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Black Thorn Rose is a dynamic rock cover band, performing the best upbeat tunes from the 80's and 90's. Bands which we cover include AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Billy Idol, Def Leppard, Queen, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar, Prince, Judas Priest, The Cult, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Blondie, STP, Rolling Stones, The Pretenders, Collective Soul, NIN, Metallica, Bush and many more. 


Roxanne began studying piano at age 5 and continued to play many instruments into her late teens. She was in the Church choir and was told that she was “too loud”. Must have been her love of rock and roll. She joined the Kenny McGee Band in Tampa as a keyboard player and background vocalist. Eventually she was a lead singer and keyboardist in the Sarasota based Roxband. She was in several other bands (even one country band-Bullseye Ride) before starting Black Thorn Rose.  The band has changed and evolved into a high energy dance/rock band.

Lead Vocals & Keys


Bass & Background Vocals

Mike was born in Watertown NY and started playing guitar as a teen. After moving to Sarasota in 1980, he decided he loved playing bass and made that his primary instrument. He has played in many original and cover bands including Deceiver, Brat, Avenging Benji, 7 Years Past, Absolutely Nothing, Downbringer, Difficult, Cold Static, Parish, Tortured, Havoc, Sundogs and more.

Mike and Roxanne cofounded Black Thorn Rose in 2012 and have been rockin’ ever since!


Lead Guitar

Jim is self taught brought up in the 80’s SoCal LA club hard rock/big hair metal scene. Major Influences include Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Schenker, Randy Rhoads.


Guitar & Background Vocals

Ralph is from western NY and has  been playing guitar since he was 15 years old. He’s been playing in bands for 35 years in NY. Some of the bands were Mean Business, Leema Charlie, and Atomic Swamis. Influences are Ace Frehley, Randy Rhoades, Edward Van Halen.




Steve is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana where he played with several bands including Peep Show, the Step Children and an Original Band-Mama Set.  After moving to Florida he played in The Washed Up Hacks, Boss Hawg, Deja Vu and more. His biggest musical influences are Neal Peart, Tommy Aldridge, Rayford Griffin, and so many more...


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