Ross The Boss UK Tour Dates announced

ROSS THE BOSS announces UK tour dates in October with special guest UPROAR:

5th October – Bannermans, Ediburgh
6th October – Cathouse, Glasgow
7th October – Trillians, Newcastle
8th October – The Underworld Camden, London
9th October – The Corporation, Sheffield
10th October – The Iron Road, Evesham
11th October – Eleven, Stoke

Tickets available from all usual online outlets:

Ross The Boss Tour Poster

ROSS THE BOSS‘ new album ‘By Blood Sworn‘ is out now on AFM Records.

Guitarist Ross the Boss’ stature in the history of hard rock and heavy metal has been solidified for decades by this point – with a resume including some of the most influential and hardest-hitting bands of all-time, particularly both the Dictators and Manowar. And he continues to rock – as a member of the group DeathDealer, and also, as the leader of his own solo outfit, which has issued such stellar releases as ‘Hailstorm,’ ‘New Metal Leader,’ and his latest offering, ‘By Blood Sworn.’ Joined by Marc Lopes on vocals and keys, Mike LePond on bass, and Lance Barnewold on drums for the sessions (Steve Bolognese will beat the skins on the album’s tour), ‘By Blood Sworn’ was produced by Dean Rispler.


“The main thing is that my band all live nearby me instead of in Germany,” explains Ross. “So, we were able to really work the tunes up. Mike LePond and I started going thru riffs and tunes in July, worked up the tunes, and started forming them. It was a very satisfying process.”

And as evidenced by such standout tracks as title track, ‘Among the Bones’, ‘Devil’s Day’, and a re-do of Manowar’s ‘Hail and Kill’, ‘By Blood Sworn’ is certainly as hard-hitting and heavy as Ross’ previous classics. “Actually, I know what direction the songwriting should go, and we go. As for my guitar playing, whatever the song needs, the songs get! The record is more old school, but with a fresh attack – the songs are not repetitive, and this record is also not a ‘drum machine recording’ like most these days.” Also featured is extremely eye-catching album cover artwork.“Marc and I had this concept for the cover art by Stan W. Decker. It was a knight kneeling after battle – holding his mighty sword and my eagle behind him.

Ross The Boss - By Blood Sworn

As previously stated, Ross the Boss was one of the pioneers of both punk rock and heavy metal. First crashing on the scene with the Dictators and with such classic albums as 1975’s ‘Go Girl Crazy!’, 1977’s ‘Manifest Destiny,’ and 1978’s ‘Bloodbrothers,’ Ross helped trailblaze punk rock (just to put it all in perspective, ‘Go Girl Crazy!’ arrived a full year before the Ramones’ debut, and two years before the Clash’s and Sex Pistols’ debuts). After exiting the band, Ross then co-formed one of heavy metal’s all-time great bands, Manowar, which showcased exceptional six-string work on such classic albums as 1982’s ‘Battle Hymns,’ 1983’s ‘Into Glory Ride,’ and 1984’s ‘Hail to England,’ among countless other titles.


By the end of the ’80s, Ross had reconnected with his Dictators band mates in Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom, which served as a bridge between his love of punk and metal, as heard on the group’s popular 1990 debut, ‘…And You?’ Throughout the remainder of the decade, Ross also played with such groups as the Hellacopters and the Spinatras, before the Dictators reunited, which resulted in several new releases starting from the late ’90s, all the way through the early 21st century. Also around this time, Ross joined forces with former of Blue Öyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard, in the band Brain Surgeons.


With Ross’ main focus turning to metal music at this time, two additional projects were launched – DeathDealer and his solo outfit, Ross the Boss. Thus far, DeathDealer (which is comprised of vocalist Sean Peck, guitarists Stu Marshall, bassist Mike Davis, and drummer Steve Bolognese, in addition to Ross) have issued a pair of releases, ‘Warmaster’ and ‘Hallowed Ground.’ And with his aforementioned solo releases – and especially, ‘By Blood Sworn’ – it is confirmed once and for all…few guitarists have “the gift of the riff” as much as Ross the Boss does.
Order the new album here:

Ross The Boss

Marc Lopez (Vocals), Ross Friedman (Guitars), Mike LePond (Bass), Lance Barnewold (Drums)

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!