backing band of supremely talented players.
Romero's voice and prolific musical activity have brought him to the forefront of the hard rock/metal scene where he can be seen/heard with LORDS OF BLACK, THE FERRYMEN, SUNSTORM, RAINBOW and the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP. Ambitious and driven as always, this record is a special treat for fans while Romero continues work on his proper debut solo album of original material, which is being worked on at the moment.
01. Sin's A Good Man's Brother (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD) 02. Backstreet Love Affair (SURVIVOR) 03. No Smoke Without A Fire (BAD COMPANY) 04. I Was Born To Love You (QUEEN) 05. Play The Game Tonight (KANSAS) 06. Carolina County Ball (ELF) 07. Girl On The Moon (FOREIGNER) 08. Gypsy (URIAH HEEP) 09. Voices (Russ Ballard) 10. All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan) 11. Since I've Been Loving You (LED ZEPPELIN)
Ronnie Romero - vocals Srdjan Brankovic - guitars Javi Garcia - bass Andy C - drums Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards
Danny Gómez - lead guitar on "I Was Born To Love You" Javier Reyes - lead guitar on "All Along The Watchtower" Corina Minda - backing vocals on "All Along The Watchtower"